As if it weren’t enough that the University of Texas’ football ambitions left Baylor University in a lurch last week, it now turns out that some UT medical leaders one-upped the state’s other Baylor in an influential national ranking of medical schools.
UT’s Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas jumped ahead of Baylor College of Medicine in the U.S. News & World Report’s annual survey after UT officials demanded that Baylor stop taking credit for federal funding for M.D. Anderson, which is part of the UT system.
Dr. Kenneth Shine, the UT System vice chancellor for health affairs, pressured Baylor to stop counting M.D. Anderson’s National Institutes of Health funding. He told the Chronicle that after UT Southwestern and other sources alerted him Baylor was counting M.D. Anderson’s grants in its magazine submissions, he called then Baylor President Dr. Peter Traber to object.
The University of Texas at Austin announced late Monday that it would pass up a lucrative invitation to join the Pacific-10 Conference and remain in the Big 12 Conference. The decision, which surprised many commentators who had predicted just hours earlier that Texas’ move to the Pac-10 was “imminent,” reportedly came after the Big 12’s commissioner, Dan Beebe, made a last-ditch proposal that would more than double the revenues that each member of the league derives annually and let individual members (notably Texas) create their own independent television networks for their teams. ……