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Infertility study: Dr. Carolina Jorgez and her colleagues investigated an enzyme called protease Prss50, which is enriched both in human and mouse testis, and found that mice lacking both copies of Prss50 had abnormal sperm morphology. The image shows an abnormal sperm with multiple tails, one of the many abnormalities identified. Read more about her work in From the Labs.

Election results: Dr. Paul Klotman, president, CEO and executive dean, and Dr. Christie M. Lincoln, faculty senate chair, recently announced the Institutional Committee At-Large Faculty Summer Elections results.

  • Dr. Lanlan Shen, associate professor of pediatrics, will serve on the Faculty Research Fellowship Support Committee in a process oversight role.
  • Dr. Juliet Holder- Haynes, assistant professor of surgery, and Dr. Christi Guerrini, assistant professor for medical ethics and health policy, will both serve on the Patent and Copyright Committee.
  • Dr. Ourania Preventza, professor of surgery, will serve on the Faculty Appointments and Promotion Committee.

Support the Teen Health Clinic: Make any Houston area Raising Cane's part of your lunch or dinner plans today, Oct. 14, and help support BCM Teen Health Clinics. Mention the BCM Teen Health Clinic fundraiser, and Cane's will donate 15% of sales to our clinics. Learn more about the Teen Health Clinic as it celebrate its 50th anniversary.

Hispanic Heritage Block Party: The Association for Graduate Student Diversity and other BCM organizations have organized a Hispanic Heritage Month Block Party for the Baylor community for Friday, Oct. 15, from 4-6 p.m., in the courtyard located behind the Cullen Building. There will be food, music, games and prizes. All are welcome, masks and physical distancing encouraged.

Open enrollment continues: The 2022 Benefits Open Enrollment period continues and virtual Zoom meetings are available. Remember to make your elections through Employee Self-Service (ESS) by 11:59 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 18. Changes and/or elections made during Open Enrollment will be effective Jan. 1, 2022. Please send any questions to ask-insurance@bcm.edu or call 713-798-1500.

Faculty Kudos

Dr. Maria Elena Bottazzi, professor and associate dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine, was recognized as an 'Outstanding Woman' by the Commission for Women, Children, Youth and Family of the Central American Parliament within the framework of the Forum of Women of Political Parties of Honduras. Organized by the Honduran Parliament Bench, Bottazzi was recognized for her work in vaccine research and development, especially her contributions to advance a COVID-19 vaccine. Learn more (in Spanish).

Dr. Kimiko Krieger, postdoctoral associate in molecular and cellular biology, was named to the inaugural class of the National Postdoctoral Association's IMPACT Fellowship Program. The initiative is designed to empower postdoctoral scholars from underrepresented backgrounds to build skills, understand strengths and develop networks.

Dr. Sanghamitra, associate professor of pediatrics, has completed the prestigious Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Fellowship. The three-year leadership program for clinical researchers focuses on equity, diversity, inclusion, racism, bias, communication, media management, difficult conversations, cultural competency, adaptive leadership, conflict resolution, advocacy, op-ed writing and other relevant leadership topics.

Dr. Ted Rosen, professor of dermatology, was selected as a recipient of honorary membership in the American Academy of Dermatology. This honor recognizes members of the academy who have advanced the profession through leadership and service that affirms uncommon and sustained dedication to the field. He will be recognized at the Stars of the Academy Awards Ceremony and other events.

Dr. Philip Lupo, associate professor of pediatric hematology and oncology, was recently elected to the Children's Oncology Group (COG) Nominating Committee as one of the four members representing the Non-Hematology/Oncology disciplines. COG is a National Cancer Institute supported clinical trials group and is the world's largest organization devoted exclusively to childhood and adolescent cancer research.

Faculty Opportunities

New position open: Applications are being accepted for the Assistant Dean for Research Informatics & Data Integration. This position leads research strategic growth in collaborative and reliable biomedical research informatics and data systems. The assistant dean will establish ongoing collaborative relationships and communications with affiliates and community partners, and investigators in the areas of data governance, usage and strategic growth. For more information, contact SVPResearch@bcm.edu. Application materials are due by Oct. 29.

Conference opportunity: The Department of Family and Community Medicine is hosting the Annual Primary Care Update Conference, a one-day virtual conference providing evidence-based, non-commercial advice. The event will be held Oct. 23 with several speakers throughout the day from 7:50 a.m. – 5 p.m. There is a $125 registration fee and CME credit offered. Register and view the schedule.

Seminar Series: The TCH Medical Humanities program offers monthly educational and professional development events virtually for all Baylor members on the second Tuesday of each month at 3 p.m. This month's event is a book club on the book "Americanah" by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Email medicalhumanities@texaschildrens.org for Zoom details and calendar invite. See details and future dates. Medical Humanities is an interdisciplinary field of medicine that incorporates humanities such as literature, ethics, sociology and arts into medical education and practice.

Call for art submissions: The 20th annual BCM Charity Art Show, supporting Texas Children's Hospital Periwinkle Medicine in Arts Program, is seeking submissions of artwork and crafts from anyone in the Houston community to be a part of the online auction. Forty percent of the proceeds will be donated, with the rest going to the artist. Submit your art, or learn more. The deadline to submit is Oct. 29.

Survey participation needed: The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, School of Public Health is looking for primary care physicians in the Houston-Harris County area that prescribe buprenorphine to patients with opioid addiction. The goal is to better understand what practices can produce better outcomes for people experiencing drug misuse. Complete the survey online. For more information email Travis Clark at travis.m.clark@uth.tmc.edu.

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