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Holocaust survivors Henry Schanzer (left) and Dr. Bernard Schanzer shared their remarkable experience as hidden children in Nazi-occupied France in “Resilience, Courage and Humanity in Unspeakable Times,” a Psychiatry Wellness Grand Rounds on Nov. 26. The twin brothers are the uncle and father of Dr. Bella Schanzer, professor and vice chair for clinical affairs in the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, pictured with them.

Surgical Care Kudos: Baylor's affiliate Ben Taub Hospital was one of 83 hospitals nationwide to receive meritorious commendation for surgical patient care from the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program. ACS NSQIP-participating hospitals are required to track the outcomes of inpatient and outpatient surgical procedures and then analyze their results. These results direct patient safety initiatives within the hospital and affect the quality of surgical care delivered to patients.

Take the Faculty Survey: Your participation in the StandPoint faculty engagement survey is vital to ensuring that the results are meaningful and accurate. Take 15 minutes to make sure your voice is heard and your opinions count when College leadership makes decisions about initiatives, policies and procedures that affect your work environment. If you have not yet taken the survey, please search your email (including junk folders) for messages from StandPointSurveys@aamc.org.

Faculty Kudos

Dr. Helen Cohen, professor of otolaryngology – head & neck surgery, received the Award of Merit from the Texas Occupational Therapy Association in recognition of her clinical service, research and mentoring to occupational therapists. She provides vestibular rehabilitation services and conducts research on the vestibular system.

Dr. Matthew McGinley, assistant professor of neuroscience, and Dr. Caleb Kemere, assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at Rice, received a John S. Dunn Collaborative Research Award for work using sound-based virtual reality to enhance learning and memory. Their research seeks to better link the mechanisms that integrate audio information with the brain's broader cognitive maps.

Dr. Gia Merlo, assistant professor of psychiatry, has been certified as a Diplomate of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine and the International Board of Lifestyle Medicine. Dr. Merlo, who also serves as associate dean for health professions at Rice University, is among the first physicians to be board certified in this new wellness-focused discipline.

Dr. Nancy Moreno, professor of health professions and family & community medicine and associate provost of faculty development and institutional research, has been named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She was elected to the AAAS for her distinguished contributions to K-12 education and partnerships, assessment and health and science curriculum development. One of 16 AAAS fellows on the Baylor faculty, Dr. Moreno also serves as senior associate director of the Center for Educational Outreach.

Dr. Cliona Rooney, professor of pediatrics – hematology & oncology, is co-leader of a research team whose project is among the first to receive a New Therapies Challenge grant from the Pancreatic Cancer Collective, a strategic partnership of the Lustgarten Foundation and Stand Up to Cancer. The project, “Adoptive Transfer of TGF-β resistant TIL to Defeat Immunosuppressive PDAC” is led by Dr. Patrick Hwu and co-led by Dr. Chantale Bernatchez, both of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Dr. Asim Shah, professor and executive vice chair in the the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, was appointed to the Barbara and Corbin Robertson Chair in Psychiatry at the November meeting of the BCM Board of Trustees. Chief of psychiatry at Harris Health System and Ben Taub Hospital, he has served on the faculty since 2007.

Dr. Margaret Spitz, professor of medicine – epidemiology & population sciences, has been invited to join the Scientific Advisory Group for the Sherlock Lung Study, a four-year, $16 million NCI Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics research project investigating the genomic and exposure-related underpinnings of lung cancer in individuals who have never smoked.

College Events

Population Health: Dr. Chris Callahan, professor of medicine and founding director of the Indiana University Center for Aging Research and director of the Healthy Aging Brain Clinic at Eskenazi Health, speaks on “Population Health: The Space between Inertia and Audacity” at 4 p.m. today, Nov. 29, in Cullen Auditorium, main Baylor. The talk is part of the Road to a Learning Health System series.

World AIDS Day: in observance of AIDS Day (Dec. 1), the Office of Diversity, Inclusion & Equity and student groups Pride and Spectrum host two events on Friday, Nov. 30:

  • Check Your Status HIV screening, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Rayzor Lounge, main Baylor.
  • HIV Educational Forum with Dr. Daryl Shorter, assistant professor of psychiatry, and Jeffrey Campbell, HIV program manager for the Houston Health Department, 4 to 6 p.m. in Room M323, main Baylor.

Commencement: The School of Health Professions graduates 37 physician assistant, 20 doctor of nursing practice, and 24 orthotics and prosthetics students at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at Stafford Centre, 10505 Cash Road. Dr. Ronan Tynan, an Irish tenor, double amputee and physician, is the commencement speaker.

The Partnership: “Solutions for Global Health Challenges,” is the topic of The Partnership for BCM’s lunchtime lecture. Dr. Peter Hotez, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine, speaks at the event, which begins at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, at the Briar Club, 2603 Timmons Lane. Register online.

DocTalk: Dr. Angela Catic, assistant professor in the Huffington Center on Aging, discusses “Caring for Your Elderly Family Members” at noon Wednesday, Dec. 5, in Cullen Auditorium, main Baylor. Bring your lunch, join the conversation and earn BeWell points.

Faculty Opportunities

Robertson Presidential Award: Nominations are now open for the Barbara and Corbin J. Robertson, Jr. Presidential Award for Excellence in Education. This prestigious College-wide award is designated for outstanding faculty members who have made stellar and enduring contributions to the educational mission of the College. You also may want to nominate colleagues for the Clark Faculty Service Award or the Ben and Margaret Love Foundation Bobby Alford Award for Academic Clinical Professionalism. See the Office of Faculty Development website for information on deadlines, eligibility, nomination letters and supporting materials.

PPS Facilitators: Faculty facilitators are needed for academic year 2020 for Patient, Physician & Society (PPS) I/II, a foundational doctoring course that teaches basic communication, history-taking and physical exam skills. Faculty facilitators will work with first-year students during small-group sessions held on the main Baylor campus on Wednesday afternoons. This is a great opportunity to impact students in their earliest clinical education. Interested faculty should submit a one-page statement of interest, CV and a letter of support from their department chair to PPS course coordinator Chelsea Punch by 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30.

Call for Proposals: Proposals are sought for breakout sessions and posters for the 2019 Group on Faculty Affairs and Group on Women in Medicine and Science Professional Development Conference, "Leading and Advocating Through the Winds of Change," set for July 11 - 13 in Chicago. See the instructions and topics online, then submit your best proposals for skill-based workshops, podium presentations, ignite sessions and posters no later than Friday, Dec. 7.

TTC Associate Director: The School of Medicine seeks an innovative clinical faculty member to serve as associate course director for the second-year course, Transitions to Clinical Rotations (TTC). At this time, the course is scheduled for 1 - 2:30 p.m. Tuesdays for nine weeks, beginning in early October and ending in early December. This position assists Dr. Meghan McClure, the TTC course director, and has 10 percent FTE support. See the website for more information; applications are due Dec. 14.

Faculty Resources

Education Workshops: The Office of Faculty Development offers the following workshops for teachers; to attend, RSVP to Faculty Development at (713) 798-7285.

  • Team-Based Learning introduces an evidence-based, collaborative approach to teaching and learning from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30, in Room N311.
  • Understanding by Design: Creating Learner-Centered Instruction is a two-part series that introduces key elements of the widely used Understanding by Design curriculum development framework. Enrollment is limited to 30 participants (plan to attend both sessions). Participants will receive a copy of the book. Session 1 is 3 - 5 p.m. Dec. 14 in Room N311, Session 2 is 3 - 5 p.m. Jan. 11, in Room N317.

Faculty Development: Associate Provost Lily Shih presents “Targeted Improvement Through Process Mapping” at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, in Room M112 as part of the Molecular & Human Genetics Faculty Development Seminar Series.

Women in Science: The Association for Women in Science Gulf Coast Houston hosts its monthly networking event at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, at Simone on Sunset, 2418 Sunset Blvd. 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.

Team Discovery: Dr. Ellen Friedman, director of the Center for Professionalism, speaks on “Nourishing Your Team with the Gift of Feedback,” 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, in rooms M321 and 323 at main Baylor. Team Discovery Session is part of Team Launch, a College-wide initiative focused on providing

For a Good Cause

Science Fair Judges: The Center for Educational Outreach is recruiting volunteers to judge middle school student investigations submitted to the BCM Academy at Ryan Science Symposium, Dec. 14 - 16, and the BCMB Academy at Rusk Science Fair, Jan. 18. Judges will score student projects using a score sheet provided by the middle school and should have first-hand experience in developing and conducting scientific or engineering research. Each volunteer is asked to commit a minimum of one hour, which generally amounts to judging six projects. Sign up online for your preferred judging date, time and school. For questions, contact: Beatriz Perez-Sweeney for BCMA at Ryan; or Katherine Harris for BCMBA at Rusk.

Attention Clinicians: See Clinical Events

Clinical Seminars

Pediatric ENT: The Society for Ear Nose and Throat Advances in Children (SENTAC) annual scientific meeting begins Friday, Nov. 30, in the Texas Medical Center. The conference brings together otolaryngologists, audiologists, speech language pathologists and ENT specialists from Baylor, Texas Children's and other national institutions for lectures, discussions and postgraduate courses. See the SENTAC agenda and register online.

INSTINCT Think Tank: Join a discussion sponsored by the Interdisciplinary Surgical Technology and Innovation Center on “Detection of Gastrointestinal Fluid Leakage” led by Amr Abdelgawad, COO of NERv Technologies, at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, in Room 301A main Baylor.

Surgery Grand Rounds: Dr. Caros Galvani, associate professor of surgery, speaks on “Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery: What’s Old and What’s New?” at 7 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, in N315, main Baylor. Attend in person or view the webcast, meeting id: 517 471 817.

Ethics Grand Rounds: “Responding to the Hope for a Miracle” is the topic of a talk by Dr. Trevor Bibler, assistant professor in the Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy, at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, in the Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center Denton A. Cooley Auditorium. Medical ethics and professional responsibility credits are available.

Lung Disease Conference: The Advanced Lung Disease: Novel Therapies and Controversies Conference features presentations and panel sessions on cystic fibrosis, COPD, interstitial lung disease, pulmonary hypertension, adult congenital heart diseases and lung transplantation, beginning Friday, Dec. 7, at the Four Seasons Hotel Houston. Register online for the CME-eligible event, sponsored by Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center and the College.

Attention Researchers: See Research Calendar

Research Seminar

AAV Gene Therapy: Dr. Jude Samulski, director of the Gene Therapy Center at University of North Carolina and a Pfizer vice president, and Dr. Hiroyuki Nakai, professor at Oregon Health and Science University, are keynote speakers at this symposium for investigators who develop or use Adeno-Associated Virus vectors for basic science or therapeutic purposes on Dec. 10 at Rice University’s Bioscience Research Collaborative. The deadline to RSVP online is Saturday, Dec. 1.

Research Resources

Physician-Scientist Training: Applications for the Damon Runyon Physician-Scientist Training Award, are due Monday, Dec. 3. The award is designed to recruit outstanding U.S. Specialty Board-eligible physicians into cancer research careers by providing them a protected research training experience after they have completed all of their cancer clinical training. It provides up to $460,000 over four years in financial support plus up to $100,000 in medical debt retirement. The program description and guidelines are online.

NCI Transition Award: The internal submission deadline for the NCI Predoctoral to Postdoctoral Fellow Transition Award (F99/K00) is midnight Tuesday, Dec. 4. The award facilitates the transition of talented graduate students into successful cancer research postdoctoral appointments, and provides opportunities for career development activities relevant to their long-term career goals of becoming independent cancer researchers. See the RFA online for complete details.

Open House: The Department of Medicine Section of Epidemiology & Population Science invites you to a reception and portrait viewing in its new space in the Jewish Institute for Biomedical Research. The “Cancer Below the Belt” portraits promote awareness, screening and prevention of the “dirty dozen” cancers. The open house is set for 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, in Suite 600D, main Baylor. RSVP to Lucia Hernandez to attend.

From the Labs: Read how Dr. Eric Chang, associate professor of molecular & cellular biology, is screening old drugs for their ability to stop triple-negative breast cancer growth. 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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