May 2010 Archives

Alumni Tribute Display Installed Summer 2010

Alumni donors and other donors to the MD Anderson Education Fund will soon be recognized on the newly-designed Alumni Tribute Display.  Currently under construction and scheduled for installation this summer, the wall display will feature names of past Distinguished Alumnus awardees with special emphasis on the most recent awardee.  It also includes the names of the various alumni donors who have made gifts of more than $5000.

The wall display will be installed on the third floor of the Pickens Academic Tower in the Texas Medical Center.  The unveiling and a reception is scheduled for Fall 2010.

For more information on how your name can be placed on the Alumni Tribute Display, please contact us at or go to 'Giving to the Education Fund' from Alumni Resources.


turkey.jpg The first international chapter of the MD Anderson Alumni & Faculty Association will be located in Turkey. 

Dr. Ugur Selek, director of the American Hospital MD Anderson Radiation Treatment Center in Istanbul, has accepted the position of Chapter Head for the new international chapter.  In Houston, Dr. Elizabeth Bloom, current chair of the Alumni & Faculty Association and associate professor of radiation oncology will work with Dr. Selek to develop the chapter in the region.

If you would like to become involved with this international chapter program, contact us at



The Alumni and Faculty Association is pleased to announce the winners of the Trainee Excellence Awards for the first cycle of FY11.

Trainees apply for awards twice yearly that recognize presentations of their research at professional and scientific society meetings.  Congratulations to the following recipients of the $500 awards:

Hui Gao, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow, Pathology/Lab Medicine - Research
Mentor:  James M. Reuben, PhD

Farshid Dayyani, MD, PhD
Fellow, Hematology & Oncology
Mentor:  Farhad Ravandi, MD


Marites P.  Melancon, PhD

Odyssey Fellow, Diagnostic Imaging
Mentor:  R. Jason Stafford, PhD


Nikhil S. Chari, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow, Pathology/Lab Medicine - Research
Mentor:  Timothy J. McDonnell, MD, PhD


Funding for the Trainee Excellence Award program comes from donations to the Alumni & Faculty Association's Education Fund.  Your generous donation to the Education Fund is necessary and appreciated.  To make a donation, see Education Fund link in Alumni Resources.



Maria Elena Martinez Named Distinguished Alumnus for 2010


Dr. Elena Martinez is currently Professor of Epidemiology at the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health and holds the Richard H. Hollen Professor of Cancer Prevention from the American Cancer Society at the Arizona Cancer Center.  She co-directs the Cancer Prevention and Control Program and is also co-Director of the Cancer Health Disparities Institute at the Arizona Cancer Center. 

Her research interests are in improving the understanding of the occurrence of cancer and its etiologic factors, including diet and other lifestyle factors as well as their interaction with genetic factors.  More recently, her research has focused in the understanding of breast cancer in Hispanic/Latina women through the conduct of a US-Mexico binational study of breast cancer.

On Thursday, November 11, Dr. Martinez will be recognized as the Distinguished Alumnus for 2010 during the Faculty Honors Convocation.  She will deliver the Distinguished Alumnus Lecture at Noon in the Hickey Auditorium. 

Video: Introducing MD Anderson's New Logo

MD Anderson Unveils New Logo


The logo is central to MD Anderson's brand. It is how other people perceive our institution and what we do, and encompasses all the attributes that make us distinctive.

The recent evolution of the logo integrates our Making Cancer History® tagline and the images made familiar through our "strike-through" campaign, in which survivors tell their cancer stories and draw a red line through their cancer type to symbolize triumph over the disease. The logo now includes a red line through the word "Cancer," as a visual expression of our mission.

The MD Anderson website has a collection of articles and videos about the new logo and Making Cancer History®