When: Saturday, April 28, 2018
Where: Texas A&M University, College Station
Hosted by: Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
Join us after the conference for our networking dinner and McGovern Lecture at Cenare Italian Restaurant. Listen to Larry Lynam’s talk, “Did you really think you would only have one career?"
The conference includes breakfast, lunch with a keynote speaker, and a variety of open sessions. The BELS exam, workshops and networking dinner are an additional charge. For more details on the conference, read the brochure and flier below.
Any new member who joined between October 2017 & April 2018 receives a complimentary registration. Please contact email@example.com for more information. Have additional questions about the conference agenda? Contact conference co-chairs, Michelle Sauer-Gehring at firstname.lastname@example.org or Frieda Wiley at email@example.com.
Register today! Register before February 28 for a chance to win a $50 gas card.
Early Bird registration ends March 31.
Each year the Southwest Chapter of AMWA hosts the John P. McGovern Award Banquet and Lecture. AMWA Southwest will be presenting the 2018 McGovern Award to Dr. Helen Valier (see below) on Saturday, January 20 at Treebeards in Houston, TX.
The festivities will begin at 6 PM with complimentary beer, wine, and hors d'oeuvres. Admission also includes the buffet dinner, which will begin at 7 PM.
Dr. Valier will begin her discussion at approximately 8 PM with a lecture entitled, “Cancer, Men, and Medicine: What Cancer's Past Can Tell Us about the Future of Academic Medicine.” A question and answer session will follow the lecture.
McGovern banquet tickets are $35 for members, $45 for nonmembers, and $30 for students. Seating is limited, so please register early via:
About the award recipient: Helen Valier, PhD, is a researcher, educator, and author. She is director of the Medicine & Society Program in the Honors College at the University of Houston.
As a researcher, she studies the history of contemporary biomedicine, specifically as it relates to cancer research, treatment, and policy in the United States and Europe. She believes that the way to a better future lies in a better understanding of our collective past.
As an educator, she teaches an array of topics across the medical humanities curriculum, including surveys of the history of medicine. She also teaches specialized upper-division classes in the history and philosophy of science, technology, and medicine on topics such as epidemics, public health, cancer, high technology, and the politics of health reform. In appreciation of her contributions and service at the University of Houston, she has received the Provost Faculty Advising Award for Excellence, a Distinguished Service Award, and a Faculty Development Initiative Award. She was also a recipient of the T.L.L. Temple Foundation Award for Early Program Development.
Her book, Cancer, Men, and Medicine: A History of Prostate Cancer, was published in 2016. She has two forthcoming books, The Oxford Handbook of the History of American Medicine (Oxford University Press, to be published in 2018), and Cancer Inc.: The Business of Oncology in the Era of Managed Care (in progress).
You are invited to join the AMWA Southwest Chapter - New Mexico Region for a holiday gathering with white elephant gift swap on Friday, December 15 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM. Meet up at The Range Café, 925 South Camino Del Pueblo, Bernalillo, NM 87004 (located between Albuquerque and Santa Fe). Light snacks will be provided; dinner is optional, pay as you go. Attendees are encouraged to bring a "writing/editing-related" gift under $15 for the festivities.
The invitation may be found at: http://evite.me/xjdKynpXdk. For more information, contact Kelly Byram, New Mexico Region Director-At-Large, at 352-284-5815.
Congratulations to Katrina R. Burton on her appointment as the inaugural chair of AMWA’s Chapter Advisory Council (CAC). In addition to chairing this group, Katrina will represent our Southwest Chapter.
Katrina is a senior communications specialist at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. She works in the division of Institutional Advancement on the Public Relations team, covering the Department of Pediatrics and MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital. Burton is a graduate of Texas A&M University with a degree in journalism and a background in marketing. She has more than 15 years of experience in health care marketing and public relations.
Katrina served AMWA as the 2016-2017 Southwest Chapter President. Since 2012, she has also supported her chapter in the roles of President-Elect, Communications Director, Program Chair, and Director-at-Large. She served on the AMWA Board of Directors as Southwest Chapter delegate in 2016 and 2017. Katrina shared her talents with AMWA on the 2012-2013 Communications and Marketing Committee and has also participated in the AMWA annual conference as a roundtable facilitator (2014) and open session speaker (2013 and 2017).
The CAC serves as a connection between AMWA chapter leaders and the AMWA Board of Directors (BOD). The complete list of CAC membership is available on the AMWA website at http://www.amwa.org/page/Committees.
We are reaching out to our chapter to ensure that all are safe and to find out if any are in need of assistance. The AMWA SW Chapter is home to many members that may have been affected by Hurricane Harvey, and we want to offer support where we can. If you have been impacted, please reach out (firstname.lastname@example.org) and let us know. We consider our chapter a family, and this family would like to help!
Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by the hurricane. For members who want to help/donate, please contact email@example.com, and we will let you know as we receive requests. Other sites and organizations to consider include the American Red Cross who is currently serving those affected by Harvey. Donations can be made online, or text HARVEY to 90999. If you're looking for a local charity to support, Charity Navigator has compiled a list of highly-rated organizations, including Houston Food Bank, Food Bank of Corpus Christi , Houston Humane Society, and San Antonio Humane Society.