News & Announcements
Rebecca Katz, PhD, MPH, director of the Center for Global Health Science and Security, has been named as an advisor for President-elect Joe Biden’s new coronavirus task force, a highly regarded team set to advise the incoming administration on various aspects of the pandemic before the new president is sworn in.
Charles B. Holmes, MD, MPH, director of the Georgetown Center for Innovation in Global Health and a professor of medicine at the School of Medicine, has been selected to join President-elect Biden’s transition team as an advisor on the International Development agency review team. Agency review teams are responsible for understanding the operations of each agency, ensuring a smooth transfer of power.
Mary K. Wakefield, PhD, RN, FAAN, a visiting distinguished professor at the School of Nursing & Health Studies, has also been selected to join the incoming administration's agency review team of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Wakefield served as administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration and the acting deputy secretary of HHS during the Obama administration.
The Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) has selected Dean Emeritus Stephen Ray Mitchell, MD, MBA FAAP, MACP, FRCP, professor of medicine, as the recipient of its 2020 LCME Distinguished Service Award. The Award was created “to express the profound gratitude of the LCME for the tireless service and immeasurable dedication contributed by these volunteers, whose efforts are directly tied to the excellence of medical education.” Mitchell has served as a member of the National Council of Deans of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). He was chair of LCME and has led and participated in 21 LCME survey visits.
Marshall Receives Team Science Award
The Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer (SITC) honored John Marshall, MD, director of The Ruesch Center for the Cure of GI Cancers and professor of medicine and oncology at Georgetown, with its Team Science Award for his contributions—more than 30 years—as part of the NCI Cancer Immunotherapy Program team. As part of the NCI team, Marshall was recognized for his work related to developing biological and immune therapies for cancer and making them a viable standard of care for many patients. The award ceremony took place at the 35th annual SITC meeting, Nov 14.
GUMC Stories
If researchers knew more about what gives metastatic cells their ability to spread and grow, there would be a better chance to detect and eradicate them. That’s why a team of cancer biologists and physicists at Georgetown have been collaborating on a device that could advance this goal.
Commander Hannah Starnes (NHS’05), a U.S. Navy nurse and director for mental health at Naval Hospital Jacksonville,Fla., gave the keynote address at the Georgetown’s Veterans Day Ceremony. Starnes says her NHS education gave her the foundation to deliver the best quality care to service members and their families.
For the past few years, the graduate-level Nurse-Midwifery/Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner and Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner Programs at the School of Nursing & Health Studies have worked to bring a more structured focus on health equity to the curriculum.
More Announcements
MCGSO Food Drive to Benefit Capital Area Food Bank
The Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Committee of the Medical Center Graduate Student Organization (MCGSO) is collecting monetary donations for the Capital Area Food Bank. Those interested in donating can contribute through Venmo to @gumcgso-edi-food-drive.
The Georgetown University Transportation Shuttle (GUTS) Bus Rosslyn and Dupont routes midday service will be adjusted starting November 16. Beginning at 10:00 a.m., the buses will run hourly through 3:00 p.m., at which time regular service will resume. Please refer to the GUTS schedules for bus times outside of these hours.
Deadline Extended! Nominate Faculty for the President’s Awards for Distinguished Scholar-Teachers
The President’s Awards for Distinguished Scholar-Teachers are annual awards celebrating the accomplishments of our faculty in their research and their teaching. All members of the Georgetown community are invited to submit nominations for any full-time faculty member. Learn more about the awards here and submit nominations here by December 1.
Press Release
Researchers at Georgetown University Medical Center have successfully used molecules comprised of small strands of RNA to shut down the production of destructive proteins generated by the COVID-19 virus.
GUMC In The News

The Associated Press Pfizer says COVID-19 vaccine is looking 90% effective (Jesse Goodman)

Science News for Students Kids use more of the brain than adults do to process language (Elissa Newport)

Calendar of Events
Monday, November 16
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Via Zoom

Learn how to upload your CV, add your personal website information, upload a syllabus, publications and more. Register.
Bhussry Seminar Series
Tuesday, November 17
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Nahdia Jones, MS, PhD candidate in the Interdisciplinary Program in Neuroscience, presents “The Effects of High Fat Diet on Metabolism and Central Nervous System in APOE Mice” Join via Zoom.
Wednesday, November 18
11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Via Zoom

Kandice Tanner, PhD, senior investigator with the Laboratory of Cell Biology at the National Cancer Institute’s Center for Cancer Research, presents “The Role of Tissue Biophysics in Organ Selectivity in Metastasis.” Join via Zoom.
Wednesday, November 18
11:00 - 11:50 a.m.
Via Zoom

Workshop attendees will learn about recording PowerPoint presentations to make asynchronous lecture videos with narrations using PowerPoint, Zoom or Panopto and the advantages of each. Register.
Thursday, November 19
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. 

Featuring Ann K. Jay, MD, Associate Professor, Departments of Clinical Radiology and Otolaryngology, Vice-Chair of Education, Program Director, Radiology Residency Program, and Dr. Susan Cheng, Sr. Associate Dean for Diversity & Inclusion. Part of the Teaching for Inclusion and Equity (TIE) summer/fall 2020 series. Register.
Thursday, November 19
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Christine Goertz, DC, PhD, professor in musculoskeletal research at the Duke Clinical Research Institute, and director of system development and coordination for spine health in the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Duke University, presents “Non-Pharmacological Approaches to Pain Management: Lessons Learned from Clinical Studies of Chiropractic for Low Back Pain.” Join via Zoom
Dean’s Seminar Series
Thursday, November 19
4:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Via Zoom

Featuring Philipp E. Scherer, PhD, professor, Department of Internal Medicine, Gifford O. Touchstone Jr. and Randolph G. Touchstone Distinguished Chair in Diabetes Research, director, Touchstone Diabetes Center, interim chair, Department of Cell Biology, The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Sponsored by the Office of the Dean for Research. Join online.
Friday, November 20
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. 
Via Zoom

Share, listen and reflect on current events pre- and post-election. Students, staff and faculty are welcome to attend. RSVP. A Zoom link will be shared the day of the event.
Friday, November 20
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Via Zoom

Paul Kolm, PhD, associate director in the Department of Biostatistics and Biomedical Informatics at MedStar Health Research Institute, presents “Regression Models.” Register.
Friday, November 20 - Saturday, November 21

Topics for this year’s Ruesch symposium include innovations in GI cancer therapeutics, GI cancer genetics and targeted therapies and novel research supported by GI cancer patient advocacy groups. Registration is free for all Georgetown and MedStar employees with the promo code Employee2020. Learn more and register here.
Support for Virtual Instruction
See the Instructional Continuity @GU website for information about office hours, web resources, training webinars and other forms of assistance.
On October 25, 2020, the Office of Assessment and Decision Support collaborated with CNDLS and the Office of the Provost to survey all main campus enrolled students.
The results might be helpful to our medical center colleagues, as well.

Students reported feeling overwhelmed, increased Zoom fatigue, anxiety about the world and burdened by heavy course loads. CNDLS offers the following advice:

1. Limit screen time for you and your students. You might:
·     Hold audio only office hours
·     Create assignments that encourage students to work with people in person at home
·     Encourage students to read print materials where available
·     Reduce synchronous class meeting time or the number of synchronous class meetings
·     Take multiple breaks in synchronous class sessions
·     Assign independent work days
·     Create alternatives for asynchronous class participation (discussion, group work, in class activities)

2. Respect the demands on everyone’s time (yours and your students). Please:
·     End class on time
·     Do not assign work during breaks
·     Consider adjusting the amount of time you ask of students outside of synchronous meeting times

3. Adapt assessments to the online learning environment making them more manageable for you and your students:
·     Consider alternatives to timed synchronous assessments
·     Avoid proctored exams and quizzes
·     Do not weigh any one assignment too heavily
·     Rethink the number of assessments
·     Create low-stakes assessments that encourage student engagement and participation

Monday - Friday,
8:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.;
Saturday, 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

CETS is offering individual Zoom assistance. Meet with a member of the CETS staff via Zoom (meeting ID: 995-332-8350).
CNDLS Instructional Continuity Virtual Office Hours
Monday - Thursday,
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.;
Friday, 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

CNDLS holds instructional continuity office hours virtually in this Zoom room. Please stop by if you need help or dial 646-558-8656
(meeting ID: 386 980 1070).
After hours, email
Thursday, November 19 or Wednesday, November 25
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
Via Zoom

Online office hours with UIS EdTech provide faculty and staff with assistance and answers to Canvas questions and assistance with all Canvas needs. Register 11/19 or 11/25.
Instructional Continuity Office Hours
Friday, November 20
12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

Online office hours with UIS EdTech provide faculty and staff with assistance and answers to questions about instructional continuity tools: Panopto, Zoom, Voicethread and Canvas. Register.
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