Best Texas Songs: The Short List If you're new to Texas, you better know Texas music. If you grew up in Texas and you don't know at least these or Pat Green, Dixie Chicks or T Bone Burnett, may a horned toad snuggle in your boots and a Texas tarantula crawl across you when you sleep. Full Story » Alan Nelson
Out of 26 million Texans, you may have an idea to change the world. You may have had several ideas to change the world. But only a tiny minority of you pushed through the U.S. Patent office from application to successful patent. We've seen Texans change the world many times over. Jack Kilby did it with Texas Instruments in 1958 with the integrated circuit, causing the start of the digital revolution, which, in part, is why you can read these words over your electronic device.
Over the last few years, Texas Business has brought its feature: Texas Business Patent of the Day. This list is of the ones that were either extremely clever, odd or strange. One thing becomes apparent from these patents and the patent that runs daily in Texas Business—Texans have a unique mind set.
Though the history of the Corn Dog is disputed, the State Fair of Texas claims to have introduced the Corny Dog sometime between 1938 and 1942. As a paean to that invention that now sits in the freezer section of every grocery store in the southwest, here are the fried foods the State Fair of Texas has introduced, or tried to introduce, in the last seven years.
Don't get caught up with John Wayne religion. For one thing, he's not Texan. He's in some fine movies involving Texas, most notably The Searchers, but none of his movies can make the best cut of Texas movies. Here's the short list.
Unsung Texas Business Journalists Mention that one is a reporter, and there's a spark of interest. Mention that one is a business news reporter, and watch the eyes glaze over. Except to the players, business and economic journalists are unappreciated. While many wish to become sports reporters when they grow up, most do not realize that business journalists cover the Real Game. Mention that reporter covers business, and watch the eyes glaze over. A toast to these below on the short list and the numerous unnamed ones slogging away. Full Story » TexasBusiness.com
Best Texas Mexican Food: The Short List No, we're not going to debate the difference between Tex-Mex, Mex-Tex, Mexican and Texican food. Just know these establishments are the pinnacle of Texas Mexican fare. No brag, just fact. Full Story » TexasBusiness.com
Best Texas Burgers Texas Burgers. . While a hamburger is merely sustenance and gratification for a meal, the memory a good Texas burger can give rise to Homeric odes. The short list. Full Story » TexasBusiness.com
Texas Business reports: Daniel Von Hoff, MD, is working with Baylor Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center at Dallas as it develops its Innovative Clinical Trials Center (ICTC).
Von Hoff, who served on President George W. Bush's National Cancer Advisory Board, is an internationally known cancer researcher who has played a role in the development of more than 200 cancer drugs.
“We're very excited about working with Dr. Von Hoff and building upon our already robust cancer research programs,” said Baylor chief of oncology Alan M. Miller in a prepared statement. “He is a leader in precision medicine–sometimes called personalized medicine–which tailors cancer treatment to the biology and genetics of each individual patient's tumor. Precision medicine will be one of the primary focuses of researchers at the ICTC.”
The research facility will be located within Baylor's new, 467,000 square-foot outpatient cancer center opening in March.
When it opens, it will be the largest outpatient cancer center in North Texas.
The ICTC will be the centerpiece of cancer clinical research at Baylor, offering treatments that may not be available anywhere else, or may be available only at a limited number of facilities in the world, said Miller.
“The ICTC will be the home of our Phase I clinical trials, which provide patients with the option to participate in clinical research, especially those patients whose cancers have resisted standard treatments," Miller said in a statement. “These early trials also will advance knowledge in the field of cancer treatment, hopefully leading to treatments that become available to all patients in the future.”
Besides helping guide Baylor's precision medicine program, Van Hoff will assist Baylor investigators in identifying and bringing promising clinical trials and studies to Baylor, as well as help recruit physician scientists to ICTC.
Von Hoff is currently physician-in-chief at the Translational Drug Development Institute in Phoenix and also chief scientific officer for both Scottsdale Healthcare and US Oncology. Last year, he received the Karnofsky Award from the American Society of Clinical Oncology.
Baylor Health Care System is a not-for-profit, faith-based supporting organization providing services to a network of acute care hospitals and related health care entities that provide patient care, medical education, research and community service.
Baylor recorded more than 2.6 million patient encounters, $3.8 billion in total operating revenue, $4.4 billion in total assets and $513.5 million in community benefit in fiscal year 2010.
Baylor's network of more than 260 access points includes 26 owned/operated/ ventured/affiliated hospitals, 23 joint ventured ambulatory surgical centers, 50 satellite outpatient locations, four senior centers and 156 HealthTexas physician clinics.
The Texas News Scrawl is a handy reference to stories Texas Business recommends from other news sources. Some of the stories that Texas Business currently suggests include: Texas regulators not aware of potential CFTC manipulation probe,Irving spends incentive dollars to lure two corporate headquarters and almost 2,000 jobs;Hotels, restaurant operators prep for record Final Four;Star-Telegram presses roll one last time; Robert Rodriguez breathes new life into an old vampire favorite; ClubCorp buys Prestonwood Country Club in Dallas and Plano; Office Depot overcharged Dallas by up to $3.6 million, city auditor finds; Texas power market monitor resigns amid unresolved reform debate; and more.