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In This Issue: September 2017

Honoring a Life of Excellence

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William T. Butler, Chancellor Emeritus and Former President

The Baylor College of Medicine community is mourning the passing of William T. Butler, M.D., who died Sept. 22, 2017. Dr. Butler served as the second President of the College from 1979 to 1996, leading a period of substantial growth, especially to our research mission. He assumed leadership of Baylor for a second time, from 2008 to 2010, as Interim President, providing thoughtful and stable leadership during a time of transition at the College.

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Join us for Springtime in Provence

Early booking savings deadline is Oct. 19, 2017. Cruise dates are May 9-17, 2018. 

Dean's Update: Researchers Receive $13.1 Million 

Adam Kuspa, Ph.D. (320x240)
Senior Vice President and Dean for Research

We were thrilled to receive the news that Baylor will receive $13,107,956 from CPRIT (Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas) for six new grants focused on evidence-based cancer prevention services, the recruitment of an established investigator, an individual investigator and early translational research and core facility support. This funding allows us to grow our expert faculty with the recruitment of Dr. Chris Amos, a bioinformatician and expert in the genetic epidemiology of lung cancer.  

Ride-Out Team Keeps College Safe; Students Rise to Harvey Challenge

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Dr. Shital Patel volunteers with other healthcare professionals during Hurricane Harvey.

Baylor research and buildings fared well during Hurricane Harvey as a result of the flood protection systems that were installed following Tropical Storm Allison in 2001. However, there was significant impact to students, staff and faculty on a personal level. Hurricane Harvey floodwater rose to within a few inches of the rim of the Alkek Fountain in the front of Baylor College of Medicine and within a foot of the loading dock at the back. 

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Job Shadow Program Highlights Different Career Paths for Ph.D. Students

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Megan Vogt, left, and Trace Stay, right, participate in Baylor's Job Shadow Program.

This past spring 40 students in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Baylor had the opportunity to individually shadow an employer for one full business day to explore different career paths. Derek Haseltine, Director of Career Development and the founder of the Job Shadow Program, says it has brought much success to those looking for insider information on diverse scientific careers. Students who participated in the program spent a day on site at local businesses, industries or academic institutions, meeting scientists to learn more about their careers.