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State Tipoffs Involving Texas Newsletter for Sunday March 07, 2021 ( 131 items )  

A&M-Commerce's New Director of International Programs Excited to Return to Texas A&M University-Commerce
COMMERCE, Texas, March 5 (TNSPer) -- Texas A&M University's Commerce Campus issued the following news release on March 4, 2021: Texas A&M University-Commerce welcomes a new Director for the Office of International Programs, and she couldn't be more excited to return to the campus that she previously called home. Priyangana Risal will assume the directorship effective May 1. She comes to A&M-Commerce having most recently served as the assistant director and Designated School Official (DSO) of t  more

A. H. Belo Corporation Announces Schedule for 4Q and Full Year 2020 Financial Results Release and Conference Call
DALLAS, Texas, March 2 -- A.H. Belo, a local news and information publishing company, issued the following news release on March 1, 2021: A. H. Belo Corporation (NYSE: AHC) said today that it will release fourth quarter and full year 2020 financial results before the market opens on Tuesday, March 9, 2021. A conference call will be held on Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. CST. The conference call will be simultaneously webcast on A. H. Belo Corporation's website at www.ahbelo.com/invest. An  more

About 55 Dallas ISD Schools Considering an Alternative Calendar to Help Ensure Students Don't Fall Too Far Behind
DALLAS, Texas, March 3 -- The Dallas Independent School District issued the following news release: Currently, 55 Dallas ISD elementary and middle schools are considering adopting an alternative school year calendar to help ensure students don't fall too far behind academically because of the pandemic. The alternative calendars for the next two school years represent a bold investment, of up to $100 million, to support the Dallas ISD students who need it the most. Forty-two schools are consid  more

Angelo State University: Engineering Student Wins Prestigious Transportation Industry Scholarship
SAN ANGELO, Texas, March 4 -- Angelo State University issued the following news release: Linda Abernathy, a civil engineering student at Angelo State University, has been awarded this year's $5,000 Molitoris Leadership Scholarship for Undergraduates from the Heart of Texas Chapter of the Women's Transportation Seminar (WTS), an international organization dedicated to advancing women in transportation careers. A senior from San Diego, Calif., Abernathy will be honored at the WTS Heart of Texas   more

Angelo State University: Psychology Prof Appointed to State Regulatory Board
SAN ANGELO, Texas, March 6 (TNSPer) -- Angelo State University issued the following news release: Dr. Sangeeta Singg, a professor of psychology at Angelo State University, has been appointed by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott to the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists (TSBEP) for a term that will run through October 31, 2025. The nine-member TSBEP regulates the practice of psychology in the state of Texas. Its mission is to protect and promote the welfare of the people of Texas by ensuring   more

Baylor Board of Regents Approves Autism Center Construction, New Student Regent
WACO, Texas, March 6 -- Baylor University issued the following news: After winter storms postponed committee meetings during February's quarterly meeting, the Baylor University Board of Regents reconvened committee meetings virtually this week with the full Board taking subsequent action to approve construction of an Autism Center and appointment of a new Student Regent. In addition, the Board announced the slate of Alumni-elected Regent candidates for the upcoming election this spring. Autism  more

Baylor College of Medicine: Proteomics Analysis IDs Potential Drug Targets for Aggressive Cancers
HOUSTON, Texas, March 5 (TNSJou) -- The Baylor College of Medicine issued the following news release: Researchers at Baylor College of Medicine show that analysis of the proteomics, or all the protein data, from aggressive human cancers is a useful approach to identify potential novel therapeutic targets. They report in the journal Oncogene, the identification of "proteomic signatures" that are associated with clinical measures of aggressive disease for each of the seven cancer types studied. S  more

Baylor Researcher Earns $493,000 Grant to Improve Behavior Outcomes for Children With Developmental Disabilities
WACO, Texas, March 5 (TNSGra) -- Baylor University issued the following news: Stephanie Gerow, Ph.D., assistant professor of educational psychology in the Baylor University School of Education, has earned a coveted grant from the U.S. Department of Education to fund research that will provide early childhood professionals with behavioral intervention training for children with developmental disabilities. The award--an Institute of Education Sciences (IES) Early Career Development and Mentoring  more

Baylor University Announces $1.5 Million Gift to Scholarships
WACO, Texas, March 5 -- Baylor University issued the following news on March 4, 2021: Baylor University today announced a $1.5 million gift from Stephen and Lori Angel of Connecticut, and their children, Logan Angel (B.A. '13) of Dallas, and Mason Angel of Venice Beach, California, through the Angel Family Foundation to support student scholarships within the Diana R. Garland School of Social Work's Global Mission Leadership (GML) Program. The gift, given as part of Baylor's Give Light campaig  more

Baylor University: Ten Finalists for 2021 Baylor New Venture Competition to Compete for More Than $250,000
WACO, Texas, March 3 -- Baylor University issued the following news: Baylor University's John F. Baugh Center for Entrepreneurship and Free Enterprise has announced its top 10 finalists for the 10th annual New Venture Competition, a two-day business plan and elevator pitch competition for collegiate entrepreneurs around the world held March 25-27. The finalists will present 10-minute business pitches March 26 virtually to a panel of entrepreneurs, business executives, lawyers, bankers and othe  more

Boston University School of Public Health: Tiffany Skogstrom Leads Chemical Policy Development, Research at Mass. Office of Technical Assistance
BOSTON, Massachusetts, March 5 (TNSPer) -- Boston University School of Public Health issued the following news: In 2017, historic flooding from Hurricane Harvey led to a power outage and subsequent explosion of organic peroxides at an Arkema, Inc. chemical plant in Crosby, Texas. The blast, which occurred when toxic chemicals ignited in a disabled refrigeration system, contaminated the air in the surrounding community and forced the evacuation of 200 nearby residents. "When people think about   more

Brazosport College: Diamond Rio's Show at the Clarion to Be Offered as a Pay-Per-View Livestream
LAKE JACKSON, Texas, March 6 -- Brazosport College issued the following news: Grammy-winning country artists Diamond Rio will be taking the stage at The Clarion at Brazosport College on March 26 and everyone is invited. In addition to a limited in-person audience, the Clarion will offer Diamond Rio's performance to the public through a pay-per-view livestream link. Tickets are $10 and are available online through the Clarion website at clarion.brazosport.edu. The livestream will be direct fro  more

Chevron Invests in Geothermal Development Company
HOUSTON, Texas, March 2 -- Chevron issued the following news release on Feb. 28, 2021: Chevron Corporation (NYSE: CVX) today announced an investment in Baseload Capital AB, a Sweden-based private investment company focused on development and operation of low-temperature geothermal and heat power assets. Heat power is an affordable form of renewable energy that can be harnessed from either geothermal resources or waste heat. This investment round includes existing Baseload Capital investors Bre  more

Chevron Phillips Chemical Names Bruce Chinn Chief Executive Officer
THE WOODLANDS, Texas, March 2 -- Chevron Phillips Chemical, a petrochemical company, issued the following news on March 1, 2021: Chevron Phillips Chemical Company LLC (Chevron Phillips Chemical) announced today that Bruce Chinn, currently president, Chevron Chemicals, will become chief executive officer. B.J. Hebert, currently executive vice president and chief operating officer, will become president and chief operating officer. Chinn and Hebert will succeed into the CEO and president roles he  more

CHS Foundation, WT Department of Agricultural Sciences Team to Target Diverse Future Students
CANYON, Texas, March 4 (TNSGra) -- West Texas A&M University issued the following news: A new grant will help West Texas A&M University attract diverse regional high school students who want to pursue rewarding agricultural industry jobs. The CHS Foundation, funded by gifts from CHS Inc., the nation's leading farmer-owned cooperative, will give $120,000 to WT's Paul Engler College of Agriculture and Natural Sciences to create curriculum in seven high schools in Randall, Potter and Deaf Smith c  more

College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences Genomic Research Supports Sustainable Harvesting of Atlantic Herring
COLLEGE STATION, Texas, March 2 (TNSJou) -- Texas A&M University's College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences issued the following news release on March 1, 2021: An international team of researchers including Dr. Leif Andersson, a professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVMBS), and Minal Jamsandekar, a Ph.D. student in the CVMBS Biomedical Sciences program, have used whole genome sequencing to document 53 herring populations from the Atlantic  more

Democratic Governors Association: West Virginia GOP Gov. Calls Out Texas Gov. Abbott for Playing 'Political Football' With Mask Mandate
WASHINGTON, March 6 -- The Democratic Governors Association issued the following news: West Virginia GOP Gov. Jim Justice criticized Texas Gov. Greg Abbott's decision to remove his state's mask mandate, warning it could be a "mistake" and accusing Republicans of playing "political football" with masks. Justice questioned Abbott's judgement, saying "I don't know really what the big rush to get rid of the mask is because these masks have saved a lot, a lot of lives." Earlier this week, as only   more

Democratic Governors Association: When It Comes to Dangerous COVID-19 Policies, Michigan GOP Majority Leader Mike Shirkey Wants Michigan to Be More Like Texas
WASHINGTON, March 5 -- The Democratic Governors Association issued the following news on March 4, 2021: Michigan Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey went on talk radio today to defend the reckless COVID-19 policies of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and defend Sen. Ted Cruz, who abandoned his state during a crisis. If he were governor, Shirkey said he would do something "similar to what Governor Abbott has done in Texas." Earlier this week, as only 6.57% of the Texas population was fully vaccinated aga  more

DNC: Gov. Abbott Ignores Explicit Instructions From CDC, Opts to Put Texans at Risk
WASHINGTON, March 4 -- The Democratic National Committee issued the following news release on March 2, 2021: Less than a day after CDC director Rochelle Walensky urged states not to lift COVID-19 restrictions, Texas Governor Greg Abbott decided to ignore science and lift restrictions from his state, putting the lives of millions of Texans at greater risk. Yesterday, CDC director Rochelle Walensky warned states that now is not the time to lift coronavirus restrictions. Axios: (https://democrat  more

EDF Renewables North America Signs Virtual Power Purchase Agreement With Enterprise Products for Solar Energy
SAN DIEGO, California, March 2 -- EDF Renewables, a renewable energy developer, issued the following news release on March 1, 2021: EDF Renewables North America today announced a power purchase agreement for the second tranche of the Space City Solar Project with an affiliate of Enterprise Products Partners L.P. (NYSE: EPD) for 100 MWac / 132 MWdc. The Project's total capacity is up to 345 MWac / 455 MWdc. Space City Solar, located in Wharton County, Texas, is expected to commence construction   more

Ex-Rep. Conaway Joins Angelo State University Foundation Board
SAN ANGELO, Texas, March 2 (TNSPer) -- Angelo State University issued the following news release: Former U.S. Congressman Mike Conaway has joined the Board of Trustees for the Angelo State University Foundation, a public, nonprofit organization established to provide financial assistance to ASU, primarily through gifts and earnings on endowed funds. Conaway represented the 11th Congressional District of Texas, which includes San Angelo, Midland and Odessa, from 2005 through 2021 and recently s  more

ExxonMobil Outlines Plans to Grow Long-Term Shareholder Value in Lower Carbon Future
IRVING, Texas, March 4 -- ExxonMobil, an international energy company, issued the following news release on March 3, 2021: ExxonMobil today outlined its plans through 2025 to increase earnings and cash flow to sustain and grow its dividend, reduce debt and fund advantaged projects, while working to commercialize lower emission technologies in support of the goals of the Paris Agreement. * Industry-leading investment portfolio profitable at low prices and flexible to market conditions * Plans   more

Houston Baptist University Hosts a Construction Groundbreaking for The Morris Family Center for Law & Liberty
HOUSTON, Texas, March 5 -- Houston Baptist University issued the following news release: HBU donors, alumni, friends, faculty, and staff, along with local and state leaders, joined Dr. Stewart Morris, Sr. and his children, Stewart Morris, Jr. and Lisa Morris Simon '76, for the construction groundbreaking of the $23-million Morris Family Center for Law & Liberty Complex on Tuesday, March 2, 2021, on HBU's campus. At 101 years old, Dr. Morris carries on a legacy of leadership and giving through t  more

Houston Baptist University Receives NSF Grant for Interdisciplinary Collaboration
HOUSTON, Texas, March 2 (TNSGra) -- Houston Baptist University issued the following news release: The HBU College of Science and Engineering (COSE) and the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences (COEBS) are pleased to announce the award of a $125,000, one-year grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) Robert Noyce Scholarship Program. The proposal, entitled, "Developing a SEED (Science Education Expansion and Diversification) Program to Meet Demand for STEM Educators in Houston," i  more

Humana and University of Houston Announce New Value-Based Care Specialization Program
HOUSTON, Texas, March 4 (TNSRep) -- The University of Houston issued the following news release on March 3, 2021: Humana (NYSE: HUM) and the University of Houston announced the launch of a Value-based Care Specialization online program to support providers, academia and other business and industry professionals and the public in learning about the fundamentals and real-world application of value-based care that has become integral to improving outcomes in health care. Surveys show that there i  more

Indiana Democratic Party: Mask Mandate - Gov. Holcomb Should Not Purposely Put Hoosier Lives in Jeopardy to Fulfill Partisan Political Game
INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana, March 4 -- The Indiana Democratic Party issued the following news release on March 3, 2021: The Indiana Democratic Party, the organization that advocates for the future of Indiana and its families, today asked Governor Eric Holcomb to use his Hoosier Common Sense and not follow a rhetorical partisan game that would not only confirm the Indiana Republican Party to be anti-science and anti-truth, but would also cost lives in the process. If Holcomb announces plans to pull b  more

Introducing the 30-Credit Master of Science in Ocean Engineering
COLLEGE STATION, Texas, March 3 -- Texas A&M University's College of Engineering issued the following news: The Department of Ocean Engineering at Texas A&M University has established a new Master of Science (M.S.) in Ocean Engineering degree program offered exclusively at Galveston - highlighting the unique waterfront location and resources of its seaside campus. This nonthesis, 30-credit program provides students with a unique education and career preparation filled with hands-on experience,  more

Kennesaw State University Engineering Professor Uses Data, Simulations to Combat COVID-19
KENNESAW, Georgia, March 4 (TNSJou) -- Kennesaw State University issued the following news release: Universities that encourage their communities to implement social distancing and wear face masks could prevent 99.9 percent of COVID-19 infections, according to a study recently accepted for publication in the Journal of Information Discovery and Delivery. The study, co-authored by Kennesaw State University assistant professor Lin Li with University of Texas at Arlington assistant professor Yuan  more

Lamar University: Midstream Center Organizes Faculty Field Trip to Energy Transfer's NGL Fractionation Facilities in Mont Belvieu
BEAUMONT, Texas, March 2 -- Lamar University issued the following news on March 1, 2021: Dr. Brian Craig, dean of the College of Engineering, and five faculty members from the College of Engineering, were given a tour of Energy Transfer's NGL fractionation facilities in Mont Belvieu, TX. LU's Center for Midstream Management and Science planned the trip to complement the research of Dr. Daniel Chen, professor in the Dan F. Smith Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering. The Midstream  more

LSU: Louisiana, Texas Sea Grants Helping Develop Better Bycatch Reduction Devices
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana, March 5 (TNSGra) -- Louisiana State University issued the following news release: As part of a larger National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) restoration project, Louisiana Sea Grant and Texas Sea Grant are collaborating on a three-year, $2.48 million project to find and develop better bycatch reduction devices (BRDs) for the commercial shrimp industry in the Gulf of Mexico. The project begins this year. "The primary goal is to reduce commercial shrimp tr  more

Michael Angelakis and Jeffrey Ubben Join ExxonMobil Board Of Directors
IRVING, Texas, March 2 -- ExxonMobil, an international energy company, issued the following news release on March 1, 2021: Exxon Mobil Corporation said today that Michael Angelakis and Jeffrey Ubben have joined its board of directors. Angelakis is chairman and CEO of Atairos, an independent strategic investment company focused on supporting growth-oriented businesses across a range of industries. Prior to founding Atairos, he served as Comcast Corporation's vice chairman and chief financial of  more

National Geographic Award Supports University of North Texas Professor's Work Introducing Middle School Students to Citizen Science
DENTON, Texas, March 2 (TNSRes) -- The University of North Texas issued the following news release: National Geographic awarded a University of North Texas research scientist a grant to support her work introducing middle school children to scientific research projects through citizen science. Kelly Albus will lead an interdisciplinary team of faculty from UNT's Advanced Environmental Research Institute for a project that invites teachers and students to map air quality in their own communitie  more

Neil Duffin to Retire as President of ExxonMobil Global Projects Company
IRVING, Texas, March 2 -- ExxonMobil, an international energy company, issued the following news release: Neil Duffin, president of ExxonMobil Global Projects Company, has announced his retirement effective April 1, 2021, after 41 years with ExxonMobil. The board of directors of ExxonMobil Global Projects Company intends to elect Jon Gibbs, currently senior vice president with the company, as its president. Duffin joined Mobil in 1979 in Aberdeen, Scotland, and has held a variety of managerial  more

Nexstar Media Charitable Foundation and WHTM-TV Donate $5,000 to the Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts
IRVING, Texas, March 5 -- Nexstar Media Group, a television broadcasting company, issued the following news release on March 4, 2021: The Nexstar Media Charitable Foundation announced today it will donate $5,000 to The Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts, on behalf of WHTM-TV (abc 27News), the Nexstar Inc. local television station serving Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, as well as the south-central region of the state. The Whitaker Center provides various science, technology, engineering, arts,   more

Ohio State: Want to Cut Emissions That Cause Climate Change? Tax Carbon
COLUMBUS, Ohio, March 6 (TNSJou) -- Ohio State University issued the following news: Putting a price on producing carbon is the cheapest, most efficient policy change legislators can make to reduce emissions that cause climate change, new research suggests. The case study, published recently in the journal Current Sustainable/Renewable Energy Reports, analyzed the costs and effects that a variety of policy changes would have on reducing carbon dioxide emissions from electricity generation in T  more

Oklahoma State Sen. Bergstrom: Senate Adopts Resolution Encouraging the NRA to Move to Oklahoma
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma, March 2 -- The Oklahoma State Senate issued the following news release: The Senate adopted a resolution Monday encouraging the National Rifle Association (NRA) to move its headquarters from Fairfax, Virginia, to Oklahoma. State Sen. Micheal Bergstrom, R-Adair, authored Senate Resolution 6. The NRA is known as America's foremost defender of the Second Amendment and the premier firearms education organization in the world. They are currently looking to move their incorpo  more

Oklahoma State Sen. Bergstrom: Senate Approves Measure Designating the Historic Jefferson Highway
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma, March 3 -- The Oklahoma State Senate issued the following news release: The Senate has approved Senate Bill 8, which would designate the route that largely follows State Highway 69 in Oklahoma as the "Historic Jefferson Highway Route." The measure is authored by Sen. Micheal Bergstrom, R-Adair. Established in 1915, the Jefferson Highway is the oldest highway to pass through Oklahoma and spans the state from the Kansas to Texas borders. This highway cuts through the he  more

Petroleum Experts Renews Tarleton Software Suite
STEPHENVILLE, Texas, March 2 -- Tarleton State University issued the following news release on March 1, 2021: Petroleum Experts Limited has renewed the user licenses for a petroleum engineering and structural geology software package the Houston-based company donated in late 2019. The MOVE software is valued at more than $2.5 million to Tarleton State University's Department of Chemistry, Geosciences and Physics. Geoscientists and engineers use the MOVE suite in any geological setting and acr  more

Regents to Consider Sole Finalist for President of Texas A&M
COLLEGE STATION, Texas, March 3 -- The Texas A&M University System issued the following news release: The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents will discuss and consider possible action in naming a sole finalist for the position of President of Texas A&M University. The Board will convene at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Century Ballroom, Doug Pitcock '49 Texas A&M Hotel and Conference Center, 177 Joe Routt Boulevard, College Station. It is anticipated that the Board will recess to execut  more

Researchers at University of Texas Medical Branch Find That Frustration Is an Additional Factor of Addiction Based on Studies With Rats
GALVESTON, Texas, March 3 (TNSJou) -- The University of Texas Medical Branch issued the following news release: A team from The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB) focused on drug addiction research have pioneered a new way to study frustration as a factor in substance use disorders. The study was published in the medical journal Psychopharmacology. Traditional addiction research has focused on three aspects of substance use disorders: craving, impulsivity, or habit. Scienti  more

Rice Business Plan Competition Announces 2021 Teams
HOUSTON, Texas, March 5 -- Rice University issued the following news release on March 4, 2021: Startups from top universities in six countries will showcase their big ideas at the 21st annual Rice Business Plan Competition (RBPC) -- the world's largest and richest student startup competition -- in hopes of taking home big cash prizes, with totals expected to exceed $1 million. The competition, hosted by the Rice Alliance for Technology and Entrepreneurship and the university's Jones Graduate S  more

Rice University: Bottling the World's Coldest Plasma
HOUSTON, Texas, March 2 (TNSJou) -- Rice University issued the following news release: Rice University physicists have discovered a way to trap the world's coldest plasma in a magnetic bottle, a technological achievement that could advance research into clean energy, space weather and astrophysics. "To understand how the solar wind interacts with the Earth, or to generate clean energy from nuclear fusion, one has to understand how plasma -- a soup of electrons and ions -- behaves in a magnetic  more

Rice University: Camera Traps Reveal Newly Discovered Biodiversity Relationship
HOUSTON, Texas, March 4 (TNSJou) -- Rice University issued the following news release: In one of the first studies of its kind, an analysis of camera-trap data from 15 wildlife preserves in tropical rainforests has revealed a previously unknown relationship between the biodiversity of mammals and the forests in which they live. Tropical rainforests are home to half of the world's species, but with species going extinct at a rapid pace worldwide, it's difficult for conservationists to keep clos  more

Rice University: Cancer 'Guardian' Breaks Bad With One Switch
HOUSTON, Texas, March 5 (TNSJou) -- Rice University issued the following news release: A mutation that replaces a single amino acid in a potent tumor-suppressing protein turns it from saint to sinister. A new study by a coalition of Texas institutions shows why that is more damaging than previously known. The ubiquitous p53 protein in its natural state, sometimes called "the guardian of the genome," is a front-line protector against cancer. But the mutant form appears in 50% or more of human c  more

Rice University: Christopher Tunnell Wins NSF CAREER Award
HOUSTON, Texas, March 6 (TNSGra) -- Rice University issued the following news release: Rice University computational astroparticle physicist Christopher Tunnell is getting help in his search for the nature of the universe through a National Science Foundation (NSF) CAREER Award. The five-year grant is awarded each year to fewer than 400 early career scientists and engineers expected to make significant impacts in their fields of study. The award to Tunnell is for $400,000. Tunnell, an assista  more

Rice University: Physics Camp Has Proven Benefits for High School Girls
HOUSTON, Texas, March 6 (TNSJou) -- Rice University issued the following news release: Even a small effort up front can boost the abilities and confidence of girls as they anticipate taking challenging science courses. A long-running summer program at Rice University and elsewhere that trains high school girls in basic physics concepts has proven successful in helping them thrive when they take on full courses the next year. When leaders of Rice's two-week day camp looked at similar programs   more

Rice University: Study Aims to Help Governments Maximize Profits From Oil and Gas Auctions
HOUSTON, Texas, March 5 (TNSJou) -- Rice University issued the following news release: Federal and state governments auction leases to oil and gas companies to extract natural resources from public land. A revamp of the auction system -- utilizing a new model developed by a Rice University economist -- could lead to more competitive bids and, ultimately, more money for governments. Yunmi Kong, an assistant professor of economics at Rice and the study's author, discussed her model in "Sequentia  more

Sam Houston State University: Bearkats Elected to TSUS Board of Regents
HUNTSVILLE, Texas, March 2 (TNSPer) -- Sam Houston State University issued the following news: The Texas State University System Board of Regents has elected Charlie Amato of San Antonio as chairman of the board and Duke Austin as first vice chairman. Chairman Amato ('70), first appointed to the Board of Regents in 2009, is chairman and co-founder of SWBC, a diversified financial services company providing insurance, including business insurance; mortgage banking; wealth management; employee b  more

Southwestern University: Of Whales in Research
GEORGETOWN, Texas, March 5 (TNSRes) -- Southwestern University issued the following news: Many readers shy away from--or try to hurry through--Herman Melville's Moby-Dick (1851). Their eyelids droop over classifications of whales, porpoises, and manatees. They nod off while skimming descriptions of cetaceous anatomical parts while trying to catch sight of a plot that seems as elusive as the great white whale himself. Even English majors and doctoral students have been known to dread the very pr  more

Startup Company Graduates University of St. Thomas Energy Mentoring Program and Company Gets Acquired
HOUSTON, Texas, March 4 -- The University of St. Thomas issued the following news release: Troposphere Monitoring, Inc., a startup energy company that received and maximized mentoring services from the University of St. Thomas' Global Energy Mentors (GEM) program, graduated and proved so successful, it is announcing its acquisition. Project Canary acquired the young company for its hydrocarbon emissions sensor technology. It was in late 2019 that Troposphere Monitoring entered the GEM program.  more

Stephen F. Austin UPD Uses New Vehicles to Engage With Community
NACOGDOCHES, Texas, March 6 -- Stephen F. Austin State University issued the following news release: The Stephen F. Austin State University Police Department has acquired two new community relations vehicles. These vehicles will help promote UPD's mission statement of providing a safe environment for all students, faculty and staff on campus. "The CRVs allow us to interact with people on campus in a new and safe way," said Robert McDonald, UPD police officer II. "We can be more present on the   more

Support for SETBP1 Research at Baylor and Texas Children's Hospital
HOUSTON, Texas, March 3 (TNSRes) -- The Baylor College of Medicine issued the following news release: On December 1, 2020, people from all over the world came together to virtually support and donate to beloved non-profit organizations. The SETBP1 Society received over 400 donations resulting in nearly $50,000 in funds raised, making this their largest Giving Tuesday fundraiser to date. These contributions have created an opportunity for SETBP1 Society to advance a preclinical research initiati  more

Tarleton State University: Bartlett Cocke Donation Names Construction Technologies Lab
STEPHENVILLE, Texas, March 4 -- Tarleton State University issued the following news release: The computer-aided design lab in the Engineering building at Tarleton State University was recently named the Bartlett Cocke General Contractors Construction Technologies Lab following a donation by the Texas-based general contracting firm. Bartlett Cocke's support of the Construction Science and Management program has been spear-headed by Tarleton graduate Randall Jay, the company's Vice President of   more

Tarleton, Killeen ISD Collaborate on Scholarships, Admissions
STEPHENVILLE, Texas, March 2 -- Tarleton State University issued the following news release: Beginning with the 2021-22 school year, Tarleton State University will provide annual scholarships and guarantee admission to Killeen Independent School District high school seniors who graduate in the top 25 percent of their class. The Killeen ISD and Tarleton leaders finalized the agreement with a memorandum signed at the December meeting of the ISD's board of trustees. As part of the program, calle  more

Texas A&M Researcher Banerjee Leads Collaborative NASA-Funded Project for Extraterrestrial Construction
COLLEGE STATION, Texas, March 5 -- Texas A&M University's College of Engineering issued the following news: A new Texas A&M University-developed technique that allows for the creation of building materials using local soils could prove key not only to the success of future space missions to the moon and Mars, but also to establishing a solid and safe foothold on both -- a futuristic concept that came one step closer to reality with last week's successful landing of NASA's Perseverance rover on   more

Texas A&M Signs Research Deal With Matica Biotechnology Inc
COLLEGE STATION, Texas, March 4 (TNSRes) -- Texas A&M University's Health Science Center issued the following news on March 3, 2021: The Texas A&M University System announced today it has a new private sector partner in advanced medical manufacturing--Matica Biotechnology, Inc. Matica Bio specializes in the clinical and commercial production of cell and gene therapies. It has signed a master research agreement with the Center for Innovation in Advanced Development and Manufacturing (CIADM) at   more

Texas A&M Signs Research Deal With Matica Biotechnology Inc.
COLLEGE STATION, Texas, March 4 -- The Texas A&M University System issued the following news release on March 3, 2021: The Texas A&M University System announced today it has a new private sector partner in advanced medical manufacturing -- Matica Biotechnology, Inc. Matica Bio specializes in the clinical and commercial production of cell and gene therapies. It has signed a master research agreement with the Center for Innovation in Advanced Development and Manufacturing (CIADM) at Texas A&M Un  more

Texas A&M Team Prepares for Autonomous Race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway
COLLEGE STATION, Texas, March 5 -- Texas A&M University's College of Engineering issued the following news: It's Oct. 23, 2021, and tensions are high at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Engines are roaring, the crowd is cheering and racecars are lining up without a driver in sight. The green flag waves to start the race that's taking hands-free to a whole different level. There will be no drivers competing at the speedway on this date. Instead, autonomous racecars programmed by teams across th  more

Texas A&M University Corpus Christi, DMC to Share $650K Texas Reskilling Grant to Support Local Workforce Demands
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas, March 6 (TNSGra) -- Texas A&M University Corpus Christi campus issued the following news: Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and Del Mar College, partners dedicated to enhancing educational access and opportunity for students throughout the Coastal Bend, are proud to share a $650,000 Texas Reskilling Support Fund Grant through the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. The money is part of the CARES Act of 2020. The Texas Reskilling Support Fund Grant Program is a $  more

Texas A&M University's Commerce Integrating Effective 'Life Design' Courses Into Freshman Curriculum
COMMERCE, Texas, March 2 -- Texas A&M University's Commerce Campus issued the following news release: The College of Innovation and Design at Texas A&M University-Commerce seeks to build on a foundation of "Life Design" courses to create a student body that can adapt to challenges and succeed in adult life regardless of career or vocation. The courses are based on models created by the Life Design Lab at Stanford University. According to the university, the courses use design thinking to addre  more

Texas A&M University's Health Science: Air Pollution's Impact on Birth Weight
COLLEGE STATION, Texas, March 6 (TNSJou) -- Texas A&M University's Health Science Center issued the following news: For years we have known that air pollution can be harmful, and in some cases that harm begins before birth. A growing body of research shows that pollution consisting of small particles suspended in the air, known as particulate matter (PM) pollution, is associated with poor birth outcomes like low birth weight (birth weight of less than 5.5 pounds). These negative outcomes can ha  more

Texas A&M University's Health Science: Smoking Cessation Drug May Treat Parkinson's in Women
COLLEGE STATION, Texas, March 4 (TNSJou) -- Texas A&M University's Health Science Center issued the following news on March 3, 2021: There are approximately 10 million people worldwide living with Parkinson's disease, a neurodegenerative disorder that leads to a variety of movement-related symptoms--difficulty in walking, tremors, shaking--and non-movement-related symptoms--depression, constipation, sleep problems--that negatively affect a person's way of living. These symptoms start to develop  more

Texas A&M University: Bush Museum Readies For Spring Arrival Of Union Pacific 4141
COLLEGE STATION, Texas, March 2 -- Texas A&M University issued the following news Feb. 4: By Mike Reilly The historic Union Pacific Locomotive No. 4141, a train painted to match Air Force One, will arrive in Bryan-College Station this spring to its permanent home at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. On Thursday, The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents approved a $1 per-year lease, essentially donating two acres to expand the grounds of the museum. Eventually the a  more

Texas A&M University: Nuclear Engineering Researchers Develop New Resilient Oxide Dispersion Strengthened Alloy
COLLEGE STATION, Texas, March 3 (TNSJou) -- The Texas A&M University's Engineering Experiment Station 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   more

Texas A&M University: Researchers Working to Automate Processor Design Validation
COLLEGE STATION, Texas, March 3 (TNSRes) -- The Texas A&M University's Engineering Experiment Station issued the following news: Dr. Paul Gratz and Dr. Jiang Hu in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Texas A&M University are utilizing machine-learning models to detect performance bugs within processors and create a more efficient method to combat this real-world problem. As consumers, we upgrade to a new phone, gaming system, or smart device for the home because the newer   more

Texas A&M University: Study - Bahamas Were Settled Earlier Than Believed
COLLEGE STATION, Texas, March 2 (TNSJou) -- Texas A&M University issued the following news: By Keith Randall Humans were present in Florida by 14,000 years ago, and until recently, it was believed the Bahamas - located only a few miles away - were not colonized until about 1,000 years ago. But new findings from a team including a Texas A&M University at Galveston researcher prove that the area was colonized earlier, and the new settlers dramatically changed the landscape. Peter van Hengstum,   more

Texas A&M: 3D Patterns Could Improve the Design for Stronger, Safer Products
COLLEGE STATION, Texas, March 4 (TNSRes) -- Texas A&M University's College of Engineering issued the following news: Researchers at Texas A&M University are developing a new approach to geometric modeling that could have applications in a wide breadth of products ranging from prosthetic devices and protective equipment to automotive parts and miniaturized electronics. Dr. Vinayak Krishnamurthy, assistant professor in the J. Mike Walker '66 Department of Mechanical Engineering, is among the rec  more

Texas A&M: Gautam Receives 2020-2021 LANL Collaborative Program Award for Research on Renewables
COLLEGE STATION, Texas, March 2 (TNSRes) -- Texas A&M University's College of Engineering issued the following news: Collaborative research entitled, "An Integrated Approach for Managing Microgrids with Uncertain Renewable Sources, Demand Response and Energy Markets", has been chosen for a 2020-2021 Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) Collaborative Program Award in the category of research projects. Dr. Natarajan Gautam, Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering, has partnered with LAN  more

Texas A&M: Gautam Receives 2020-21 Los Alamos National Laboratory Collaborative Program Award
COLLEGE STATION, Texas, March 3 (TNSRes) -- Texas A&M University's College of Engineering issued the following news: A Texas A&M University researcher's collaborative study titled, "An Integrated Approach for Managing Microgrids with Uncertain Renewable Sources, Demand Response and Energy Markets," has been chosen for a 2020-21 Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) Collaborative Program Award in the category of research projects. Dr. Natarajan Gautam, professor in the Wm Michael Barnes '64 Dep  more

Texas A&M: Industrial and Systems Engineering Professors Editor-in-Chief of Same Prestigious Journal
COLLEGE STATION, Texas, March 4 (TNSPer) -- Texas A&M University's College of Engineering issued the following news: Two faculty members in the Wm Michael Barnes '64 Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Texas A&M University can now say they have held the position of editor-in-chief for the IISE Transactions Journal, the flagship journal of the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE). Dr. Wilbert E. Wilhelm, professor emeritus in industrial and systems engineering, w  more

Texas A&M: Two Engineering Faculty Named National Academy of Inventors Senior Members
COLLEGE STATION, Texas, March 2 (TNSPer) -- Texas A&M University's College of Engineering issued the following news: The National Academy of Inventors (NAI) has named two engineering faculty members from Texas A&M University to its 2021 class of NAI Senior Members. The two new senior members are from the College of Engineering: * Dr. Saurabh Biswas, associate professor of practice, Department of Biomedical Engineering, and executive director for commercialization and entrepreneurship, Texas A  more

Texas A.G. Issues Opinion on Applicability of County Purchasing Act
AUSTIN, Texas, March 4 -- Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton issued the following opinion (No. KP-0358): To: Ms. Becky Weston, Gonzales County Auditor, 427 Saint George Street, Suite 302, Gonzales, Texas 78629 Re: Applicability of the County Purchasing Act in specific circumstances (RQ-0377-KP) Dear Ms. Weston: You ask about the potential application of the competitive bidding requirements of the County Purchasing Act (the "Act") to the Gonzales County Attorney's purchase of a laptop computer  more

Texas A.G. Issues Opinion on Government Restrictions on Individual Right of Access to Clergy Due to COVID-19 Pandemic
AUSTIN, Texas, March 6 -- Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton issued the following opinion (No. KP-0362): To: The Honorable James White Chair, House Committee on Homeland Security & Public Safety, Texas House of Representatives, Post Office Box 2910, Austin, Texas 78768-2910 Re: Government restrictions on an individual's right of access to clergy due to the COVID-19 pandemic (RQ-0383-KP) Dear Representative White: You ask whether a government agency or official may restrict a citizen's free ex  more

Texas A.G. Paxton Sues Griddy, LLC Energy Company: Customers Hit With Exorbitant Energy Bills
AUSTIN, Texas, March 2 -- Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton issued the following news release: Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a lawsuit against Griddy, LLC for violating the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act through false, misleading, and deceptive advertising and marketing practices. During the February freeze, Texas power companies failed to withstand the winter storm and left millions of Texans without power and heat during lethal, record-low temperatures across the state. Compounding  more

Texas A.G. Paxton's Law Enforcement Round Up
AUSTIN, Texas, March 2 -- Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton issued the following news release: The Texas Attorney General's Fugitive Apprehension Unit made several noteworthy arrests last week. * In Travis County, while working with the United States Marshal's Lone Star Fugitive Task Force, the Fugitive Apprehension Unit arrested Christopher Michael Garcia in Austin on February 23. Garcia had an outstanding warrant for murder issued by the Austin Police Department. * In Ellis County, Brandon   more

Texas A.G. Paxton's Law Enforcement Round Up
AUSTIN, Texas, March 6 -- Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton issued the following news release: The Child Exploitation Unit made one arrest last week regarding child pornography. In Anderson County, the Child Exploitation Unit arrested Rusty Bryant, 21, of Palestine on March 2. Bryant was charged with three counts of Possession of Child Pornography. This case was received as a NCMEC CyberTipline report involving the upload of child pornography to a social media account. Investigators located mu  more

Texas A.G. Paxton: Federal Interference in State Election Law Violates the Constitution
AUSTIN, Texas, March 6 -- Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton issued the following news release: Attorney General Ken Paxton joined a letter warning United States House and Senate leaders of Constitutional deficiencies within H.R. 1, the For the People Act of 2021, which unfortunately passed the House recently. Under both the Elections Clause of Article I of the Constitution and the Electors Clause of Article II, States have principal responsibility to safeguard elections. The Act would invert th  more

Texas A.G. Paxton: Texas Shuts Down Fraudulent Nationwide Telephone Scam
AUSTIN, Texas, March 6 -- Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton issued the following news release on March 5, 2021: Attorney General Ken Paxton today announced that Texas, along with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), 38 states and the District of Columbia, stopped a massive telefunding operation by Associated Community Services (ACS) and a number of related defendants that bombarded over 67 million Americans with 1.3 billion deceptive calls falsely purporting to raise money for charity. Using dec  more

Texas Businesses Praise Texas Gov. Abbott's Executive Order Opening Texas 100%
AUSTIN, Texas, March 4 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release on March 3, 2021: Texas business leaders today praised Governor Greg Abbott for his Executive Order that opens Texas to 100 percent: "Throughout the pandemic, Governor Abbott has implemented measures that protect our communities, while ensuring Texans still have the ability to earn a paycheck and put food on their tables. Once again, the Governor is striking the right balance by removing the heavy hand of go  more

Texas Democratic Party on Abbott's Failure to Protect Public From COVID-19 Pandemic
AUSTIN, Texas, March 3 -- The Texas Democratic Party issued the following statement: * * * Governor Abbott lifted all state-wide COVID-19 protections, effective next Wednesday, during a press conference he hosted Tuesday afternoon in Lubbock. The State of Texas was one of the last states to put restrictions in place to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 and was also one of the first states to lift restrictions in the Spring of 2020. Texas has vaccinated only 6.5 percent of its population and  more

Texas Democratic Party on Beginning of Women's History Month
AUSTIN, Texas, March 3 -- The Texas Democratic Party issued the following statement on March 2, 2021, by Vice Chair Carla Brailey: * * * "This month, we celebrate the relentless work and powerful leadership of women throughout our history and across our state and country. And this year, we are celebrating one of our most important milestones yet -- the first Black and Asian woman to serve as vice president is finally in office. It's been unbelievably moving to watch Vice President Kamala Harri  more

Texas Democratic Party on Cruz and Cornyn's Attempt to Block COVID-19 Relief Bill in the Senate
AUSTIN, Texas, March 5 -- The Texas Democratic Party issued the following news on March 4, 2021: Earlier today, Texas Republican Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz voted not to move forward with the COVID-19 stimulus package bill in the Senate, throwing millions of Texans under the bus in a pathetic political stunt. As the pandemic continues to tank our economy and leave families desperate, Democrats have fought tooth and nail to push a bill through Congress that will offer Americans much-neede  more

Texas Democratic Party on the One-Year Anniversary of the First Documented COVID-19 Case in Texas
AUSTIN, Texas, March 5 -- The Texas Democratic Party issued the following news on March 4, 2021: Today marks a grim anniversary: one year since the first confirmed case of COVID-19 was documented in Texas. For the last year, Texas Republicans led by Governor Greg Abbott have shown mind-boggling disregard for human life. Their refusal to take this pandemic seriously has cost the lives of more than 44,000 Texans. On Tuesday, Governor Abbott made the catastrophic decision to lift all COVID-19 res  more

Texas Democratic Party: House Democrats Pass $1.9 Trillion American Rescue Plan
AUSTIN, Texas, March 1 -- The Texas Democratic Party issued the following statement on Feb. 27, 2021: * * * On Saturday, the House of Representatives passed President Biden's $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan. Democrats stood with the overwhelming percentage of Americans who support the American Rescue Plan. Unfortunately, not a single Republican joined them. The House bill will now head to the Senate. Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa issued a statement: "Today, House Democrat  more

Texas Democratic Party: Local Leaders Slam Governor Abbott's Reckless Decision to Ignore the CDC and Put Texans at Risk
AUSTIN, Texas, March 5 -- The Texas Democratic Party issued the following news: Local leaders from across the state are criticizing Governor Greg Abbott for ignoring CDC recommendations and putting the lives of millions of Texans at greater risk by lifting all coronavirus restrictions from his state. Beto O'Rourke: (https://twitter.com/BetoORourke/status/1366886987484061697?s=20) "A death warrant for Texans. Add them to the 44,000+ killed as he failed to confront the pandemic & botched the vac  more

Texas Democrats Respond to SB 12 Press Conference
AUSTIN, Texas, March 6 -- The Texas Democratic Party issued the following statement on March 5, 2021: * * * Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa issued a statement in response to the press conference on SB 12 held today by Governor Greg Abbott and State Sen. Bryan Hughes: "Governor Abbott and his allies are attempting to distract from the fact that Texans are dead because of his catastrophic failure in leadership. "Instead of holding a press conference honoring Texans who lost thei  more

Texas Education Agency: 2020-2021 Assignment of Accreditation Statuses
AUSTIN, Texas, March 6 -- The Texas Education Agency issued the following document from Jeff Cottrill, Deputy Commissioner of Governance and Accountability: The assignment of district and charter school accreditation statuses is authorized by Texas Education Code (TEC), Chapter 39, Public School System Accountability, and 19 Texas Administrative Code (TAC), Chapter 97, Planning and Accountability, Subchapter EE, Accreditation Status, Standards, and Sanctions. The rules define the accreditation   more

Texas Education Agency: 2020-2021 School Day Event Code Additions
AUSTIN, Texas, March 6 -- The Texas Education Agency issued the following document from David Marx, Director of Financial Compliance Division: The Texas Education Agency (TEA) requires the addition of two new School-Day-Event-Codes (C208) for use in the 2020-2021 school year. These new codes allow the local education agency (LEA) to indicate if a campus is closed due to the following reasons: 1. I. COVID-19: Restricted Access to On-Campus Instruction - TEA Approved Reason 2. II. COVID-19: R  more

Texas Education Agency: Survey of Estimated Disaster Remediation Costs for School Districts, Charter Schools Affected by February 2021 Winter Storm
AUSTIN, Texas, March 6 -- The Texas Education Agency issued the following document from Leo Lopez, Associate Commissioner of School Finance: A school district or open-enrollment charter school located all or in part of an area declared a disaster area by the Governor under Texas Government Code, Chapter 418, and that incurs disaster remediation costs because of the February 2021 Winter Storm event may apply to the Commissioner for disaster aid assistance during the two-year period following the  more

Texas Gov. Abbott Announces Film Friendly Texas Designation for the City of Lubbock
AUSTIN, Texas, March 4 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release on March 4, 2021: Governor Greg Abbott today announced that the City of Lubbock, 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 eff  more

Texas Gov. Abbott Announces USDA Disaster Designation for 23 Counties
AUSTIN, Texas, March 3 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release on March 3, 2021: Governor Greg Abbott today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has issued a disaster designation for 23 counties in response to severe winter weather that has impacted the state. USDA continues to review production losses in all remaining Texas counties and may make future determinations as more information becomes available. The Governor requested this designation in Fe  more

Texas Gov. Abbott Appoints Five to State Board for Educator Certification
AUSTIN, Texas, March 3 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release: Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Kyrsten Arbuckle and Melissa Isaacs and reappointed Rohanna Brooks-Sykes and Emily Garcia to the State Board for Educator Certification for terms set to expire on February 1, 2025. Additionally, the Governor appointed Bob Brescia, Ed.D. for a term set to expire on February 1, 2023. The board develops certification and continuing education requirements and standards of condu  more

Texas Gov. Abbott Appoints Glass and Hollingsworth to Sulphur River Basin Board of Directors
AUSTIN, Texas, March 5 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release: Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Emily Glass and reappointed Kirby Hollingsworth to the Sulphur River Basin Authority Board of Directors for a term set to expire on February 1, 2027. The board has the responsibility to construct, maintain, and operate inside the state and in the watershed of the Sulphur River and its tributaries inside or outside the boundaries of the authority any works considered essenti  more

Texas Gov. Abbott Appoints Pollreisz to Rehabilitation Council of Texas
AUSTIN, Texas, March 2 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release: Governor Greg Abbott has appointed April Pollreisz to the Rehabilitation Council of Texas for a term set to expire on October 29, 2021. The council partners with the Texas Workforce Commission to advocate for people with disabilities in the vocational rehabilitation process. April Pollreisz of Amarillo is Chair of the State Independent Living Council and a former customer service professional in the insur  more

Texas Gov. Abbott Appoints Three to Board of Pardons and Paroles
AUSTIN, Texas, March 3 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release: Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Linda Molina and reappointed David Gutierrez and Ed Robertson to the Board of Pardons and Paroles for terms set to expire Feb. 1, 2027. The board makes parole decisions for Texas prison inmates, determines conditions for parole and mandatory supervision, and makes recommendations on clemency matters to the governor. Linda Molina of San Antonio is an attorney in private pra  more

Texas Gov. Abbott Lifts Mask Mandate, Opens Texas 100%
AUSTIN, Texas, March 3 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release on March 2, 2021: Governor Greg Abbott today issued an Executive Order (GA-34) lifting the mask mandate in Texas and increasing capacity of all businesses and facilities in the state to 100 percent. The Governor made the announcement at Montelongo's Mexican Restaurant in Lubbock in an address to the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce. "With the medical advancements of vaccines and antibody therapeutic drugs, Texas  more

Texas Gov. Abbott Names Chair and Appoints Three to Upper Colorado River Authority Board of Directors
AUSTIN, Texas, March 5 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release: Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Leslie Lasater and reappointed Reese Braswell and Erica Hall to the Upper Colorado River Authority Board of Directors for terms set to expire on February 1, 2027. Additionally, the Governor named Nancy Blackwell as chair of the board. Leslie Lasater of San Angelo is a realtor with ERA Newlin and Company and owner of Company Printing. Her professional memberships include Sa  more

Texas Gov. Abbott Names D'Andrea Chair of Public Utility Commission of Texas
AUSTIN, Texas, March 4 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release: Governor Greg Abbott has named Arthur D'Andrea as chair of the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUC) for a term at the pleasure of the Governor. PUC regulates the state's electric, telecommunication, and water and sewer utilities, implements respective legislation, and offers customer assistance in resolving consumer complaints. Arthur D'Andrea of Austin has served as a Commissioner for PUC since Novem  more

Texas Gov. Abbott Reappoints Alexander-Schneider to Texas State Council for Interstate Adult Offender Supervision
AUSTIN, Texas, March 1 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release: Governor Greg Abbott has reappointed Pam Alexander-Schneider to the Texas State Council for Interstate Adult Offender Supervision for a term set to expire February 1, 2027. The Council advises the compact administrator and the state's commissioner to the Interstate Compact for Adult Offender Supervision on the state's participation in compact activities including the facilitation of the transfer of adult o  more

Texas Gov. Abbott Reappoints Bennett as Director of the Regulatory Compliance Division
AUSTIN, Texas, March 4 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release: Governor Greg Abbott has reappointed Erin Bennett as the Director of the Regulatory Compliance Division within the Office of the Governor for a term set to expire on February 1, 2023. The Regulatory Compliance Division reviews rules affecting market competition proposed by state licensing agencies. Erin Bennett of Austin has served as the Director of the Regulatory Compliance Division since November 2019, a  more

Texas Gov. Abbott Reappoints Hamilton as Public Counsel for the Office of Public Insurance Counsel
AUSTIN, Texas, March 4 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release: Governor Greg Abbott has reappointed Melissa Hamilton as the Public Counsel for the Office of Public Insurance Counsel for a term set to expire on February 1, 2023. The office represents the interests of insurance consumers in regulatory matters relating to insurance rates, rules and forms. Melissa Hamilton of Austin has served as the Public Counsel since January 2018. Previously, she served as director of   more

Texas Gov. Abbott Reappoints Herrington to Upper Neches River Municipal Water Authority Board of Directors
AUSTIN, Texas, March 5 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release: Governor Abbott has reappointed Steven Herrington, D.D.S. to the Upper Neches River Municipal Water Authority Board of Directors for a term set to expire on February 1, 2027. Steven Herrington, D.D.S. of Palestine is managing partner at Herrington and Hernandez Restorative and Implant Dentistry. He is currently has life memberships in the Texas Dental Association, American Dental Association and the South  more

Texas Gov. Abbott Reappoints Robertson as Independent Ombudsman for the Texas Juvenile Justice Department
AUSTIN, Texas, March 3 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release on March 2, 2021: Governor Greg Abbott has reappointed JD Robertson as the Independent Ombudsman for the Texas Juvenile Justice Department to a term set to expire on February 1, 2023. The Office of Independent Ombudsman is a state agency established for the purpose of investigating, evaluating, and securing the rights of the children committed to the Texas Juvenile Justice Department. JD Robertson of Wimberl  more

Texas Gov. Abbott Reappoints Six to Governor's Committee on People With Disabilities
AUSTIN, Texas, March 2 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release: Governor Greg Abbott has reappointed Eric Lindsay, Elyse Lieberman, Ph.D., Kristie Orr, Ph.D., Ellen M. Bauman, Dylan M. Rafaty, and Kris Workman to the Governor's Committee on People with Disabilities for terms set to expire on February 1, 2023. The committee recommends changes in disability policies and programs and supports a network of committees on people with disabilities, issues awards to promote grea  more

Texas Gov. Abbott Reappoints Three to Texas Board of Criminal Justice
AUSTIN, Texas, March 4 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release: Texas Governor Greg Abbott has reappointed Rodney Burrow, M.D., Eric Nichols, and Derrelynn Perryman to the Texas Board of Criminal Justice for terms set to expire on February 1, 2027. The board provides confinement, supervision, rehabilitation, and reintegration of the state's convicted felons. Rodney Burrow, M.D. of Pittsburg is the Director of Medical Affairs and Associate Director of Primary Care for Ti  more

Texas Gov. Abbott Supports Bill Protecting Texans From Wrongful Social Media Censorship
AUSTIN, Texas, March 6 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release on March 5, 2021: Governor Greg Abbott today held a press conference in Tyler with Senator Bryan Hughes in support of Senate Bill 12 (SB 12). Authored by Senator Hughes, SB 12 prohibits social media companies from censoring Texans based on the viewpoints they express. It would also allow Texans who are wrongfully de-platformed or restricted to file suit to allow them back on the site. "Social media sites   more

Texas Gov. Abbott, TDEM Launch First Week of Save Our Seniors Initiative in 26 Counties
AUSTIN, Texas, March 2 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release on March 1, 2021: Governor Greg Abbott today announced that the Texas Division of Emergency (TDEM), the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS), and the Texas Military Department (TMD) have announced 26 participating counties for the first week of the Save Our Seniors initiative. The Governor announced the Save Our Seniors program in Corpus Christi last week to ensure more seniors are vaccinated thro  more

Texas Gov. Abbott, TDEM Request Addition of 32 Counties for Major Disaster Declaration
AUSTIN, Texas, March 3 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release on March 2, 2021: Governor Greg Abbott today announced that the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) has re-requested that an additional 32 counties be added to the federal Major Disaster Declaration for Individual Assistance. 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 M  more

Texas Gov. Abbott: State Leadership Announces Funding for Texas School Systems to Support In-Person Instruction
AUSTIN, Texas, March 5 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release on March 4, 2021: Governor Greg Abbott and the Texas Education Agency (TEA) announced today that the State of Texas will provide a "hold harmless" to Texas school systems for the rest of the 2020-2021 academic school year only. This means funding will be made available to school systems in Texas that have seen enrollment and attendance declines because of the COVID-19 pandemic, as long as they maintain or inc  more

University of Akron School of Law Trial Team Sweeps Regional Competition to Qualify for Nationals
AKRON, Ohio, March 4 -- The University of Akron issued the following news release: The University of Akron School of Law trial team swept through the virtual regional competition of the Texas Young Lawyer Association National Trial Competition (TYLA NTC) Feb. 26-27 to qualify for the national finals. The team of Madeline Connolly, Taylor Bennington, Austin Nagy, and Katelyn Miller went undefeated throughout the competition. The prestigious TYLA competition attracts teams from more than 140 law   more

University of Colorado Boulder: NASA-Funded Project to Explore One-of-a-Kind Lunar Observatory
BOULDER, Colorado, March 3 -- The University of Colorado Boulder campus issued the following news: Lunar Resources, Inc., of Houston, Texas, and the University of Colorado Boulder are launching a new research effort to lay the groundwork for a one-of-a-kind lunar radio astronomy observatory--a network of hundreds of miles of antennas constructed on the far side of the moon using materials harvested from the lunar surface itself. NASA recently awarded the team a $125,000 grant to complete a nin  more

University of Houston: Exploring Pieces of Heart Muscle That Fail to Compact
HOUSTON, Texas, March 5 (TNSRes) -- The University of Houston issued the following news release: University of Houston pharmacologist Mingfu Wu has been awarded $2.5 million from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute to explore the cause of and therapeutic treatment for left ventricular non-compaction cardiomyopathy (LVNC). One type of LVNC originates when the heart is forming in utero and occurs when pieces of ridge-like heart muscle, called trabeculae, fail to compact or become soli  more

University of Houston: New Research Highlights Impact of the Digital Divide
HOUSTON, Texas, March 3 (TNSJou) -- The University of Houston issued the following news release: The coronavirus pandemic has drawn new attention to the digital divide, as the need for online schooling and working from home has disproportionately hurt those without computer equipment and skills. Research by Paul A. Pavlou, dean of the C. T. Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston, found that people with basic Information Technology (IT) skills - including the ability to use emai  more

University of Houston: Pathway for Texas to Lead Energy Transition
HOUSTON, Texas, March 3 (TNSRes) -- The University of Houston issued the following news release: Experts agree that when it comes to the energy transition - the global shift from fossil fuels to renewable energy - nothing is more critical than the broad commercial deployment of carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS). And with the use of Texas' and the Gulf Coast's geologic storage capacity, both onshore and off, nowhere is better poised than Houston to play a far more significant role i  more

University of St. Thomas MPPA Student's Policy Brief Lands on Texas State Legislators' Desks
HOUSTON, Texas, March 5 -- The University of St. Thomas issued the following news release: Public Policy and Administration Master's candidate, Ruchi Gupta, recently learned that her policy brief - a work product of a class on the administration of the elections - was selected to present to the Texas Legislature to improve security in elections. In the paper, Gupta discussed how biometrics could fix the crux of the electoral system; the voter registration databases, as well as expedite the iden  more

University of Texas Arlington: Future of Immunotherapy Could Be 'Off-the-Shelf' Treatments
ARLINGTON, Texas, March 2 (TNSJou) -- The University of Texas Arlington campus issued the following news release: In a new commentary for the journal Science, an associate vice president for research at The University of Texas at Arlington argues that emerging protein-based immunotherapies could lead to highly effective "off-the-shelf" cancer treatments for more patients. Jon Weidanz, who also is a professor in the College of Nursing and Health Innovation at UTA, is the author of a perspective  more

University of Texas Dallas: Recommended for You - Role, Impact of Tools Behind Automated Product Picks Explored
RICHARDSON, Texas, March 4 (TNSJou) -- The University of Texas Dallas campus issued the following news: As you scroll through Amazon looking for the perfect product, or flip through titles on Netflix searching for a movie to fit your mood, auto-generated recommendations can help you find exactly what you're looking for among extensive offerings. These recommender systems are used in retail, entertainment, social networking and more. In a recently published study, two researchers from The Unive  more

University of Texas Dallas: Researchers' Robots Designed to Avoid Environmental Dangers, Deliver Data Quickly
RICHARDSON, Texas, March 4 (TNSRes) -- The University of Texas Dallas campus issued the following news: A University of Texas at Dallas research group has developed an autonomous robotic team of devices that can be used at hazardous or difficult-to-reach sites to make surveys and collect data -- providing more and faster insights than human beings are able to deliver. Dr. David Lary, professor of physics in the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, said his group's robot teams -- compose  more

University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio: COVID-19 Nasal Swab Test May Not Be Best for Those Who've Had Sinus Surgery
SAN ANTONIO, Texas, March 5 (TNSJou) -- The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio issued the following news release: People who have had major sinus surgery should consult their ENT doctor before undergoing COVID-19 swab testing, new research indicates. Likewise, those performing swab testing should ask whether the patient has had extensive sinus or skull base surgery, said Philip G. Chen, MD, study senior author from The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Anto  more

University of Texas's MD Anderson Cancer: Collagen Plays Protective Role During Pancreatic Cancer Development
HOUSTON, Texas, March 5 (TNSJou) -- The University of Texas's MD Anderson Cancer Center issued the following news release on March 4, 2021: Contrary to long-held beliefs, Type I collagen produced by cancer-associated fibroblasts may not promote cancer development but instead plays a protective role in controlling pancreatic cancer progression, reports a new study from researchers at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. This new understanding supports novel therapeutic approaches t  more

University of Texas: A Gamified Exercise App Helps Older Adults Reduce Risk for Falls
AUSTIN, Texas, March 5 (TNSJou) -- The University of Texas issued the following news release: Although older adults face high risk for falls, many are unable to utilize community-based fall prevention programs due to their mobility limitations In a recent study published in the Journal of Applied Gerontology, Steve Hicks School of Social Work researchers found that a brief fall-prevention program that included a tablet-based, gamified exercise app was well received among low-income, homebound   more

University of Texas: Concerns About Pandemic Continue Alongside Vaccine Skepticism
AUSTIN, Texas, March 2 (TNSRes) -- The University of Texas issued the following news release: In the latest University of Texas/Texas Tribune Poll, 28% of Texans report that they do not plan to get a COVID-19 vaccine, despite supply increases and persistent encouragement from public health authorities. In total, 36% of Texans say they would get a vaccine as soon as it was available to them, 20% were unsure, and 15% reported having already received a vaccine. The online poll surveyed 1,200 self  more

University of Texas: Sixth Mirror Cast for Giant Magellan Telescope
AUSTIN, Texas, March 6 -- The University of Texas issued the following news release: The University of Texas at Austin and other partners of the Giant Magellan Telescope (GMT) announce the fabrication of the sixth of seven of the world's largest monolithic mirrors. These mirrors will allow astronomers to see farther into the universe with more detail than any other optical telescope before. The sixth 8.4-meter (27.5 feet) mirror -- about two stories high when standing on edge -- is being fabric  more

University of Texas: True Cost of Major Power Outages Remains a Mystery, Report Finds
AUSTIN, Texas, March 2 (TNSRes) -- The University of Texas issued the following news release: As lawmakers grapple with the aftermath of a generational snow and ice storm that knocked out electricity, heat and water to millions of Texans for the better part of a week, a recently released report finds that even years after disasters occur, the complete costs of major power outages remain unknown. The report, authored by researchers from The University of Texas at Austin and Lawrence Berkeley Na  more

UNT Sport, Entertainment Management Team Adds Global Sports Innovator Stadia Ventures to Its Growing List of Collaborators for B.B.A. and M.B.A. Programs
DENTON, Texas, March 4 -- The University of North Texas issued the following news release: The University of North Texas sport entertainment management program is collaborating with Stadia Ventures, a global sports innovation hub for entrepreneurs, industry partners and investors headquartered in St. Louis. Together, Stadia and UNT will cohost an exclusive summer event where students can showcase their creativity and business knowledge by developing a startup pitch with the added advantage of   more

USA Today Network: Gannett Teams in Texas Provide Vital Information to Local Communities Impacted by Storm
MCLEAN, Virginia, March 5 -- USA Today Network issued the following news release: When the unprecedented winter storm devastated Texas, journalists at the Austin American-Statesman provided critical information to their local communities, despite also personally enduring effects from the inclement freezing weather. As Texas continues to deal with aftermath of the storm, Gannett is mobilizing to offer support and aid to Texas employees. Statesman journalists - many who faced electrical outages,  more

Vice Chancellor and Dean Kathy Banks Named Sole Finalist to Be Texas A&M President
COLLEGE STATION, Texas, March 4 (TNSPer) -- The Texas A&M University's Engineering Experiment Station issued the following news on March 3, 2021: The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents today named Dr. M. Katherine Banks as the sole finalist for the position of president of Texas A&M University. "This is a tremendous honor," Banks said. "The core values of Texas A&M, its rich traditions, unique culture and commitment to the greater good is the very foundation of this great university   more

Vice Chancellor and Dean Kathy Banks Named Sole Finalist to Be Texas A&M President
COLLEGE STATION, Texas, March 4 -- The Texas A&M University System issued the following news release: The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents today named Dr. M. Katherine Banks as the sole finalist for the position of President of Texas A&M University. "This is a tremendous honor," Banks said. "The core values of Texas A&M, its rich traditions, unique culture and commitment to the greater good is the very foundation of this great university and resonates deeply with me. I hope to buil  more

Vice Chancellor and Dean Kathy Banks Named Sole Finalist to Be Texas A&M President
COLLEGE STATION, Texas, March 4 (TNSPer) -- Texas A&M University's College of Engineering issued the following news on March 3, 2021: The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents today named Dr. M. Katherine Banks as the sole finalist for the position of president of Texas A&M University. "This is a tremendous honor," Banks said. "The core values of Texas A&M, its rich traditions, unique culture and commitment to the greater good is the very foundation of this great university and resonate  more

Vice Chancellor and Dean Kathy Banks Named Sole Finalist to Be Texas A&M President
COLLEGE STATION, Texas, March 5 -- Texas A&M University issued the following news on March 4, 2021: The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents today named Dr. M. Katherine Banks as the sole finalist for the position of President of Texas A&M University. "This is a tremendous honor," Banks said. "The core values of Texas A&M, its rich traditions, unique culture and commitment to the greater good is the very foundation of this great university and resonates deeply with me. I hope to build   more

WT Hires New Assistant Vice President of Communication and Marketing
CANYON, Texas, March 5 (TNSPer) -- West Texas A&M University issued the following news: A communications expert with significant higher education experience will now lead West Texas A&M University's Office of Communication and Marketing. Kelly Carper Polden, until recently the assistant director of external relations for the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, will join WT on March 15 as the University's assistant vice president for communication and marketing. "I am excited to join th  more