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2021 Leadership Award

Baylor College of Medicine was awarded the 2021 Leadership Award from the Houston & Southeast Texas Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association. This year, the College registered the largest Walk to End Alzheimer's group with 28 teams and 385 walkers, raising more than $81,000 for the organization. BCM and the Houston Alzheimer's Association are partnering in the US POINTER study, as the sole Texas research site. BCM has received nearly $5 million in Alzheimer's and dementia research grants from the Alzheimer's Association since 1996.

Faculty Kudos

Dr. Samer Mattar, professor and chief of the Division of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery, has been elected to the American College of Surgeons' board of governors as a specialty society governor representing the fellows in the Fellowship Council. As a specialty society governor, Mattar serves as a direct communications link between the fellows of the College and the members of the board of governors.

Dr. Biykem Bozkurt, associate provost of Faculty Affairs and senior associate dean of Faculty Development, has been named the next editor-in-chief of JACC: Heart Failure, a monthly subspecialty journal focused on peer-reviewed research and clinical trials pertaining to cardiology. Bozkurt, an advanced heart failure specialist, serves as the Mary and Gordon Cain Chair and professor of medicine at BCM.

imageDr. Teresa Davis, professor of pediatrics and nutrition, was recognized as an American Society for Nutrition Fellow at the annual meeting. The Fellow Award is the highest honor that ASN bestows and recognizes scientists who have had distinguished careers in the field of nutrition. Davis is the editor-in-chief of The Journal of Nutrition and a past-president of ASN.

imageDr. Faith Fletcher, assistant professor at the Center for Medical Ethics and Health Policy, has been elected one of 24 new Hastings Center Fellows. The fellows are recognized for their work informing scholarship and public understanding of complex ethical issues in health, healthcare, science and technology. Read more.

This Week

Docappella Fall Concert: Docappella's annual Fall Concert will be at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 3 in Cullen Auditorium. All, including family and friends, are welcome to this in-person concert. Masks are required.

Presidential Award for Excellence in Education: The Office of Faculty Affairs and Faculty Development is pleased to announce the call for nominations for the 2022 Barbara and Corbin J. Robertson, Jr. Presidential Award for Excellence in Education. Please submit nomination packets on or before Dec. 10 to Deborah Fernandez at dfernandez@bcm.edu. For information regarding details of eligibility, criteria and the nomination and selection process, visit the award website. For questions, call (713) 798-7285.

Mentor training workshop: Registration is open for the Optimizing Mentoring Relationships Research Mentor Training Foundations Workshop. Two sessions are available at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Dec. 10. The workshop is designed to help you become a more effective research mentor through case study discussion, activities and small groups. The workshop qualifies as evidence-based mentor training for National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation interests. To register, visit the event website.

Faculty Opportunities

Webcast Audio Seminar Series: At 11 a.m. Jan. 6, BCM Faculty will present at the first virtual session of the International Association of Medical Science Educators Winter 2022 Webcast Audio Seminar Series: How Science Educators Still Matter: Leveraging the Basic Sciences for Student Success. The first topic will be "New Horizons: Restructuring the Basic and Clinical Sciences Beyond USMLE." Register by emailing Debbie Fernandez at dfernandez@bcm.edu.

Patient Safety Course: The Office of Curriculum is actively recruiting clinical faculty to serve as small group facilitators for a patient safety course, which will meet at 3 p.m. Jan. 6-Feb. 24. Each facilitator will be assigned 9-10 MS2 students to work through a clinical case. In addition, a facilitator orientation and training session will be offered Jan. 4. Small groups meet on Jan. 13, 20, Feb. 3, 10, 17, and 24. Facilitators should attend all of sessions; however, a limited number of substitutes will be available for a scheduled absence. Faculty may co-facilitate a group with a colleague, resident or fellow. Please indicate this under the second to last question on the survey. Register online. For more info, contact Dr. Sara Andrabi at sandrabi@bcm.edu or Dr. Maryam Nemati Shafaee at shafaee@bcm.edu.

Clinical Research Methods: Starting in 2022, the Department of Family and Community Medicine will offer beginner's and intermediate clinical research methods classes virtually. The beginner's course aims to train health professionals how to analyze simple data using SAS programming. Sessions will be in February, April and June. Learn more.

CryoEM/CryoET core: Advanced Technology Core Labs have several new services and instruments available for use in the CryoEM/CroET core, including ThermoFisher Glacios TEM; JEOL 1230 TEM; and ThermoFisher Aqulilos 2 Cryo FIB/SEM. The facility will offer subsidized rates for cancer-related projects provided by a CPRIT Award. See more information on services and instruments.

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