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Benefits Open Enrollment: Monday’s Benefits Fair attracted the attention of faculty and staff members keen to learn more about products, resources and services available through Human Resources. The open enrollment period for employee benefits concludes at 11:59 p.m. Monday, Oct. 23. There is still time to attend a meeting to review benefits changes or to get personal assistance from the Benefits team:

  • Today, Oct. 19: Meeting, 10 - 11 a.m., Room 201A, main Baylor
  • Oct. 19: Meeting, 1 - 2 p.m., Room 1869, O’Quinn Medical Tower
  • Oct. 19: Assistance, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Room 018D, main Baylor
  • Friday, Oct. 20: Meeting, 9 - 10 a.m., Room 1869, O’Quinn Medical Tower
  • Oct. 20: Meeting, 1 - 2 p.m., OS186, McGovern Campus
  • Oct. 20: Assistance, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Room 018D, main Baylor
  • Monday, Oct. 23: Assistance, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Room 018D, main Baylor

Don't Lose Email Access: Monday at midnight (11:59 p.m. 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.

Policy Updates: The Board of Trustees approved 21 new and revised institutional policies on Sept. 27, including various compliance policies and the following:

  • 12.2.22 – Access Controls for Personal Mobile Devices
  • 21.1.06 – Policy Standards for Engaging Employees with Legal Training
  • 17.2.15 – Third-Party Non-Profit Organization Fundraising and Gift Policy
  • 02.8.08 – Vacation Policy for Faculty At the Rank of Assistant Professor or Above

Minor modifications were made to other policies, consult Policy Highlights for more information

Faculty Kudos

imageDr. Hsiao-Tuan Chao, instructor of pediatrics – neurology and a postdoctoral researcher at the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute (NRI), has been named a 2017 STAT Wunderkind for her work on GABA-signaling pathways and how they relate to Rett syndrome and other childhood neurological disorders.


imageDr. Efua Leke, assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology, is featured in this week’s Meet Your Senator article on the faculty intranet portal. She represents the interests of the faculty at large on the Faculty Senate.

imageDr. Lucy J. Puryear, associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology, will receive the Ima Hogg Award for her contributions to women’s health and mental health at Mental Health America of Greater Houston’s gala Nov. 8. Puryear is medical director of The Women’s Place – Center for Reproductive Psychiatry at Texas Children’s Hospital and co-director of The Menopause Center at Pavillion for Women.

imageDr. Emily Sedgwick, associate professor of radiology, was featured in BCM Family for establishing the same-day mammogram and biopsy program at the Breast Care Center at Baylor Clinic as the program celebrates its 10th year of service during Breast Cancer Awareness Month. She also holds the Pat Korell Endowed Professorship in Breast Imaging and is chief quality officer for the Faculty Group Practice.


imageDr. Huda Zoghbi, professor in the departments of pediatrics, molecular and human genetics, neurology, and neuroscience and director of the NRI, was awarded the George W. Jacoby Lectureship by the American Neurological Association for meritorious experimental work. She was honored at the ANA's annual meeting in San Diego, where she also presented a lecture titled "Using Genetics to Identify Pathways that Regulate Proteins Driving Neurodegeneration."


College Events

Team Shop Pop-Up: Check out the all-new collection of Baylor College of Medicine-branded apparel, workout wear, accessories and more from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today, Oct. 19, in Rayzor Hallway, main Baylor.

BCM Wellness 5K: The sixth annual race/walk benefiting student wellness initiatives is Saturday, Oct. 21, in the Texas Medical Center. This is a timed event, 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.

Maternal & Neonatal Care: "Effective Policies for Scaling Up Care for Mothers and Newborns in Marginalized Populations" is the topic of a BCM co-sponsored lecture, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. Nov. 1 at Rice University's Baker Institute. The speaker is Dr. Zulfiqar A. Bhutta, the Inaugural Robert Harding Chair in Global Child Health at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), co-director of the SickKids Centre for Global Child Health and founding director of the Centre of Excellence in Women and Child Health at the Aga Khan University in Karachi, Pakistan. RSVP online by Oct. 27.

Faculty Resources

Faculty Performance Reviews: The Faculty Performance Assessment and Development Planning self-assessment forms are now available. Please check your email for a message from “Performance Management” with a link to the system so you can begin your self-assessment. Visit the website for training materials and resources to get the most out of your review. Complete your self-assessment by Nov. 17. If you have questions, please contact performancemanagement@bcm.edu.

Pathways to Promotion: During the Faculty Performance Evaluation period, the Office of Faculty Development will hold Pathways to Promotions workshops to provide an overview of Baylor’s updated promotions guidelines and a workbook tool for assessing your individual progress and planning 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:

  • Today, Oct. 19: Noon - 1 p.m. in Room OS186, McGovern Campus
  • Friday, Nov. 17: Noon - 1 p.m. in Room M323, main Baylor

Women in Leadership: The Provost’s office is accepting nominations for the Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) program at Drexel University. Women faculty members who are interested in professional development and have held the rank of associate professor for at least two years are encouraged to discuss the opportunity with their chair or center director. The nomination deadline for internal review by the BCM ELAM Selection Committee is Nov. 13. For more information, please see the website.

Faculty Opportunities

Science Fair Advisors: Volunteers are needed as advisors for middle school students from Baylor College of Medicine Academy at Ryan and Baylor College of Medicine Biotechnology Academy at Rusk who are participating in upcoming science fairs. Advising involves helping students revise their research questions, conduct research, interpret data, etc. Advising sessions are 8 - 10 a.m. Oct. 21, Nov. 4, Dec. 2 and Jan. 27 during the Saturdays with Scientists program that the Center for Educational Outreach holds on the McGovern Campus. To volunteer or for more information see the website.

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.

Calling All Storytellers: Submit a story for the Texas Medical Center’s storytelling event, Off Script: Stories from the Heart of Medicine. The theme is "After the Flood." Your 600-900 word story sketch is due Nov. 10. Those selected will be invited to workshop and share their stories at the event Dec. 7 at TCH. For more information, see the website.

For a Good Cause

Lab Coats & Scrubs: Turn in your old, clean and uncontaminated garments during the 2nd Annual Lab Coat & Scrubs Recycling Event Monday, Oct. 23, through Nov. 3 in Rayzor Hallway, main Baylor.

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 the medical community will get together on the McNair Campus to educate the 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.

Alex's 5K Run/Walk and Kids' K is Nov. 4 at MacGregor Park. This annual fun run raises money for Autism Speaks and Avondale House in memory of Alex Jamrich, son of Dr. Milan Jamrich, professor of molecular and cell biology. The family-friendly event includes a post-race party and lots of kids' activities. Find more information and register online.

Alzheimer's Walk: Walk to End Alzheimer's is the world's largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer's care, support and research. Join the Baylor Memory Walker Team at this year's walk Nov. 19 at the University of Houston. Or donate online to help Baylor become the top team in Houston.

Attention Clinicians: See Clinical Calendar

Clinical Symposia

Diabetes Symposium: The 13th Annual Diabetes Symposium: Diabetes for Primary Care in 2017, is Saturday and Sunday, 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. On-site registration is 7 - 8 a.m. Oct. 21.

Women's Health & 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.

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 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 4 at the TMC Innovation Institute. Register now.

Attention Researchers: See Research Calendar

Research Forum

Liver Cancer 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 Cancer Symposium, set for Oct. 25 - 26 at the Children’s Nutrition Research Center. Contact Amy Craft for more information.

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.

Research Resources

Mouse Phenotyping Core: This Advanced Technology Core lab contains a multitude of testing capabilities for the assessment of mouse models from embryo to adult. Access to the MPC is open to all Baylor and non-affiliated Baylor investigators. Current equipment includes: MRI, CT, ultrasound, body composition/densitometry, indirect calorimetry, telemetry and indirect blood pressure. Workstations for image reconstruction and data analysis also are available within the core. For more information about any of the cores visit the ATC website.

From the Labs: Find out why Dr. Meng Wang, associate professor of molecular and human genetics and the Huffington Center On Aging, thinks gut bacteria may be part of a recipe for longer, healthier life. 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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