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The Human Genome Sequencing Center team poses behind a large spread of treats and drinks, with balloons set all around the room.

Caption: Congratulations to the Human Genome Sequencing Center team processing 100,000 samples for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) All of Us Research Program. Read more about Baylor's All of Us program.

Faculty Kudos

Dr. Anna Maria Mandalakas, professor of pediatrics – global immigrant health, is the 2022 Clara Southmayd Ludlow Medal recipient from the American Society for Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. The award honors a single individual whose work represents success despite obstacles and advances the field of tropical medicine.

Dr. Ourania Preventza, professor of cardiothoracic surgery, is a co-chair for new aortic disease guidelines released by the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology. The 2022 ACC/AHA Guideline for Diagnosis and Management of Aortic Disease: A Report of the American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology Joint Committee on Clinical Practice Guidelines was released Nov. 2. The previous guidelines were released in 2010.

Dr. Philip Lupo, professor of pediatrics – hematology and oncology and director of the Epidemiology and Population Sciences Program at Texas Children's Cancer and Hematology Center, was recently invited to be a member of the National Cancer Institute's Cancer Prevention Steering Committee. The committee addresses the design, prioritization and evaluation of concepts for clinical trials to prevent cancer.

Faculty Opportunities

Education Hackathon: One week remains until the second annual Education Hackathon kick-off event hosted by the Department of Education, Innovation and Technology. From noon to 1:30 p.m. Nov. 17, Dr. Louis Deslauriers, director of science teaching and learning at Harvard, will deliver "The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Active Learning," in McMillian Auditorium in main Baylor. From 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., teams will explore solutions to education problems then work to form innovative solutions to the hackathon problem. Lunch will be provided for the first 100 attendees. On March 8, teams will share their ideas in a competitive "pitch" event for a chance to win $25,000 in grant support for their idea. Deadline to register is Nov. 11.

OMG Lecture: At 9 a.m. Nov. 17, Wolf Dietrich Heyer, researcher at University of California-Davis, will give an OMG lecture, "Rad52 and BRCA2 regulate pathway choice in double-stranded DNA break repair." Register for the webinar.

Healthcare Improvement Course: Applications are open through Nov. 13 for the Spring 2023 Leading Healthcare Improvement Course, an advanced-level quality improvement leadership training course that will begin Feb. 7. It includes six interactive workshop sessions, pre-session assignments and a poster presentation. The course is eligible for CME and MOC credit, and it is open to Baylor and affiliated faculty, fellows/advanced trainees and staff at no charge. Space is limited. To learn more and apply, visit the Leading Healthcare Improvement. For questions, email CCIT-mgmt@bcm.edu.

Pennsylvania Pediatric Medical Device Consortium: The consortium is now accepting applications for a new round of its Early Stage Device Support Program, a program to provide professional support to guide product development planning and other activities for early stage projects. The support is valued at $10,000 and only concept and early prototype stage projects will be considered. The application and instructions with full details and eligibility requirements are available by request online at the Pediatric Medical Device (PMD) Launchpad. Applications due by Nov. 14.

Things To Do

Volunteer opportunity: Baylor College of Medicine, in collaboration with Hermann Park Conservancy, will host a volunteer opportunity Nov. 18. The in-person event will take place from 9 a.m. to noon at Hermann Park, and volunteers will assist with various projects, such as weeding, mulching and raking trails. All projects will depend on the weather. If interested, please apply. Registration ends Nov. 11. For questions, email Alex Alanis at alex.alanis@bcm.edu.

HOMES Clinic Fundraiser: The HOMES Clinic's fall campaign, Give Thanks, is raising funds to provide life-saving essentials like handwarmers, sleeping bags, blankets, insulated socks, crutches and walkers for unhoused people. Find more information at the clinic's new website. HOMES Clinic is a healthcare provider network for unhoused people in the Houston area. All fundraiser proceeds will go to patient care and clinic operations.

Reflective Writing Workshop: From Oct. 12 to Nov. 16, BCM Well-Being and Inprint will host free reflective writing workshops on how to chronicle your experience with caregiving during COVID. Classes will be from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Wednesdays at Ben Taub Hospital Classroom 6D. Find more information here.

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