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Post-Harvey Trauma: Counselors, psychologists, social workers and educators from 10 area school districts learned to identify symptoms of post-Hurricane Harvey traumatic stress in children at a symposium hosted by Baylor psychiatrists last week. Pictured are Dr. Asim Shah, professor in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science and faculty senator, who led the program, and presenters Dr. Nizete-Ly Valles, Dr. Asna Matin, Dr. Stephanie Hernandez and Dr. Sophia Banu, assistant professors in the department.


Faculty Performance Reviews: Self-assessment forms for Faculty Performance Assessment and Development Planning are now available. Please check your email for a message from "Performance Management" with a link to the system so you can begin your evaluation. 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.

Best Global Universities: Baylor College of Medicine earned a spot on the U.S. News & World Report 2018 Best Global Universities list, ranking No. 55 in the U.S. and No. 126 globally. Of note, the College is No. 24 in molecular biology and genetics, No. 46 in clinical medicine and No. 48. in neuroscience and behavior.

Faculty Kudos

imageDr. Jennifer Auchtung, assistant professor of molecular virology and microbiology, has received a $294,000 award from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to study antibiotic resistance in pre-clinical models of the human gastrointestinal microbiome that could be used to discover new therapeutics.

imageDr. Gabriel Lazaro-Munoz, assistant professor in the Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy, Dr. Amy McGuire, Leo Jaworski Professor of Biomedical Ethics and center director, and Dr. Wayne Goodman, professor and D. C. and Irene Ellwood Chair in Psychiatry, have been awarded a $1.9 million NIH BRAIN Initiative neuroethics grant to identify and evaluate the ethical, legal and social concerns with adaptive deep brain stimulation technologies.


imageDr. Peter Kan, associate professor of neurosurgery and director of cerebrovascular surgery, has received a grant from the MD Anderson Cancer Center Brain SPORE Career Enhancement Project for his research titled "Preliminary Study of Super-selective Intra-arterial Infusion of Human Mesenchymal Stem Cell-based Therapy in a Rabbit Human Glioblastoma Model."


imageDr. V. Reid Sutton, Dr. Eric S. Schmitt and Salma A. Nassef volunteered their time to conduct a five-day CME course in medical genetics at Nazarbayev University in Astana, Kazakhstan. Sutton, professor of genetics and chair of the American Board of Genetics and Genomics, and Schmitt, assistant professor of genetics and a genetic counselor in the Baylor Genetics Laboratories, are pictured with Kazakh colleagues. Nassef specializes in prenatal, cancer and presymptomatic Huntington Disease genetic counseling.


imageDr. Matthew Wall, professor of surgery, is featured in this week's Meet Your Senator article on the faculty intranet portal. He represents the interests of the faculty at large on the Faculty Senate.

College Events

Astros Day: Friday, Oct. 27, is Houston Astros Day at the College to cheer on the team as it faces the Los Angeles Dodgers in game 3 of the World Series. Based on dress codes within departments, you are welcome to wear Astros apparel to show your support. To be featured on Baylor's social media channels, take a photo of you and your colleagues wearing Astros gear and send it to Nicole Blanton by 4 p.m. on Friday. Don't forget to include your names and departments.

Lavender Scare: In observance of LGBT+ History Month, the Post-Doc Association, in collaboration with the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs and Title IX and Gender Discrimination Programs, will screen “The Lavender Scare,” winner of five film festival awards for best documentary, followed by a discussion on “Building Your Multi-denity in the Workplace” with Kanithea Powell, artistic director for the Qwest Films Network. All are welcome at the event, set for 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 30, in Alkek N315. RSVP to leslie.coward@bcm.edu.

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 at Rice University's Baker Institute from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1. The speaker is Dr. Zulfiqar A. Bhutta, the Inaugural Robert Harding Chair in Global Child Health at The Hospital for Sick Children, 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 Friday, Oct. 27.

DocTalk: Dr. Shital Patel, assistant professor of medicine - infectious disease, provides a flu update at noon Thursday, Nov. 2, in Conference Room B, Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center, McNair Campus. Sign in by 12:15 p.m. to earn 100 BCM BeWell Vitality points.

Compassion & the Art of Medicine: Dr. David Buck, professor of family & community medicine, discusses his work with Healthcare for the Homeless and the HOMES Clinic at noon Friday, Nov. 3, in Cullen Auditorium, main Baylor, as part of the annual series.

Schoolar Lecture: Dr. John H. Krystal, chair of psychiatry at Yale University School of Medicine and chief of psychiatry at Yale-New Haven Hospital, delivers the Schoolar Lecture in Psychopharmacology at 10:30 a.m. Nov. 8 in Room N315, main Baylor. His topic is “Targeting Glutamate in Psychiatric Disease.”

Conversation Series: Dr. Gabriel Lazaro-Munoz speaks on “Facing Ethics Head-On: Neuroethics and Our Growing Understanding of the Brain” as part of the Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy speaker series, noon to 1:30 p.m. Nov. 9 at Grappino di Nino, 2817 W. Dallas Street. Online registration is open.

Teamwork in Crisis Management: Explore the essential elements of teamwork in the context of crisis management through the eyes of those who helped shepherd the College through Hurricane Harvey. Learn about specific tools to optimize team performance across a variety of situations. This panel discussion, hosted by Team Launch in collaboration with the Offices of the Provost and Communications, will be held from 3:30 to 6 p.m. Nov. 16 in M323, main Baylor. RSVP to teamlaunch@bcm.edu.

Faculty Resources

Educator Workshops: Faculty Development hosts two new workshop series this winter: Understanding by Design: Creating Learner-Centered Instruction, three sessions starting Dec. 15, and Team-Based Learning, two sessions starting Jan. 17. Both workshops will be held at main Baylor. Contact coordinator Deborah Fernandez to register or to learn more about the series.

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 talk 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.

Flu Shots: As the video says, there’s no need to shout: faculty and staff who have received the flu vaccine just need to submit an online form. Fill out the form, click “review/complete flu vaccine attestation form.” Check that the information is correct and hit “submit.” If Occupational Health gave you your shot, you can obtain your verification through MyOHP. Nov. 30 is the deadline to be vaccinated.

Faculty Opportunities

Show Your Art: 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.

Tell Your Tale: 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 Coat & Scrubs: Turn in your old, clean and uncontaminated garments during the 2nd Annual Lab Coat & Scrubs Recycling Event through Friday, Nov. 3, in Rayzor Hallway, main Baylor.

Heart Walk: Join Baylor’s Ace of Hearts team for the 2017 American Heart Association Heart Walk at 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, in the Texas Medical Center. Details about the 5K race, 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, with the Colon Cancer Coalition’s race on Saturday, Nov. 4, on the McNair Campus. 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' 1K is Saturday, 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 disease care, support and research. Join the Baylor Memory Walker Team at this year’s walk on 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 Events

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. Saturday, Nov. 4, at the TMC Innovation Institute. Register now.

Network with PEEPSS: Professionalism and Engagement Elevating Physician and Scientist Satisfaction (PEEPSS) is a new faculty initiative that in its pilot phase is targeting the Faculty Group Practice. The program seeks FGP participants to form PEEPSS groups that will meet once a month off-campus for six months to build a network of colleagues and socialize. Interested? Learn more and sign up online.

Clinical Conference

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 Sunday, Nov. 5.

Attention Researchers: See Research Calendar

Research Symposia

Reproductive Health Research Day: This scientific meeting includes keynote talks and presentations by top reproductive researchers within the United States and the Texas Medical Center on topics such as genome editing, endometriosis, uterine function, men's and women's fertility preservation, pre-implantation and fetal surgery, pediatric cancers, men's health, and much more. The event is set for 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7, at Cullen Auditorium and Rayzor Lounge, main Baylor. For more information and to register, go online.

Career Symposium: The Career Development Center sponsors a symposium to highlight the diversity of career choices available to students and fellows. It includes seminars focused on professional skills development and a career panel featuring Baylor alumni showcasing careers in academia, private and public sectors. The symposium concludes with a career fair featuring employers promoting a variety of opportunities across the diverse biomedical research landscape. The event is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 9, in Rayzor Lounge, main Baylor.

Call for Applications

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 Resources

Junior Faculty Extravaganza: The Gulf Coast Consortia for Quantitative Biomedical Sciences hosts a festive event for early career faculty to learn more about opportunities within the GCC’s 10 research consortia from 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1, at the BioScience Research Collaborative, 6500 Main St.

Research Mentor Training: Faculty research mentors are invited to attend a 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), tailored to research mentors at the College. The workshop is set for 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 3, In M319. If you would like to attend, please contact NRMN master facilitator Dr. Anna Marie Sokac.

Mouse Metabolic & Phenotyping Core: This newly merged Advanced Technology Core lab supports the application of advanced analysis of metabolic pathways and related physiological and biochemical parameters in mice and rats, as well as in isolated / cultured cells in vitro. Assays offered include hyperinsulinemic-euglycemic clamp in conscious mice, oxygen consumption rate and extra cellular acidification rate measurements from cells in culture plates, Body Composition and Echo MRI, CLAMS, heat and real time body temperature monitoring, home cage activity monitoring, MRI, CT, ultrasound, X-ray, bioluminescence imaging, indirect calorimetry, telemetry, and non-invasive blood pressure measurements. For more information about any of the cores visit the ATC website.

From the Labs: Find out what a milestone in lifetime views shows: From the Labs is a must-read for Baylor’s basic research findings and science images. 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 November.

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