Honoring Our Values in the Face of Middle East Violence
In a message to the community on May 14 about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Edward B. Healton, MD, MPH, Executive Vice President for Health Sciences, called on our community to reach out to one another in support, to find empathy among differences, to yield to compassion, and to continue to honor our values. Read his message here.
GUMC Stories
Melody Wilkinson, DNP, an associate professor at NHS, discusses her work as director of strategic operations and preparedness for the West Virginia Governor’s Joint Interagency Task Force – COVID 19 Vaccine.
For several years, Georgetown medical students have led health and wellness classes for clients at the HOYA Clinic. The classes resumed in a virtual setting in October with the N Street Village, an organization dedicated to serving women with low income and those experiencing homelessness.
NASA's Human Research Program will fund research led by Evagelia Laiakis, PhD, an associate professor of oncology at Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, examining the combined effects of radiation and exercise, providing an opportunity to identify countermeasures to microgravity-induced muscle loss during future long-duration space missions.
Declaring that “uncertainty has been the only certainty” during the past year, Leon “Lee” Jones, MD, the new dean for medical education at Georgetown University School of Medicine, sees the COVID-19 pandemic as an important pivot point in his career.
The Medical Society of DC honored Georgetown professors Tamika Auguste, MD, and Terry Fairbanks, MD, at its spring awards ceremony “honoring healthcare heroes.”
News and Announcements
Georgetown announced an expansion to laboratory research on May 14. Effective immediately, those with already-approved research resumption plans can double the density of their laboratory operations to 50% capacity. Individuals must still maintain physical distancing in accordance with University guidelines. Faculty, staff and students are required to comply with the University’s public health protocols, including COVID-19 testing and wearing masks.
Students, faculty and staff are now able to be vaccinated on campus at no cost with the two-dose COVID-19 vaccine produced by Moderna. Vaccines will be available on a rolling basis. After receiving your first vaccine, you can make an appointment for the second vaccine 28 days later. You must receive both doses to be fully vaccinated. If you are interested in getting vaccinated on campus, please email chiefpublichealthofficer@georgetown.edu to indicate your interest and to receive follow up information.
If you have been vaccinated, please submit documentation through the GU360 mobile app or GU360 website. Please follow these instructions to submit your documentation.

As a reminder, fully vaccinated faculty and staff who are coming to campus and who have submitted their vaccination documentation will be able to follow the University’s Summer 2021 COVID-19 Testing Protocol for fully vaccinated individuals, which begins on June 1.
As the Racial Justice Committee for Change (RJCC) transitions to become a GUMC standing committee in July, faculty, staff and students across the medical center who are interested in joining the committee are invited to apply through the RJCC Application of Interest. The deadline for application submission is May 25. Learn more and apply here. Please email rjcc@georgetown.edu with any questions.
Georgetown recently launched BellRinger, a bike ride and community movement to end cancer. Faculty, staff, students and alumni, together with the broader DC community, can team up, train and enjoy a first-class ride this October while raising funds for cancer research at Georgetown Lombardi. More than a one-day ride, BellRinger is a community of riders, volunteers and donors who are passionate about ending cancer. Learn more at BellRinger.org or contact Jonathan Thomas.
Beginning August 2, the university will resume paid parking operations for all parking lots and garages. Recognizing that hybrid work schedules and reduced time on campus may be a reality for many employees, registered parkers have the option to pause their parking, cancel their parking or switch to two- or three-day per week parking. Anyone who has not previously had a parking pass on campus and is interested in signing up for one should complete the Parking Interest form. Learn more here.
The Office of Faculty and Academic Affairs is inviting all School of Medicine and School of Nursing & Health Studies faculty to apply to serve on GUMC volunteer committees for the upcoming academic year. Applications are due by May 28. Learn more about the committees seeking new members and submit applications here. Contact Karen Bokoski with questions.
Press Release
A neurologic pathway by which non-damaging but high frequency brain impact blunts normal brain function and causes long-term problems with learning and memory has been identified. The finding research, led by Mark Burns, PhD, suggests tailored drug therapy can be designed and developed to reactivate and normalize cognitive function.
GUMC In The News
Calendar of Events
Tuesday, May 18
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Via Zoom

Building on the PubMed Basics course, you’ll learn advanced techniques and broaden your searching capabilities in PubMed. Presented by Dahlgren Memorial Library. Register.
Tuesday, May 18
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Via Zoom

“Unpacking Racism and Classism” is the third presentation in this series exploring racism, classism and sexism in medicine and patient care. Sponsored by the SPARK Committee of the Georgetown University School of Medicine Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion. Register.
Tuesday, May 18
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Via Zoom

Mario Acunzo, MS, PhD, assistant professor in the Division of Pulmonary Diseases and Critical Care Medicine at the Virginia Commonwealth University, discusses “Emerging Roles of microRNAs in Cancer.” Register.
Wednesday, May 19
11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Jeanne Mandelblatt, MD, MPH, who leads the Georgetown Lombardi Cancer and Aging Initiative, discusses research opportunities at the intersection of cancer and aging focused on cancer prevention and control. Join via Zoom.
Wednesday, May 19 
12:00 - 1:30 p.m.
Via Zoom

Presented by Lorena Bradford, PhD, adjunct assistant professor, Department of Oncology, Georgetown University Medical Center, and Accessible Programs, Division of Education, National Gallery of Art. Part of the Teaching for Inclusion and Equity (TIE) winter/spring 2021 series. Register.
Wednesday, May 19 
5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Via Zoom

Medical students Jessica Hsueh and Amanda Dahl lead a discussion about dismantling and unpacking the model minority myth. RSVP.
Thursday, May 20
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Via Zoom

Learn how to search MEDLINE and Embase via the Ovid interface to carry out a systematic review/meta-analysis or comprehensive literature review. Presented by Dahlgren Memorial Library. Register.
Friday, May 21
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Via Zoom

Christian Boxley, senior research associate at MedStar Health National Center for Human Factors in Healthcare, presents “The Tableau Basics & How to Visualize COVID-19 Surveillance Data.” Register.
Friday, May 21
1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Via Zoom

This year’s event theme is “This Moment in Bioethics.” Speakers discuss recent trends in bioethics, confront the deleterious effects of racism in patient care and medicine, and consider the future. Register.
Tuesday, May 25
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.
Tuesday, May 25
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Via Zoom

Discover and leverage the power of PubMed’s tools for researchers. See a demonstration of how to use PubMed’s My NCBI account and My Bibliography as well as SciENcv. Presented by Dahlgren Memorial Library. Register.
Tuesday, May 25
6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Via Zoom

“Preeclampsia and Pregnancy Complications: How Research Can Help Keep Moms and Babies Safe” is the theme of this session in a series promoting clinical research awareness, diversity in research, and community engaged research through virtual outreach efforts. Register.
Wednesday, May 26
4:30 - 6:00 p.m.
Via Zoom

Eliseo Pérez-Stable, MD, director of the National Institute for Minority Health and Disparities and principal investigator in the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute at the National Institutes of Health, presents “Promoting Health Equity in Surgical Care.” Zoom info to come.
Thursday, May 27
12:00 - 1:00 PM
Via Zoom

Learn about ORCID, short for Open Researcher and Contributor ID, why you need one, and how GUFaculty360 now connects and syncs with it. Presented by Dahlgren Memorial Library. Register.
Thursday, May 27
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Via Zoom

A panel of speakers addresses the theme “Scientist as a Responsible Member of Society” as part of this training series for predoctoral students, postdoctoral fellows, and early career investigators on the NIH requirement of responsible conduct of research. Sponsored by the GHUCCTS TL1 TBS Program. Register.
Pedagogy + Technology
CNDLS’ annual Teaching, Learning, and Innovation Summer Institute (TLISIwill kick off May 25 - 27 with Productive Open Design Spaces (PODS) for teams wanting to work on their own teaching and learning projects as well as virtual sessions including panels with students, faculty, and staff. You can propose a PODS team project or contact cndls@georgetown.edu for more information.  
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 cndls@georgetown.edu.
Friday, May 21 or 28
12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
Via Zoom

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 5/21, 5/28.

Classroom Educational Technology (CETS) Open House
Tuesday, May 25
2:00 - 6:00 p.m.
White-Gravenor 204 & 206

Faculty and TAs can familiarize themselves with new classroom technology during this first of several open house events.

Tuesday, May 25 - Thursday, May 27

A series of panels highlights student, faculty and staff experiences from the spring semester, including a conversation with Rosemary Kilkenny, JD, vice president for Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and chief diversity officer and Drew Allen, associate vice president for Institutional Data Analytics, regarding the campus Cultural Climate Survey, followed by informal spaces for community building and reflection. Register.


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