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Precisely Speaking: Turnout was good for yesterday’s “Precisely Speaking: Spotlight on Science,” a College-wide event featuring winners of the Precision Medicine & Population Health RFAs, a Strategic Plan initiative. Sponsored by the President’s Office and the Faculty Senate, the event highlighted 10 team presentations from the first round of pilot projects and six posters from the second round. Pictured here are Faculty Senators Dr. Tamara Ortiz-Perez and Dr. Kim Worley with Ian Copeland, a graduate student who presented his team's findings on the genetics of childhood onset essential hypertension.

Faculty Kudos

Dr. SreyRam Kuy, assistant professor of surgery and deputy chief medical officer for Quality & Safety at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, has been selected the award recipient and speaker at the Association for Women in Science – Gulf Coast Houston Chapter Outstanding Women in Science Seminar. She will speak on her professional path and commitment to promoting careers in STEM. The event is set for 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, in Cullen Auditorium, main Balor. Register online to attend.

Dr. Alice McPherson, professor of ophthalmology, was honored with the inaugural Retina Hall of Fame Award at the 2019 annual meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology in San Francisco in October. She was recognized for her pioneering contributions to the field of retinal diseases on the 50th anniversary of her creation of The Retina Research Foundation, which has helped launch the careers of many leading vision researchers.

Dr. Cristina Poveda Cuevas, a research associate in the National School of Tropical Medicine, has been named a 2019 STAT Wunderkind by STAT News, a national publication focused on finding and telling compelling stories about health, medicine and scientific discovery. The award celebrates early-career scientists for their groundbreaking work in academia, industry and the clinic. Poveda’s research has focused on the development of an effective mRNA vaccine against Chagas disease, a neglected tropical disease in Latin America.

Dr. Ourania Preventza, professor of cardiothoracic surgery, has been elected president-elect of the International Society of Endovascular Specialists, a prestigious society that represents interventionists dedicated to cardiovascular disease. She is the first woman to be named ISEVS president-elect.

Dr. Taylor Ripley, associate professor of thoracic surgery, received a $50,000 grant from the American Association for Thoracic Surgery Foundation Surgical Investigator Program for his project, “Environmental Carcinogens Induce Minority MOMP and Upregulate Mci-1 to initiate Carcinogenesis in Thoracic Cancers.” The program supports research innovation by young surgeons.

Dr. Fritz Sedlazeck, assistant professor in the Human Genome Sequencing Center, organized the NCBI Structural Variant Hackathon at Baylor in October. The event, attended by 45 participants from UT Southwestern, Rice University, Stanford and the Broad Institute, produced four creative bioinformatics solutions to address the complexities of structural variants of the genome. The College will host another hackathon in April.

College Events

Compassion Series: Dr. Cynthia Peacock, associate professor of medicine and medical director of the Transition Medicine Clinic, speaks on the “Inclusion Revolution” as the final lecture in the Compassion and the Art of Medicine series, noon Friday, Nov. 15, in Kleberg Auditorium, main Baylor.

Rear in Gear: Join the Baylor Booty Shakers for Get Your Rear in Gear - Houston to help raise awareness about colorectal cancer on Saturday, Nov. 16, at the McNair Campus. Events include a timed (certified) 5K run, 5K walk, Kids Fun Run, and dog costume contest. You can earn 250 Vitality points for participating.

Art Show: The annual BCM Art Show starts Monday, Nov. 18, in the second-floor lobby of the Alkek Building, main Baylor, featuring original artwork from members of the Baylor community. Bidding may be completed online through 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22. Artists contribute at least 40% of their proceeds to the Arts in Medicine program at Texas Children’s Hospital, and donations may be made on the online auction site during the bidding period. A representative from the Graduate School Council will be on site from noon to 1 p.m. each day of the show to answer questions.

Faculty Resources

Career Workshops: The Office of Faculty Development offers workshops to advance your career this autumn. RSVP to attend:

  • "Overview of Promotion Guidelines," noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, in Room N112, main Baylor or via Zoom.
  • "Overview of Promotion Guidelines," noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, in Room N112, main Baylor or via Zoom.
  • "Building and Refining Your CV," 3-5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17, Room N311, main Baylor.

Educator Workshop: Learn how to facilitate and engage small groups with “Leading Small Groups,” 3-5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2, in Room N311, main Baylor. RSVP to attend.

Faculty Town Hall: Plan now to attend the Faculty Town Hall at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4, in Cullen Auditorium or via Zoom. The agenda includes a Strategic Plan update from President Paul Klotman, a Research Mission report by Dean Mary Dickinson, a Faculty Senate Update from Dr. Laila Woc-Colburn, and a vote on updates to the Faculty Bylaws.

Robertson Award: Nominations are being accepted for the 2020 Barbara and Corbin J. Robertson, Jr. Presidential Award for Excellence in Education. The criteria and review process recently have been updated to select and reward the most outstanding educators at Baylor as they educate the next generation for medical research, education and care. Please see the website for full details and submit your nominations by Friday, Dec. 13.

Attention Clinicians: See Clinical Events

Clinical Seminars

Surgery Grand Rounds: Dr. Jed Nuchtern, professor of surgery and pediatrics, and Dr. Megan Vu, clinical surgery fellow, discuss “Addressing the Unmet Global Need for Surgical Care” at 7 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, in Room N315, main Baylor, or via Zoom.

Professionalism: “Transforming Professionalism Using the Principles of Relational Coordination” is the topic of two talks by Dr. Judy Hoffer Gittell, executive director of the Relational Coordination Research Collaborative at Brandeis University, sponsored by the Department of Medicine, Office of Professionalism and Academy of Distinguished Educators:

  • Medicine Grand Rounds, 12:15 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, in Room M112.
  • Professionalism Support Series, 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, in Room 201A, main Baylor.

Attention Researchers: See Research Calendar

Research Seminars

Neuroscience: Dr. Ehud Isacoff, professor of neurobiology and director of the Helen Wills Neuroscience Institute at the University of California, Berkeley, speaks on “Super-resolution optical analysis of synaptic transmission and plasticity” at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 15, in Room N315, main Baylor.

Hematology/Oncology: The 2nd annual Hematology/Oncology Research Summit is 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, in Room 201A, main Baylor. It is designed to introduce Baylor trainees to research opportunities in the Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Neurodegeneration: Dr. Don W. Cleveland, chair of cellular & molecular medicine and member of the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research at the University of California, San Diego, delivers the Issam M. Fares Family Lecture on “Designer DNA drug therapy for neurodegenerative disease” at noon Tuesday, Nov. 19, in the 7th Floor Auditorium of the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute.

Research Resources

CPRIT Core Grants: The CPRIT Cancer Proteomics and Metabolomics Core Facility is offering small pilot grant opportunities to use toward core support services in mass spectrometry-based metabolomics, antibody-based reverse phase protein array targeted proteomics, mass spectrometry-based proteomics and multi-omics data analysis. Cancer-relevant research projects are eligible with a priority for junior faculty research and funding need. See Faculty Opportunities online for more information and the application form, due by Dec. 6.

MS Therapeutics: The National Multiple Sclerosis Society has released a request for proposals to fund commercial development opportunities for symptom management in MS. Both pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic interventions with commercial viability will be considered. Full details are available online. Pre-applications are due by Jan. 8.

From the Labs: Read how Dr. Akash Patel, assistant professor of neurosurgery, and colleagues conducted molecular profiling for meningioma to predict tumor recurrence in this week’s post. Receive From the Labs via email by entering your email address in the box at the end of any article and clicking the "subscribe" button.

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