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Champion for Diversity Retires: Colleagues and former trainees praised the compassion and commitment of Dr. James L. Phillips, senior associate dean for diversity and community outreach, at a reception marking his retirement Oct. 26. Dr. Phillips recruited generations of students from groups underrepresented in medicine and research and built a network of faculty members to serve as resources and mentors for a more inclusive campus. Pictured is Senate Chair Oluyinka Olutoye congratulating Dr. Phillips on his 25 years at Baylor.

Share Your Thoughts! Take the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) StandPoint Faculty Engagement Survey. This month, the College, along with academic medical centers around the country, is participating in the StandPoint Surveys to gauge faculty and staff satisfaction as part of its ongoing commitment to enhance the workplace. Please check your email (including junk folders) for a link to the survey from StandPointSurveys@aamc.org. For more information, and to see how feedback from past faculty surveys has influenced change at Baylor, visit the engagement survey website.

Concur Launch: A new way for all employees to get reimbursed for travel and non-travel business expenses will be implemented on Monday, Nov. 5, with the official launch of Concur. This web and mobile-enabled tool will handle travel requests, travel booking, travel and non-travel expense reimbursement and procurement card reconciliation. Learn more about Concur, and register online for an upcoming Concur training overview or lab/mobile set up. Questions? Email concursupport@bcm.edu.

BCM Annual Report: The College's Annual Report is now available online. It details the achievements of 2018 and highlights accomplishments from major awards, discoveries and commercialization efforts to advanced initiatives, extensive community outreach activities and expansion on the McNair Campus. President Paul Klotman presented the report to the Board of Trustees at its September meeting.

Faculty Kudos

image image Dr. Mary Dickinson, professor of molecular physiology & biophysics and associate dean of research, Dr. Jason Heaney, assistant professor of molecular & human genetics, and Dr. William Lagor, assistant professor of molecular physiology & biophysics, with colleagues from Rice University, have received a five-year, $2 million National Institutes of Health grant to create mouse model resources for testing the therapeutic potential of novel genome editing approaches. The project is part of the larger effort of the NIH’s Somatic Cell Genome Editing program.

image Carl Fasser, professor and former longtime director of the Physician Assistant Program in the School of Health Professions, received the Physician Assistant Education Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award Oct. 26 at the PAEA’s annual conference in Anaheim, Calif. The award recognizes a faculty or staff member who has made extraordinary contributions to PA education over a sustained period. Also at the conference, Dr. Salim Virani, associate professor of medicine, received the Article of the Year Award for his Population Health Management publication, “Health Care Resource Utilization for Outpatient Cardiovascular Disease and Diabetes Care Delivery among Advanced Practice Providers and Physician Providers in Primary Care.”

Dr. Jennifer Foster, assistant of pediatrics – hematology & oncology at Baylor and Texas Children's Cancer and Hematology Centers, was appointed to the American Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Drugs. The committee reviews all aspects of pediatric pharmacology and advises the AAP Board of Directors on drug labeling, safety and efficacy for both prescription and over-the-counter drugs; monitors federal legislation related to the drug approval process; and promotes the need for expanded pediatric drug trials.

Dr. Peter Kan, associate professor of neurosurgery and director of cerebrovascular surgery, was awarded funding from the Roderick D. MacDonald Research Fund at Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center for his research project to test intra-arterial therapy for brain cancer in a human brain tumor model. This work is being done in collaboration with Dr. Frederick Lang's lab at MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Dr. David Nelson, Cullen Foundation Professor of Molecular and Human Genetics, presided over the annual meeting of the American Society of Human Genetics in San Diego last month. Nelson is president of the society, the largest human genetics group in the world, and delivered the meeting’s address to a crowd of over 9,000.

Dr. Todd Rosengart, professor and DeBakey-Bard Chair of the Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery, was named the 2018 president of the Society of Surgical Chairs at the 2018 Society for Surgical Chairs annual meeting in Boston. The society, a program of the American College of Surgeons, advance the academic surgery missions of administration, research, teaching and patient care.

College Events

Blood Cancer Symposium: The Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center, along with Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center, the DeBakey VA Medical Center and Harris Health System host the inaugural Hematologic Malignancies Symposium on Saturday, Nov. 3, in Cullen Auditorium, main Baylor. Clonal hematopoiesis, myelodysplasia and acute AML pathogenesis and therapy are topics for the poster session and presentations led by Dr. Gustavo Rivero, Dr. Martha Mims and DLDCCC Director C. Kent Osborne. Register for the symposium online.

Your Vote Counts Early voting for the midterm elections ends Friday, Nov. 2, with Election Day set for Tuesday, Nov. 6. See the website for voting locations and acceptable forms of photo ID.

Genetic Counselor Awareness Day: Learn more about your partners in genetic healthcare and their training program in the School of Health Professions when you stop by the Genetic Counselor Awareness Day table, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, in the E Hallway at main Baylor.

Precision Medicine Grand Rounds: The inaugural Baylor College of Medicine and Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center Precision Medicine Grand Rounds features guest lecturer Dr. Anantha Shekhar, distinguished professor at Indiana University School of Medicine and leader of IU’s Precision Health Initiative. His talk, titled “Integrating Precision Medicine into Clinical Practice: Rewards and Challenges,” begins at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, in the Denton A. Cooley Auditorium at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center, 6770 Bertner Ave. The CME-eligible lecture is sponsored by the Institute for Clinical and Translational Research and the Office of the President.

Update on Alzheimer's: Leading experts from the Alzheimer’s Disease and Memory Disorders Center Dr. Joseph Kass, professor of neurology, psychiatry and medical ethics and director of the ADMDC, and Dr. Melissa Yu, associate professor of neurology and a faculty senator, host a public forum on the latest AD research and treatments at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 8, at Cullen Auditorium. Call (800) 272-3900 to register.

Shearer Memorial Service: A service commemorating the life of Dr. William Shearer, professor of pediatrics and chief of the Allergy/Immunology Section and Service at Texas Children’s Hospital, is set for 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 9, at TCH Feigin Tower, 1st Floor Conference Room.

Faculty Opportunities

Women in Leadership: The deadline for chairs and center directors to submit nominations for the Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM) program at Drexel University is Monday, Nov. 19. Women faculty members who are interested in professional development and have held the rank of associate professor for at least two years should discuss the opportunity with their supervisors. For more information, please see the website.

Faculty Awards: November is nominations month for many of the College-wide faculty awards like the Barbara and Corbin J. Robertson, Jr. Presidential Award for Excellence in Education, Clark Faculty Service Award and Ben and Margaret Love Foundation Bobby Alford Award for Academic Clinical Professionalism, as well as the portfolio submissions deadline for the Early Career Faculty Award for Excellence in Patient Care. Check dates and eligibility on the Faculty Development calendar.

Faculty Resources

Compliance and Ethics Week starts Monday, Nov. 5. Staff from the Office of Compliance will visit Baylor locations across the campus and community to offer information, activities and prizes to increase awareness of College healthcare compliance policies and initiatives. See the full schedule.

NIH Applications: Dr. Leanne Scott, senior director of sponsored programs in the Office of Research, discusses “New NIH Applications: Forms E with PHS Human Subjects and Clinical Trials Information,” as part of the Molecular & Human Genetics Faculty Development Seminar Series at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6, in Room M112.

Women in Science: The Association for Women in Science Gulf Coast Houston hosts its monthly networking event at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6, at Agora, 1712 Westheimer Rd. The first Tuesday of each month is your time to network with other women in the sciences and discuss workshops and career development opportunities. Information and registration are online.

Introduction to Active Learning: The Office of Faculty Development offers strategies for large- and small-group teaching in an interactive workshop 3 – 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9 in Room N311, main Baylor. RSVP to faced@bcm.edu to attend.

For a Good Cause

Healthy Dads & Kids: Researchers at the USDA/ARS Children’s Nutrition Research Center are looking for fathers with children ages 5 to 11 to complete an online survey. The 30-minute survey focuses on their interactions with their kids to promote physical activity and eating behaviors. Volunteers will receive $15 for completing the survey. For more information, email healthydads@bcm.edu or visit the website.

Attention Clinicians: See Clinical Events

Clinical Seminars

Surgery Grand Rounds: Dr. Todd Rosengart, professor and DeBakey-Bard Chair of Surgery, presents “The State of the Department of Surgery: Our Finest Hour” at 7 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, in Room N315. Attend in person or watch the webcast.

Evenings with Genetics: Dr. Arthur Beaudet, Henry and Emma Meyer Chair and Professor of Molecular & Human Genetics, and Dr. Carlos Bacino, professor of genetics and chief of the genetics service at Texas Children’s Hospital, lead a public seminar on treatment and research strategies for children with Angelman Syndrome at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 13, at the Children’s Museum of Houston. Admission is free but registration is required.

Attention Researchers: See Research Calendar

Research Seminars

DLDCCC Seminar: Dr. Yves DeClerck of the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California speaks on “Mesenchymal Stromal Cells: Contributors to Therapeutic Care in Cancer” as part of the Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center Distinguished Lecture Series at noon Tuesday, Nov. 6 in Room N315, main Baylor.

CVRI Seminar: Dr. Wendy Chang of Columbia University discusses the “Use of genomics to understand broken hearts and implications for clinical care” at noon Wednesday, Nov. 7, in Room 301A, main Baylor.

Hematology/Oncology Summit Introduce trainees to research opportunities in the Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center at the Hematology/Oncology Research Summit, 12:30 – 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9, Room M423, main Baylor. RSVP to hcruce@bcm.edu to attend.

Research Resources

Space Fellowships: The Translational Research Institute for Space Health seeks proposals from promising postdoctoral fellows performing research related to human spaceflight. Applicants must submit research proposals together with an identified mentor and institution. Funds to support the research must be supplied by the mentor. Selected fellows will receive a stipend for salary support as well as an allowance for health insurance and travel to related scientific meetings. More information is available online. Full proposals are due Jan. 31, 2019.

The Brain Research Foundation's 2019 Fay/Frank Seed Grant Program will accept one institutional nomination from the College to support junior faculty working in new research directions in the field of neuroscience. Full-time assistant and associate professors are eligible to compete for the two-year, $80,000 grant. Submit your letter of intent, along with an NIH biosketch, research summary and letter of support to the BCM online submission portal by 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 9.

From the Labs: Read how Dr. Melanie Samuel, assistant professor of neuroscience in the Huffington Center on Aging, is gaining insight into neural fate in the retina in this week’s post. You can receive twice-weekly articles on Baylor's research and innovation highlights as they are posted by going to From the Labs and entering your email address in the "Subscribe" 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.

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