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The founder of the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center in Washington, D.C., John F. Potter, MD (M’49), died June 28 at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. “As long as I’ve been a part of the Georgetown community, the name John Potter has had iconic status,” said Georgetown University President John DeGioia in a 2018 tribute video. “He represents the very best of this university.”
At the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic, many medical students were removed from clinical duties and had their education put on hold. Some found novel ways to join efforts to respond to the pandemic. Georgetown University School of Medicine medical students created Medical Supply Drive in response to the national shortage of personal protective equipment. The group’s cofounders (all rising M4s), Melissa Baker, Tejasvi Peesay, Allison Rooney, Adaah Sayyed, Zuby Syed, published their experience in Academic Medicine in June. Read our story about their work published in 2020.
The Commitment to Justice in Jesuit Higher Education conference, hosted by Georgetown and sponsored by the Association of Jesuit Colleges, virtually gathered Jesuit university faculty, staff, administrators and board members this month.
For an intensive week-long class on nutrition and patient health led by Thomas Sherman, PhD, professor of pharmacology and physiology, medical students put together a printable collection of recipes titled The M2024 Cookbook: Manageable Recipes for Medical Students. In the class, students also discussed racial disparities in food marketing, including heavy marketing of fast food and soda to teenagers and minority communities, and biases against people with obesity and low income.
News and Announcements
Because of increasing vaccination rates and updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on domestic travel and international travel, the University updated the COVID-19 Travel Policy for students, faculty and staff, and will be relaxing travel restrictions.
Matthew Cooper, MD, FACS, Director of Kidney and Pancreas Transplantation at MedStar Georgetown Transplant Institute and professor in the department of surgery at Georgetown University School of Medicine, began his term as president of the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) Board of Directors on July 1. UNOS is the mission-driven nonprofit serving as the nation’s transplant system.
At the June 2021 meeting of the American Medical Association House of Delegates, KIE Director Daniel Sulmasy, MD, PhD, was appointed to the AMA Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs (CEJA). The CEJA is responsible for policy development as it maintains and updates the AMA Code of Medical Ethics. Sulmasy will work with eight other council members to develop and provide ethics guidance to physicians.
Alejandra Hurtado de Mendoza, PhD, assistant professor in Georgetown Lombardi’s Cancer Prevention and Control Program, served on an ad hoc committee of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine convened at NASA’s request to provide advice on proposed updates to their space radiation health standard. The Committee on Assessment of Strategies for Managing Cancer Risks Associated with Radiation Exposure During Crewed Space Missions recently published Space Radiation and Astronaut Health: Managing and Communicating Cancer Risks, a report with contributions from Mendoza.
Submit Personal Essays, Poetry to Cura Conversations by July 21
Share your voice and perspective with members of the incoming Georgetown University School of Medicine Class of 2025 by contributing personal essays or poetry about identity to Cura Conversations. The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is especially interested in reflections on race and identity given the current national dialogue on racial justice. Read previous editions of Cura Conversations and submit your work by July 21.
As part of Georgetown’s mission to provide continued support for academic success, we are pleased to announce our institutional membership in the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity (NCFDD). The NCFDD is a nationally recognized, independent organization that provides online career development and mentoring resources for faculty, post-docs, and graduate students. Read more about how to claim your free Institutional Membership.
The GUMC Faculty Mentoring Program for New and Early Career Faculty is seeking 20 mentees and 5 pod leaders for the September 2021 Cohort. Information sessions on July 9th @ 9 AM and July 14th @ 4 PM.  Learn more and apply on the GUMC Faculty Mentoring Program webpage. Applications are due for both mentees and pod leaders on Friday, July 23rd. Questions? Please contact
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Calendar of Events
Tuesday, July 6
1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

This lecture series showcases Georgetown Lombardi research. Jan Blancato, PhD, Georgetown professor of oncology, associate professor of neurology, presents “Basics of Cancer Genetics.”
Wednesday, July 7
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Via Zoom

“Exposures and Cancer Risk” is the next presentation in this series designed for all trainees to learn about ongoing research in the field of cancer prevention at Georgetown Lombardi and opportunities to engage in research.
Friday, July 9
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Via Zoom

H. Carrie Chen, MD, PhD, associate dean of assessment and educational scholarship and professor of pediatrics at Georgetown University School of Medicine, presents “Written Assessments and Multiple Choice Questions.”
Friday, July 9
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Via Zoom

Learn how to plan for a visualization project, choose appropriate chart types, and use Tableau Public to create engaging and interactive charts.
Monday, July 12
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Via Zoom

Graduate students can learn tips on how to write about their research for a non-specialist audience. This session also addresses how grant writing differs from academic writing, and includes a basic proposal template to follow when the solicitation does not provide specific guidance. Presented by the Office of Graduate Fellowships & Awards.
GUFaculty360 Class - Updating Your Profile
Wednesday, July 14, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. or
Monday, July 19, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Via Zoom

Learn how to upload your CV, add your personal website information, upload a syllabus, publications and more. Register 7/14 or 7/19.
Wednesday, July 14
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Via Zoom

This session of the GHUCCTS Regulatory, Ethics, Knowledge & Support (REKS) summer webinar series on “Pathways to Decentralized (Virtual) Clinical Trials” features Mary Anne Hinkson, MBA, vice president, research operations, MedStar Health Research Institute, discussing “E-Consent: Paperless Consent with 21 CFR 11 Compliant Workflow.”
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 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).
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