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From the Labs: November’s image shows the location of the Man1b1 protein (green) with the Golgi apparatus, rather than the endoplasmic reticulum (red), as previously had been assumed. The finding contributes to the understanding of cellular protein regulation and of conditions associated with the accumulation of defective proteins, including neurological disorders. Image courtesy of the lab of Dr. Richard Sifers, professor of pathology & immunology.

Academic Council: President Paul Klotman discussed the preliminary results of the Pfizer coronavirus vaccine at the Nov. 9 meeting. Baylor College of Medicine has applied to be a distribution site when a vaccine is released. First responders, healthcare workers and elderly and vulnerable populations likely will be priorities for initial vaccination outreach.

  • Clinical Dean Jim McDeavitt said the College is preparing for an increase in Houston COVID-19 cases using the surge planning developed over the summer.
  • Provost Alicia Monroe asked the chairs and center directors for help complying with a reporting requirement of the Higher Education Act. Baylor has a January 2021 deadline to disclose gifts and contracts over $250,000 that come from non-U.S. sources.
  • Dean Jennifer Christner reported on the success of the School of Medicine’s pilot program on healthcare value and quality improvement as part of the health systems science curriculum. The pandemic accelerated development and adoption of the self-paced, remote learning program on healthcare delivery.
  • Dr. Mark Harbott, senior associate dean of graduate medical education, described plans to better support Baylor’s 111 ACGME-accredited programs as a continuous quality improvement effort in response to an ACGME survey that found areas for improvement in 38 programs.
  • Stephanie Young, senior vice president for institutional advancement, and team members introduced the new Baylor Medical Foundation. The College’s fundraising entity will expand Baylor’s reach to connect with national and international donors. Like many peer institutions’ foundations, it has its own board; Baylor trustees Melanie Gray and Fred Lummis are co-chairs.
  • Institutional Advancement also will expand its focus on Alumni Affairs by developing mentorship opportunities for all schools, reinvigorating the student-alumni ambassador program and launching a Facebook-like social media platform for communications.

Faculty Reviews: The annual Faculty Performance Assessment and Development Planning period has been extended. Faculty members have until Friday, Nov. 13, to complete self-evaluations; meetings with evaluators must be completed by Jan. 22, 2021.

Faculty Kudos

Dr. Andrea Braun, assistant professor of medicine – pulmonary, critical care & sleep medicine and associate program director of the Critical Care Medicine Fellowship Program, was inducted as a fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians during the Chest Annual Meeting last month.

image Dr. Lisa Forbes, assistant professor of pediatrics – allergy & immunology, and Dr. Sophia Ebenezer, assistant professor of pediatrics – diabetes & endocrinology, are part of a team that reversed insulin dependence in a patient with type 1 diabetes. The patient has not needed insulin for almost two years. As detailed in their letter to the New England Journal of Medicine, the physicians specifically targeted the underlying genetic mutation that was the primary driver of the patient’s diabetes, using a precision medicine approach.

Dr. Ken Mattox, distinguished service professor of surgery and chief of staff at Ben Taub Hospital, reflects upon his more than 60 years at Baylor, complete with some vintage and current photos, in BCM Family this month.

Dr. Christine Roth, professor of pathology & immunology, has been accepted as a 2020-2021 AMA Health System Science Scholar, an initiative of the American Medical Association Accelerating Change in Medical Education Consortium. The experience will help her lead the undergraduate and graduate medical education health systems science curricula in the School of Medicine.

Dr. Asim Shah, professor of psychiatry & behavioral sciences and chief of psychiatry at Ben Taub Hospital, was honored by the Pakistan Psychiatric Society as Eminent Pakistani Psychiatrist 2020. The society cited his "25 years of meritorious achievements in teaching and training, remarkable expertise in community and disaster psychiatry and outstanding services in public and media engagement for promotion of mental health globally."

College Events

Charity Walks: On Saturday, Nov. 14, join a Baylor team for the Walk to End Alzheimer's and Get Your Rear in Gear. Both races are virtual and can be completed on your own time, in your own neighborhood. Help raise important funds for research, care and support for Alzheimer's disease and colorectal cancer.

Financial Wellness: Attend financial planning presentations by Zoom beginning Tuesday, Nov. 17, to help prepare for retirement and other life goals. See the schedule, then register online. Email ask-retirement@bcm.edu or call 713-798-1500 for more information.

CVRI Seminar: Dr. Vasanth Vedantham of the University of California, San Francisco, speaks on “A Deeply Conserved Gene Regulatory Network Organizes Vertebrate Heart Rhythm” at noon Wednesday, Nov. 18, via Zoom, meeting ID: 991 2076 6001, passcode: 597875.

Bioethics Grand Rounds: “To all my fellow human beings: Providing care for undocumented patients” is the topic of Bioethics Grand Rounds with Dr. Timothy Callaghan, Texas A&M University, and Dr. Benjamin Saldana and Mark Easterly, Houston Methodist Hospital, at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18, via Zoom, meeting ID: 935 5891 17171.

Diabetes Seminar: Dr. Mark Atkinson, University of Florida, and Dr. Carmilla Evans-Molina, Indiana University, provide an “Update on the Relationship between Sars-COV-2 and Diabetes: An Epidemiological and Mechanistic Perspective from Evaluation of the Human Pancreas” at 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, via Zoom Meeting ID: 976 1863 6169, passcode: 318680.

Faculty Opportunities

Education Department: Join Dr. Nancy Moreno, chair of the Department of Education, Innovation and Technology, for an informational session about the new department at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17, via Zoom, passcode: 381678. Applications for appointment as inaugural faculty are being accepted through Nov. 23. The department is designed to serve as the academic home of education as a discipline at Baylor. If you have questions about the webinar, please contact Maria Lopez.

Patient Safety Course: The School of Medicine is soliciting applications for an associate course director for the MS2 Patient Safety course in January 2021. The class prepares learners with the foundational knowledge necessary to understand the context, key principles and competencies associated with the science and discipline of patient safety in the delivery of healthcare services. More information is available online. Applications are due Dec. 4.

Endocrine Course: The Medical School seeks an innovative clinical faculty member with expertise in endocrine disorders to serve as an associate course director of the MS2 Endocrine course in October 2021. The course covers the diagnosis and management of diseases of the hypothalamus and pituitary, thyroid, bone and mineral metabolism, male and female reproduction and adrenal glands through lectures and clinical case discussions. More information is available online. Applications are due Dec. 4.

Faculty Awards: The Office of Faculty Development has announced upcoming deadlines for peer-reviewed faculty awards. See the website for more details.

  • Barbara and Corbin J. Robertson, Jr. Presidential Award for Excellence in Education, nomination period Nov. 2 – Dec. 11.
  • Clark Faculty Service Award, nomination period Nov. 2 – Dec. 14.
  • Faculty Awards for Excellence in Patient Care: Early Career portfolio deadline Nov. 9; Star portfolio deadline Jan. 18, 2021; Master Clinician nominations due Feb. 15, 2021.
  • Ben and Margaret Love Foundation Bobby Alford Award for Academic Clinical Professionalism, nomination period Jan. 4 – Feb. 12, 2021.

Faculty Resources

Flu Shots: Faculty, staff, students and trainees are required by College policy to get an annual influenza vaccine and submit attestation of vaccination by Nov. 30. You may receive your flu shot from a local pharmacy, your healthcare provider or the Occupational Health Program (OHP). New this year, you may schedule your on-campus flu shot from OHP and complete your attestation through a mobile app or web-based app. Additional resources are available at Flu Central, the OHP website and by emailing flu_vaccine@bcm.edu.

COVID Trial: A Baylor clinical trial testing the effectiveness of a tuberculosis vaccine against COVID-19 is now open to the general public. The study testing the BCG vaccine in healthcare workers began in May. The BCG vaccine has been proven to increase boost the immune response against other viruses. Anyone interested in participating should email Andrew Dinardo, Sharon Harrison and Zoe Spieler.

Team Shop: Give the gift of Baylor merchandise, now at 30% off. The Team Shop’s storewide sale is in full swing through Wednesday, Nov. 18. Shop online using promotion code SHOP30.

Thoracon: The Advanced Lung Disease – Novel Therapies and Controversies Conference provides engaging state-of-the-art multidisciplinary lectures focused on the causes, diagnosis, prevention and treatment of diseases of the lungs on Dec. 5-6 via webcast. Register to attend and earn CME credit.

Postdoc Recruitment: Are you planning to hire a research postdoctoral associate next year? The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs sponsors the Postdoctoral Research Opportunities in Science program to recruit top senior graduate students from around the nation. A virtual event will be held in April where graduate students can meet with faculty, network with peers and learn about Baylor and Houston. Faculty can complete this form to identify themselves as potential postdoc mentors. Learn more about the program. Email questions to the postdoc office.

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