Media Advisory: Vice President Joe Biden to deliver remarks at Rice Sept. 16


For Rice University
David Ruth

For The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Brette Peyton

Vice President Joe Biden to deliver remarks at Rice Sept. 16

HOUSTON – (Sept. 8, 2016) – Vice President Joe Biden will deliver remarks at Rice University’s Tudor Fieldhouse at 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16, about the White House Cancer Moonshot, an initiative that Biden leads.

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The event, which is co-sponsored by Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy and The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center as part of the Medicine, Research and Society Lecture Series, will include welcoming remarks from James A. Baker III, former secretary of state and honorary chair of the Baker Institute, and introductory remarks from Dr. Jill Biden. Rice University President David Leebron, MD Anderson President Dr. Ronald DePinho and Baker Institute Director Ambassador Edward Djerejian will meet with the vice president and Dr. Biden before the event.

Who:  Vice President Joe Biden and Dr. Jill Biden.

What: Remarks on the White House Cancer Moonshot.

When: 3-4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 16.

Where: Rice University’s Tudor Fieldhouse, 6100 Main St.

President Barack Obama announced the White House Cancer Moonshot initiative to accelerate cancer research during his 2016 State of the Union address. The initiative aims to make more therapies available to more patients, while also improving the ability to prevent cancer and detect it at an early stage.

Biden’s speech at Rice will occur a few days after the 54th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s historic “Moon Speech” at Rice on Sept. 12, 1962.

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About David Ruth

David Ruth is director of national media relations in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.