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Track That Shuttle: The Baylor College of Medicine shuttle service is now available on DoubleMap, a website and mobile app that keeps you on the move with real-time tracking and notifications. Get the app at the App Store or Google Play, download it, choose “Select System” and pick Baylor College of Medicine from the list. The Texas Medical Center shuttle is on DoubleMap too.

Policy Update: The Board of Trustees has approved several new and revised policies since Oct. 1, including: 28.1.02 – School of Medicine: Midterm Feedback Policy; 28.1.03 – School of Medicine: Direct Observation Policy; 27.3.5 – Vacation and Leave Policy for Resident and Fellow Physicians; 27.4.01 – Professional Responsibilities and Expectations of Resident and Fellow Physicians; and 27.4.12 – GME Mistreatment and Grievances Policy. Other policies have been modified; refer to Policy Updates for more information. Please contact Megan Monroe, director of policy governance, with any questions or concerns.

Faculty Kudos

Two Baylor researchers have been named 2019 Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. This honor is awarded to AAAS members for their distinguished efforts toward advancing science applications that are deemed scientifically or socially significant.

Dr. Meng Wang, Robert C. Fyfe Endowed Chair on Aging and professor of molecular & human genetics at the Huffington Center on Aging, was elected in the section of biological sciences for pioneering contributions to the field of molecular genetics, particularly mechanisms underlying diseases of aging in the C. elegans model system relevant to human health.

Dr. Olivier Lichtarge, Cullen Foundation Endowed Professor of molecular & human genetics, biochemistry & molecular biology and pharmacology, was elected in the section of biological sciences for distinguished contributions to field of computational biology through an evolutionary trace approach to protein engineering and genomic medicine.

Two Baylor faculty members have been elected Fellows of the National Academy of Inventors. The recognition highlights creators and facilitators of inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development and the welfare of society.

Dr. Qizhi Cathy Yao, professor of surgery, molecular virology & microbiology and pathology & immunology, focuses on virus-like particle-based vaccine development, molecular mechanisms and combinational therapies for pancreatic cancer. She holds 16 U.S. patents and three pending foreign patents that have been licensed to four companies.

Dr. Mehdi Razavi, associate professor of medicine – cardiology, conducts clinical trials assessing the efficacy of cutting-edge technology in the field of cardiac electrophysiology. Razavi has founded multiple medical device start-ups for the treatment of arrhythmia and other cardiovascular conditions and has 18 patents to his name.

The Baylor College of Medicine Board of Trustees appointed four faculty members to endowed positions during its Nov. 20 meeting.

Dr. Richard Finnell, professor of molecular & cellular biology, molecular & human genetics and medicine in the Center for Precision Environmental Health, was named to the inaugural William T. Butler, M.D., Endowed Chair for his research efforts in preventing neural tube defects and other birth defects. Finnell, a delegate to the Faculty Senate, came to Baylor in 2017.

Dr. Elizabeth Magnabosco, assistant professor of orthopedic surgery, was appointed to the Kaye E. Wilkins, M.D. Endowed Chair in Pediatric Orthopedics. A resident alumna, she joined the Baylor faculty five years ago and is chief of Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery at the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio.

Dr. Arun Sreekumar, professor of molecular & cell biology, was named to the Charles C. Bell Jr. Endowed Professorship in Cell Biology for his work in cancer metabolism and metabolomics. He has been at Baylor since 2011.

Dr. Jianming Xu, professor of molecular & cell biology, was appointed to the Gordon Cain Endowed Professorship in Cell Biology for his research in coregulator-mediated gene regulation, steroid hormone-dependent cancers and genetically engineered mouse models. He joined the faculty in 1997.

College Events

Professionalism: “Transforming Professionalism Using the Principles of Relational Coordination” is the topic of a talk by Dr. Judy Hoffer Gittell, executive director of the Relational Coordination Research Collaborative at Brandeis University, as part of the Professionalism Support Series, 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, in Room 201A. A reception follows.

Commencement: The School of Health Professions graduates physician assistant, doctor of nursing practice and orthotics and prosthetics students at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at Stafford Centre, 10505 Cash Road. Carl Fasser, professor and founding director of the Physician Assistant Program, is the commencement speaker.

Faculty Opportunities

PPS Facilitators: The Medical School is recruiting for Patient, Physician & Society (PPS) I/II faculty facilitators for fall 2020. PPS is the foundational doctoring course teaching basic communication, history and physical exam skills. Faculty facilitators work with first year students during small group sessions held at the main BCM campus on Wednesday afternoons. See the full job description on the Faculty Opportunities website and apply by Monday, Dec. 9.

Team Launch Instructors: Applications are open for faculty members, postdoctoral basic science/non-clinical and clinical fellows and residents to serve as Team Launch instructors, assisting Team Launch master facilitators with execution of the Launch Pad course for BCM students during January and February 2020. For more information, see Faculty Opportunities. Applications are due Thursday, Dec. 12.

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.

Clark Service Award: The Office of Faculty Development is accepting nominations for the Clark Faculty Service Award through Monday, Dec. 16. Any Baylor faculty member may nominate a fellow faculty member whose exemplary service, with professionalism, has made significant and enduring contributions to the College. Criteria and nomination information are available online.

Women of Excellence: Nominations are being accepted for the Women of Excellence Awards, which will be presented during Women’s History Month in March. Nominees can be women and men, faculty, staff and trainees, who have demonstrated extraordinary dedication to issues that affect women at the College or in the larger community while also exemplifying Baylor values. Learn more and nominate online by Tuesday, Dec. 31.

Faculty Resources

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

  • "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.

Flexible Spending Account: If you have funds remaining in your 2019 healthcare or dependent care flexible spending account (FSA), you have until Tuesday, Dec. 31, to incur eligible expenses. Any unused FSA balance will be forfeited. Email ask-insurance@bcm.edu if you have questions.

Attention Clinicians: See Clinical Events

Clinical Seminars

Surgery Grand Rounds: Dr. Edward Reece, associate professor of surgery, speaks on "Spino-Plastic Reconstruction: Forging a New Field of Medicine" at 7 a.m. Dec. 11 in Room N315, main Baylor or via Zoom.

Ethics Grand Rounds: “Seeking access to experimental treatments: Is it really my right to try?” is the topic of a talk by Dr. Christopher Scott, Dalton Tomlin Professor of Medical Ethics and Health Policy, and Dr. Claire Horner, associate professor of medical ethics and health policy, at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 11, in the Rio Grande Conference Room at Houston Methodist.

Medical Imaging: The Center for Space Medicine and Translation Research Institute for Space Health host Dr. John Martin, chief medical officer of the Butterfly Network, presenting “Democratizing Medical Imaging Globally: A clinician’s view from inside a transformative tech company” at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 17, in Cullen Auditorium, main Baylor.

Attention Researchers: See Research Calendar

Research Seminar

Biochemistry: Dr. Helen Zgurskaya, the George Lynn Cross Research Professor at the University of Oklahoma, speaks on “An Integrated Approach to Bacterial Multidrug Efflux and Its Inhibition” at 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, in Room N315, main Baylor.

Research Resources

Leukemia: The Leukemia Research Foundation is accepting applications for the Hollis Brownstein Research Grants Program. The program is for new investigators (within seven years of their first independent position) focusing on leukemia, lymphoma, MDS and multiple myeloma. The amount is up to $100,000 with a grant period of one year. Letters of intent are due Feb. 7. More information is available online.

From the Labs: Read how Dr. Mauro Costa-Mattioli, Cullen Foundation Endowed Chair and professor of neuroscience, is unraveling how mutations in the gene PTEN can lead to autism 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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