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St. Jude Lecture Series Organizers

St. Jude Lecture Series

One of the great benefits of attending Rhodes College is access to everything Memphis has to offer. At the top of our list is St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital where the relationship between scholarship and service comes to life. St. Jude is a prime example of cancer research culminating in improved cancer care worldwide. We are working with a group of physicians at St. Jude to coordinate a series of lectures and panel discussions for other students here at the college to illustrate that fact. When we proposed these lectures, who could have imagined the amount of support we would receive? But as our professors, Rhodes administrators and the people at St. Jude got behind the effort, it became apparent that there is an underlying network of people in the local community who truly want to help Rhodes students in their endeavors. 

David Johnson ’07

At the beginning of the semester, Scott proposed coordinating a lecture series about pediatric cancer, but with an international spin. We thought the idea was great and set out to make it happen. Our hope is that people who go to these lectures will get a new insight into how pediatric cancers are treated by learning about the disparities between the American health-care system and cancer treatment in different parts of the world.

Scott Barb ’07

We are trying to raise awareness about pediatric cancer by bringing the issue into an international focus. The lectures are really centered on scientific research and clinical treatment and how they can translate into aiding the health-care systems in other countries. Through this experience, we have learned a lot about our own health-care system, and through interacting with St. Jude physicians, Rhodes College administrators and so on, we have gained a new set of mentors.

Jeremy Holzmacher ’07

One of our aims is to emphasize the human component in the sciences. We hope these lectures will highlight that science extends beyond the lab and the clinic and into service and community. Since health care is such a huge issue, some people have asked, “Why pediatric cancer for these lectures?” We want to underscore the work done at St. Jude and demonstrate that the ability to help children in places not quite up to American health-care standards rests not just with physicians, but also with those who donate to the cause, the community at large and even the student.

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