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Veterans Day Salute: On Saturday, Nov. 11, the College honors the military veterans in the Baylor community whose commitment to service contributes to our mission of excellence. In addition to "greenlighting" the Cullen Building, we have produced a video featuring faculty veterans Dr. Ken Mattox (pictured), distinguished service professor, chief of staff and surgeon in chief at Ben Taub Hospital, Dr. Susan Blaney, professor of pediatrics – hematology/oncology, Dr. Susanne McLaughlin, assistant professor of medicine – nephrology, Dr. Tim Porea, clinical director of the Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Centers and faculty advisor for the Military Medical Students Association, and Dr. Bud Frazier, professor of surgery and chief of transplant services at Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center, along with staff members and trainees who have served in the Armed Forces. Read about the College’s long affiliation with the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center here.


Faculty Performance Update: The updated Faculty Appointments and Promotions Guidelines for the College are now available on the FAP website. Reviewed and approved by the FAP Committee, Faculty Senate, Academic Council and the Board of Trustees, the guidelines address new areas of faculty focus, such as business development, patient safety and healthcare quality; the expanding clinical mission; and faculty with a wider variety of academic degrees. They are a useful reference for Faculty Performance Assessment and Development Planning currently underway. The deadline for self-assessments is Friday, Nov. 17.

Faculty Kudos

imageDr. John Coverdale, professor in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, received the Alpha Omega Alpha Robert J. Glaser Distinguished Teacher Award at the Association of American Medical Colleges annual meeting in Boston this week for his contributions to medical education. Coverdale has received more than 25 educational awards at Baylor and authored more than 200 peer-reviewed articles, many of which were co-written with students and residents.


imageDr. Jeffrey Jones, professor of urology and space medicine, has received a $1 million Challenge Award from the Prostate Cancer Foundation to study the link between exposure to battlefield chemicals, such as Agent Orange, and prostate cancer in veterans. Jones, who serves in the Navy reserves and is chief of urology service at the DeBakey VA Medical Center, will include patients from the VA and Ben Taub Hospital in the collaborative project supported by the Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center.


imageDr. James R. Lupski, professor and Cullen Foundation Endowed Chair in Molecular Genetics, was celebrated by colleagues and protégés from across the nation and around the world in a day-long symposium on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of his lab. He has authored more than 700 articles and trained scores of scientists over the course of his career.


imageDr. James Pool, professor of medicine – hypertension and holder of the eponymous Presidential Endowed Chair in Clinical Pharmacology, was the guest of honor at a reception where patients, trustees and clinical leaders marked his 40th anniversary of service to the College. Pool said he has seen five generations of one family in his practice and has no plans to retire.


imageDr. Nihita Shah, assistant professor of family and community medicine, 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. Amber Yates, assistant professor of pediatrics – hematology, recently was selected to participate in the American Society of Hematology Medical Educators Institute in October. This program was developed to cultivate future leaders by providing a “boot camp” in teaching techniques, scholarship and career development for hematologists in early phases of their medical education careers.

College Events

Compassion & the Art of Medicine: Dr. Richard Lyn-Cook, assistant professor of family and community medicine, discusses his experience as a patient after a gunshot injury at noon Friday, Nov. 10, in Cullen Auditorium, main Baylor, as part of the annual series.

Art Show: The Graduate Student Council's 16th Annual Art Show featuring artists from the Baylor community and benefiting Texas Children's Hospital Cancer and Hematology Arts in Medicine Program is Nov. 13 – 17 on the first and second floors of the Alkek Lobby, main Baylor. Silent auction bid sheets will be available at the show.

Women in Science: Dr. Alicia Monroe, provost and senior vice president of academic and faculty affairs, will be honored at the Outstanding Women in Science Seminar Series for her inspiring leadership and significant contributions toward science education and STEM careers promotion. The seminar, award presentation and reception begins at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14, in Cullen Auditorium, main Baylor. RSVP online.

Evenings with Genetics: A panel discussion on “Partners in Progress: Families and Scientists Catalyze Research for Rare Diseases,” featuring Dr. Brendan Lee, Robert and Janice McNair Endowed Chair and professor of molecular and human genetics, and leaders of advocacy organizations for urea cycle disorders, osteogenesis imperfecta and propionic acidemia, begins at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15, at the Children’s Museum of Houston. Register online.

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 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16 in M323, main Baylor. RSVP requested to teamlaunch@bcm.edu.

Faculty Opportunities

Curriculum Committee: The Medical School Curriculum Committee is soliciting nominations for one faculty member position. Interested faculty members from all disciplines are encouraged to apply by close of business Nov. 20. The Curriculum Committee has the integrated institutional responsibility for the overall design, management and evaluation of a coherent and coordinated curriculum. For more information, please see the Faculty Opportunities webpage.

Translational Research & Population Health: The Medical School seeks nominations for an associate course director for this new required course for first-year medical students starting in fall 2018. The course includes a simple project using BCM clinic data. Innovative assistant professors with experience conducting patient-centered research and medical education are encouraged to apply for the 0.1 FTE supported position by Dec. 1. For more information, please see Faculty Opportunities webpage.

Faculty Resources

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. 13. 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.

Financial Wellness Week starts Monday, Nov. 13. To learn about the 2018 changes to the investment options in the College’s retirement plans, schedule an appointment with a Fidelity representative at (800) 642-7131 or attend a one hour workshop:

  • Main Baylor: Noon Monday, Nov. 13, 9 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14, and 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15 in Cullen Auditorium (all Cullen Auditorium sessions are live-streamed on Zoom)
  • McNair Campus: 9 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 13, in Conference Room C
  • O’Quinn Medical Towers: Noon and 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14, in Conference Room 1869
  • Children's Nutrition Research Center: 9 a.m. and noon Wednesday, Nov. 15, in Howland Auditorium

Emeriti & Medicare: Learn more about Emeriti Retiree Health Solutions and changes to the Aetna Supplemental Plan for 2018 at meetings offered at 8:30 a.m., 10 a.m., noon and 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16, in Cullen Auditorium, main Baylor.

Pathways to Promotion: The Office of Faculty Development offers a workshop to provide an overview of the College’s updated promotions guidelines and a workbook tool for you to assess your individual progress and plan for your career growth. The workshop, set for noon Friday, Nov. 17, in Room M323, main Baylor, also will help evaluators provide constructive guidance to faculty during the evaluation and planning meeting. RSVP to faced@bcm.edu or (713) 798-7285.

For a Good Cause

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.

Heart Walk: Join Baylor’s Ace of Hearts team for the 2017 American Heart Association Heart Walk at 8 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, at 1522 William C. Harvin Blvd. The College currently has 31 grant awardees with a total investment of more than $5.5 million from the AHA through campaigns like the Heart Walk. Details about the 5K race, parking and other frequently asked questions can be found online.

Attention Clinicians: See Clinical Calendar

Clinical Events

Profiles in Professionalism: Dr. David Chestnut, professor of anesthesiology and director of the division of obstetric anesthesiology at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, discusses challenges in defining, teaching, encouraging and maintaining professionalism in the practice of medicine at 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16, in Room 306A, main Baylor. This Center for Professionalism in Medicine lecture has been approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit and ethics and/or professional responsibility credit will be awarded. A reception follows the talk.

FGP & 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 Research

Biosimilars Survey: Doctoral students in the Department of Pharmaceutical Health Outcomes and Policy, College of Pharmacy at University of Houston, are conducting a survey titled “Assessment of Knowledge, Perceptions and Prescribing Behavior of Physicians for Biosimilars.” If you have five minutes to participate in this voluntary survey, please follow this link. If you have any questions, please contact one of the graduate students on the research team: Ee Vien Low, (832) 217-4398, Sorochi Iloanusi, (601) 316-6119, and Swarnava Sanyal, (312) 846-0496. You also may call the faculty sponsor, Dr. Sujit S. Sansgiry, professor in the department, at (832) 842-8393.

Attention Researchers: See Research Calendar

Research Event

DLDCC Distinguished Lecture: Dr. Cindy Farach-Carson, director of clinical and translational research and professor of diagnostic and biomedical sciences at UT Health Science Center Houston will speak on “Recreating the Tissue Microenvironment Using ECM-modified Hydrogels in Cancer Biology and Tissue Engineering” at noon, Tuesday, Nov. 14, in Room N315, main Baylor.

Research Resources

Mass Spectrometry Proteomics Core: This Advanced Technology Core lab features state-of-the-art Thermo Scientific Orbitrap and AB Sciex 5600 instrumentation. It offers comprehensive service packages for proteome-wide label free quantitative proteomic profiling of cells and tissues, isolation and identification of protein complexes via immunoprecipitation followed by mass spectrometry, post-translational modification analysis, and routine protein identification from purified samples. Full support includes project evaluation and design, biochemical purifications, mass spectrometry sequencing, and data analysis performed within the core by experienced personnel. For more information about any of the cores visit the ATC website.

From the Labs: Read how Dr. Mirjana Maletic-Savatic, assistant professor of pediatrics and neurology, discovered that the gene Lunatic Fringe helps keep the brain renewable. 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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