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Compassionate Conversation: Diversity & Inclusion Week 2017 featured two sessions led by Dr. Janice Sabin, research associate professor at the University of Washington School of Medicine, that focused on the book Blindspot: Hidden Biases of Good People. Pictured is Sabin, whose research explores unconscious bias in medicine, leading a spirited conversation about ways to overcome or change blindspots. The College also celebrated the week with a Baylor community video, donation drive and lecture by Dr. Chester Brown, professor and St. Jude Chair of Excellence in Genetics at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, who spoke on “Leading to Promote Inclusion in a Diverse Work and Training Environment.”


Academic Council: Provost Alicia Monroe reminded the Academic Council at its meeting Monday that the College's Center of Excellence in Health Equity, Training and Research is seeking clinical fellows and junior faculty from underrepresented minority backgrounds to receive training, mentoring and compensation as COE Scholars during this academic year. Applicants should demonstrate commitment to promoting social justice and health equities and leadership in addressing educational, societal and healthcare needs of racial and ethnic minorities in the United States. Additional information and the application requirements are on the center’s website. The deadline to apply is Sunday, Oct. 15.

  • The Provost also said that the Association of American Medical Colleges is coordinating efforts to help Puerto Rican medical students displaced by Hurricane Maria continue their training. If individual students contact faculty members, they should be referred to hurricanemaria-students@aamc.org.
  • Dr. Ashok Balasubramanyam, vice president and senior associate dean for academic integration, provided an update on clinical research facilities and support at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center - Texas Medical Center. Two inpatient rooms are available and many of the administrative processes involved with starting a clinical trial have been streamlined. Currently Baylor St. Luke’s has five approved studies. All studies go through Baylor’s Institutional Review Board. A brochure with additional information is available.
  • President, CEO and Executive Dean Paul Klotman reviewed highlights of the College’s 2017 fiscal year and provided Academic Council with copies of the Annual Report.

Faculty Senate: Chief Operating Officer Joe Doty provided an update on Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts and followed up on faculty compensation questions at the Oct. 5 Faculty Senate meeting. Senate Chair Oluyinka Olutoye asked that a special interest group/caucus be formed to allow for more in-depth discussion of inequities in faculty salaries.

  • Discussion continued about seed funding. A resolution that would allow for increased transparency about the budgeting process was proposed by the Administrative Operations Committee. After robust discussion by senate members, the resolution was tabled. Olutoye proposed that a caucus/focus group be formed to afford interested senators access to more detailed information, address questions raised by senate members and develop a recommended plan of action that would better address constituent concerns.
  • The Faculty Affairs and Benefits Committee discussed results of its review of Baylor’s policy on Hurricane Harvey faculty compensation and leave compared to that of similar institutions in the medical center. Baylor’s leave policy was found to be average to better than policies of other TMC institutions.
  • Clinical Affairs Dean James McDeavitt provided an update on the new Faculty Group Practice compensation plan.
  • Title IX Coordinator Mikiba Morehead discussed plans for training select employees (designated "responsible") on how to respond to reports of Title IX-related concerns.

Scholarly Activity: The 13th Annual Showcase of Educational Scholarship recognized six posters for the breadth and impact of research pertaining to medical education at the Sept. 29 event. Faculty and trainees presented a total of 46 posters, representing the outstanding educational research conducted at Baylor. View the winning posters online.

Safety Report: The College's Annual Security Report is now available online. This report, required by the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, contains policy statements and crime statistics for the school. The College continues to have a very low incidence of crimes reportable under the Clery Act.

Faculty Kudos

imageDr. Alison Haddock, assistant professor of emergency medicine, was recently elected her department’s delegate to the Faculty Senate. She is featured in this week’s Meet Your Senator article on the faculty intranet portal.


imageDr. Hamed Jafar-Nejad, associate professor of molecular and human genetics, was selected as the winner of the 2017 Glycobiology Significant Achievement Award given by Oxford University Press, publisher of Glycobiology. This award is presented to new or mid-career scientists who have made a key discovery during their early career with potential impact on the glycoscience community.


imageDr. Chethan Venkatasubba Rao, assistant professor of neurology – vascular critical care, was awarded a Presidential Citation from the Neurocritical Care Society for his work as a member of the society's research committee. He will take over as chair of the committee this month, focusing on promoting the research efforts of neurointensivists and organizing the Neurocritical Care Research Network conference next October.


imageDr. Mary Rocha, associate professor of pediatrics, has been elected to the Nominating Committee of the Academic Pediatric Association. The APA's mission is to nurture the academic success and career development of child health professionals engaged in research, advocacy, improvement science and educational scholarship to enhance the health and well-being of all children.


imageDr. Buck Samuel, assistant professor in the Alkek Center for Metagenomics and Microbiome Research, is a recipient of the New Innovator Award from the National Institutes of Health. He will use the $1.5 million grant to examine how the microbiome exerts influence on the physiology of the nematode C. elegans.


imageDr. Adriana Macias Strutt, associate professor of neurology and of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, was an invited professor at a three-day course on neurological and psychiatric conditions in adolescence and young adulthood at the Universidad Del Valle in Guatemala City, Guatemala, this month. The course is part of the first Master's level program in neuropsychology in Central America. In addition to teaching in the program, Strutt also has mentored three students.

College Events

Profiles in Professionalism: Dr. Lolita (Maria) Alkureishi and Dr. Wei Wei Lee, from the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, discuss using the EMR to improve communication and the physician-patient experience in “Foe into Friend: Using Technology to Facilitate and Not Destroy the Patient Relationship,” 4 p.m. today, Oct. 12, in Rooms M321&323, main Baylor. CME credit is available for this talk. Please RSVP to ProfessionalismMatters@bcm.edu.

Don't Lose Email Access: Monday, Oct. 23, is the deadline to get compliant with the College’s cybersecurity technologies. Enroll in Mobile Device Management by then to continue reading BCM email on your phone. Likewise, to keep using College systems remotely, enroll in Multi-Factor Authentication by Oct. 23. Learn more online or drop by a support session:

  • Today, Oct. 12: 1 – 3 p.m., Conference Rooms A&B, Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center McNair Campus
  • Tuesday, Oct. 17: 2 – 4 p.m., Rooms 11D A&B, Baylor Clinic
  • Thursday, Oct. 19: 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Room 822, Greenway

Benefits Fairs: The open enrollment period for faculty and staff benefits runs through Monday, Oct. 23. You can attend a meeting to talk directly with Human Resources staff or visit a Benefits Fair to learn about products, resources and services available to you:

  • Monday, Oct. 16: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Rayzor Lounge, main Baylor
  • Tuesday, Oct. 17: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Conference Rooms A&B, Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center McNair Campus
  • Wednesday, Oct 18: 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., First Floor Lobby, Children’s Nutrition Research Center

Faculty Opportunities

PA Program Director: Seeking a dynamic program innovator to grow and direct all aspects of the program in collaboration with other high-performing health professions programs and the School of Medicine. Certification as a physician assistant, a record of administrative and scholarly achievement, excellent teaching skills, and extensive clinical experience are required. A doctoral degree and primary care focus are preferred. Protected time will be provided for clinical practice. The targeted start date is summer 2018. Questions may be directed to Dr. Robert McLaughlin, dean of the School of Allied Health Sciences. Interested individuals may apply online.

Calling All Artists: The Graduate Student Council's 16th Annual Art Show benefiting Texas Children's Hospital Cancer & Hematology Arts in Medicine Program is Nov. 13 - 17. All artists are encouraged to submit their art. Email Reem Abo-Zahrah with the number of pieces you want to put in the show. Artists outside BCM will need to provide a BCM contact for registration. Submission deadline is Oct. 31.

Faculty Resources

Performance Reviews: The self-evaluation phase of Faculty Performance Evaluation and Development Planning begins Thursday, Oct. 18, and continues through Nov. 17. To prepare, you may want to update your CV and visit the website for videos and FAQs designed to help you get the most out of your performance review.

Pathways to Promotion: During the Faculty Performance Evaluation and Development Planning period, the Office of Faculty Development will hold three Pathways to Promotions workshops, which provide an overview of Baylor’s updated promotions guidelines and a workbook tool to enable you to assess your individual progress and plan for your career growth. These workshops also will help evaluators provide constructive guidance to faculty during the evaluation and planning meeting. Select one of the following dates and times and RSVP to faced@bcm.edu or (713) 798-7285:

  • Wednesday, Oct. 18: 4:00 – 5 p.m. in Room N311, main Baylor
  • Thursday, Oct. 19: Noon – 1 p.m. in Room OS186, McGovern Campus
  • Friday, Friday, Nov. 17: Noon – 1 p.m. in Room M323, main Baylor

Early and Mid-Career Advancement: Sponsored by the Office of the Provost, the Office of Institutional Diversity, Inclusion and Equity and the Office of Faculty Development, the Career Advancement Series offers professional development opportunities in three categories for assistant professors, associate professors and individuals seeking to participate in an assistant professor women’s faculty group. More information and application instructions are available on the website. Deadline for applications is Sunday, Oct. 15.

For a Good Cause

Food Fest for Puerto Rico: A consortium of student organizations from Baylor, UT Health and MD Anderson host the International Food Fest for Puerto Rico at 11:30 a.m. Monday, Oct. 16, in the Onstead Forum, 6767 Bertner Ave. All of the proceeds will go to Universidad de Puerto Rico students and families who have been affected by Hurricane Maria. A $10 food ticket purchases tastes of dishes from around the world. Cash is preferred, but Venmo is also available. To RSVP, check the Facebook event. Donations are being accepted as well.

Purple for Domestic Violence Awareness: More than 100 Texans lose their lives to intimate partner violence each year. The Cullen Building will be lit up purple in support of Domestic Violence Awareness month and you are encouraged to wear purple on Thursday, Oct 19. Learn more ways to help by visiting Baylor’s Title IX website or the Texas Council on Family Violence website.

BCM Wellness 5K: The sixth annual event benefiting student wellness initiatives is Saturday, Oct. 21, in the Texas Medical Center. This is a timed race and runners can join as individuals or teams. There are lots of fun race-day activities and child care. T-shirts are included with adult registration and the first 50 kids signed up for the 1K event get a free T-shirt. Register online. Participants also can join the BCM Wellness fundraising team by creating a Reason2Race donation page and sharing it with friends and family for their support.

Heart Walk: Join Baylor’s Ace of Hearts team for the 2017 American Heart Association Heart Walk on Oct. 28. The 5K event starts at 8 a.m. in the Texas Medical Center. Event-day details, including parking and other frequently asked questions, can be found online. For more information, please email wellness@bcm.edu.

Get Your Rear in Gear: Help raise awareness about colorectal cancer, the second deadliest cancer killer, with the Colon Cancer Coalition’s race on Nov. 4. Survivors, caregivers, family, friends and health professionals will come together and work to educate our community about this largely preventable cancer. Events include a timed 5K run, 5K walk and kids’ fun run.Register online for the Baylor Booty Shakers team.

Attention Clinicians: See Clinical Calendar

Clinical Conferences

Metastatic Breast Cancer: Dr. Charles Perou, the May Goldman Shaw Distinguished Professor of Molecular Oncology at UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, will give the keynote talk at this annual medical conference that provides an update on the basic science, clinical advances and survivorship issues that relate to metastatic breast cancer. The conference is set for today and Friday, Oct. 12 - 13, in Onstead Auditorium, 6767 Bertner Ave. Registration information is online.

Anatomic Pathology: Registration is open for the All-City Anatomic Pathology Symposium Oct. 19 - 21, sponsored by Baylor's Department of Pathology & Immunology. Target audience includes medical, graduate and allied health students, residents and fellows and other healthcare professionals such as histotechnologists. More than 20 speakers from BCM and other institutions will present at the symposium. Registration is free for BCM students and staff. This event may offer up to 20 ASCP CME credits for non-physicians.

Suicide Prevention: Dr. John Oldham, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and the Barbara and Corbin Robertson Jr. Endowed Chair for Personality Disorders, is the activity director for this Advances in Clinical Psychiatry 2017 CME activity scheduled for Oct. 20 in Conference Rooms A&B, Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center McNair Campus. Register online by Sunday, Oct. 15.

Diabetes Symposium: Registration is open for the 13th Annual Diabetes Symposium: Diabetes for Primary Care in 2017, to be held Oct. 21 - 22 at Cooley Auditorium, Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center. Chaired by Dr. Mandeep Bajaj, professor of medicine – endocrinology, this symposium will feature Drs. Ralph DeFronzo, UT Health Science Center San Antonio, Osama Hamdy, Harvard Medical School and Joslin Diabetes Center, Guillermo Umpierrez, Emory University, and Sam Dagogo-Jack, University of Tennessee, as well as Baylor and Baylor St. Luke’s faculty. CME credits are available. Register online.

Surgical Collaboration Day: Dr. Joseph Lamelas, associate chief of cardiothoracic surgery, will deliver the keynote speech, “Innovation in Minimally Invasive Cardiac Surgery,” at the Department of Surgery Incubator event, which also includes quick-fire speakers, surgical speed dating and an exhibit space for new technologies from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 4 at the TMC Innovation Institute. Register now.

Women's Health and Fetal Medicine: Contemporary updates, controversies and collaborations in perinatal medicine, maternal-fetal surgical intervention, minimally invasive surgery, infectious diseases, prenatal genetics, reproductive psychiatry and medical ethics are among the topics for this conference set for Nov. 10 - 11 at the Hyatt Regency Houston Galleria. Register online by Nov. 5.

Attention Researchers: See Research Calendar

Call for Applications

GI Research: The Texas Medical Center Digestive Diseases Center announces the availability of grant funds to support pilot/feasibility projects in the area of gastrointestinal tract, liver and pancreas infection and injury. Awards will be for $15,000 to $35,000 for a period of one year. A committee composed of the DDC Internal Advisory Board, plus ad hoc members, will evaluate proposals. Notice of intent to apply is due by Friday, Oct. 20. Questions may be directed to administrator Sara Tristan.

Genomic Research at NASA: The Translational Research Institute at Baylor is offering a visiting scientist opportunity for an individual specializing in “omics.” This visiting scientist will work at NASA Johnson Space Center for 6 to 12 months to assist in developing NASA research plans involving “omics” and also have the opportunity to perform some independent research. Find more information online.

Research Forum

Imaging the Brain Using MRI: Dr. Michael Beauchamp, professor of neurosurgery and neuroscience and academic director of the Core for Advanced MRI, discusses "Imaging the Structure and Function of the Human Brain Using MRI" as part of the Advanced Technology and Analytics Seminar Series, from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17, in Room N316, main Baylor.

Liver Symposium: Dr. Jessica Zucman-Rossi, professor of medicine and oncology at the University Paris Descartes-HEGP and director of the INSERM Unit “Functional genomic of solid tumors,” is the keynote speaker at the 2nd Liver Symposium, set for Oct. 25 – 26 at the Children’s Nutrition Research Center. Contact Amy Craft for more information.

Research Resources

Genialis Platform: To further support scientists working with next generation sequencing (NGS) data, the College is pleased to announce a licensing agreement with Genialis, Inc., for its NGS data management, analysis, visualization and dissemination software. Six Baylor labs are actively engaged with Genialis Platform, contributing data, pipelines and feedback. The goal is to include a dozen or more labs by year’s end, and opening enrollment to other labs shortly thereafter.

Research Mentor Training: Faculty research mentors are invited to attend a four-hour workshop focused on skill-building activities in four mentoring competencies: Aligning expectations, maintaining effective communications, fostering independence and resilience and promoting professional development. The workshop curriculum is based on materials generated by the NIH-funded National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN) but will be tailored to research mentors at the College. The workshop is set for 1 - 5 p.m. today, Oct. 12. Additional sessions are Nov. 3 and 21. If you would like to attend, please contact Dr. Anna Marie Sokac, an NRMN master facilitator.

From the Labs: Read how Dr. Ifigeneia Tzannou, instructor in medicine – hematology and oncology and the Center for Cell and Gene Therapy, found that “off-the-shelf” cells are safe and effective to treat viral infections in this week’s issue. You can receive weekly articles on research at Baylor as they are posted in our newsletter by going to From the Labs and entering your email address in the box on the right. Or get a digest at the end of the month with links to the articles posted that month by emailing science writer Ana Rodríguez with “Subscribe me to From the Labs” in the subject line.

Funding Opportunities: See the Office of Institutional Diversity, Inclusion and Equity’s list of funding opportunities for research on healthcare disparities and social determinants of health. The Office of Research offers a list of privately funded awards currently accepting applications for October.

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