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State Tipoffs Involving Texas Newsletter for Sunday February 28, 2021 ( 114 items )  

Arrowhead Center at New Mexico State University Welcomes New Studio G Director
LAS CRUCES, New Mexico, Feb. 24 (TNSPer) -- New Mexico State University issued the following news: Arrowhead Center at New Mexico State University has named Brooke Montgomery as the director of its Studio G program, which serves 18 campuses throughout New Mexico and a site at University of Texas at El Paso. Studio G is a student business accelerator. Montgomery will also serve as the director of the American Indian Business Enterprise Center, a business accelerator for Native American-owned bu  more

Atlanta Mayor Bottoms: City of Atlanta Launches Survey to Assess COVID-19 Impact on Immigrants, Communities of Color
ATLANTA, Georgia, Feb. 25 -- Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms issued the following news release: Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms announced the City of Atlanta--in coordination with the Latino Community Fund--launched a COVID-19 Community Impact Survey designed to gather insights directly from Black, Latinx and immigrant residents about the impact of COVID-19 on their well-being and sense of belonging. The Atlanta survey is part of a broader national effort--funded by the Walmart Foundation and con  more

Baylor College of Medicine Names New Endowed Chairs
HOUSTON, Texas, Feb. 26 (TNSPer) -- The Baylor College of Medicine issued the following news release: The Baylor College of Medicine Board of Trustees recently appointed eight faculty members to endowed chairs - Dr. Xiang Zhang, Dr. E. Ramsay Camp, Dr. Hemant K. Roy, Dr. Dean Edwards, Dr. Sharon Plon, Dr. Maria Jibaja-Weiss, Dr. Kim-Lan Czelusta and Dr. Sameer Sheth. Dr. Xiang "Shawn" Zhang, professor in the Lester and Sue Smith Breast Center and Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology an  more

Baylor College of Medicine: Targeting MAPK4 - Potential Therapy for Prostate Cancer
HOUSTON, Texas, Feb. 24 (TNSJou) -- The Baylor College of Medicine issued the following news release: The battle against late-stage prostate cancer might have found a potential new strategy to combat this deadly disease. Research led by Baylor College of Medicine reveals in the Journal of Clinical Investigation that the enzyme MAPK4 concertedly activates androgen receptor (AR) and AKT, molecules at the core of two cellular signaling pathways known to promote prostate cancer growth and resistanc  more

Baylor College of Medicine: Trial Results Show Potential Benefits of Tocilizumab for COVID-19
HOUSTON, Texas, Feb. 26 (TNSJou) -- The Baylor College of Medicine issued the following news release: Tocilizumab (TCZ) is one of multiple drugs that have been studied in clinical trials around the world as a potential treatment for COVID-19. A team of international researchers present their results from the COVACTA trial in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM). Baylor College of Medicine was one of the research sites for COVACTA, which evaluated the therapeutic benefit and safety of toc  more

Baylor University and Compassion International Challenge Innovators to Solve Education Crisis
WACO, Texas, Feb. 24 -- Baylor University issued the following news on Feb. 23, 2021: Baylor University and Compassion International announced today the "Christian Collective for Social Innovation" (CCSI), another exciting initiative in their partnership to bring about global human flourishing for children and families in poverty. The CCSI will create a trusted Christian platform where innovators will receive the capital, know-how, relationships and publicity they'll need to solve the world's   more

Break Through Cancer Launches Collaborative Model With MD Anderson, Top U.S. Research Institutions in Pursuit of Cancer Cures
HOUSTON, Texas, Feb. 26 -- The University of Texas's MD Anderson Cancer Center issued the following news release on Feb. 25, 2021: Break Through Cancer today announced its formal launch as a public foundation designed to find new solutions to the most intractable challenges in cancer. The foundation is being launched with an extraordinary challenge pledge of $250 million from Mr. and Mrs. William H. Goodwin, Jr. and their family, and the estate of William Hunter Goodwin III. This represents one  more

ConocoPhillips Announces Matt Fox to Retire After 35 Years With the Company
HOUSTON, Texas, Feb. 26 (TNSPer) -- ConocoPhillips, a producer of oil and gas resources, issued the following news release on Feb. 25, 2021: ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP) today announced the retirement of Matt Fox as executive vice president and chief operating officer after a successful 35-year career with the company. The retirement is effective on May 1, 2021. Fox began his career with Conoco as a reservoir engineer and held numerous positions of increasing responsibility until becoming a memb  more

DARPA Backs Rice Sensor to Detect COVID-19 Virus in Air
HOUSTON, Texas, Feb. 23 (TNSRes) -- Rice University issued the following news release: Researchers at Rice University have received funding for up to $1 million to develop a real-time sensor system able to detect minute amounts of the airborne virus that causes COVID-19 infection. The researchers at Rice's Brown School of Engineering and Wiess School of Natural Sciences -- chemical and biomolecular engineer Rafael Verduzco, civil and environmental engineer Pedro Alvarez and structural virologi  more

Duke Energy Provides $40,000 to Aid Texans During Recovery From Historic Winter Weather Events
CHARLOTTE, North Carolina, Feb. 25 (TNSGra) -- Duke Energy issued the following news release: The Duke Energy Foundation has awarded two Duke Energy Renewables grants in the amount of $20,000 each to Feeding Texas and the American Red Cross of Central and South Texas. These funds will provide support services, including food, water, shelter and other necessary resources to Texans who have experienced rolling blackouts, drinking water advisories and historically low temperatures caused by the r  more

ExxonMobil Tests Advanced Recycling of Plastic Waste at Baytown Facilities
IRVING, Texas, Feb. 26 -- ExxonMobil, an international energy company, issued the following news release: ExxonMobil has completed the initial phase of a plant trial of a proprietary advanced recycling process for converting plastic waste into raw materials for production of high-value polymers. The trial, at the company's existing facilities in Baytown, Texas, marks another step in ExxonMobil's efforts to help reduce plastic waste in the environment and maximize resource recovery. ExxonMobil   more

ExxonMobil to Sell UK Upstream Central and Northern North Sea Assets
IRVING, Texas, Feb. 25 -- ExxonMobil, an international energy company, issued the following news release: ExxonMobil has signed an agreement with HitecVision, through its wholly owned portfolio company NEO Energy, for the sale of most of ExxonMobil's non-operated upstream assets in the United Kingdom central and northern North Sea. The sale price of more than $1 billion is subject to closing adjustments, and has additional upside of approximately $300 million in contingent payments based on pot  more

Florida Agriculture Dept.: Florida Forest Service Provides 3 Million Bottles of Water, 1 Million Meals to Texans
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Feb. 26 -- The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services issued the following news release: As the Florida Forest Service's Green Incident Management Team begins their fourth day of operations at the Resource Staging Area (RSA) at Randolph Air Force Base Auxiliary Airport near San Antonio, they continue to send trucks carrying water and meals to residents in need in over 100 Texas counties. Through collaborative efforts with Texas A&M Forest Service, the Tex  more

Florida Agriculture Dept.: Florida Forest Service Provides 7.6 Million Bottles of Water, 1.8 Million Meals to Texans
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Feb. 27 -- The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services issued the following news release: The Florida Forest Service's Green Incident Management Team continues operations at the Resource Staging Area (RSA) at Randolph Air Force Base Auxiliary Airport near San Antonio, sending trucks carrying water and meals to residents in need in over 100 Texas counties. UPDATED TOTALS: With more accurate inventory tracking, and in collaboration with Texas A&M Forest Serv  more

Florida Agriculture Dept.: Florida Forest Service Team Assumes Command of Texas Resource Staging Area
TALLAHASSEE, Florida, Feb. 23 -- The Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services issued the following news release on Feb. 22, 2021: The Florida Forest Service's Green Incident Management Team (IMT) assumed command of a Resource Staging Area (RSA) in Texas earlier today. The RSA is located at Randolph Air Force Base Auxiliary Airport located east of San Antonio. On Friday, Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried authorized the deployment to Texas of the 30-member Green IMT to a  more

Former Forensic Scientist Explains Criminal Scene Investigations to Southwestern Assemblies of God University Criminal Justice Students
WAXAHACHIE, Texas, Feb. 25 -- Southwestern Assemblies of God University issued the following news: Former forensic scientist and Assistant Dean of SAGU's Graduate Studies, Dr. Rob Blakney, paid a visit to one of the university's criminal justice courses this past January to discuss his experience working in law enforcement. "Dr. Blakney told real-life stories that connected the theory and what they hear in class to the real-life experiences from his career," said Bruce Stayments, Program Coord  more

Howard Payne University Holds 14th Annual Currie-Strickland Distinguished Lectures in Christian Ethics
BROWNWOOD, Texas, Feb. 24 -- Howard Payne University issued the following news: Howard Payne University recently honored six students as Currie-Strickland Scholars during the 14th Annual Currie-Strickland Lectures in Christian Ethics featuring guest lecturer Dr. M. Daniel Carroll R. (Rodas). Students honored were Taylor Cox, a senior from May majoring in Christian education; Grace Hawkins, a junior from Stephenville majoring in youth ministry; Brenden Hough, a senior from Aubrey majoring in pr  more

Incarceration Can Cause Poorer Cardiovascular Health, Says Rutgers-Camden Study
CAMDEN, New Jersey, Feb. 27 (TNSJou) -- Rutgers University Camden campus issued the following news: People who experience incarceration have poorer cardiovascular health across a wide range of indicators, especially poor diet, smoking, and high blood pressure, according to new Rutgers University-Camden research. "We found the effects to be particularly damaging among white men and women compared to their Black counterparts," says co-author Dan Semenza, an assistant professor at Rutgers-Camden.  more

Lamar University Earns National Accreditation of Programs for Principal, School Counselor Preparation
BEAUMONT, Texas, Feb. 25 (TNSAcc) -- Lamar University issued the following news: The Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation has awarded full seven-year accreditation to Lamar University's Principal and School Counselor Educator Preparation Programs. After reviewing the evidence collected through a process of self-study and peer review, the AAQEP Accreditation Commission issued the decision at its January 29 meeting along with the following rationale: The programs presented   more

Lamar University Undergraduate Presents Research to State Policymakers
BEAUMONT, Texas, Feb. 25 -- Lamar University issued the following news: The Advisory Board of the Office of Undergraduate Research selected Dylan Palmer, a mechanical engineering major, to represent Lamar University at the biennial Texas Undergraduate Research Day at the Capitol in Austin. Palmer was selected from 10 nominations and seven eligible finalists for his research, "Fabrication of Superhydrophobic Aluminum Surfaces." The event took place virtually with more than 60 research projects   more

Lamar University: Manchaiah and Beukes Author 'Evaluating and Conducting Research in Audiology'
BEAUMONT, Texas, Feb. 26 (TNSRes) -- Lamar University issued the following news: The Lamar University Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences is pleased to announce the publication of "Evaluating and Conducting Research in Audiology" written in part by Vinaya Manchaiah, Jo Mayo Endowed Professor, and Eldre Beukes, post-doctoral researcher in the department, along with Ross Roeser, a Howard B. and Lois C. Wolf Professor for pediatric hearing at the University of Texas at Dallas/Callier Center   more

Medical, Ethics Experts Discuss COVID-19 Vaccine Fears, Facts at University of Texas Dallas Event
RICHARDSON, Texas, Feb. 25 -- The University of Texas Dallas campus issued the following news: Medical and ethics experts on a panel hosted recently by The University of Texas at Dallas acknowledged the fears that some people have about the COVID-19 vaccines, but urged individuals to seek out reliable, factual information. "There's often an echo chamber effect where people raise their concerns among people in their community who are not necessarily experts. Misinformation travels around a lot,  more

Mississippi State University Foundation Announces 2021 Officers, Incoming Members
STARKVILLE, Mississippi, Feb. 26 -- Mississippi State University issued the following news: The Mississippi State University Foundation is announcing 2021 leaders and incoming members for the board of directors that guides the fundraising arm of the nearly 143-year-old land-grant institution. Incoming officers with new one-year terms that began Jan. 1 include three alumni returning to offices held in 2019 and 2020. They are: D. Hines Brannan of Atlanta, Georgia, as board chair; Anthony L. Wils  more

Native Australian in Santa Fe Explores Future of Education, Community With Help From New Mexico State University's Studio G
LAS CRUCES, New Mexico, Feb. 25 -- New Mexico State University issued the following news: The education model at all levels changed with the pandemic, especially when many people shifted to working at home while children attended virtual schools. A client of Arrowhead Center's Studio G in Santa Fe is looking at how changing education and community could become a sustainable business model. Studio G is Arrowhead Center's world-ranked student business accelerator. Originally housed at New Mexico  more

New Dean Named for Houston Baptist University College of Education and Behavioral Sciences
HOUSTON, Texas, Feb. 23 (TNSPer) -- Houston Baptist University issued the following news release: Dr. Robert Sloan, President of Houston Baptist University, and Dr. Stan Napper, Provost and Vice president for Academic Affairs, are pleased to announce the selection of Dr. Kristie Cerling as Dean of the HBU College of Education and Behavioral Sciences, and Professor of Education. Dr. Cerling's appointment is effective as of February 8, 2021. Dr. Sloan said, "The appointment of Dr. Cerling as our  more

New Mexico State University Partners With SecureAmerica Institute for Research, Workforce Development
LAS CRUCES, New Mexico, Feb. 23 -- New Mexico State University issued the following news: New Mexico State University has joined the SecureAmerica Institute, a private-public partnership converging technology, economics and policy to enable a secure and resilient United States manufacturing and industrial base, as a founding member. SAI is led by Texas A&M University's Engineering Experiment Station, and NMSU's involvement includes cybersecurity research, advanced manufacturing and greening of  more

Nexstar Inc. President of Broadcasting Timothy C. Busch to Retire in Mid-2021
IRVING, Texas, Feb. 27 -- Nexstar Media Group, a television broadcasting company, issued the following news release on Feb. 26, 2021: Nexstar Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Nexstar Media Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: NXST), announced today that President, Broadcasting, Timothy C. Busch, will retire June 1, 2021, following a 36-year career in the broadcast industry. Mr. Busch joined Nexstar in 2000 as General Manager at WROC (CBS) in Rochester, New York and over his career with Nexstar ascended to ro  more

Nexstar Media Group Reports Record 4Q Net Revenue of $1.38 Billion
IRVING, Texas, Feb. 24 -- Nexstar Media Group, a television broadcasting company, issued the following news release on Feb. 23, 2021: Nexstar Media Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: NXST) ("Nexstar") today reported financial results for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2020 as summarized below. The actual results presented herein for the three months ended December 31, 2020 and 2019 reflect the full operations of both the Nexstar's legacy broadcasting and digital operations and quarterly results from t  more

NIH Funds College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences Studies on Alcohol Use, Vaping During Pregnancy
COLLEGE STATION, Texas, Feb. 23 (TNSRes) -- Texas A&M University's College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences issued the following news release: A novel testing method and a first-of-its-kind treatment are at the center of two new National Institutes of Health (NIH) Research Project Grants recently awarded to Dr. Jayanth Ramadoss, associate professor and director of the Perinatal Research Laboratory in the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences' (CVMBS) Depar  more

North Carolina Democratic Party: Mark Walker Slated to Speak at CPAC as Election Fraud Conspiracies 'Claim Center Stage' - Would Walker Have Voted to Decertify Election Results?
RALEIGH, North Carolina, Feb. 26 -- The North Carolina Democratic Party issued the following news: Since declaring his candidacy for the North Carolina Senate race, Mark Walker has been running to the far-right, embracing Trump, and shunning Republicans like Senator Burr who took a vote of conscience to impeach Donald Trump. Now, he's slated to speak at CPAC as it is "shaping up to be an event that leans into the 2020 election conspiracy theories rather than rebukes them." In December, Mark Wa  more

Occidental Announces 4Q and Full-Year 2020 Results
HOUSTON, Texas, Feb. 23 -- Occidental Petroleum, an oil and gas, exploration and production company, issued the following news release on Feb. 22, 2021: Occidental (NYSE:OXY) today announced a net loss attributable to common stockholders for the fourth quarter of 2020 of $1.3 billion, or $1.41 per diluted share, and an adjusted loss attributable to common stockholders of $731 million, or $0.78 per diluted share. Fourth quarter after-tax items affecting comparability of $581 million included a l  more

Plans Proceed for In-Person Commencement Ceremonies at WT in May
CANYON, Texas, Feb. 23 -- West Texas A&M University issued the following news: West Texas A&M University plans to host three outdoor, in-person commencement ceremonies on May 8, offering Spring 2021 graduates -- and anyone who graduated in 2020 -- the opportunity to celebrate their accomplishments in a safe but more traditional manner. These will be the first in-person commencement exercises since December 2019. The COVID-19 pandemic forced the shift to virtual ceremonies in May and December 2  more

Public Utility Commission of Texas Opens Investigation Into 'Indexed; Retail Electricity Plans
AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 25 -- The Public Utility Commission of Texas issued the following news release: Skyrocketing electricity bills for small segment of retail customer base cause for concern Austin, TX - The Public Utility Commission of Texas has opened an investigation into the business practices of Retail Electric Providers whose plans with pricing indexed to the electricity wholesale rate are reported to have inflicted unusually high bills on their Texas customers in the aftermath of last we  more

PUC Emergency Actions to Protect Texas Electricity Customers
AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 22 -- The Public Utility Commission of Texas issued the following news release on Feb. 21, 2021: In an emergency open meeting, timed to prevent possible disconnections for non-payment on Monday, the Public Utility Commission of Texas today issued a series of orders intended to protect Texas electricity customers while leaders in the state consider solutions for the financial aftershocks of the winter storm grid event. The orders addressed the following: * An immediate susp  more

Rice University: Advanced Recycling Strategies Needed to Clean Up Plastic Pollution Problem, Says Baker Institute Expert
HOUSTON, Texas, Feb. 23 (TNSRes) -- Rice University issued the following news release: Sustainability across the entire value chain -- rather than advances in technology alone -- is required to solve the United States' plastic waste problems, according to a new brief from Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy. The report by Rachel Meidl, fellow in energy and environment at the Baker Institute, argues that the U.S., which is one of the largest contributors to global pollution and   more

Rice University: Bioinformatics Tool Accurately Tracks Synthetic DNA
HOUSTON, Texas, Feb. 27 (TNSJou) -- Rice University issued the following news release: Tracking the origin of synthetic genetic code has never been simple, but it can be done through bioinformatic or, increasingly, deep learning computational approaches. Though the latter gets the lion's share of attention, new research by computer scientist Todd Treangen of Rice University's Brown School of Engineering is focused on whether sequence alignment and pan-genome-based methods can outperform recent  more

Rice University: Campaign Promises More Likely to Be Kept by Governments Run by Women, Research Shows
HOUSTON, Texas, Feb. 23 (TNSJou) -- Rice University issued the following news release: Governments with strong female representation are more likely to deliver on campaign promises, according to new research from Rice University. "The Effects of Women's Descriptive Representation on Government Behavior" by author Jonathan Homola, an assistant professor of political science at Rice, examines campaign promises and subsequent policymaking by parties in power in 10 European countries, the United S  more

Rice University: Cerium Sidelines Silver to Make Drug Precursor
HOUSTON, Texas, Feb. 27 (TNSJou) -- Rice University issued the following news release: Save your silver! It's better used for jewelry than as a catalyst for drugs. Rice University scientists have developed a greatly simplified method to make fluoroketones, precursors for drug design and manufacture that typically require a silver catalyst. Rice chemist Julian West and graduate students Yen-Chu Lu and Helen Jordan introduced a process for the rapid and scalable synthesis of fluoroketones that   more

Rice University: Chip Simplifies COVID-19 Testing, Delivers Results on a Phone
HOUSTON, Texas, Feb. 26 (TNSJou) -- Rice University issued the following news release: COVID-19 can be diagnosed in 55 minutes or less with the help of programmed magnetic nanobeads and a diagnostic tool that plugs into an off-the-shelf cellphone, according to Rice University engineers. The Rice lab of mechanical engineer Peter Lillehoj has developed a stamp-sized microfluidic chip that measures the concentration of SARS-CoV-2 nucleocapsid (N) protein in blood serum from a standard finger pric  more

Rice University: Farmers in Developing Countries Can Protect Both Profits and Endangered Species
HOUSTON, Texas, Feb. 24 (TNSJou) -- Rice University issued the following news release: Low-income livestock farmers in developing countries are often faced with a difficult dilemma: protect their animals from endangered predators, or spare the threatened species at the expense of their livestock and livelihood. A new paper by Rice University economist Ted Loch-Temzelides examines such circumstances faced by farmers in Pakistan. "Conservation, risk aversion, and livestock insurance: The case of  more

Rice University: Quantum Quirk Yields Giant Magnetic Effect, Where None Should Exist
HOUSTON, Texas, Feb. 27 (TNSJou) -- Rice University issued the following news release: In a twist befitting the strange nature of quantum mechanics, physicists have discovered the Hall effect -- a characteristic change in the way electricity is conducted in the presence of a magnetic field -- in a nonmagnetic quantum material to which no magnetic field was applied. The discovery by researchers from Rice University, Austria's Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien), Switzerland's Paul Scherre  more

Rice University: Study Could Explain Tuberculosis Bacteria Paradox
HOUSTON, Texas, Feb. 23 (TNSJou) -- Rice University issued the following news release: Tuberculosis bacteria have evolved to remember stressful encounters and react quickly to future stress, according to a study by computational bioengineers at Rice University and infectious disease experts at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School (NJMS). Published online in the open-access journal mSystems, the research identifies a genetic mechanism that allows the TB-causing bacterium, Mycobacterium tuberculosi  more

Rice University: Theory Could Accelerate Push for Spintronic Devices
HOUSTON, Texas, Feb. 26 (TNSJou) -- Rice University issued the following news release: A new theory by Rice University scientists could boost the growing field of spintronics, devices that depend on the state of an electron as much as the brute electrical force required to push it. Materials theorist Boris Yakobson and graduate student Sunny Gupta at Rice's Brown School of Engineering describe the mechanism behind Rashba splitting, an effect seen in crystal compounds that can influence their e  more

Rice's Yingyan Lin Receives NSF CAREER Award
HOUSTON, Texas, Feb. 23 (TNSRes) -- Rice University issued the following news release: Yingyan Lin, an assistant professor of electrical and computer engineering at Rice University's Brown School of Engineering, has won a National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award to make deep learning hardware accelerators more efficient and its development faster. CAREER Awards, among the most competitive offered by the NSF, are typically given to fewer than 400 young scientists and engineers each year a  more

Tarleton Adds 'Texan Smart' to Accreditation Review
STEPHENVILLE, Texas, Feb. 26 (TNSAcc) -- Tarleton State University issued the following news release on Feb. 25, 2021: Tarleton State University today announced Texan Smart -- an educational focus on financial wellness and well-being -- as its Quality Enhancement Plan for 2021-2026. The QEP is part of Tarleton's spring 2021 reaffirmation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. "Texan Smart will provide students the know-how and confidence they need to be fi  more

Texas A&M University's Health Science: Study - Urban Americans More Likely to Follow COVID-19 Prevention Recommendations Than Rural Americans
COLLEGE STATION, Texas, Feb. 25 (TNSJou) -- Texas A&M University's Health Science Center issued the following news: Timothy Callaghan, PhD, and Alva Ferdinand, DrPH, JD, from the Southwest Rural Health Research Center at Texas A&M University School of Public Health, joined colleagues in the first national study of how often people in urban and rural areas in the United States follow COVID-19 guidelines. These include public health best practices like wearing masks in public, sanitizing homes an  more

Texas A&M University's Health Science: Wastewater Testing - COVID-19 Earliest Warning System
COLLEGE STATION, Texas, Feb. 26 (TNSJou) -- Texas A&M University's Health Science Center issued the following news: With new variants being reported every day, refining methods to rapidly detect the spread of COVID-19 at a large scale is needed. Research now shows the disease can be detected in feces within three days of infection, which is much sooner than the time it takes for people to develop symptoms and get an official diagnosis. In a new paper in the journal Environmental Chemistry Lett  more

Texas A&M University: Eades to Oversee VERO Operations as New CVMBS Associate Dean in Canyon
COLLEGE STATION, Texas, Feb. 25 (TNSPer) -- Texas A&M University's College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences issued the following news release: After almost four years serving as department head of the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences' (CVMBS) Large Animal Clinical Sciences Department (VLCS), Dr. Susan Eades has been appointed CVMBS associate dean for administration, Canyon campus. Eades will begin her new role, which oversees the college's Veterinary  more

Texas A&M: Nuclear Engineering Professors Awarded in Collaborative Research Program
COLLEGE STATION, Texas, Feb. 25 (TNSRes) -- Texas A&M University's College of Engineering issued the following news: Dr. Shikha Prasad and Dr. Jean Ragusa, are recipients of development fellowships from the 2020-21 edition of the Texas A&M University System National Laboratories Office Collaborative Research Program with Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). The Collaborative Research Program was designed to increase the number and depth of research collaborations that benefit the A&M System,  more

Texas A&M: Nuclear Engineering Researchers Develop New Resilient Oxide Dispersion Strengthened Alloy
COLLEGE STATION, Texas, Feb. 26 (TNSJou) -- Texas A&M University's College of Engineering issued the following news: Texas A&M University researchers have recently shown superior performance of a new oxide dispersion strengthened (ODS) alloy they developed for use in both fission and fusion reactors. Dr. Lin Shao, professor in the Department of Nuclear Engineering, worked alongside research scientists at the Los Alamos National Laboratory and Hokkaido University to create the next generation o  more

Texas A&M: Nuclear Engineering Student Interns With Los Alamos National Laboratory
COLLEGE STATION, Texas, Feb. 25 -- Texas A&M University's College of Engineering issued the following news: Robert "Holt" Mendleski, a postbaccalaureate undergraduate in the Department of Nuclear Engineering at Texas A&M University, has been interning with Los Alamos National Laboratory's (LANL) criticality safety division since summer 2020. "I felt like I was in over my head from the start," Mendleski said. "But it has been really awesome. They are really receptive. It's been a super positive  more

Texas A&M: Nuclear Engineering's Yassin Hassan Named University Distinguished Professor
COLLEGE STATION, Texas, Feb. 26 (TNSPer) -- Texas A&M University's College of Engineering issued the following news: Dr. Yassin Hassan from the Department of Nuclear Engineering and the J. Mike Walker '66 Department of Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M University was recently named a University Distinguished Professor. The designation is the university's highest faculty honor -- it identifies faculty members who are preeminent in their fields and have made at least one landmark contribution   more

Texas A&M: Positive Reinforcements Help Algorithm Correctly Forecast Underground Natural Reserves
COLLEGE STATION, Texas, Feb. 24 (TNSJou) -- Texas A&M University's College of Engineering issued the following news: Within the Earth's crust, layers of rock hold bountiful reservoirs of groundwater, oil and natural gas. Now, using machine learning, researchers at Texas A&M University have developed an algorithm that automates the process of determining key features of the Earth's subterranean environment. They said this research might help with accurate forecasting of our natural reserves. Sp  more

Texas A&M: Shukla to Share Research at American Society of Mechanical Engineer's Conference
COLLEGE STATION, Texas, Feb. 24 (TNSRes) -- Texas A&M University's College of Engineering issued the following news: Dr. Keshawa Shukla, a subsea engineering professor of practice in the Department of Multidisciplinary Engineering at Texas A&M University, will speak at the American Society of Mechanical Engineer's (ASME) 40th International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering. The conference will be held virtually in June where he will discuss his upcoming research paper, "A New  more

Texas A.G. Issues Opinion on Jurisdiction of Criminal District Attorney to Prosecute Federal Officials
AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 24 -- Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton issued the following opinion (No. KP-0357): To: The Honorable Joe Gonzales, Bexar County Criminal District Attorney, 101 West Nueva, San Antonio, Texas 78205 Re: Jurisdiction of a criminal district attorney to prosecute federal officials who violate criminal provisions of the Election Code (RQ-0376-KP) Dear Mr. Gonzales: You ask two questions about the authority of a criminal district attorney to prosecute federal officials in certa  more

Texas A.G. Paxton: Texas Lawsuit Results in Court Halting Biden Administration's Unlawful Freeze of Deportations, Upholding Federal Law
AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 26 -- Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton issued the following news release on Feb. 24, 2021: Attorney General Ken Paxton today lauded the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas after it issued a nationwide preliminary injunction halting implementation of a portion of the Biden Administration's unlawful memorandum to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The memorandum directed an almost complete freeze of deportations of illegal aliens, violating  more

Texas Advanced Computing Center Launches Expanded Frontera Supercomputer to Support Urgent Computing
AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 25 -- The University of Texas at Austin's Texas Advanced Computing Center issued the following news release: Frontera -- the 9th fastest supercomputer in the world, deployed at The University of Texas at Austin's Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) -- has expanded thanks to a supplemental award from the National Science Foundation (NSF), which funded the system, and a substantial contribution from Dell Technologies and Intel. The expansion will contribute to TACC's urgen  more

Texas Democratic Party Ask: Will Republicans Oppose $1,400 Direct Payments to Americans?
AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 27 -- The Texas Democratic Party issued the following statement on Feb. 26, 2021: * * * As the U.S. House of Representatives votes on the American Rescue Plan, every Texas Republican will have the opportunity to vote for or against providing $1,400 direct relief checks to Americans during this ongoing economic crisis. Ahead of this important vote, Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa released the following statement: "Today, Democrats will vote to put direct re  more

Texas Democratic Party Unveil 2020 Post-Election Data Analysis
AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 23 -- The Texas Democratic Party issued the following news on Feb. 22, 2021: The Texas Democratic Party unveiled our 2020 post-election data analysis delving into what happened in the 2020 election: the trends, numbers, and data behind the results in Texas. Additionally, we're sharing preliminary analysis on how Texas Democrats can continue our ascent as the biggest battleground state in the country and flip the state. To view the full 2020 Texas Election Data Analysis, cli  more

Texas Democratic Party: Gov. Abbott Failed Texas and He'll Do It Again
AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 24 -- The Texas Democratic Party issued the following news: Texas Governor Greg Abbott and state leaders will start an investigation this week into what caused the Texas electrical and utility grids to fail, leaving more than four million people without electricity for four days and half the state without water in freezing temperatures. We already know what happened. Twenty years of Republican leadership and deregulation of Texas' power grid led to this moment. Yet, as sev  more

Texas Democratic Party: Yet Another Texas Republican Elected Official Fled the State and Abandoned Texas in Our Greatest Time of Need
AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 23 -- The Texas Democratic Party issued the following news on Feb. 22, 2021: A bombshell report from the Dallas Morning News showed that Indicted Texas Republican Attorney General Ken Paxton pulled a Ted Cruz and also abandoned the state of Texas during the crisis that hit our state last week. More from the Dallas Morning News: https://www.dallasnews.com/news/investigations/2021/02/22/texas-attorney-general-ken-paxton-traveled-to-utah-during-last-weeks-power-outages/ * "At  more

Texas Democrats Applaud Texas AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Montserrat Garibay for Her Appointment as Senior Advisor for Labor Relations, Office of Secretary for Department of Education
AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 27 -- The Texas Democratic Party issued the following statement on Feb. 26, 2021: * * * Yesterday, Texas AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Montserrat Garibay was named as the next Senior Advisor for Labor Relations, Office of the Secretary at the Department of Education. Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa issued the following statement: "The Texas Democratic Party applauds Montserrat for her relentless advocacy for worker's rights and commends the Department of Educ  more

Texas Democrats on Abbott Still Refusing to Take Responsibility for His Failures
AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 25 -- The Texas Democratic Party issued the following statement: * * * Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa issued the following statement: "Members of the board of ERCOT resigned for their failures and Greg Abbott should follow. He is the head of the state. He is responsible for this crisis. Abbott's lack of foresight and inability to manage this crisis is part of a repeated pattern. "He didn't take action when Texans were displaced during Hurricane Harvey, he  more

Texas Gov. Abbott Announces 'Save Our Seniors' Initiative to Vaccinate Homebound Seniors in Texas
AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 26 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release on Feb. 25, 2021: Governor Greg Abbott today held a press conference in Corpus Christi where he announced the statewide Save Our Seniors initiative to vaccinate homebound seniors across Texas. During the press conference, the Governor also commended the Corpus Christi Fire Department, Meals on Wheels of Corpus Christi, and the City of Corpus Christi for the success of their homebound senior vaccination progra  more

Texas Gov. Abbott Announces Approval Of Additional 31 Counties For Major Disaster Declaration
AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 23 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release on Feb. 22, 2021: Governor Greg Abbott today announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved an additional 31 Texas counties to be added to the President's Major Disaster Declaration for Individual Assistance. The Governor originally requested Individual Assistance for all 254 Texas counties on February 13th. On February 20th, the White House partially approved Texas' request for a   more

Texas Gov. Abbott Announces EPA Approval of Waivers to Expedite Fuel to Texas Communities
AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 22 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release on Feb. 20, 2021: Governor Greg Abbott today issued a statement after the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued waivers to increase access to gasoline and diesel fuel in certain Texas communities impacted by winter weather. These waivers temporarily allow for the use of an additional or alternate type of fuel for Texas Low Emissions Diesel and oxygenated gasoline fuels. The Texas Commission on Environm  more

Texas Gov. Abbott Announces FEMA Approval of Additional 18 Texas Counties for Major Disaster Declaration
AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 26 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release on Feb. 26, 2021: Governor Greg Abbott today announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has added 18 more Texas counties to President Biden's Major Disaster Declaration for Individual Assistance. These 18 counties were included in a request submitted by the State of Texas yesterday for the addition of 54 counties to the declaration. "Thank you to our federal partners at FEMA for granting   more

Texas Gov. Abbott Announces Film Friendly Texas Designation for Bastrop County
AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 26 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release on Feb. 25, 2021: Governor Greg Abbott today announced that Bastrop County, having completed the multi-step training and certification process, has been designated as a Film Friendly Texas community by the Texas Film Commission, which for 50 years has helped to grow local jobs and economies by promoting the Lone Star State as the premier destination for film, television, commercial, animation, visual effects,  more

Texas Gov. Abbott Appoints Hunter to 303rd Judicial District Court
AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 24 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release: Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Rhonda Hunter as Judge of the 303rd Judicial District Court in Dallas County for a term set to expire on December 31, 2022, or until her successor shall be duly elected and qualified. Rhonda Hunter of Dallas is an attorney and owner of the Law Office of Rhonda Hunter, and is board certified in Family Law and Child Welfare Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. Pre  more

Texas Gov. Abbott Appoints Mahadeva to the Executive Council of Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Examiners
AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 26 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release: Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Manoranjan "Mano" Mahadeva to the Executive Council of Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy Examiners for a term set to expire February 1, 2023. The council is charged with protecting the health, safety, and welfare of the people of Texas by supporting the Board of Physical Therapy Examiners and the Board of Occupational Therapy Examiners, as they license and regulat  more

Texas Gov. Abbott Appoints Williams to 192nd Judicial District Court
AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 24 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release: Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Kristina Williams as Judge of the 192nd Judicial District Court in Dallas County for a term set to expire on December 31, 2022, or until her successor shall be duly elected and qualified. Kristina Williams of Dallas is an Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of Texas and previously served as a Senior Attorney for Dykema. She is a former law clerk to H  more

Texas Gov. Abbott Appoints Wysocki to 44th Judicial District Court
AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 24 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release: Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Ashley Wysocki as Judge of the 44th Judicial District Court in Dallas County for a term set to expire on December 31, 2022, or until her successor shall be duly elected and qualified. Ashley Wysocki of Dallas is a consulting attorney and mediator for litigation matters with an emphasis on family law, commercial law, and civil litigation. She previously served as Judge of t  more

Texas Gov. Abbott Appoints Yelovich to Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners
AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 26 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release: Governor Greg Abbott has appointed David "Dave" Yelovich to the Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners for a term set to expire on September 5, 2025. The board licenses master plumbers, journeymen, plumbers, and plumbing inspectors. David "Dave" Yelovich of Friendswood is the Compliance Officer for Tilson Home Corporation. He is a member of the National Association of Home Builders, Texas Association of Bu  more

Texas Gov. Abbott Gives Update on State Efforts to Provide Water, Resources Across Texas
AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 23 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release on Feb. 21, 2021: Governor Greg Abbott today held a press conference in San Antonio where he provided an update on the state's efforts to provide water and other resources to Texans across the state. The Governor's press conference was held at Port San Antonio, where members of the National Guard are currently unloading water and other resources to distribute to communities in Texas. The Governor noted that  more

Texas Gov. Abbott Holds Emergency Meeting With Legislature to Address Spike in Texas Energy Bills
AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 22 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release on Feb. 20, 2021: Governor Greg Abbott today convened a meeting with Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, Speaker Dade Phelan, and members of the Legislature to discuss the spike in energy bills affecting many Texans following the recent power outages throughout the state. "We have a responsibility to protect Texans from spikes in their energy bills that are a result of the severe winter weather and power outage  more

Texas Gov. Abbott Names Miller Chair of the Texas Early Learning Council
AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 25 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release: Governor Greg Abbott has named Reagan Miller as Chair of the Texas Early Learning Council for a term to expire at the pleasure of the Governor. The Texas Early Learning Council serves as Texas' state advisory council as required by the federal Improving Head Start for School Readiness Act of 2007. The Council utilizes its breadth of stakeholder representation to increase coordination and collaboration acro  more

Texas Gov. Abbott Reappoints Bugg and New to Texas Transportation Commission
AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 24 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release: Governor Greg Abbott has reappointed J. Bruce Bugg, Jr. and Alvin New to the Texas Transportation Commission for terms set to expire on February 1, 2027. Bugg will continue to serve as Chairman. The Commission governs the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and is responsible for policymaking regarding the state's highway system, developing a statewide transportation plan, assisting the development of  more

Texas Gov. Abbott Reappoints Bugg to State Preservation Board
AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 26 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release: Governor Abbott has reappointed Alethea Swann Bugg to the State Preservation Board for a term to expire on February 1, 2023. Alethea Swann Bugg of San Antonio is active as a community volunteer, where she has served in numerous capacities including member and former chair of the Blood and Tissue Center Foundation and board president of the Friends of the Tobin Library at Oakwell. Additionally, she is a boar  more

Texas Gov. Abbott Reappoints Kinsel and Koehler to Texas Farm and Ranch Lands Conservation Council
AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 25 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release on Feb. 24, 2021: Governor Greg Abbott today reappointed Leslie Kinsel and Natalie Cobb Koehler to the Texas Farm and Ranch Lands Conservation Council for terms set to expire on February 1, 2027. The council works to conserve Texas' farms and ranches that provide our state's critical natural resources. Leslie Kinsel of Cotulla is an attorney and third-generation rancher in La Salle and surrounding counties.   more

Texas Gov. Abbott Reappoints Three to Advisory Council on Cultural Affairs
AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 25 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release: Governor Greg Abbott reappointed Mike Arismendez, Ezzard Castillo, and Ricardo Solis, Ph.D. to the Advisory Council on Cultural Affairs for terms set to expire on February 1, 2025. The council will advise the office of the governor on issues resulting from changes in demographics in the state. Mike Arismendez of Hutto is Deputy Executive Director of the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation. Previous  more

Texas Gov. Abbott Sets Special Election Date for 6th Congressional District
AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 24 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release on Feb. 23, 2021: Governor Greg Abbott today issued a proclamation announcing Saturday, May 1, 2021, as the special election date to fill the 6th Congressional District seat recently vacated by the late Congressman Ron Wright. Candidates who wish to have their names placed on the special election ballot must file their applications with the Secretary of State no later than Wednesday, March 3, 2021. Early vot  more

Texas Gov. Abbott Statement on Resignation of ERCOT Leadership
AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 24 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following statement: * * * Governor Greg Abbott today issued a statement on the resignation of the Electric Reliability Council Of Texas (ERCOT) board members, including the chairman and vice-chairman: "When Texans were in desperate need of electricity, ERCOT failed to do its job and Texans were left shivering in their homes without power. "ERCOT leadership made assurances that Texas' power infrastructure was prepared for the w  more

Texas Gov. Abbott Waives Certain Regulations for Qualified Plumber's Apprentices
AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 22 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release: Governor Greg Abbott has waived certain regulations for certain registered and qualified Plumber's Apprentices in Texas. These waivers allow a Plumber's Apprentice, who has met all other qualifications, to temporarily perform plumbing repairs without 'direct' supervision by a licensed plumber so long as the qualified Plumber's Apprentice works under the general supervision of a responsible master plumber.   more

Texas Gov. Abbott Waives Certain Regulations to Allow Trucks From Alcohol Industry to Deliver Grocery Supplies
AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 22 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release on Feb. 20, 2021: Governor Greg Abbott today waived regulations to enable trucks from the alcohol industry to deliver non-alcoholic grocery supplies, including bottled water and other necessities, to grocery stores. These waivers will help expedite the delivery and replenishment of products in grocery stores across the state. "These waivers will provide more trucks, drivers, and logistical support to retail  more

Texas Gov. Abbott, DSHS Issue Temporary Waivers to Cover Overtime Payments for Meat Inspectors
AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 22 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release: Governor Greg Abbott has issued waivers to temporarily allow for the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) to cover overtime payments for meat inspectors in Texas. DSHS will pay overtime costs for meat inspectors that are working to restore the meat supply in Texas over the next week. "These waivers will ensure meat inspectors are compensated for their time without burdening meat-processing and   more

Texas Gov. Abbott, HHSC Announce Extension of Emergency SNAP Benefits for March
AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 27 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release: Governor Greg Abbott and the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) will provide approximately $229 million in emergency Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) food benefits for the month of March as the state continues its response to the COVID-19 pandemic. "Providing emergency SNAP benefits is critical to our state's ongoing COVID-19 response because it ensures that Texas families can  more

Texas Gov. Abbott, HHSC Announce Federal Approval Allowing SNAP Clients to Purchase Hot Foods
AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 22 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release on Feb. 21, 2021: Governor Greg Abbott today announced the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) received federal approval to allow Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients to use their food benefits to purchase hot foods and ready-to-eat meals due to impacts from the severe winter storm. "As we continue to recover from this winter storm, the state is ensuring that Texans in ne  more

Texas Gov. Abbott, HHSC Announce Federal Approval for Automatic SNAP Benefit Replacements for 66 Disaster Counties
AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 25 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release: Governor Greg Abbott today announced that the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) has received federal approval to automatically provide replacement benefits for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) recipients in 66 impacted counties for food lost or destroyed due to winter storm Uri, which began on Feb. 11. Those 66 counties met federal criteria for mass replacements of benefits ba  more

Texas Gov. Abbott, TDEM Launch Call Center to Assist Texans With Texas Individual Assistance Reporting Tool
AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 26 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release on Feb. 25, 2021: Governor Greg Abbott today announced that the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM), with the assistance of the Texas Military Department, launched a call center to assist Texans, who have limited or no internet access, with completing the State of Texas Assessment Tool (iSTAT). Texans can call 844-844-3089 between 8:00 AM and 8:00 PM seven days a week to submit their disaster damage  more

Texas Gov. Abbott, TDEM Request Addition of 54 Counties for Major Disaster Declaration
AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 26 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release on Feb. 25, 2021: Governor Greg Abbott today announced that the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) has re-requested that an additional 54 counties be added to the federal Major Disaster Declaration. The Governor originally requested Individual Assistance for all 254 Texas counties on February 18th. On February 20th, the White House partially approved Texas' request for a Major Disaster Declaration.  more

Texas Gov. Abbott, TDLR Issue Temporary Waiver to Increase Fuel Supply in Texas
AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 25 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release: Governor Greg Abbott and the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) have issued a temporary waiver to increase the fuel supply in Texas. This waiver permits regulated refineries to make fuel in compliance with any seasonal specifications and authorizes parties downstream of the refinery, such as terminals and retail fuel stations, to distribute fuel of any seasonal specification until stocks a  more

Texas Gov. Abbott, TSBPE Announce Additional 500 Licensees to Assist Texans With Plumbing Repairs
AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 24 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release: Governor Greg Abbott and the Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners (TSPBE) today announced that the board has identified an additional 500 licensees, as of Sunday, who are capable of performing plumbing under general supervision. These additional licensees have been identified through previously granted waivers to increase the availability of plumbers and Plumber's Apprentices to repair burst pipes as th  more

Tony Sanchez Selected to Lead Lamar University's Human Resources
BEAUMONT, Texas, Feb. 24 (TNSPer) -- Lamar University issued the following news: Lamar University is pleased to announce Anthony "Tony" Sanchez has been selected as Lamar University's assistant vice president of human resources and talent management. Sanchez will bring his expertise to LU to focus on recruitment and retention of top talent. "Tony is a veteran human resource leader who has a history of transforming and overseeing robust human resources functions," said Jeremy Alltop, vice presi  more

University of Houston Geologists Search for Remains of Lost Ocean Beneath Earth's Surface
HOUSTON, Texas, Feb. 25 -- The University of Houston issued the following news release: Over 621 miles below the western United States lies what geologists believe are the remains of a lost ocean, sinking toward the center of the Earth. These fragments of the Earth's crust formed the westernmost portion of North America during the Mesozoic Era, but researchers don't have a clear explanation of their origin. A team of geoscientists at the University of Houston led by Lorenzo Colli, assistant pr  more

University of Houston Receives $5 Million to Combat HIV/AIDS Epidemic
HOUSTON, Texas, Feb. 23 -- The University of Houston issued the following news release: A University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work research center working to eradicate the underlying serious and systemic challenges that contribute to the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the Southern United States has received $5 million in renewal funding from biopharmaceutical company Gilead Sciences, Inc. to facilitate the continuation of its impactful work. Led by assistant professor Samira Ali, the SUSTAI  more

University of Houston-Victoria Faculty Member's COVID-19 Research Recognized by World Health Organization
VICTORIA, Texas, Feb. 25 (TNSRes) -- The University of Houston Victoria campus issued the following news release: Throughout 2020, Hardik Gohel, a UHV assistant professor of computer science, made significant contributions on both a global and local front. Most notably, the World Health Organization recently included two of Gohel's collaborative research publications in its global literature database. The first article proposes intelligent, early diagnostic tools to help manage the COVID-19 p  more

University of Houston: Targeted Delivery of Highly Toxic Anti-Cancer Drug to Brain Tumors
HOUSTON, Texas, Feb. 24 (TNSJou) -- The University of Houston issued the following news release: With a survival rate of only five years, the most common and aggressive form of primary brain tumor, glioblastoma multiforme, is notoriously hard to treat using current regimens that rely on surgery, radiation, chemotherapy and their combinations. "Two of the major challenges in the treatment of gliomas include poor transport of chemotherapeutics across the blood brain barrier and undesired side ef  more

University of Texas Arlington: Blast Trauma and the Human Brain
ARLINGTON, Texas, Feb. 26 (TNSRes) -- The University of Texas Arlington campus issued the following news release: A University of Texas at Arlington researcher has received an Office of Naval Research (ONR) grant to examine the mechanics of how blast-like events cause damage to the brain. Ashfaq Adnan, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, has received a three-year, $944,845 grant to study the potential link between blast-like trauma and cellular and tissue damage in the brain. By  more

University of Texas Arlington: Documenting Memories of Those With Dementia
ARLINGTON, Texas, Feb. 25 (TNSRes) -- The University of Texas Arlington campus issued the following news release: The RRF Foundation for Aging awarded a multidisciplinary team from The University of Texas at Arlington with more than $160,000 for a project that explores the impact of reminiscence therapy and creation of digital memoirs on those diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and related dementia. Members of the research team include: * Noelle Fields and Ling Xu, both associate professors f  more

University of Texas Arlington: Project Examines How to Make 'Farm to Table' More Sustainable
ARLINGTON, Texas, Feb. 24 -- The University of Texas Arlington campus issued the following news release: A University of Texas at Arlington assistant professor in the Industrial, Manufacturing, and Systems Engineering (IMSE) Department received a $248,404 sub-grant to study how to make farming more sustainable and environmentally friendly. "We're trying to determine what it would take to have peri-urban and urban farms in central Iowa produce enough consumable food crops to supply 50% of Des M  more

University of Texas Dallas: Biochemist Seeks More Elemental Insights Into How Tiny Metals Move in Cells
RICHARDSON, Texas, Feb. 25 (TNSRes) -- The University of Texas Dallas campus issued the following news: Dr. Gabriele Meloni, assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry at The University of Texas at Dallas, recently received a Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to further his work on understanding how cells recognize and selectively transport certain trace chemical elements across their membranes. "We are studying a large cl  more

University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio: Bladder Cancer Is More Advanced in South Texas
SAN ANTONIO, Texas, Feb. 26 (TNSJou) -- The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio issued the following news release: Bladder cancer is more aggressive and more advanced in South Texas residents than in many parts of the country, a study by the Mays Cancer Center, home to UT Health San Antonio MD Anderson, indicates. The disease is also deadlier in Latinos and women, regardless of where they live nationwide, according to the research. The team from The University of Texas He  more

University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio: Mays Cancer Center Conducting Study to Learn How COVID-19 Vaccine Affects Patients With Cancer
SAN ANTONIO, Texas, Feb. 24 (TNSRes) -- The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio issued the following news release: Individuals with cancer who get COVID-19 are more likely to have severe illness and higher death rates compared to the general public. The Mays Cancer Center at UT Health San Antonio MD Anderson has prioritized offering the COVID-19 vaccine to its patients and is conducting an observational study to better understand how the immune system responds to the novel  more

University of Texas: Asteroid Dust Found in Crater Closes Case of Dinosaur Extinction
AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 25 (TNSJou) -- The University of Texas issued the following news release on Feb. 24, 2021: Researchers believe they have closed the case of what killed the dinosaurs, definitively linking their extinction with an asteroid that slammed into Earth 66 million years ago by finding a key piece of evidence: asteroid dust inside the impact crater. Death by asteroid rather than by a series of volcanic eruptions or some other global calamity has been the leading hypothesis since the  more

University of Texas: Empathy-Focused Phone Calls Alleviate Loneliness, Depression, Anxiety During COVID-19 Pandemic
AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 25 (TNSJou) -- The University of Texas issued the following news release on Feb. 24, 2021: Social isolation arising from COVID-19 has sparked significant mental health issues, resulting in a jump from 1 in 10 adults reporting anxiety or depressive disorder symptoms before the pandemic to 1 in 3 adults more recently. But new research published today in JAMA Psychiatry shows that loneliness, depression, anxiety and overall mental health among older people can be improved throu  more

University of Texas: Startups Lose Innovative Edge Under Corporate Funding
AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 25 (TNSJou) -- The University of Texas issued the following news release: When an established corporation invests in a startup, it hopes to share in the startup's innovative technological advances. But such investments can have the opposite effect, according to a new study by a researcher in the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin. Post-investment, startups steer away from radical new technologies. Instead, they focus on incremental advances in d  more

UNT-Led Team Successfully Completes Testing With NASA as Part of the Advanced Air Mobility National Campaign Developmental Test Simulation Activity
DENTON, Texas, Feb. 27 -- The University of North Texas issued the following news release: A team of companies and universities led by the University of North Texas College of Engineering has successfully completed testing scenarios developed by NASA as part of Advanced Air Mobility National Campaign Developmental Test simulation activity. The scenarios consisted of collecting a set of simulation data for low-flying traffic and in-flight en route contingency operation where dynamic rerouting n  more

Wash. State Rep. Morgan Calls on Fellow Lawmakers to Make Juneteenth a State Holiday
OLYMPIA, Washington, Feb. 26 -- Washington House Democrats issued the following news release on behalf of Washington State Rep. Melanie Morgan, D-Parkland: Rep. Melanie Morgan (D-Parkland) called on her fellow legislators today to pass legislation to make Juneteenth a legal state holiday. HB 1016 passed on the House floor and received overwhelming bipartisan support with 89 yeas. On June 19, 1865, two and half years after President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, news finally rea  more

West Texas A&M University: 1910 PR Announces New Executive Team
CANYON, Texas, Feb. 26 (TNSPer) -- West Texas A&M University issued the following news: 1910 PR, the student-run public relations firm in West Texas A&M University's Department of Communication, has named its new executive leadership team. Allison Wallace, Gissel Olivas, Rachael Draper and Clarence Warren will lead the student staff as they serve clients this spring semester. Wallace, a master's student in the Department of Communication, will serve as the new executive director for 1910 PR.   more

West Texas A&M University: Interim Internal Leadership Announced for Cultural Foundation of the Texas Panhandle
CANYON, Texas, Feb. 24 (TNSPer) -- West Texas A&M University issued the following news: An interim internal leadership team for the new Cultural Foundation of the Texas Panhandle will provide continuity as the advisory body continues to take shape. As announced Feb. 8, CFTP places Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum and the Texas Panhandle Heritage Foundation, producers of the outdoor musical drama "Texas," under the oversight of West Texas A&M University, as a member of The Texas A&M Universit  more

White House Partially Approves Texas Gov. Abbott's Request for a Major Disaster Declaration
AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 22 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release on Feb. 20, 2021: Governor Greg Abbott today announced that President Biden has partially approved Texas' request for a Major Disaster Declaration. The Governor requested the Major Disaster Declaration on Thursday for Individual Assistance and Public Assistance in all 254 counties. The Biden administration approved the request for Individual Assistance in 77 counties and for Public Assistance (Emergency Prote  more

Why Hasn't President Biden Delivered His First Joint Session Address? Rice Expert Available to Discuss Delay
HOUSTON, Texas, Feb. 26 -- Rice University issued the following news release: New presidents normally address a joint session of Congress the month after their inauguration, but President Joe Biden's speech is still on hold. Rice University political scientist Paul Brace is available to discuss the circumstances surrounding the delayed address, which he expects to include details of Biden's economic recovery plan. But coronavirus relief legislation, a key part of the plan, has been delayed by   more

With Lithium in High Demand, University of Houston Researcher Examines New Sources
HOUSTON, Texas, Feb. 26 (TNSRes) -- The University of Houston issued the following news release: As the energy transition motors on to reduce the use of fossil fuels, the need for lithium has grown exponentially over the past decade because lithium-ion energy storage (i.e., lithium-ion batteries) powers both electric vehicles and renewable solar and wind electricity generation. Kyung Jae Lee, assistant professor of petroleum engineering at the University of Houston, has received a Faculty Earl  more

Woodshore Gifts $5,000 to Brazosport College Foundation's Emergency Aid Fund
LAKE JACKSON, Texas, Feb. 24 -- Brazosport College issued the following news: Woodshore Community Services Foundation recently presented a $5,000 check to the Brazosport College Foundation to be used toward emergency aid for students. This is Woodshore's fourth gift to a Brazosport College entity since 2016. Woodshore made $250 gifts to the College in 2016 and 2017, and a $300 gift in 2019 in support of the school's annual Career Fair event. The most recent -- and largest -- financial gift be  more