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State Tipoffs Involving Texas Newsletter for Sunday January 31, 2021 ( 122 items )  

Alamo Colleges District: Board of Trustees Elects Officers
SAN ANTONIO, Texas, Jan. 29 (TNSPer) -- The Alamo Colleges District issued the following news release: At their regular board meeting on January 26, 2021, the Alamo Colleges District Board of Trustees elected new officers. District 6 Trustee Dr. Gene Sprague, the longest-serving trustee on the board, was elected chair. District 7 Trustee Dr. Yvonne Katz, who previously served as board chair, was elected vice chair. District 8 Trustee Clint Kingsbery is now board secretary and newly elected Dis  more

Austin Community College and Stephen F. Austin State University Form New Partnership
AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 28 -- The Austin Community College District issued the following news: Austin Community College District (ACC) launched a partnership with Stephen F. Austin State University (SFA) in Nacogdoches, Texas. The new partnership will provide students with a seamless transition to SFA upon fulfilling their associate degree at ACC. "Students need options when it comes to getting a quality education, especially during these challenging times. ACC is the top college for university tr  more

Austin Community College Launches New Financial Aid for Students Impacted by COVID-19
AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 27 -- The Austin Community College District issued the following news: Austin Community College District (ACC) is helping students pay for college. ACC is launching a new federal financial aid program to support students impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic with tuition support. The Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CRRSA) Act will provide tuition dollars and financial relief for personal expenses. Applications will open soon. "When the  more

Baylor Business Professor, Alumna Earn National Science Foundation Grant to Combat Human Trafficking
WACO, Texas, Jan. 28 (TNSGra) -- Baylor University issued the following news: In the fight against human trafficking, law enforcement officers are forced to navigate many technological challenges to break up illicit networks and rescue individuals caught up in human trade. A Baylor University professor and a former student, now a faculty member at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE), are working to address many of those challenges with the help of a grant from the National Science   more

Baylor College of Medicine: Exercise and Heart
HOUSTON, Texas, Jan. 30 (TNSRes) -- The Baylor College of Medicine issued the following news release dated Feb. 1, 2021: It is well known that exercise is needed for cardiovascular health, but just how much is needed and how often? Dr. Ihab Hamzeh, assistant professor of medicine - cardiology at Baylor College of Medicine, has answers to some common questions to get you started on the right foot when it comes to improving heart health. Q: How much exercise is recommended for cardiovascular hea  more

Baylor College of Medicine: Heart Disease Remains Leading Cause of Death Worldwide
HOUSTON, Texas, Jan. 28 (TNSJou) -- The Baylor College of Medicine issued the following news release: Heart disease remains the leading cause of death worldwide, according to the 2021 Statistical Update from the American Heart Association, written by a collaboration of healthcare professionals led by Dr. Salim Virani, professor of medicine - cardiology at Baylor College of Medicine and a staff cardiologist at the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Experts believe these numbers   more

Baylor College of Medicine: Heartburn or Heart Attack?
HOUSTON, Texas, Jan. 30 (TNSRes) -- The Baylor College of Medicine issued the following news release dated Feb. 1, 2021: A big meal may cause heartburn or aggravate chronic acid reflux but sometimes the symptoms aren't what you'd expect. How do you tell the difference between chest pain from heartburn and a heart attack? According to Baylor College of Medicine gastroenterologist Dr. Suneal Agarwal, it starts with knowing your body and your risk for both conditions. "If there are factors that s  more

Baylor College of Medicine: Indirect Effects of COVID-19 on Your Heart
HOUSTON, Texas, Jan. 28 (TNSRes) -- The Baylor College of Medicine issued the following news release: The headlines are focused on the numbers surrounding COVID-19 cases, but there are some troubling indirect effects of the pandemic that Baylor College of Medicine cardiologists are saying we can't ignore. Recent studies have found that there has been an increase in cardiovascular related deaths over the past year, and while there are a number of factors, one is thought to be related to the defe  more

Baylor University: Study - Management Without Morals Can Lead to Employees' Unethical Behavior
WACO, Texas, Jan. 29 (TNSJou) -- Baylor University issued the following news: An organization that projects an ethical face but whose managers fail to respond to internal ethical situations sends mixed messages to its employees, which can lead to a lack of employees' moral courage and an increase in unethical behavior, according to a study led by a Baylor University researcher. The study, "Management Without Morals: Construct Development and Initial Testing of Amoral Management," is published   more

Brasington Named First Powell Professor of History at West Texas
CANYON, Texas, Jan. 28 (TNSPer) -- West Texas A&M University issued the following news: Dr. Bruce Brasington has been named the Twanna Caddell Powell Professor of History, the first endowed professorship ever in West Texas A&M University's Department of History. "I am profoundly grateful," Brasington said. "I truly believe that this is a vocation. It is a real honor and blessing that I am able to teach, and I believe I am meant to be here at WT." Brasington, a Stillwater, Okla., native, began  more

Buckeye Partners Announces Strategic Investment in OneH2, A Provider of Turn-Key Hydrogen Fuel Solutions
HOUSTON, Texas, Jan. 28 -- Buckeye Partners issued the following news release on Jan. 27: Buckeye Partners L.P. ("Buckeye") announced today that it had made an equity investment in OneH2, Inc. ("OneH2"), a provider of hydrogen fuel supply and logistics solutions. OneH2 provides scalable hydrogen fuel production systems coupled with cost-effective delivered hydrogen fuel for use in transportation markets across a growing network in North America. OneH2 currently serves the forklift market and is  more

CenterPoint Energy Foundation Announces Contribution to YMCA of Southwestern Indiana
HOUSTON, Texas, Jan. 28 -- CenterPoint Energy issued the following news release: During a special presentation made to the YMCA of Southwestern Indiana's Caldwell Community Center, Dave Lesar, President and CEO of CenterPoint Energy, announced that The CenterPoint Energy Foundation has awarded a $535,000 grant to support revitalization of the facility located in Evansville, Ind. The donation will be used to install a new roof, create additional programming space, including a STEM lab, and expan  more

Chevron Phillips Chemical Receives ISCC PLUS Certification, Secures Supply Agreement With Nexus As Advanced Recycling Program Matures
THE WOODLANDS, Texas, Jan. 26 -- Chevron Phillips Chemical, a petrochemical company, issued the following news on Jan. 25: Chevron Phillips Chemical (CPChem) today announced two significant developments in its advanced recycling program which converts waste plastics into circular polyethylene. Since introducing Marlex(R) Anew(TM) Circular Polyethylene in October, the company has received certification through the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification PLUS (ISCC PLUS) process and  more

College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences Oncology Service Receives Grant Renewal to Support Pets Fighting Cancer
COLLEGE STATION, Texas, Jan. 26 (TNSGra) -- Texas A&M University's College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences issued the following news release: Dr. Heather Wilson-Robles and the Oncology Service at the Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital (VMTH), in the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVMBS), have received a second grant of $75,000 from the Petco Foundation that will financially assist owners with their pets' cancer treatments. The Pet Can  more

Criscitiello Appointed College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences Research, Graduate Studies Associate Dean
COLLEGE STATION, Texas, Jan. 28 (TNSPer) -- Texas A&M University's College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences issued the following news release: Dr. Michael Criscitiello, a comparative immunologist and professor in the Department of Veterinary Pathobiology (VTPB), has been appointed associate dean for Research & Graduate Studies at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVMBS). Criscitiello, who previously served as the assistant dean for Research & Gra  more

Dallas ISD Announces Partnership With Paul Quinn College to Launch New Secondary IB School
DALLAS, Texas, Jan. 29 -- The Dallas Independent School District issued the following news release: A press conference on Wednesday morning formally announced that Dallas ISD is partnering with Paul Quinn College, an HBCU, to open a school that will operate under the International Baccalaureate model (IB) in southern Dallas. The press conference announced that the new school, which is enrolling students right now for next school year, will be named after Frederick D. Haynes, the leader of Frie  more

Entergy 'Center of Excellence' Opens in Clinton
JACKSON, Mississippi, Jan. 26 -- Entergy issued the following news release: Entergy's new Center of Excellence, a high-tech training facility for new line workers, recently opened in Clinton as part of the company's Knowledge and Skills Training (KAST) facility. Company officials gathered at a dedication ceremony to commemorate the grand opening. Afterward, they toured the new center. The COE consolidates training for line workers without previous experience from Entergy locations in Arkansas,  more

First Doctoral Degree in Nursing at University of Houston Approved
HOUSTON, Texas, Jan. 26 -- The University of Houston issued the following news release: The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board has voted unanimously to approve the new Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at the University of Houston College of Nursing. The DNP is a practice doctorate that will prepare family nurse practitioners (FNP) and nurse executives to address the shortages of primary care providers, nursing educators and leaders in a complex health care environment. "The Uni  more

Howard Payne University: Dr. M. Daniel Carroll R. to Speak at 14th Annual Currie-Strickland Distinguished Lectures in Christian Ethics
BROWNWOOD, Texas, Jan. 27 -- Howard Payne University issued the following news: Howard Payne University's 14th annual Currie-Strickland Distinguished Lectures in Christian Ethics will feature guest speaker Dr. M. Daniel Carroll R. (Rodas), Scripture Press Ministries professor of biblical studies and pedagogy at Wheaton College and Graduate School. The lectures, which are free to the public, will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 4, and 10:00 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 5, in the Mabee University   more

Lamar University Journalists Compete for Big Money in Innovation Competition
BEAUMONT, Texas, Jan. 28 -- Lamar University issued the following news: A team of Lamar University journalists is one of 10 finalists in the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute's 2021 Student Innovation Competition. The Cardinal team will compete Feb. 26 for big prize money - $10,000 - by implementing an innovative idea in partnership with a local media outlet. Each year RJI challenges college journalism majors across the country to imagine and implement innovation in newsrooms. This year,  more

Lamar University: Evans Announces Retirement
BEAUMONT, Texas, Jan. 26 (TNSPer) -- Lamar University issued the following news on Jan. 25: Lamar University's fifteenth president, Dr. Kenneth Evans, has announced his retirement from LU effective June 30, 2021. Evans informed Dr. Brian McCall, the chancellor of the Texas State University System, which Lamar University is a member. The chancellor's office will commence a nationwide search. Evans joined Lamar University in July 2013 with a focus on improving support for faculty research and te  more

Louisiana Tech University: Civil Engineering Alum Named to LeadershipITE Program Through Institute of Transportation Engineers
RUSTON, Louisiana, Jan. 26 -- Louisiana Tech University issued the following news: Louisiana Tech University alumna Anamaria Torres (civil engineering '12), has been selected for the 2021 LeadershipITE program through the Institute of Transportation Engineers, an international association of transportation professionals. Torres has nearly a decade of experience in transportation engineering, completing internships with the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, the University   more

MD Anderson Launches New Strategy and Expands Core Values
HOUSTON, Texas, Jan. 29 (TNSRes) -- The University of Texas's MD Anderson Cancer Center issued the following news release on Jan. 28, 2021: The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center today launched a pivotal, multi-year Strategy aimed at making the greatest impact on humanity in the institution's work to end cancer. Developed with direct involvement from front-line cancer fighters and through ideas curated from gifted and talented faculty, MD Anderson's new Strategy is anchored in its mi  more

Mich. A.G. Nessel Files for Sanctions Against Attorneys Involved in Frivolous Election Lawsuit
LANSING, Michigan, Jan. 29 -- Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel issued the following news release on Jan. 28, 2021: Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel took action today to hold accountable three Michigan attorneys and one Texas attorney who pursued a frivolous lawsuit in an effort to disenfranchise Michigan's voters and undermine public trust in the outcome of the 2020 presidential election. Michigan attorneys Greg Rohl, Scott Hagerstrom and Stefanie Junttila, along with Texas attorney  more

N.Y. A.G. James Vows to Fights Alongside Biden Administration to Stop Deportations
ALBANY, New York, Jan. 28 -- New York Attorney General Letitia James issued the following statement on Jan. 27: * * * New York Attorney General Letitia James today released the following statement after, last night, a federal judge in Texas issued a temporary restraining order, in effect for two weeks, that blocked President Joseph Biden's plan to pause the deportation of undocumented immigrants for 100 days: "As we continue to reel from a public health crisis that has affected every corner o  more

National Republican Congressional Committee: Allred Still Silent on Biden Fracking Ban
WASHINGTON, Jan. 28 -- The National Republican Congressional Committee issued the following news release on Jan. 26: Joe Biden is signing his moratorium on new oil and gas leases on public lands and Colin Allred still hasn't said a word about it (even though he's been asked by reporters). 120,000 Texans could lose their jobs because of Biden's anti-energy policies. Don't Allred's constituents deserve to know where he stands? PS: Polling in energy-producing House districts across the country  more

National Republican Congressional Committee: Cuellar STILL SILENT on Biden Fracking Ban
WASHINGTON, Jan. 28 -- The National Republican Congressional Committee issued the following news release: Joe Biden is signing his moratorium on new oil and gas leases on public lands and Henry Cuellar still hasn't said a word about it (even though he's been asked by reporters). 120,000 Texans could lose their jobs because of Biden's anti-energy policies. Don't Cuellar's constituents deserve to know where he stands? PS: Polling in energy-producing House districts across the country (including  more

National Republican Congressional Committee: Fletcher Still Silent on Biden Fracking Ban
WASHINGTON, Jan. 28 -- The National Republican Congressional Committee issued the following news release: Joe Biden is signing his moratorium on new oil and gas leases on public lands and Lizzie Fletcher still hasn't said a word about it (even though she's been asked by reporters). 120,000 Texans could lose their jobs because of Biden's anti-energy policies. Don't Fletcher's constituents deserve to know where she stands? PS: Polling in energy-producing House districts across the country (inc  more

National Republican Congressional Committee: Vela STILL SILENT on Biden Fracking Ban
WASHINGTON, Jan. 28 -- The National Republican Congressional Committee issued the following news release: Joe Biden is signing his moratorium on new oil and gas leases on public lands and Filemon Vela still hasn't said a word about it (even though he's been asked by reporters). 120,000 Texans could lose their jobs because of Biden's anti-energy policies. Don't Vela's constituents deserve to know where he stands? PS: Polling in energy-producing House districts across the country (including Tex  more

Nexstar Media Group Appoints Bernadette Aulestia to Board of Directors
IRVING, Texas, Jan. 28 -- Nexstar Media Group, a television broadcasting company, issued the following news release on Jan. 27: Nexstar Media Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: NXST) announced today the appointment of Bernadette S. Aulestia, 47, to its Board of Directors effective January 27. Ms. Aulestia will serve as a Class I Director and will stand for election at the 2022 annual meeting of shareholders and will also serve on the Board's compensation committee. Perry Sook, Nexstar Media Group's Founder,  more

Nexstar Media Group Increases Quarterly Cash Dividend by 25% and Announces $1B Share Repurchase Authorization
IRVING, Texas, Jan. 29 -- Nexstar Media Group, a television broadcasting company, issued the following news release on Jan. 28, 2021: Nexstar Media Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: NXST) announced today that its Board of Directors approved a 25 percent increase in the quarterly cash dividend to $0.70 per share of its Class A common stock beginning with the dividend declared for the first quarter of 2021. The dividend is payable on Friday, February 26, 2021, to shareholders of record on Friday, February 12,  more

Nexstar Media's Cable Network, WGN America, Names Mike Viqueira Washington, D.C., Bureau Chief
IRVING, Texas, Jan. 29 -- Nexstar Media Group, a television broadcasting company, issued the following news release on Jan. 28, 2021: WGN America, Nexstar Media Group, Inc.'s wholly-owned cable network currently reaching 75 million U.S. television households, today announced that Mike Viqueira has joined the network as Washington, D.C., Bureau Chief, overseeing the content provided for NewsNation, the country's only live unbiased national newscast airing in primetime every night. Mr. Viqueira   more

Nexstar Media's Cable Network, WGN America, to Rebrand as NewsNation and Expand News Programming to Five Hours on Weeknights Beginning March 1
IRVING, Texas, Jan. 26 -- Nexstar Media Group, a television broadcasting company, issued the following news release on Jan. 25: WGN America, Nexstar Media Group, Inc.'s wholly-owned cable network currently reaching 75 million U.S. television households, today announced that it will rebrand as NewsNation and expand its news programming to five hours on weeknights beginning March 1, with the launch of two new hour-long shows: "NewsNation Early Edition" at 6 p.m. ET, and "The Donlon Report," ancho  more

PBS and RadicalMedia Commission Large-Scale Public Art Reflecting on What It Means to Be an American
ARLINGTON, Virginia, Jan. 27 -- PBS issued the following news release on Jan. 25: PBS and RadicalMedia today announced the launch of an original public art initiative as part of the public broadcaster's 50th anniversary crowdsourced storytelling project, PBS AMERICAN PORTRAIT. Consisting of three large-scale installations created by distinguished artists Rick Lowe and the Greenwood Art Project, Carlos Ramirez, and Swoon (Caledonia Curry), the art projects will be showcased on stationary and roa  more

Public Utility Commission of Texas Promotes Corona to Deputy Executive Director
AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 28 -- The Public Utility Commission of Texas issued the following news release on Jan. 27: The Public Utility Commission of Texas today announced that agency veteran Connie Corona has been named Deputy Executive Director. During her tenure as the PUCT's Chief Program Officer starting in 2019, Corona guided the Market Analysis, Customer Protection, Infrastructure, Rate Regulation Divisions, and Legal divisions. "Connie is a walking encyclopedia of industry knowledge who make  more

Rice University: A Little Soap Simplifies Making 2D Nanoflakes
HOUSTON, Texas, Jan. 28 (TNSJou) -- Rice University issued the following news release: Just a little soap helps clean up the challenging process of preparing two-dimensional hexagonal boron nitride (hBN). Rice University chemists have found a way to get the maximum amount of quality 2D hBN nanosheets from its natural bulk form by processing it with surfactant (aka soap) and water. The surfactant surrounds and stabilizes the microscopic flakes, preserving their properties. Experiments by the l  more

Rice University: Baker Institute - Climate Action Must Be Bipartisan to Be Effective
HOUSTON, Texas, Jan. 26 -- Rice University issued the following news release: Climate action and policy must be bipartisan to be effective and durable, according to a new brief from the Center for Energy Studies at Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy. The brief, authored by Jim Krane, Ken Medlock, Mark Finley and Michael Maher, proposes a number of actions that could play a role in a bipartisan approach to carbon neutrality, such as continuing incentives for carbon capture, reg  more

Rice University: Brain-to-Brain Communication Demo Receives DARPA Funding
HOUSTON, Texas, Jan. 26 -- Rice University issued the following news release: Wireless communication directly between brains is one step closer to reality thanks to $8 million in Department of Defense follow-up funding for Rice University neuroengineers. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), which funded the team's proof-of-principle research toward a wireless brain link in 2018, has asked for a preclinical demonstration of the technology that could set the stage for human tes  more

Rice University: HERC Study Spotlights Struggles Many HISD Families Face
HOUSTON, Texas, Jan. 27 (TNSRes) -- Rice University issued the following news release: A large number of students enrolled in the Houston Independent School District (HISD) need help with basic needs such as food, clothing, health care and school supplies, according to a new research brief from Rice University's Houston Education Research Consortium (HERC). The study reveals that a substantial number of Houston-area school children reported sometimes not having enough to eat at home and going   more

Rice University: Pandemic Exacerbates Stress for Struggling Houston Families
HOUSTON, Texas, Jan. 26 -- Rice University issued the following news release: Staying put during the pandemic is hard enough without additional stressors. But for some in Houston, COVID-19 exacerbated situations that already presented challenges. A fellow at Rice University's School of Architecture set out to document the pandemic's effects on households through discussions with residents of Houston's Fifth Ward for a pilot study, "Stay-at-Home Stress." Amelyn Ng, an Australian architect in h  more

Rice University: STEM Students Whose Career Path and Interests Align Enjoy More Academic, Professional Success
HOUSTON, Texas, Jan. 26 (TNSJou) -- Rice University issued the following news release: College students studying STEM fields who choose careers that align with their interests are more committed and less likely to consider a change of direction than those who don't, according to a new study Rice University psychologists. "The college-to-career transition in STEM: An eleven-year longitudinal study of perceived and objective vocational interest fit" appeared in a recent edition of the Journal of  more

Rice University: Study Shows Why Anesthetic Stops Cell's Walkers in Their Tracks
HOUSTON, Texas, Jan. 29 (TNSJou) -- Rice University issued the following news release: Like a wrench that gums up the gears, a common anesthetic keeps the motor proteins in your cells from making their rounds. This is not necessarily a bad thing, but how it works has been a mystery until now. Researchers at Rice's Center for Theoretical Biological Physics (CTBP) detail the mechanism that allows propofol -- the general anesthetic injected to knock you out before surgery -- to halt the movement  more

Rice University: Texas Needs to Take the Lead on Carbon Capture, Say Baker Institute Experts
HOUSTON, Texas, Jan. 29 (TNSRep) -- Rice University issued the following news release: Texas, with advantages in everything from its geology to its workforce, should become a leader in carbon capture, according to a new report from Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy. "Expanding Carbon Capture in Texas" provides a road map for expansion of carbon capture, utilization or storage (CCUS) in the state. The report also details how Texas is primed to take the lead in the transition t  more

Rice University: What's in a Name? A New Class of Superconductors
HOUSTON, Texas, Jan. 26 (TNSJou) -- Rice University issued the following news release: A new theory that could explain how unconventional superconductivity arises in a diverse set of compounds might never have happened if physicists Qimiao Si and Emilian Nica had chosen a different name for their 2017 model of orbital-selective superconductivity. In a study published this month in npj Quantum Materials, Si of Rice University and Nica of Arizona State University argue that unconventional superc  more

Rice's Baker Institute Receives $4M Gift From Huffington Foundation to Endow Fellow in Child Health Policy
HOUSTON, Texas, Jan. 28 -- Rice University issued the following news release: Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy has received a $4 million gift from the Huffington Foundation to endow a fellow in child health policy and advance the research of the institute's Child Health Policy Program. Dr. Quianta Moore, who currently holds a fellowship in child health policy at the Baker Institute, has been named the first Huffington Fellow in Child Health Policy. Moore has spent nearly a   more

Simon & Schuster to Publish Former Congressman Will Hurd's Book on the Future of the GOP
NEW YORK, Jan. 28 -- Simon and Schuster, a subsidiary of ViacomCBS, issued the following news on Jan. 27: Simon & Schuster announced that it will publish former United States Representative Will Hurd's book on the future of the Republican party and America's path forward in tumultuous times. Hurd, who has been called "the future of the GOP" by Politico and, for a time, was the House's only Black Republican, represented a 71% Latino swing district in Texas that runs along 820 miles of U.S.-Mexic  more

Southwestern Assemblies of God University Ranks in Best Online Colleges in Texas
WAXAHACHIE, Texas, Jan. 28 -- Southwestern Assemblies of God University issued the following news: Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) recently ranked among the top 31 online universities and colleges in Texas. The ranking study was conducted by edsmart.org, a website that specializes in researching various schools across the country. Edsmart's research is retrieved through the U.S Department of Education, and is then analyzed to provide ratings, reviews, and other information reg  more

Stephen F. Austin's Dr. Hans Williams Elected President of the Texas Forestry Association
NACOGDOCHES, Texas, Jan. 30 (TNSPer) -- Stephen F. Austin State University issued the following news release: Dr. Hans Williams, dean of Stephen F. Austin State University's Arthur Temple College of Forestry and Agriculture, was elected president of the Texas Forestry Association during the organization's virtual meeting in October 2020. "Dr. Williams brings a unique set of qualifications to his role as president at TFA," said Rob Hughes, TFA executive director. "He has 27 years of experience   more

Students Once Again Selected to Represent Texas Lutheran University as National Democracy Fellows
SEGUIN, Texas, Jan. 30 -- Texas Lutheran University issued the following news: As part of TLU's partnership with Campus Vote Project (CVP), students Gabi Gonzales and Jenna Greene will nationally represent TLU as 2021 Democracy Fellows. This is the second consecutive year TLU students have been selected to be part of this prestigious group. In 2020, Student Government Association President Raquel Morris and Political Science major Adrian Villareal were chosen. For 2021, both new Fellows will w  more

Susan Allen Retires as West Texas Assistant VP
CANYON, Texas, Jan. 30 (TNSPer) -- West Texas A&M University issued the following news: West Texas A&M University's departing assistant vice president of academic affairs has nothing but faith in her successor. That's only right: Their connection goes back decades. Susan Allen officially enters retirement at the end of the day, capping a 21-year history with West Texas A&M University and a 35-year history in education in Canyon. Stepping into her shoes is Melissa Reyher White, currently senio  more

Tarleton Receives Rural Libraries Program Grant
STEPHENVILLE, Texas, Jan. 26 (TNSGra) -- Tarleton State University issued the following news release on Jan. 25: Tarleton State University's Dick Smith Library has been selected as one of 200 libraries to participate in "Libraries Transforming Communities: Focus on Small and Rural Libraries." More than 300 libraries applied for the grant. "Our library is so grateful to have been chosen for this opportunity to help our community dealing with this pandemic," said Interim Library Director Tracy   more

Tarrant County College, Rep. Turner Co-Host Meeting on Education, Workforce Needs
FORT WORTH, Texas, Jan. 26 -- Tarrant County College issued the following news release: In preparation for the State of Texas' 87th Legislative Session, Tarrant County College Southeast recently hosted State Representative Chris Turner, chairman of the Texas House Committee on Higher Education for an interactive session addressing the critical role community colleges play in meeting current and future workforce needs, as well as policy recommendations to support Texas students and their pursuit  more

Texas A&M System Regents Approve Plans to Improve Diversity
COLLEGE STATION, Texas, Jan. 26 -- The Texas A&M University System issued the following news release: The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents on Monday adopted a series of initiatives to address issues of diversity at Texas A&M, including almost $25 million in additional money for scholarships and a greater emphasis on recruiting minority students and faculty. John L. Junkins, Texas A&M's interim president, presented his recommendations Monday after John E. Hurtado '91 and Jimmy Willi  more

Texas A&M University Corpus Christi: Islander Faculty, Staff, and Students Form New Affordable Learning Tools Committee to Change Cost of Education
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas, Jan. 28 -- Texas A&M University Corpus Christi campus issued the following news: A cross-campus collaborative group of Islander students, faculty, and staff is taking a closer look at the high cost of some learning materials. The Affordable Learning Tools Committee, formed in spring 2020, includes 16 members focused on decreasing the costs students pay to attend Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi by encouraging the adoption of both open educational resources - openly lic  more

Texas A&M University's Commerce: 'Project Complete' Initiative Offers $300,000 in Grant Funds to Students
COMMERCE, Texas, Jan. 27 (TNSGra) -- Texas A&M University's Commerce Campus issued the following news release on Jan. 26: Texas A&M University-Commerce has partnered with five other Texas higher education institutions for "Project Complete," an initiative that provides grant funds to students who want to return to school and complete their degree. Through a competitive application process, the funds, totaling $300,000, were awarded from the Texas Governor's Emergency Education Relief Fund and   more

Texas A&M: Aggie Engineering Students Produce Advanced Prototype for NASA Challenge
COLLEGE STATION, Texas, Jan. 26 -- Texas A&M University's College of Engineering issued the following news: After impressing judges with their hard work and creativity in the 2020 NASA Moon to Mars Ice and Prospecting Challenge, an interdisciplinary team of 13 engineering students from the College of Engineering at Texas A&M University was invited back to the 2021 competition. The 2020 NASA challenge encouraged these Aggies to design and build an impressive next-generation drilling rig prototyp  more

Texas A&M: Combating Corrosion - Researchers Fight Underwater Deformation With Enhanced Metals
COLLEGE STATION, Texas, Jan. 28 (TNSRes) -- Texas A&M University's College of Engineering issued the following news: With employee's lives and a company's costs on the line, it's imperative for engineers to design offshore and floating structures with materials that can withstand the hazardous environment of the ocean. But there is more to keep in mind than the constant beating of the waves. Corrosion, for example, causes materials to weaken and decompose, eating away at them until they give wa  more

Texas A&M: Duffield Named 2020 Association for Computing Machinery Fellow
COLLEGE STATION, Texas, Jan. 28 (TNSPer) -- Texas A&M University's College of Engineering issued the following news: Dr. Nick Duffield, the Royce E. Wisenbaker Professor I in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Texas A&M University, was named a 2020 fellow by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) for his contributions to network measurement and analysis. ACM is the world's largest and most prestigious society of computing professionals. The ACM fellows program reco  more

Texas A&M: Future of STEM Education - Student Wins National Academies Idea Competition
COLLEGE STATION, Texas, Jan. 29 -- Texas A&M University's College of Engineering issued the following news: Paul Burke, a doctoral student in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at Texas A&M University, was one of 25 winners selected to have their submission to an idea competition published at a symposium hosted by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. The symposium "Imagining the Future of Undergraduate STEM Education" brought together innovators in higher educatio  more

Texas A&M: Intelligent Tutoring System Aims to Improve Engineering Students' Visual Communication Skills
COLLEGE STATION, Texas, Jan. 29 -- Texas A&M University's College of Engineering issued the following news: Texas A&M University College of Engineering faculty Dr. Tracy Hammond and Dr. Vinayak Krishnamurthy are part of an investigative research team that recently received a $1.5 million collaborative research grant from the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Division of Undergraduate Education to improve undergraduate students' ability to draw representations of structures and systems. Sketc  more

Texas A&M: Miller to Serve as Chair of Hydrologic Science University Consortium
COLLEGE STATION, Texas, Jan. 28 (TNSPer) -- Texas A&M University's College of Engineering issued the following news: Dr. Gretchen Miller, associate professor in the Zachry Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Texas A&M University, has been elected to serve as the 2021 chair of the board of directors of the Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Science, Inc. (CUAHSI). CUASHI represents more than 140 academic and affiliate members, including nongovernmental  more

Texas A&M: Nuclear Engineering Student Makes Remote Detection Experiments Possible for Virtual Learning
COLLEGE STATION, Texas, Jan. 26 -- Texas A&M University's College of Engineering issued the following news: Even before the COVID-19 pandemic hit, providing hands-on experiments in radiation detection for nuclear engineering and health physics students was a challenge. Not all institutions have access to the appropriate equipment and materials for these experiments, and access to sources can be further restricted by certifications and liabilities. The Center for Nuclear Security Science and Pol  more

Texas A&M: Smart Algorithm Cleans Up Images by Searching for Clues Buried in Noise
COLLEGE STATION, Texas, Jan. 26 (TNSJou) -- Texas A&M University's College of Engineering issued the following news: To enter the world of the fantastically small, the main currency is either a ray of light or electrons. Strong beams, which yield clearer images, are damaging to specimens. On the other hand, weak beams can give noisy, low-resolution images. In a new study published in Nature Machine Intelligence, researchers at Texas A&M University have unveiled a machine learning-based algorit  more

Texas A&M: Student Discusses Experience With the Engineering Concepts Minor
COLLEGE STATION, Texas, Jan. 26 -- Texas A&M University's College of Engineering issued the following news: The engineering concepts minor was created by the Department of Multidisciplinary Engineering at Texas A&M University to highlight the overlap between engineering and other disciplines. Its goal is to help expand the rate of innovation and technology by equipping those who work alongside engineers with knowledge about fundamental engineering concepts and principles. Cameron Brown is an a  more

Texas A.G. Issues Opinion on Hotel Occupancy Tax Revenue
AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 26 -- Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton issued the following opinion (No. KP-0350): To: The Honorable Rafael Anchia Chair, Committee on International Relations & Economic Development, Texas House of Representatives, Post Office Box 2910, Austin, Texas 78768-2910 Re: Whether hotel occupancy tax revenue may be used to fund a public space at an apartment complex under section 351.101 of the Tax Code (RQ-0368-KP) Dear Representative Anchia: You ask about the use of hotel occu  more

Texas A.G. Issues Opinion on Section 11 of Texas Constitution
AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 27 -- Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton issued the following opinion (No. KP-0351): To: The Honorable Terry Canales, Chair, House Committee on Transportation, Texas House of Representatives, Post Office Box 2910, Austin, Texas 78768-2910 Re: Whether yard signs and a social media post qualify as an "announcement" for candidacy for another office, thus triggering the automatic resignation provision of article XI, section 11 of the Texas Constitution (RQ-0369-KP) Dear Represe  more

Texas A.G. Paxton Files Motion to Intervene, Defends Student Rights to Free Speech and Due Process
AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 28 -- Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton issued the following news release: Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a motion to intervene in a lawsuit defending the Department of Education's reaffirmation of Title IX's commitment to protecting students from actual harassment while upholding free speech and due process. The Department of Education's "Final Rule," which was announced in 2020, bolsters the anti-discrimination purpose of Title IX without infringing on the constitutiona  more

Texas A.G. Paxton: Texas Lawfully Prohibits Barbaric, Violent Dismemberment Abortions
AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 28 -- Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton issued the following news release: Solicitor General Kyle Hawkins defended in the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals the constitutionality of Texas's law barring live-dismemberment abortions. These violent second-trimester abortions, in which abortion doctors rip an unborn child apart with forceps while the child is still alive in her mother's womb, causing the unborn child to bleed to death, are clearly prohibited under Te  more

Texas A.G. Paxton: Texas Lawsuit Results in Court Upholding Federal Law, Halts Biden Administration's Unlawful Freeze of Deportations
AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 27 -- Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton issued the following news release on Jan. 26: Attorney General Ken Paxton today commended the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas for granting a nationwide temporary restraining order halting implementation of the Biden Administration's unlawful order to the Department of Homeland Security to freeze virtually all deportations of illegal aliens. "The Court's decision to stop the Biden Administration from cas  more

Texas Democratic Party Applaud Texas Democrat Pritesh Gandhi's Appointment As Chief Medical Officer for US Department of Homeland Security
AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 29 -- The Texas Democratic Party issued the following statement: * * * President Joe Biden appointed Austin doctor Pritesh Gandhi to serve as the Department of Homeland Security's chief medical officer. Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa issued the following statement: "The Texas Democratic Party applauds President Biden for making an outstanding selection in Dr. Pritesh Gandhi as the Department of Homeland Security's chief medical officer. Dr. Gandhi's entire  more

Texas Democratic Party Chair Statement on U.S. District Judge Ruling on Biden's Deportation Moratorium
AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 27 -- The Texas Democratic Party issued the following statement: * * * Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa issued a statement in regards to today's announcement that Trump-appointed U.S. District Judge Drew Tipton has granted the State of Texas a temporary restraining order against President Biden's 100-day moratorium on deportations: "Again, Ken Paxton and Governor Abbott think they somehow have a say on immigration matters, when we all know this is a federal p  more

Texas Democratic Party on Gov. Abbott's Lies and Distortions on Our Energy Sector
AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 29 -- The Texas Democratic Party issued the following statement by Communications Director Abhi Rahman: * * * "Greg Abbott isn't being honest with working Texans. The Biden Administration is actually projected to create energy jobs. In fact, global investment firms have projected the Biden Administration to be a 'positive catalyst' for the energy industry in Texas. "Energy companies have already diversified their portfolios. Abbott needs to be upfront and honest with worki  more

Texas Democratic Party: As FBI Continues Its Investigation of Ken Paxton, Texas Attorney General's Office Has Become One of Loneliest Workplaces in State
AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 30 -- The Texas Democratic Party issued the following press document: A bombshell report by Associated Press shows nearly all of the 100 Republican lawmakers in the Texas Legislature have refused to say whether they still have confidence in indicted Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton. Paxton is currently being investigated by the FBI for bribery and abuse of office accusations. He also helped incite a group of violent insurrectionists just before they attacked the US Capitol  more

Texas Democratic Party: Black and Latino Texans Disproportionately Affected by Pandemic While Also Being Left Out of COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution
AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 26 -- The Texas Democratic Party issued the following press document: Texas is one of the worst-affected states with COVID-19 infections and deaths. As seen across the state and the country, people of color are bearing the brunt of casualties and disastrous economic effects. While the disease did not create inequalities, it has certainly brought them to the forefront once again. In Texas, Blacks and Latinos are dying at higher rates than their share of the overall populatio  more

Texas Democratic Party: Close to 100 Texas Groups Are Now Calling on Ted Cruz, Ken Paxton and 16 Congressional Republicans to Resign for Their Role in Inciting the Deadly January 6 Right-wing Terror Attack on the US Capitol
AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 26 -- The Texas Democratic Party issued the following press document: A collection of grassroots groups has joined the Texas Democratic Party's call for Senator Ted Cruz, indicted Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton and 16 House and Senate Republicans who incited a violent right-wing terror into attacking the US Capitol on January 6. ICYMI: Houston Chronicle: Texas groups call for Cruz, Paxton, other House members to resign: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas  more

Texas Democratic Party: Ex-Homeland Security Chiefs Blast Cornyn for 'Hostage-Taking' in Bid to Delay Biden Pick Over Immigration
AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 29 -- The Texas Democratic Party issued the following press document: Yesterday, in a scathing video conference hosted by the Truman Center for National Policy, former Homeland Security Secretaries from both parties blasted John Cornyn for putting politics over our country's safety and endangering Americans by delaying the confirmation 0f our next Homeland Security Secretary, Alejandro Mayorkas. From the Dallas Morning News: "Former homeland security secretaries from both   more

Texas Democratic Party: Gov. Abbott's Hands Off Approach to Slowing Down Spread of COVID-19 Virus Is to Blame for Small Business Losses
AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 27 -- The Texas Democratic Party issued the following press document: In San Antonio, Abbott hosted a group of small business owners who have been impacted by the economic downturn caused by COVID-19 pandemic. In November, Abbott said Texas will not shut down again to slow down the spread of the virus. Studies show it hasn't been economic shutdowns that have led to job losses but rather Governor Abbott's hands off approach to the pandemic and the virus itself that has kill  more

Texas Democratic Party: Republican State Leadership Slashes Subsidies in Rural Texas Threatening Internet and Phone Services for Rural Texans
AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 28 -- The Texas Democratic Party issued the following press document: Earlier this week, in a bombshell report by the Texas Tribune, it was revealed that internet and phone services for rural Texans have been threatened because the state of Texas recently cut subsidies that help providers offer phone and internet services in sparsely populated areas. Under Greg Abbott and Texas Republican leadership, more rural hospitals have closed in Texas than any other state in the coun  more

Texas Democratic Party: Texas Republican Party Steers It's Online Followers to Gab.com, an Alternative Social Media Platform Commonly Used by White Nationalist Militias and Neo-Nazis
AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 26 -- The Texas Democratic Party issued the following press document: Since this summer, the Republican Party of Texas and its Chairman Allen West have faced increased backlash about the party's QAnon conspiracy theory inspired slogan, "We Are the Storm". West and GOP leadership refuse to take down the slogan, even after a violent mob of QAnon conspiracists, led by Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and Ken Paxton, attacked the US Capitol building on January 6. This weekend, Texas Rep  more

Texas Democratic Party: Under Greg Abbott's Leadership Cases of COVID-19 Have Doubled Over the Last Two Months
AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 29 -- The Texas Democratic Party issued the following press document: On Wednesday, the Austin American Statesman reported the Texas' Department of State Health Services had confirmed 2 million cases of coronavirus now plague Texas households. The new statistics is double the number the state reported just two and half months ago. The state also reported on Wednesday 2 million Texans had received the COVID-19 vaccine, which is less than 7% of the state's total population.   more

Texas Democrats on Police Shooting of Yet Another Unarmed Black Man, Texan Rev. Patrick Warren
AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 26 -- The Texas Democratic Party issued the following statement: * * * On January 10th, yet another unarmed Black man, Rev. Patrick Warren, was killed in a heinous shooting by a police officer in front of his mother, wife, and sons. Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa issued the following statement: "Enough is enough. The shooting of Rev. Patrick Warren is one of the worst episodes of police brutality that I have ever seen and every single Texan should be outra  more

Texas Department of Licensing & Regulation Staffer Appointed to Governor's Committee on People With Disabilities
AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 29 -- The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation issued the following news release: Marsha Godeaux, the team lead of the Elimination of Architectural Barriers program at the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR), has been named an ex officio member of the Texas Governor's Committee on People with Disabilities. Godeaux will be the TDLR representative on the 12-member committee, which works toward a state in which people with disabilities have the opportun  more

Texas Department of Licensing & Regulation's New Anti-Trafficking Unit Received 42 Leads in 2020
AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 26 -- The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation issued the following news release: In its first full year of operation, the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation's AntiTrafficking Unit (ATU) received 42 leads that led to one illicit (unlicensed) massage establishment closing its doors, two criminal arrests and two survivor outcries. Because TDLR regulates massage therapists, massage establishments, cosmetologists and nail salons, the agency has a potential nex  more

Texas Education Agency Releases 2020 Annual Report and SY 2019-20 Pocket Edition
AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 29 -- The Texas Education Agency issued the following news release on Jan. 28, 2021: The Texas Education Agency (TEA) announced today the release of the 2020 Annual Report and School Year 2019-20 Pocket Edition. The Agency's Annual Report promotes the progress and advancements taking place in Texas's more than 1,200 public school systems. It also serves as a helpful resource for illustrating areas where Texas must maintain its investment in ensuring every student, regardle  more

Texas Gov. Abbott Announces $16.3 Million in Grants to Texas Military Communities
AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 26 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release on Jan. 25: Governor Greg Abbott today announced a new round of grants totaling $16.3 million from the Texas Military Preparedness Commission's (TMPC) Defense Economic Adjustment Assistance Grant (DEAAG) program. These grants assist military communities across the state that may be positively or negatively impacted by any future Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) round. The funds will be invested in infrastr  more

Texas Gov. Abbott Issues Executive Order Relating to Protection of Texas's Energy Industry From Federal Overreach
AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 29 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following proclamation: WHEREAS, the energy industry is vital to economic growth in the state of Texas, fueling prosperity for all Texans by creating jobs and expanding trade; and WHEREAS, hundreds of thousands of Texans are employed in the energy industry; and WHEREAS, billions of dollars in taxes and royalties flow to Texas every year thanks to the hard work and innovation of the energy industry, helping to pay for schools, roa  more

Texas Gov. Abbott Reappoints Ables Presiding Judge of the Sixth Administrative Judicial Region
AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 27 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release: Governor Greg Abbott has reappointed Steve Ables as Presiding Judge of the Sixth Administrative Judicial Region for a term set to expire four years from the date of qualification. Steve Ables of Kerrville is Presiding Judge of the Sixth Administrative Judicial Region, and is Chairman of the Regional Presiding Judges. He previously served as Judge of the 216th Judicial District Court. He is a member of the S  more

Texas Gov. Abbott Renews Disaster Declaration Following Threats And Incidents of Violence
AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 26 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following proclamation: WHEREAS, I, Greg Abbott, Governor of Texas, issued a disaster proclamation on May 31, 2020, certifying under Section 418.014 of the Texas Government Code that the threats and incidents of violence starting on May 29, 2020, which have endangered public safety, constitute and pose an imminent threat of disaster for all counties in the State of Texas; and WHEREAS, in each subsequent month effective through tod  more

Texas Gov. Abbott Surges Department of Defense COVID-19 Resources to Abilene, Lufkin, Eagle Pass
AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 28 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release on Jan. 27: Governor Greg Abbott today announced that the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) has deployed 80 military medical personnel from the U.S. Army, U.S. Navy, and U.S. Air Force to assist in the COVID-19 response in Abilene, Lufkin, and Eagle Pass. The military medical personnel include nurses, respiratory therapists, and medical doctors, and will support Hendrick Medical Center in Abilene, CHI St. Lu  more

Texas Gov. Abbott, Nexstar Inc. Announce Live Statewide Telecast of 2021 'State of the State' Address
AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 26 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release on Jan. 25: Governor Greg Abbott and Nexstar Inc. today announced that Nexstar television stations across the state of Texas will carry a live telecast of Governor Abbott's 2021 "State of the State" address on Monday, February 1, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. CT. The speech will air on 15 Nexstar television stations and will be telecast throughout the state. As a public service, Nexstar will make the live feed of the tel  more

Texas Gov. Abbott, TDEM Announce Expansion of COVID-19 Therapeutic Infusion Center in Austin
AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 26 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release on Jan. 25: Governor Greg Abbott today announced that the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) has expanded the COVID-19 therapeutic infusion center in Austin. Since opening on January 6th with 9 infusion chairs, the Austin Regional Infusion Center (RIC) has treated 279 patients. With added support provided by TDEM, including 24 additional infusion chairs, staff, and medical equipment, the infusion  more

Texas Gov. Abbott, TDEM Announce State Mobile Vaccine Pilot Program
AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 28 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release on Jan. 27: Governor Greg Abbott and the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) today announced the creation of the State Mobile Vaccine Pilot Program to ramp up COVID-19 vaccination efforts in underserved areas of Texas. As part of this pilot program, state mobile vaccination teams made up of Texas National Guard personnel will be deployed to five rural Texas counties -- DeWitt, Marion, Real, Sherma  more

Texas Gov. Abbott, TEA Open Grant Applications for Students With Cognitive Disabilities Impacted by COVID-19
AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 29 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release on Jan. 28, 2021: Governor Abbott and the Texas Education Agency (TEA) today launched an online application for the Supplementary Special Education Services (SSES) program, which allows eligible families of children with significant cognitive disabilities and complex educational needs to apply for a $1,500 online account to be used in the SSES marketplace. The goods and services in the marketplace can help fa  more

Texas Gov. Abbott: State of Texas Establishes Alternate Care Site in Lubbock to Expand Hospital Capacity
AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 26 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release on Jan. 25: Governor Greg Abbott today announced that the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM), in partnership with the City of Lubbock, Lubbock County, Covenant Health System, and UMC Health System, has established an Alternate Care Site in Lubbock to expand hospital capacity in the region. Opening today at the former Grace Medical Center, the facility will provide the South Plains with additional  more

Texas Lutheran University Announces New Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
SEGUIN, Texas, Jan. 24 (TNSPer) -- Texas Lutheran University issued the following news: Texas Lutheran University has appointed Dr. David Ortiz as the inaugural Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) to oversee comprehensive institutional efforts for promoting a diverse, equitable, ethical, and inclusive campus. Dr. Ortiz will begin his duties on February 15, coming to TLU from the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU), where he served as Senior Vice Presid  more

UC-San Diego: Supercomputers Advance Longer-Lasting, Faster-Charging Batteries
LA JOLLA, California, Jan. 29 (TNSJou) -- The University of California San Diego campus issued the following news on Jan. 28, 2021: In an effort to curb the rise in overall carbon vehicle emissions, the state of California recently announced a plan to ban new sales of gasoline-powered vehicles in less than 15 years - if the current governor's order holds strong. Now, thanks to supercomputers funded by the National Science Foundation such as Comet at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at  more

University of California Law: Judge Diane P. Wood to Give Herma Hill Kay Memorial Lecture
BERKELEY, California, Jan. 28 -- The University of California Law campus issued the following news: Berkeley Law is honored to welcome Judge Diane P. Wood on February 3 to present the third Herma Hill Kay Memorial Lecture. Judge Wood's topic will be "Walking the Walk: Herma Hill Kay, Diversity, and Inclusion." About Diane P. Wood Diane P. Wood is a Circuit Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and a Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Chicago Law School.   more

University of Houston College of Medicine Coordinating Care in Third Ward, East End
HOUSTON, Texas, Jan. 27 -- The University of Houston issued the following news release: The University of Houston College of Medicine has launched its coordinated care network, aimed at helping families who are facing significant health disparities efficiently access health care and resources, while giving students hands-on experience in underserved communities. Delivered through the Unite Us Platform as part of the statewide network, Unite Texas, the network of social services and medical pr  more

University of Houston Law Center: Sondock Jurist-in-Residence Speaker Liu to Deliver Lecture on Diversity and Shift in Law School Enrollment
HOUSTON, Texas, Jan. 26 -- The University of Houston Law Center issued the following news release: Associate Justice Goodwin H. Liu of the California Supreme Court will discuss diversity and trends in law school enrollment virtually on Jan. 26, highlighting how the demographic composition of law students has shifted since the Great Recession. Liu is the first speaker of the year for the Justice Ruby Kless Sondock Jurist-in-Residence Lectureship in Legal Ethics. His topic is titled, "Who's Goin  more

University of Houston-Victoria: New Fund to Help Diversify Library Resources
VICTORIA, Texas, Jan. 28 -- The University of Houston Victoria campus issued the following news release: A new fund for the University of Houston-Victoria Library will help bring an array of diverse literature for UHV, Victoria College and the Victoria community. The Library Fund for Diversity Resources kicked off on Martin Luther King Jr. Day and will accept donations during February in honor of Black History Month. The fund was created to help bring more support to the library to purchase mo  more

University of Houston: Borderline Personality Disorder - Don't Ignore It
HOUSTON, Texas, Jan. 26 (TNSJou) -- The University of Houston issued the following news release: For many years, clinicians have been hesitant to diagnose adolescents with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), believing it was a mental health "death sentence" for a patient because there was no clear treatment. Carla Sharp, professor of psychology and director of the Developmental Psychopathology Lab at the University of Houston, begs to differ. And her new research, published in Journal of A  more

University of Houston: New Catalyst Moves Seawater Desalination, Hydrogen Production Closer to Commercialization
HOUSTON, Texas, Jan. 29 (TNSJou) -- The University of Houston issued the following news release: Seawater makes up about 96% of all water on earth, making it a tempting resource to meet the world's growing need for clean drinking water and carbon-free energy. And scientists already have the technical ability to both desalinate seawater and split it to produce hydrogen, which is in demand as a source of clean energy. But existing methods require multiple steps performed at high temperatures ove  more

University of Houston: Texans Support Targeted Tax Increases, Legalized Gambling
HOUSTON, Texas, Jan. 28 -- The University of Houston issued the following news release: As Texas legislators address a looming multibillion-dollar budget shortfall, people from across the state have some suggestions. They support raising taxes on e-cigarettes and vaping products, closing property tax loopholes exploited by large companies and legalizing and taxing marijuana and casino gambling. A state income tax remains a nonstarter, at least for regular Texans, although a sizable majority fav  more

University of Kentucky: Barnhart Named to College Football Playoff Selection Committee
LEXINGTON, Kentucky, Jan. 29 (TNSPer) -- The University of Kentucky issued the following news: University of Kentucky Director of Athletics Mitch Barnhart has been named to the College Football Playoff (CFP) Selection Committee for a three-year term, as announced Tuesday by Bill Hancock, executive director of the CFP. Barnhart was added to the selection committee along with Boo Corrigan, athletics director at North Carolina State; Texas AD Chris Del Conte; Will Shields, former All-America line  more

University of North Texas: Study Examining G-Proteins in Plants May Have Future Implications for Increased Crop Resiliency
DENTON, Texas, Jan. 27 (TNSRes) -- The University of North Texas issued the following news release: Kent Chapman, Regents Professor in the University of North Texas' Department of Biological Sciences and director of UNT's BioDiscovery Institute, and Ashley Cannon, a former UNT postdoctoral scholar and research molecular biologist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, are illuminating how heterotrimeric G-Proteins are involved in N-Acylethanolamine (NAE) signaling in plants -- findings that c  more

University of St. Thomas Music Professor Delves Into Germanic Opera - Medievalism and Nationalism in New Book
HOUSTON, Texas, Jan. 27 (TNSRes) -- The University of St. Thomas issued the following news release: Music Program's Michael S. Richardson '06, an assistant professor of musicology at UST, penned a scholarly new book, "Medievalism and Nationalism in German Opera: Euryanthe to Lohengrin" published by Routledge. Exploring Euryanthe to Lonengrin or from Weber to Wagner Carl Maria von Weber is known for establishing a uniquely German form of opera under the influence of Romanticism and Richard Wag  more

University of St. Thomas: New Program Launches to Support Record-Breaking Freshman Class
HOUSTON, Texas, Jan. 26 -- The University of St. Thomas issued the following news release: While many graduates tout their college years as being among their very best, wide-eyed first-year university students can experience demoralizing downers like roommate issues, not fitting in, financial problems and academic stress. These can lead to dissatisfaction and can sabotage success. Wouldn't it be great if every freshman who wanted one got their own success coach to have their back: someone to he  more

University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio: Mays Cancer Center Joins Leading Cancer Organizations to Warn Cancer Doesn't Stop for COVID-19 and Neither Should You
SAN ANTONIO, Texas, Jan. 29 -- The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio issued the following news release on Jan. 28, 2021: The Mays Cancer Center, home to UT Health San Antonio MD Anderson, is teaming up with the National Comprehensive Cancer Network(R) (NCCN(R)), the American Cancer Society (ACS) and other leading cancer organizations across the country to endorse the resumption of cancer screening and treatment during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The coalition of 76 or  more

University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio: Strokes After TIAs Have Declined Over Time, Study Shows
SAN ANTONIO, Texas, Jan. 27 (TNSJou) -- The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio issued the following news release: Study findings released Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) hold both good news and bad news about transient ischemic attacks (TIAs), which are harbingers of subsequent strokes. Sudha Seshadri, MD, professor of neurology at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and director of the university's Glenn Biggs In  more

University of Texas Medical Branch Team Proves Potential for Reducing Pre-Term Birth by Treating Fetus as Patient
GALVESTON, Texas, Jan. 29 (TNSJou) -- The University of Texas Medical Branch issued the following news release: The results of a study by researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch may pave the way for a new medicine delivery system that could reduce the incidence of pre-term labor and premature birth by allowing physicians to treat the 'fetus as the patient'. The study has been published in Science Advances. It has long been suspected that pre-term labor is triggered by inflammatio  more

University of Texas Tyler Names Unified Research, Graduate School Leadership
TYLER, Texas, Jan. 28 (TNSPer) -- The University of Texas's Tyler Campus issued the following news release: The University of Texas at Tyler named Steven Idell, MD, PhD, as senior vice president for research and dean of the graduate school. Kouider Mokhtari, PhD, has been named associate vice president for research and associate dean of the graduate school. "One of the key benefits of the unification of UT Tyler and The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler has been enhancing the   more

University of Texas: Breaking Up Volunteer Schedules May Make People More Likely to Donate Their Free Time
AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 30 (TNSJou) -- The University of Texas issued the following news release: Charities that want to attract more people to commit to volunteering may want to focus on when and how much time they ask from volunteers, according to a new psychology study from The University of Texas at Austin. Because time is viewed as a costly and finite resource, individuals must weigh the burden and benefits of committing personal time to volunteer. To understand how scheduling might influence  more

University of Texas: Key Switchgrass Genes Identified, Which Could Mean Better Biofuels Ahead
AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 28 (TNSJou) -- The University of Texas issued the following news release on Jan. 27: Biologists believe they are one step closer to a long-held goal of making a cheap, widely available plant a source for energy and fuel, meaning one of the next big weapons in the battle against climate change may be able to trace its roots to the side of a Texas highway. Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin, HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology, the U.S. Department of Energy   more

University of Texas: New Civic Impact Initiative to Help Improve Health and Prosperity for Vulnerable Populations
AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 27 (TNSRes) -- The University of Texas issued the following news release on Jan. 26: A new "engine" that aims to improve health and prosperity for 1 million vulnerable people in Texas and beyond by 2030 has been co-established in the LBJ School of Public Affairs and Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin. The Impact Factory, a first-of-its-kind, cross-sector collaboration, will foster civic innovation, entrepreneurship and service learning beyond the classr  more

University of Texas: New Funding to Support Leadership-Class Application Partners
AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 29 -- The University of Texas at Austin's Texas Advanced Computing Center issued the following news release on Jan. 28, 2021: Planning is underway for the National Science Foundation's Leadership Class Computing Facility (LCCF) at the Texas Advanced Computing Center, based at The University of Texas at Austin. When commissioned in 2025, the LCCF will deliver a ten-fold or more time-to-solution performance improvement for science users over NSF's Frontera supercomputer, curre  more

University of Texas: Scientists Discover How Remdesivir Works to Inhibit Coronavirus
AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 29 (TNSJou) -- The University of Texas issued the following news release on Jan. 28, 2021: More effective antiviral treatments could be on the way after research from The University of Texas at Austin sheds new light on the COVID-19 antiviral drug remdesivir, the only treatment of its kind currently approved in the U.S. for the coronavirus. The study is published today in the journal Molecular Cell. Remdesivir targets a part of the coronavirus that allows it to make copies  more

University of Texas: Simulating 800,000 Years of California Earthquake History to Pinpoint Risks
AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 26 (TNSJou) -- The University of Texas at Austin's Texas Advanced Computing Center issued the following news release: Massive earthquakes are, fortunately, rare events. But that scarcity of information blinds us in some ways to their risks, especially when it comes to determining the risk for a specific location or structure. "We haven't observed most of the possible events that could cause large damage," explained Kevin Milner, a computer scientist and seismology researche  more

University of Texas: Unmanned Aerial Vehicles to Scale New Heights Thanks to NASA
AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 26 (TNSRes) -- The University of Texas issued the following news release: NASA is funding a major project on the future of autonomous air cargo transportation, and The University of Texas at Austin will be playing a lead role. The COVID-19 vaccine rollout -- the largest global logistics effort since World War II -- has underscored the importance of increasing efficiencies in the global supply chain infrastructure. Autonomous aerial vehicles have the potential to revolutioniz  more

UTHealth: New Antibody Therapies Found to Potentially Fight COVID-19
HOUSTON, Texas, Jan. 25 (TNSJou) -- The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston issued the following news: Researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) and The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB Health) have discovered a potential new antibody therapy for COVID-19. The study was published in Nature Communications. Antibodies are proteins that allow the body to fight viruses such as SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.  more

UTHealth: Reduce Sugar Intake With Easy, Practical Steps
HOUSTON, Texas, Jan. 21 (TNSRes) -- The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston issued the following news: Eating large amounts of sugar over a long period of time can cause major health complications, including the risk of developing chronic diseases like cardiovascular disease and diabetes. American adults consume an average of 77 grams - about 18 teaspoons - of sugar per day, which is 103% more than the recommended amount of 38 grams, or 9 teaspoons, according to the American H  more

West Texas A&M University: Construction to Begin on $3.5 Million Refresh of WT Natural Sciences Building
CANYON, Texas, Jan. 27 -- West Texas A&M University issued the following news: A new, multimillion-dollar renovation project will make a transformational impact on West Texas A&M University's Natural Sciences Building. The $3.5 million project, which begins Feb. 9, will upgrade teaching laboratories and research spaces for geology, biology and environmental science programs in the Life, Earth and Environmental Science Department. A collaborative teaching classroom for chemistry and biology maj  more

West Texas Black Women's Association to Celebrate Black History Month With Speakers, Banquet
CANYON, Texas, Jan. 26 -- West Texas A&M University issued the following news: Prominent Black men and women from Amarillo will offer their stories and insights during West Texas A&M University Black Women's Association's celebration of Black History Month. Each speaker will address the association's month-long theme: "We must be the change we want to see." That's the same theme that's the focus of BWA's Martin Luther King Jr. video essay scholarship contest; deadline for entries is Feb. 19.   more