There was a packed house in the Mary Babb Randolph Cancer Center Atrium last Wednesday where several WVU Medicine and Cancer Institute faculty and staff and others gathered to join the Cancer Institute in honoring Dr. Richard Goldberg as the Laurence S. and Jean J. DeLynn Chair of Oncology.
WVU Cancer Institute Deputy Director and Senior Associate Vice President for Research and Graduate Education Laura Gibson called the event an opportunity to celebrate Dr. Goldberg joining WVU and his leadership for moving the Cancer Institute forward. Vice President and Executive Dean for Health Sciences Clay Marsh presented Dr. Goldberg a personalized captain’s chair in honor of his appointment as an endowed chair.
“He’s an eminent scholar, has gotten a lot of grant funding, opened two cancer centers, is an expert clinician, and has a great heart," Marsh said. “I can think of no finer leader to sit in this chair and to help build WVU’s Cancer Program for us and the state of West Virginia.”
Dr. Marsh also thanked Tea Time attendees for the work they do to help people and impact lives.
“There’s a sense of community and a sense of momentum at WVU,” Goldberg said. “We’ll accomplish great things together, and it is an honor for me to be here.”
His wife Lynda extended her appreciation. “We’ve been very welcomed and everyone has been loving and kind,” she said.
Many thanks to the WVU women’s soccer team and their fans who came out to watch the Mountaineers beat Oklahoma 5-1 during the “pink” game at Dick Dlesk Stadium in Morgantown on October 8. The game was an opportunity for both the team and fans to join the WVU Cancer Institute and WVU Medicine to raise breast cancer awareness and support the fight against breast cancer. Cancer Institute Director Rich Goldberg, representatives of the Betty Puskar Breast Care Center and the Bonnie Wells Wilson Mobile Mammography Program (Bonnie’s Bus), and assistant women’s soccer coach Marisa Kanela were called to the field for halftime recognition and an announcement that the Mountaineers raised nearly $9,000 for the Cancer Institute’s Betty Puskar Breast Care Center during the team’s annual spring fundraiser. Additionally, Mountaineer fans donated more than $1,300 in exchange for official pink Mountaineer T-shirts. Their donations will support the Breast Cancer Program Enhancement Fund at the Cancer Institute.
Linda Vona-Davis, Ph.D., director of the Biomedical Master of Science in Health Sciences Program at West Virginia University, was surprised and delighted to see 65 of her colleagues at her recent presentation. Before the standing-room-only crowd, she discussed her latest research into how adipose-derived stem cells, which originate in fat, influence the activity of breast cancer cells.