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On Oct. 11, the Baylor community celebrated Houston Astros Day by showing off its favorite team gear. Game 2 of the ALDS playoff series will be at 2:37 p.m. Oct. 13.

Faculty Kudos

Dr. Kris Lehnhardt, associate professor of emergency medicine and Center for Space Medicine, presented at the United Nations General Assembly Science Summit on Sept. 26. The panel, "Recasting the Space Agenda: Convened by the Alliance for Collaboration in the Exploration of Space," was moderated by Dr. Pascale Ehrenfreund, president of the International Space University. Lehnhardt focused on the intersection of space and telemedicine and highlighted how telemedicine capabilities developed for human spaceflight have significant benefits for life here on Earth.

Dr. Xin Ma, adjunct assistant professor of pathology and immunology, has been chosen as a fellow for the American College of Lifestyle Medicine for 2022. In the last two years, Ma served as the founding president of the Chinese Society of Lifestyle Medicine and works to promote lifestyle medicine in the global community.

Dr. Kimberly Raghubar, assistant professor of pediatrics – psychology, received the 2022 Young Investigator Award from the International Society of Paediatric Oncology in Barcelona, Spain. She received this award for "Screening of Cognitive Symptoms During Treatment for Childhood Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia Predicts Cognitive Functioning Post-Treatment.

Coming Up

Houston Dash Day: On Oct. 14, wear your Houston Dash gear to support the team's first-ever National Women's Soccer League playoff appearance. The Office of Communications will post pictures on social media of members of the Baylor community in their Dash gear. Send your photos to Anna Kiappes by 2 p.m. Friday to be included. The Houston Dash vs. Kansas City Current quarter final playoff game will be Oct. 16 at PNC Stadium in Houston and livestreamed on Paramount Plus.

Reflective Writing Workshop: From Oct. 12 to Nov. 16, BCM Well-Being and Inprint will host free reflective writing workshops on how to chronicle your experience with caregiving during COVID. Classes will be from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays at Ben Taub Hospital Classroom 6D. Find more information here.

Cardiovascular Sciences Lecture: At noon Oct. 19, join the Cardiovascular Research Institute and the Texas Heart Institute for a lecture by Dr. Jonathan Kirk, associate professor and director of the Loyola University Protemics Core, in room M112. Kirk will deliver "Cardiac Sarcomere Protein Quality Control and BAG3: Repairing the Engine without Stopping the Car." CME is available. Learn about the role of BAG3 in the failing heart. Email cvri@bcm.edu for a calendar invite.

BCM Ventures: On Oct. 19, BCM Ventures and Deerfield Management Co., a healthcare investment firm, will host an informational session on Oct. 19 on the evolution of Blue Square Discoveries, a translational research collaboration aimed at advancing promising therapeutics. The meeting will be from noon to 1 p.m. in Cullen Auditorium. Boxed lunches will be available in Rayzor Lounge. Register and find more information.

DeBakey Anniversary: Baylor will celebrate the DeBakey High School for Health Professions' 50th anniversary later this year, and we're sharing stories from alumni and current students on the DeBakey High School 50th anniversary InTouch page. Share your story by emailing Aaron Nieto, communications associate, at aaron.nieto@bcm.edu.

Houston Half Marathon: Baylor Medicine is the medical sponsor for the 2023 Houston Half Marathon on Oct. 30, and the Baylor community is encouraged to volunteer. Those interested can sign up by visiting Houston Half Marathon by Oct. 22. The Houston Half Marathon & 10K is presented by the Houston Striders, a nonprofit organization focused on community wellness and charitable outreach.

Art Show and Auction: From Nov. 14-18, Baylor will host the 21st annual BCM Art Show and Auction. Proceeds from the show will be donated to Texas Children's Hospital's Arts in Medicine Program. Artists can receive up to 60% commission for their auctioned work, and the other 40% will be donated. Any unsold art will be returned to the artist. Art will also be reviewed and selected by Baylor's Marketing and Graphics Team to potentially be included in the 2023 Baylor College of Medicine calendar. If you are an artist of any medium and would like to submit a piece, please register. Organizers will contact you in early November. For questions, email Alyssa Emig at alyssa.alanis@bcm.edu.

Faculty Opportunities

Associate Course Director for Infectious Diseases Course: The Dean of the School of Medicine is soliciting nominations for an associate course director for the MS1 Infectious Diseases course. View the full job description. If you do not have access to the Baylor network, email Chloe Nguyen at chloe.nguyen@bcm.edu for the job description. Please upload electronic versions of the application materials using the Curriculum Education Leadership Role Application Form no later than Oct. 28. For questions, please contact Chloe Nguyen at chloe.nguyen@bcm.edu; Dr. Stacey Rose at srrose@bcm.edu; Dr. David Rowley at drowley@bcm.edu; Dr. Cara Foldes at cfoldes@bcm.edu.

Volunteer opportunity: On Oct. 28, Baylor will host a volunteer opportunity to help sort and pack donated medical supplies to be sent to resource-limited countries for Project C.U.R.E. The in-person volunteer event will take place at the Project C.U.R.E. facilities at 8303 Kempwood Drive in Houston. The organization is the largest distributor of donated medical supplies equipment and services to doctors and nurses in more than 135 countries. If interested, fill out this sign-up form. For questions, contact Alex Alanis, communications community outreach associate.

Education Hackathon: The Hackathon's kickoff event will be at noon Nov. 17 in Kleberg Auditorium. There will be a keynote from Dr. Louis Deslauriers, director of science teaching and learning at Harvard. Teams will then work to form innovative solutions to the hackathon problem and share their ideas in a competitive pitch event on March 8 for the chance to win $25,000 in grant support for their idea. This second annual Education Hackathon is sponsored by the Department of Education, Innovation & Technology

Available services

Baylor Clinician Resources: Explore an expanding library of educational activities to support your practice and personal growth. The new Baylor Clinician Resources website changes how learners engage with medical education opportunities. Through an intuitive interface, you can interact with a growing catalog of evidence-based educational activities. Discover how you can learn, create and grow as a clinician and educator. Visit Baylor Clinician Resources.

BCM Shuttle Services: To reduce confusion, the Purple Shuttle will change to the Green Shuttle starting Oct. 10. The route and shuttle stops will remain the same, the only change is the color.

Funding Opportunities: The Offices of Advancement and Alumni Affairs have a new website designed to help students, researchers and faculty find opportunities for funding. Find more information and resources at Research Funding.

Healthiest employer: Baylor has been recognized in the 2022 Healthiest 100 Workplaces in America, an awards program that honors organizations that prioritize the well-being of their employees. Earlier this year, Baylor was inducted into the inaugural Healthiest Employers Hall of Fame and ranked second in Texas among organizations with 10,000-plus employees. The BCM Well-Being initiative within the Office of Human Resources includes BCM BeWell (faculty, staff, residents, research postdoctoral appointees and clinical postdoctoral fellows), BCM LIFE (students) and the Well-Being Center, our on-site gym. To register for the BCM BeWell or BCM LIFE portal, please visit www.powerofvitality.com. Learn more about the Well-Being Center on InTouch.

Flu vaccine attestation: The Occupational Health Program is offering flu shots to Baylor students, residents, staff, and faculty. Use the Baylor Flu Vaccine App to make your reservation and complete attestation by Nov. 30. Upcoming events include McNair, main Baylor, BSLMC and Ben Taub. More events will be scheduled throughout the season so check the app regularly. You may also receive your flu shot at a local pharmacy, clinic or your healthcare provider. Regardless of where you were vaccinated, please complete the attestation through the Baylor Flu Vaccine App.

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