September 2011 Archives

Alumni Surveys are Live

If you are a former postdoctoral fellow, a former clinical trainee or a former faculty member, we want to hear from you! Alumni surveys for specific MD Anderson alumni populations are available.  Go to Alumni Surveys for eligibility and to find the surveys links.    Your completed survey is an entry for a drawing for three prizes.

Regional Care Center Events Shed Light on Breast Cancer

55852-pink-ribbon-edited.jpgMD Anderson's regional care centers in the Bay Area, Katy, Sugar Land and The Woodlands will recognize Breast Cancer Awareness Month with free evening community events, and you're invited.

At each event, faculty and other employees from our regional centers will hand out educational materials and pink glow necklaces to spread the pink light of breast cancer awareness and hope.

Katy Regional Care Center

Saturday, Oct. 1
7:00 to 10:00 p.m.
Heritage Square in La Centerra at Cinco Ranch

The square will be illuminated in soft pink light as faculty and other employees from the Katy center promote early detection and celebrate survivorship.

Sugar Land Regional Care Center

Saturday, Oct. 1
7:00 to 10:00 p.m.
The Plaza in Sugar Land Town Square

The plaza and fountain will be aglow in pink light. The Town Square will host a free performance by the Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra, while the regional center's team offers giveaways and greets its neighbors.

The Woodlands  Regional Care Center

Thursday, Oct. 13
7:00 to 10:00 p.m.
The Woodlands Market Street Central Park

Pink lighting will set the mood for a free musical performance that's part of Market Street's weekly concert series. Meet your colleagues who work in The Woodlands as they spotlight MD Anderson in the community.

Bay Area Regional Care Center

Friday, Oct. 21
7:00 to 10:00 p.m.
 Ballunar Liftoff Festival at NASA's Johnson Space Center

The Bay Area team will showcase a hot-air balloon in the shape of a pink ribbon during the nighttime balloon glow.

Show up in your black MD Anderson T-shirt, bring a blanket or camping chair, and invite your friends and family to enjoy the festival as you get to know your colleagues who work in the community.

To learn more about the regional care centers, call 713-745-9940 or visit the Regional Care Centers site.

Alumni & Faculty Association steering committee member named Sr. VP


74557-bogler-o.jpgMessage from Raymond N. DuBois, M.D., Ph.D., Provost and Executive Vice President

Oliver Bogler, Ph.D., vice president of Global Academic Programs, has been named senior vice president for Academic Affairs, succeeding Stephen Tomasovic, Ph.D., who retired last month after a distinguished 31-year career at MD Anderson.

Bogler, whose new job began Sept. 1, joined MD Anderson in 2005 as associate professor of Neurosurgery. At that time, he also was named director of basic research in the department and research director of the Brain Tumor Center.

Born in Germany, Bogler earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom and his doctorate from the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research in London. In 1992, he came to the United States for his postgraduate training: a research fellowship in molecular neurobiology at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla, Calf., and a research fellowship in brain tumor biology from the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research in San Diego.

Prior to joining MD Anderson, he had appointment at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond and Hermelin Brain Tumor Center at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, with a joint appointment at Wayne State University.

At MD Anderson, he served as co-principal investigator for our SPORE in Brain Cancer until 2010, and is a principal investigator (PI) or co-PI on three other grants, two of which are from the National Cancer Institute. He has contributed to 15 book chapters and review articles and had 50 original papers appear in peer-reviewed publications. He serves on the editorial boards of Neuro-Oncology and Neurosurgery journals and is chair of the Scientific Advisory Council for the National Brain Tumor Society.

MD Anderson facilities threatened by wildfire


MD Anderson Employees at both our Science Park - Research Division campus in Smithville and the Keeling Center for Comparative Medicine and Research in Bastrop have been directly impacted by the recent wildfires in Central Texas.

The wildfires prompted the Sept. 5 evacuation of our Smithville campus, which remained closed all week. Employees at the Bastrop campus were on alert in the meantime. Neither facility incurred physical damage, but employees returned to work on Sept. 12 with harrowing stories of survival and escape.

Interactive Directory Retired: Use form for address updates

The MD Anderson Alumni & Faculty Association has retired its online directory as part of an overall plan to migrate member data to a new application.   Going forward, members will use the Web form linked below to make updates to home and business information, as well as awards and other news.  Questions about this change may be made to

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