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From the Vice President

It’s Cancer Awareness Month. How Boise State is Helping The Cause

It’s a fitting time to celebrate the great work of someone who is making great strides in cancer research—Dr. Julia Oxford, a Boise State University professor of biology and director of the Biomolecular Research Center. October is Cancer Awareness month at Boise State; its purpose is to educate and raise support in several forms. Perhaps many of us are thinking of someone dear to us at this time. Surely, those who work in research at Boise State are thinking of everyone in need of advances in the field of cancer treatment and prevention.

Our alumni, donors and friends are stepping up in support of research not only now, but year-round. For example,  Duane and Lori Stueckle  made a $1.5 million gift to endow a chair in the department of biology. The Stueckles learned about Oxford’s research in 2005 and began investing in her work and faculty position, ensuring Oxford’s research would stay at Boise State. Their gift provides annual support for an existing faculty member involved in research and teaching with biomedical applications.

The impact of the Stueckle’s support begins with Dr. Oxford, and is amplified through the work of her team. Her program recently received a $10 million research grant to establish a prestigious Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) in Matrix Biology at Boise State. Oxford’s program is one of several COBRE projects being conducted at the university. You can read about how Dr. Oxford’s work is addressing and solving major health issues in EXPLORE magazine.

We are incredibly grateful to the Stueckles for their support of cancer research at Boise State and for supporting athletics—the Stueckle Sky Center bares their name — in which they have invested and is now part of an enduring legacy.

Earlier this month, a panel of Boise State cancer researchers discussed their research at a free presentation at the Bronco Zone. Panel presenters were Cheryl Jorcyk, Daniel Fologea and Julia Oxford. You can listen online to the panel here.

We all can help cure cancer by turning sparks of exploration into burning flames of discovery through our gifts.  With great minds, like Julie Oxford’s and her colleagues’ at work, it’s only a matter of time.


Laura C. Simic is vice president for advancement at Boise State University.

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