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State Tipoffs Involving Texas Newsletter for Sunday April 04, 2021 ( 125 items )  

'An Exciting Day for Health Care in Our Region' - Cornerstone Unveiled for $430 Million UT Health San Antonio Hospital
SAN ANTONIO, Texas, March 30 (TNSMon) -- The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio issued the following news release: The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio today broke ground and unveiled the cornerstone for the UT Health San Antonio Multispecialty and Research Hospital, a destination center for research and treatment of cancer and other complex diseases that disproportionately impact the people of South Texas. In a nod to the COVID-19 pandemic, the ce  more

Alabama Forensics Council Wins Two National Championships
TUSCALOOSA, Alabama, April 1 (TNSOps) -- The University of Alabama issued the following news: The Alabama Forensics Council, The University of Alabama's competitive speech team, won two national championships in speech and debate during the virtual Pi Kappa Delta National Comprehensive Tournament March 18-21. The AFC won both the Team National Championship for individual events in speech and the Overall Team National Championship which included elements of both speech and debate. UA College o  more

Alamo Colleges Pathways Project Saves Students $374 Million
SAN ANTONIO, Texas, April 2 (TNSMon) -- The Alamo Colleges District issued the following news release on April 1, 2021: At a press conference today, the Alamo Colleges District announced major news about the success of its innovative pathways program that allows students to transfer to a university without losing credits or taking extra courses to get their bachelor's degree. Over the last five years since the project began, the district has shaved a year off the time students require to earn   more

Amy H. Youngblood, M.Ed. Joins University of St. Thomas as Director of Alumni Relations
HOUSTON, Texas, April 1 (TNSPer) -- The University of St. Thomas issued the following news release: The University of St. Thomas announces the appointment of Amy H. Youngblood, M.Ed., as its new Director of Alumni Relations. Youngblood joined UST in late March where she works in the Marketing and University Relations Department. Youngblood's Wealth of Experience Youngblood's career highlights include positions in higher education, health care and the hospitality industry. She previously serve  more

Angelo State University: Alpha Chi Honor Society Spring 2021 Inductees
SAN ANGELO, Texas, April 1 (TNSAwa) -- Angelo State University issued the following news release: Angelo State University's chapter of the Alpha Chi national honor society recently inducted 24 new members for the spring 2021 semester during a virtual ceremony. Alpha Chi is one of the nation's most prestigious honor societies and is open to students majoring in any academic discipline. To be eligible, students must rank in the top 10 percent of seniors at their college or university, or in the   more

Angelo State University: Education Profs Win Grant to Host Free Robotics Camps for Middle Schoolers
SAN ANGELO, Texas, April 2 (TNSGra) -- Angelo State University issued the following news release: Drs. Christine Purkiss and Donna Gee of Angelo State University's teacher education faculty have been awarded a $32,256 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services through the Texas Workforce Commission to support their 2021 "Camp Code" summer program for local and area middle school students. The grant funding will be utilized to host three free "Camp Code" camps in June on the AS  more

Angelo State University: Faculty Members Named Inaugural Provost's Scholars
SAN ANGELO, Texas, March 31 (TNSPro) -- Angelo State University issued the following news release: Angelo State University has introduced a new Provost's Scholars Program that will allow qualifying faculty members "course release time" to take time off from teaching to conduct research and other scholarly activities. To qualify for the program, faculty must submit proposals to the dean of the College of Graduate Studies and Research for review by the Provost's Scholars Review Committee. The co  more

Ann Gill Howard Endowed Fellowship Created to Support Lyndon B. Johnson Students
AUSTIN, Texas, April 1 (TNSAwa) -- The University of Texas Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs issued the following news: Ann Gill Howard is a proud University of Texas at Austin graduate who has bled orange since she walked onto the UT campus in August 1981, and that continued through to her graduation with a B.A. in sociology ('85), J.D. ('88) and MPAff ('88). As an alum, she has been very active in campus activities and leadership roles and received numerous honors, including being na  more

Baylor College of Medicine: GlyNAC Improves Strength and Cognition in Older Humans
HOUSTON, Texas, March 31 (TNSJou) -- The Baylor College of Medicine issued the following news release: A pilot human clinical trial conducted by researchers at Baylor College of Medicine reveals that supplementation with GlyNAC - a combination of glycine and N-acetylcysteine as precursors of the natural antioxidant glutathione - could improve many age-associated defects in older humans to improve muscle strength and cognition, and promote healthy aging. Published in the journal Clinical and Tr  more

Baylor College of Medicine: Novel Brain Circuit Discovery and Therapy Might Tackle Coinciding Obesity and Depression
HOUSTON, Texas, March 26 (TNSJou) -- The Baylor College of Medicine issued the following news release: Research has found that obesity and mental disorders such as depression and anxiety seem to often go hand in hand. Researchers at Baylor College of Medicine and collaborating institutions are providing new insights into this association by identifying and characterizing a novel neural circuit that mediates the reciprocal control of feeding and psychological states in mouse models. Similar to   more

Baylor College of Medicine: Researchers Discover a Novel Marker of Adult Human Neural Stem Cells
HOUSTON, Texas, March 31 (TNSRes) -- The Baylor College of Medicine issued the following news release: The mammalian center for learning and memory, hippocampus, has a remarkable capacity to generate new neurons throughout life. Newborn neurons are produced by neural stem cells (NSCs) and they are crucial for forming neural circuits required for learning and memory, and mood control. During aging, the number of NSCs declines, leading to decreased neurogenesis and age-associated cognitive declin  more

Baylor Researchers Earn Autism Grant Awards From Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
WACO, Texas, April 1 (TNSGra) -- Baylor University issued the following news: As National Autism Awareness Month begins in April, two Baylor University School of Education faculty members have received grant awards from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) to fund research and training in behavioral intervention practices that improve outcomes for children with autism. Tonya Davis, Ph.D., BS '02, MS '04, professor of educational psychology and director of the special education  more

Baylor Study: What Motivates People to Mask Up, Social Distance, Vaccinate?
WACO, Texas, March 30 (TNSJou) -- Baylor University issued the following news: As the United States continues its march to vaccinate millions of citizens against COVID-19, marketing researchers from Baylor University's Hankamer School of Business have discovered a messaging model that motivates people to take preventive actions to battle the virus. Researchers James Roberts, Ph.D., professor of marketing, and Meredith David, Ph.D., associate professor of marketing, teamed up for their latest s  more

Baylor University to Conduct Monthly Tornado Siren Testing With City, County Partners
WACO, Texas, April 2 (TNSPar) -- Baylor University issued the following news: During severe weather season, Baylor University has joined City of Waco and McLennan County partners, in cooperation with the Waco/McLennan County Office of Emergency Management, to conduct a regular test of outdoor tornado sirens at 10 a.m. on the first Friday of each month. From February through July, Baylor will join city and county partners for this regular joint testing of tornado sirens at 10 a.m. on the first   more

Baylor University: Dr. Sandeep Mazumder Appointed Crenshaw Dean of Baylor's Hankamer School of Business
WACO, Texas, April 2 (TNSPer) -- Baylor University issued the following news on April 1, 2021: Following a nationwide search, Baylor University Provost Nancy Brickhouse, Ph.D., announced today that Sandeep Mazumder, Ph.D., professor and chair of the Department of Economics at Wake Forest University, has been selected as The William E. Crenshaw Endowed Dean of Baylor's nationally ranked Hankamer School of Business. His appointment is effective July 1. Dr. Mazumder will succeed Terry S. Maness,   more

Baylor University: Racial Diversity Within a Church is Associated With Higher Average Attendance Over Time
WACO, Texas, March 30 (TNSJou) -- Baylor University issued the following news: United Methodist churches -- whether the congregation is white or not -- have higher attendance when located within white neighborhoods. But racial diversity within a church is associated with higher average attendance over time, according to a study led by Baylor University. "This is a startling contrast to previous research that reported multiracial congregations are less stable," said lead author Kevin D. Dougher  more

Board of Regents to Consider Confirming Texas A&M President
COLLEGE STATION, Texas, March 31 -- The Texas A&M University System issued the following news release: The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents will meet at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday to consider confirming Vice Chancellor and Dean Kathy Banks as the next President of Texas A&M University. On March 3, the Board chose Dr. Banks, currently Vice Chancellor of Engineering and National Laboratories and Dean of the Texas A&M College of Engineering, as the sole finalist. State law requires at leas  more

College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences Graduate Student Prepares For Future in Exotic Animal Medicine
COLLEGE STATION, Texas, March 31 (TNSOps) -- Texas A&M University's College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences issued the following news release: As a self-described thrill-seeker, future wildlife and exotic animal veterinarian Austin Warren looks forward to the day he can work up close and personal with animals that many other people may find frightening. "I'm not scared of many animals; I enjoy the excitement of seeing wild animals in person," the Lewisville native said. "I remem  more

Dr. Kathy Banks Becomes 26th President of Texas A&M University
COLLEGE STATION, Texas, April 1 (TNSPer) -- The Texas A&M University's Engineering Experiment Station issued the following news: The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents on Wednesday confirmed Dr. M. Katherine Banks as the 26th president of Texas A&M University. Banks, who is currently vice chancellor of engineering and national laboratories and dean of the Texas A&M College of Engineering, assumes her duties June 1. Banks also will carry the title vice chancellor of national laborato  more

Dr. Kathy Banks Becomes 26th President of Texas A&M University
COLLEGE STATION, Texas, April 1 -- The Texas A&M University System issued the following news release: The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents on Wednesday confirmed M. Katherine Banks as the twenty-sixth President of Texas A&M University. Dr. Banks, currently Vice Chancellor of Engineering and National Laboratories and Dean of the Texas A&M College of Engineering, assumes her duties June 1. President Banks also will carry the title Vice Chancellor of National Laboratories and Nationa  more

Dr. Kathy Banks Becomes 26th President of Texas A&M University
COLLEGE STATION, Texas, April 1 (TNSPer) -- Texas A&M University's College of Engineering issued the following news on March 31, 2021: The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents on Wednesday confirmed Dr. M. Katherine Banks as the 26th president of Texas A&M University. Banks, who is currently vice chancellor of engineering and national laboratories and dean of the Texas A&M College of Engineering, assumes her duties June 1. Banks also will carry the title vice chancellor of national la  more

East Central University Nursing Program to Expand on Ada Campus
ADA, Oklahoma, April 2 (TNSPro) -- East Central University issued the following news: In anticipation of growing its esteemed program, East Central University's School of Nursing will expand admission and focus classroom instruction on the Ada campus. While classroom instruction will be phased out on the Southeastern Oklahoma State University campus in Durant, ECU remains committed to maintaining and strengthening its current clinical relationships in southern Oklahoma and northern Texas, as w  more

ExxonMobil, Porsche Test Lower-Carbon Fuel in Race Conditions
IRVING, Texas, March 31 -- ExxonMobil, an international energy company, issued the following news release: ExxonMobil and Porsche are testing advanced biofuels and renewable, lower-carbon eFuels, as part of a new agreement to find pathways toward potential future consumer adoption. ExxonMobil and Porsche test lower-carbon fuel in race conditions * Esso Renewable Racing Fuel to be tested in Porsche's high-performance motorsports engines in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup 2021 * Companies to adva  more

Finalists Selected for Baylor University's $250,000 Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teaching
WACO, Texas, April 1 (TNSAwa) -- Baylor University issued the following news: Three preeminent scholar/teachers from United States universities have been selected as finalists for Baylor University's 2022 Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teaching, the only national teaching award - with the single largest monetary reward of $250,000 - presented by a college or university to an individual for exceptional teaching. The winning professor will be announced by Baylor in spring 2022. The three f  more

Grinnell College: 2021 Fischlowitz Travel Fellow to Explore Black Women's Experiences
GRINNELL, Iowa, April 2 (TNSAwa) -- Grinnell College issued the following news: Diana Chege '22, an English major from Nairobi, Kenya, was awarded the Fischlowitz Travel Fellowship for 2021. She plans to visit New York, Washington, D.C., Texas, and California in August to explore the experience of Black women in the United States. "I would like to sit in their kitchens, helping out whenever needed, as they share what being Black and a woman in America means to them," Chege says. Her plans incl  more

Houston Baptist University Partners With Cybint to Bring Cybersecurity Training to the Greater Houston Region
HOUSTON, Texas, March 31 (TNSPar) -- Houston Baptist University issued the following news release: HBU is proud to partner with Cybint, a global leader in cybersecurity education, to offer Cybint's Cybersecurity Bootcamp and Cyber Essentials Workshop in HBU's new Houston Cyber Education Center. Through the partnership, Cybint and HBU aim to reskill the greater Houston region's workforce and upskill incumbent employees beginning in the summer of 2021. Both parties have existing relationships wit  more

Inaugural Grateful Islanders Festival Demonstrates Impact of Community Support at Island University
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas, March 31 (TNSOps) -- Texas A&M University Corpus Christi campus issued the following news: For some college students, donors often remain faceless heroes who offer a path to success in a most humbling way, with some recipients never getting the chance to properly greet and thank those for their contributions. In a show sincerest thanks, more than 400 Islander students recognized the hundreds of donors and community members who create opportunities for education and academ  more

Industrial Engineering Student Finds Herself and Her Home at Texas A&M University
COLLEGE STATION, Texas, March 26 (TNSPro) -- Texas A&M University's College of Engineering issued the following news: Madison "MJ" Saunders, a sophomore student in the Wm Michael Barnes '64 Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, came to Texas A&M University from Georgia with a Posse Scholarship, and has since made an impression, even claiming a spot in the Zachry Leadership Program (ZLP). The Posse Foundation identifies, recruits and trains individuals with extraordinary leadership   more

Joe Bob McCartt Memorial Scholarship Established at West Texas A&M in Memory of Leading Amarillo Businessman, WT Supporter
CANYON, Texas, April 1 (TNSOps) -- West Texas A&M University issued the following news: A prominent Amarillo businessman will be memorialized through a new scholarship fund at the Paul and Virginia Engler College of Business at West Texas A&M University. The Joe Bob McCartt Memorial Scholarship was established earlier this year following the death of the leading Amarillo commercial real estate broker in December 2020 due to COVID-related complications. McCartt's family and friends established  more

Kathy Banks Becomes 26th President of Texas A&M University
COLLEGE STATION, Texas, April 2 (TNSPer) -- Texas A&M University issued the following news: The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents on Wednesday confirmed M. Katherine Banks as the 26th President of Texas A&M University. Dr. Banks, currently Vice Chancellor of Engineering and National Laboratories and Dean of the Texas A&M College of Engineering, assumes her duties June 1. President Banks also will carry the title Vice Chancellor of National Laboratories and National Security Strateg  more

Lamar University Receives Donation of Lynn Sweat Papers
BEAUMONT, Texas, April 1 (TNSOps) -- Lamar University issued the following news: A collection of Lynn Sweat papers, including correspondence with artists and galleries, newspaper clippings and exhibit catalogues is now a part of Lamar University Archives. Sweat is a 1956 graduate of LU, author and illustrator, best known for his illustrations of the Amelia Bedelia children's books. However, his works have illustrated a wealth of books including textbooks and the covers of paperbacks including   more

Lamar University: Ken Young, David J. Beck Teaching Excellence Award
BEAUMONT, Texas, March 31 (TNSAwa) -- Lamar University issued the following news: Dr. Ken Young, associate professor of educational leadership, is the recipient of the David J. Beck Teaching Excellence Award. Lamar University President Ken Evans bestowed the award, which comes with a $25,000 check, virtually by interrupting one of Dr. Young's classes. "As cameras began to come on, I realized President Evans and Juan Zabala were there, and I was really getting concerned because there were all k  more

MD Anderson's Guillermina Lozano Elected to Fellows of the AACR Academy
HOUSTON, Texas, March 30 (TNSAwa) -- The University of Texas's MD Anderson Cancer Center issued the following news release: Guillermina (Gigi) Lozano, Ph.D., chair of Genetics at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, has been elected to the 2021 class of Fellows of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Academy in recognition of her pioneering work to describe the p53 tumor suppressor pathway, which is undermined in many cancers. The mission of the AACR Academy is to   more

New Yorker Highlights St. Louis University Professor's 'Kitty Interview' Fail
HILLSBORO, Missouri, April 1 (TNSOps) -- St. Louis University issued the following news: In February, a Zoom court hearing derailed when Rod Ponton appeared as a kitten. It was the purrfect storm for the Texas lawyer whose viral technological debacle now serves as a comical -- and forever archived -- lesson on how not to use Zoom filters. "Mr. Ponton, I believe you have a filter turned on in the video settings," said Judge Gibbs Bauer of the 394th Judicial District Court in the video (https://  more

Nexstar Media Group to Report 2021 First Quarter Financial Results, Host Conference Call and Webcast on May 4
IRVING, Texas, April 1 -- Nexstar Media Group, a television broadcasting company, issued the following news release on March 31, 2021: Nexstar Media Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: NXST) announced today that it will report its 2021 first quarter financial results before the market opens on Tuesday, May 4, 2021. The Company will host a conference call and webcast at 9:00 a.m. ET that morning to review the results. To access the conference call, interested parties may dial 334-777-6978, conference ID 853  more

Oklahoma State Senate: Bernardo's Law Moves Forward
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma, April 1 -- The Oklahoma State Senate issued the following news release: The Senate will soon be considering legislation designating Oklahoma's wrecker safety statute in honor of an Oklahoma man who lost his life while on the job. Sen. Michael Brooks, D-Oklahoma City, is the principal Senate author of House Bill 1584, also known as Bernardo's Law. Born in Texas, Bernardo Martinez had lived in Oklahoma for 20 years and was working as a tow truck driver for around 8 mont  more

Public Utility Commission Appoints Dwyer to Oversee Enforcement
AUSTIN, Texas, March 31 (TNSPer) -- The Public Utility Commission of Texas issued the following news release on March 30, 2021: As part of the agency's ongoing modernization efforts, the Public Utility Commission of Texas today named Davida Dwyer deputy director of the agency's Legal Division and head of the agency's enforcement efforts. A graduate of the University of Texas School of Law, Dwyer is highly regarded for her grasp of regulatory complexity. "In 2020, we expanded the resources avai  more

Rice Adds Operations Research Major
HOUSTON, Texas, April 3 (TNSPro) -- Rice University issued the following news release: Rice University's Brown School of Engineering will offer a new major and bachelor of arts degree, operations research (OR), within the Department of Computational and Applied Mathematics (CAAM) beginning this fall. The program approved March 24 by the Rice Faculty Senate will provide "an education that emphasizes models for decision-making in complex systems, and tools for making the best possible decisions,  more

Rice University: Akane Sano Wins NSF CAREER Award
HOUSTON, Texas, March 30 (TNSAwa) -- Rice University issued the following news release: Forget the mood ring. Akane Sano has a far better idea. The Rice University electrical and computer engineer is developing software to detect and predict emotional stress in people through data from wearable and mobile technologies and provide safe and personalized feedback to manage and enhance emotion. She has received a prestigious National Science Foundation CAREER Award to pursue that goal. CAREER gra  more

Rice University: Could Robinhood Debacle Lead to 'Robin Hood Tax'?
HOUSTON, Texas, April 3 (TNSRes) -- Rice University issued the following news release: New tax proposals are already being contemplated as a result of the Robinhood-GameStop controversy, according to an expert from Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy. Joyce Beebe, a fellow in public finance at the Baker Institute, explains what a financial transaction tax (FTT) is and what it could mean for investors in a new blog post. She is available to speak with the news media. "An FTT im  more

Rice University: Digital Divide Disproportionately Affected Education for Black and Hispanic Children During Pandemic
HOUSTON, Texas, March 30 (TNSRes) -- Rice University issued the following news release: When the COVID-19 pandemic forced education online about a year ago, more than one in five families lacked internet access or digital devices for their students to learn online. And Black and Hispanic families were much more likely than white families to have no technology resources for their students, according to a new research brief from Rice University's Houston Education Research Consortium. The "COVID  more

Rice University: Kumon or Montessori? It May Depend on Your Politics, According to New Study of 8,500 Parents
HOUSTON, Texas, March 31 (TNSJou) -- Rice University issued the following news release: Whether parents prefer a conformance-oriented or independence-oriented supplemental education program for their children depends on political ideology, according to a study of more than 8,500 American parents by a research team from Rice University and the University of Texas at San Antonio. "Conservative parents have a higher need for structure, which drives their preference for conformance-oriented progra  more

Rice University: Serving Size, Satisfaction Influence Food Waste on Campus
HOUSTON, Texas, March 31 (TNSJou) -- Rice University issued the following news release: Understanding what drives food choices can help high-volume food service operations like universities reduce waste, according to a new study. Researchers have concluded that food waste in places like university cafeterias is driven by how much people put on their plates, how familiar they are with what's on the menu and how much they like - or don't like - what they're served. Food waste has been studied o  more

Rice University: Tires Turned Into Graphene That Makes Stronger Concrete
HOUSTON, Texas, March 30 (TNSJou) -- Rice University issued the following news release: This could be where the rubber truly hits the road. Rice University scientists have optimized a process to convert waste from rubber tires into graphene that can, in turn, be used to strengthen concrete. The environmental benefits of adding graphene to concrete are clear, chemist James Tour said. "Concrete is the most-produced material in the world, and simply making it produces as much as 9% of the world  more

Rice University: Ultimate Field Trip Will Be Out of This World
HOUSTON, Texas, March 30 (TNSEve) -- Rice University issued the following news release: While it may be virtual, the Rice Space Institute (RSI) has organized the ultimate spring trip for grade school students. Youngsters in Houston, Ecuador and Scotland will be face to face with astronauts Kate Rubins and Mike Hopkins aboard the International Space Station on April 8 for a space Q&A session through NASA's STEM on Station initiative. The downlink is the centerpiece of a two-hour watch party spa  more

Rice University: What's in a Name? A Hurdle for Human Development Research, Experts Say
HOUSTON, Texas, April 3 (TNSRep) -- Rice University issued the following news release on April 1, 2021: Scientists are struggling with public misconceptions on what embryoids are and what research on them entails, confusion that leads to policy decisions restricting access to important scientific exploration, according to a new paper by experts at Rice University -- who blame the use of terms like synthetic or artificial embryos to describe them. Embryoids are stem cell-based models of human e  more

Sam Houston State University: Dance Alumna Puts Best Foot Forward In Career Development
HUNTSVILLE, Texas, March 30 (TNSOps) -- Sam Houston State University issued the following news: Sam Houston State University alumna Shate Hayes ('14) is a content producer and educator, passionate about storytelling to strengthen career advancement, personal growth, and community empowerment. Since receiving her MFA in Dance, Hayes now serves as an educator, author, self-confidence booster, and founder of The Working Dancer, an online career resource for aspiring artists. Early in her dance ca  more

Sam Houston State University: Education Senior Publishes First Book of Poetry
HUNTSVILLE, Texas, April 2 (TNSBook) -- Sam Houston State University issued the following news: National Poetry Month in April is a special occasion to recognize the importance of poets and poetry in our culture. This year, on the 25th anniversary of the celebration, the occasion falls on a time of great uncertainty for our country. For this reason, many have turned to poetry to find comfort, resilience, and connection throughout the current public health crisis, April, and beyond. For Sam Ho  more

Sam Houston State University: Texas Bankers Hall of Fame to Honor New Inductees
HUNTSVILLE, Texas, April 2 (TNSAwa) -- Sam Houston State University issued the following news on April 1, 2021: The Texas Bankers Hall of Fame is pleased to announce the induction of the 2020 Honorees at the Eighth Annual Texas Bankers Hall of Fame Gala on April 22, 2021 on the campus of Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. Five prestigious bankers, the late James B. Bexley, Lloyd R. Ferguson, William David Lacy, Victor Pierson, and Allan James Rasmussen, will be recognized for th  more

SFA College of Fine Arts Dean's Circle to Recognize 2021 Award Recipients
NACOGDOCHES, Texas, March 31 (TNSEve) -- Stephen F. Austin State University issued the following news release: The Stephen F. Austin State University College of Fine Arts Dean's Circle will recognize six exceptional students during the presentation of the annual Dean's Awards at 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 9, in Kennedy Auditorium on the SFA campus. This year's award recipients include Kristen Mercer, junior music education major from Spring; Kiersten Hart, junior filmmaking student from Fort Wort  more

Southwestern University: Norma Clark '97, P'00 Earns the 2021 Martha Diaz Hurtado College-Town Award
GEORGETOWN, Texas, March 31 (TNSAwa) -- Southwestern University issued the following news: Earlier this month, Southwestern University President Laura E. Skandera Trombley presented the Martha Diaz Hurtado College-Town Award to local artist Norma Clark '97, P'00 for her contributions to the university and to the Georgetown community. Clark is a first-generation college student who began her studies at Southwestern in studio art in the fall 1970. She left in spring 1972 to work and raise her fa  more

Stephen F. Austin State University's Cole Art Gallery to Host Masterson Exhibition
NACOGDOCHES, Texas, April 2 (TNSEve) -- Stephen F. Austin State University issued the following news release: The Stephen F. Austin State University School of Art will present an exhibition of works by Center-based artist David Masterson opening April 10 in The Cole Art Center @ The Old Opera House. The exhibition, titled "A Mind Stretched by New Ideas Never Regains its Original Dimensions," will feature abstract and impressionist large-scale paintings and some sculptures. The works to be disp  more

SUNY Plattsburgh: Dr. Brian Neureuther Named Interim Dean of SBE
PLATTSBURGH, New York, April 1 (TNSPer) -- The State University of New York's Plattsburgh Campus issued the following news: SUNY Plattsburgh Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Anne Herzog announced Wednesday that Dr. Brian Neureuther will serve as interim dean of the School of Business and Economics effective June 1. Neureuther, professor of supply chain management, international business and associate dean of SBE, will take over from Dean Rowena Ortiz-Walters, who is leaving to b  more

Tarleton, Hill College Partnership Supports Transfer Students
STEPHENVILLE, Texas, April 2 (TNSPar) -- Tarleton State University issued the following news release: As part of its Distinguished College Partnership, Tarleton State University will provide annual scholarships, from $500 to $2,000, to Hill College transfer students beginning fall 2021. Awards will be divided between fall and spring semesters based on enrollment and will be renewable up to three years with satisfactory academic progress. Students must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and be enrolled at   more

Tarrant County College, West Coast University Sign Reverse Transfer Agreement
FORT WORTH, Texas, March 30 (TNSPar) -- Tarrant County College issued the following news release: Tarrant County College and West Coast University have signed a reverse transfer agreement to help more students who earned college-level credits toward an associate degree while enrolled at TCC, yet did not complete sufficient credits to earn a degree or certificate. The reverse transfer program gives those who transferred without a credential a pathway to their first college degree. Under the te  more

Texas A&M Taking Part in New Study to Determine If Vaccinated People Can Still Spread COVID-19
COLLEGE STATION, Texas, April 2 (TNSRes) -- Texas A&M University's Health Science Center issued the following news: A new study involving thousands of college students across the United States aims to determine whether young adults who have received the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine can still spread the coronavirus to others. The COVID-19 Prevention Network (CoVPN), headquartered at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, announced the launch of the Prevent COVID U study on Friday, March 26. Resear  more

Texas A&M University System Expands Into North Dallas
COLLEGE STATION, Texas, April 1 -- The Texas A&M University System issued the following news release: Texas A&M University-Commerce will soon be making a high-profile expansion into downtown Dallas, John Sharp, Chancellor of The Texas A&M University System announced today. The university will be taking over the top two floors of 8750 North Central Expressway, where it will set up headquarters for its education and business colleges. "This new Dallas site opens exciting opportunities for A&M-Co  more

Texas A&M University's College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences: Rescue Kitten With Rare Genital Dysplasia Condition Treated By, Finds Forever Home With Texas A&M Veterinary Student
COLLEGE STATION, Texas, March 26 (TNSRes) -- Texas A&M University's College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences issued the following news release: When Lampasas Community Cats first brought Iroh, a Siamese-mix kitten, into the Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital (VMTH), they were unsure of his fate. Based on his unusual condition, the non-profit organization didn't know if anyone would be able to adopt him. But thanks to Texas A&M's Small Animal Hospital, Iroh was fixed u  more

Texas A&M University's College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences: CVMBS Graduate Student Receives Fellowship to Study Genetic Drivers of Breast Cancer in Norway
COLLEGE STATION, Texas, April 2 (TNSAwa) -- Texas A&M University's College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences issued the following news release: With a love for both computers and biology, Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVMBS) graduate student Dr. Daniel Osorio has found the perfect fit to improve the study of cancer through his work in the field of computational biology. As a recipient of the 2020 Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions Research Fellowship,  more

Texas A&M University's Health Science Center: Suicide Rates Are on the Rise Among Older White Men in Rural Areas
COLLEGE STATION, Texas, March 30 (TNSJou) -- Texas A&M University's Health Science Center issued the following news: Suicide is a major health concern in the United States. Yet, compared to younger adults and women, men are at a potentially greater risk for death by suicide. This could be due to delaying mental health services (or not attending at all), turning toward more lethal methods of suicide, and conforming to traditional masculine norms like emotion avoidance and self-reliance. Althoug  more

Texas A&M University: Organic Material May Help Design Energy-Efficient Heating and Cooling Systems
COLLEGE STATION, Texas, March 31 (TNSJou) -- The Texas A&M University's Engineering Experiment Station issued the following news: On sultry summer afternoons, heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems provide much-needed relief from the harsh heat and humidity outdoors. These systems, which often come with dehumidifiers, are currently not energy efficient, guzzling around 76% of the electricity in commercial and residential buildings. In a new study, Texas A&M University researc  more

Texas A&M: Dewji Elected to the Nuclear and Radiation Studies Board
COLLEGE STATION, Texas, April 2 (TNSPer) -- Texas A&M University's College of Engineering issued the following news: Dr. Shaheen Dewji, assistant professor in the Department of Nuclear Engineering at Texas A&M University and Faculty Fellow of the Center for Nuclear Security Science and Policy Initiatives, has been elected to the Nuclear and Radiation Studies Board (NRSB) within the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM). The NRSB serves to organize and oversee studies  more

Texas A&M: Engineering Teams Collaborate to Install Equipment for Remote Teaching
COLLEGE STATION, Texas, March 30 (TNSPar) -- Texas A&M University's College of Engineering issued the following news: When the COVID-19 pandemic hit and schools were shut down, educators throughout the U.S. scrambled to find new ways to teach students remotely. In the Texas A&M University College of Engineering, many things had to be considered so students would continue to get a quality education, including how to get to get the enormous amount of extra equipment that remote teaching would req  more

Texas A&M: Ma Named 2021 Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award Recipient
COLLEGE STATION, Texas, March 30 (TNSAwa) -- Texas A&M University's College of Engineering issued the following news: Dr. Chao Ma, assistant professor in the Department of Engineering Technology and Industrial Distribution at Texas A&M University, has been selected to receive the 2021 Outstanding Young Manufacturing Engineer Award by the Society of Manufacturing Engineers (SME). This award is given to engineers age 35 or younger who have made exceptional contributions and accomplishments in th  more

Texas A&M: Organic Material May Help Design Energy-Efficient Heating and Cooling Systems
COLLEGE STATION, Texas, March 30 (TNSJou) -- Texas A&M University's College of Engineering issued the following news: On sultry summer afternoons, heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems provide much-needed relief from the harsh heat and humidity outdoors. These systems, which often come with dehumidifiers, are currently not energy efficient, guzzling around 76% of the electricity in commercial and residential buildings. In a new study, Texas A&M University researchers have de  more

Texas A&M: Student Appreciative of Her Experience in the Chevron Engineering Academy
COLLEGE STATION, Texas, March 25 (TNSPar) -- Texas A&M University's College of Engineering issued the following news: Though sophomore chemical engineering student, Ally Moore, had a start at Texas A&M University that was unlike some peers, her experience has emboldened her perspective as an Aggie engineer and allowed her to embrace her diversity. Moore began her academic career in the Chevron Engineering Academy at Austin Community College -- a co-enrollment program that gives students an opt  more

Texas A&M: Underground Noise Reveals Fracture Pathways Needed for Energy Production
COLLEGE STATION, Texas, March 30 (TNSRes) -- Texas A&M University's College of Engineering issued the following news: Both oil production and geothermal energy need fluids to move through fracture channels within subsurface rocks. Yet accurately mapping and measuring fractures created for fluid flow is challenging because what happens underground goes unseen. Seismic surveys, created when sound bounces against subsurface features, can produce reflective imaging, but these are not detailed pictu  more

Texas A.G. Paxton Commends Fifth Circuit for Upholding the TDCJ's COVID-19 Safety Measures
AUSTIN, Texas, March 31 -- Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton issued the following news release: Attorney General Ken Paxton commended the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit for ruling in favor of the COVID-19 protective measures implemented by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ). TDCJ acted promptly and reasonably to combat this virus by relying the advice of medical professionals, and Attorney General Paxton credits the Fifth Circuit for recognizing the protecti  more

Texas A.G. Paxton Files Lawsuit Defending States Against Shocking Costs of Illegal Immigration
AUSTIN, Texas, March 31 -- Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton issued the following news release: Attorney General Ken Paxton led a 14-state coalition before the United States Supreme Court in defense of the "public-charge" rule, a federal law prohibiting immigration by aliens who are likely to rely on taxpayer-funded government programs. Previously, an Illinois county and a left-wing non-profit sued the Trump Administration, challenging the public-charge rule, and the court blocked its enforceme  more

Texas A.G. Paxton Files SCOTUS Brief Supporting Racial Equality in College Admissions
AUSTIN, Texas, April 2 -- Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton issued the following news release: Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a brief urging the Supreme Court to overrule Grutter v. Bollinger in the Harvard University affirmative action case. The brief argues that federal law prohibits Harvard University from discriminating against Asian-Americans in its admissions process, and that discrimination on the basis of race in higher education admissions is categorically unlawful. "Racial discrim  more

Texas A.G. Paxton Joins Amicus Brief Defending Second Amendment, Standard-Capacity Magazines
AUSTIN, Texas, April 3 -- Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton issued the following news release: Attorney General Ken Paxton joined a multistate friend-of-the-court brief before the San Francisco-based Court of Appeals for Ninth Circuit defending Americans' Second Amendment rights after California banned standard-capacity magazines for firearms, which hold eleven to fifteen rounds. In the 41 states that allow them, these standard-capacity magazines are common to the point of ubiquity among law-  more

Texas A.G. Paxton's Law Enforcement Round Up
AUSTIN, Texas, March 30 -- Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton issued the following news release: The Fugitive Apprehension Unit made several noteworthy arrests last week. In Galveston County, Todd Francis Swartz was arrested in Galveston on March 19. Swartz had an outstanding warrant for Continued Sexual Abuse of a Child, issued by the Galveston County Justice of the Peace (Precinct 2). Swartz attempted to flee the state to avoid prosecution at the time of his arrest. The Unit made the arrest   more

Texas A.G. Paxton: Claim Deadline Set for Metals.com, Tower Equity, Chase Metals, and Barrick Capital
AUSTIN, Texas, March 30 -- Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton issued the following news release: Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, along with other state regulators and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, recently filed a joint civil enforcement action against Metals.com, Tower Equity, Chase Metals, Barrick Capital, and other associated parties for perpetrating a fraudulent precious metals investment scheme. This case allegedly involves 1,600 investors and more than $185 million in custom  more

Texas A.G. Paxton: Illegal Immigration Costs Texas Taxpayers Over $850 Million Each Year
AUSTIN, Texas, April 1 -- Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton issued the following news release: As the border crisis caused by President Biden's policies surges illegal immigration and escalates criminal activity, Attorney General Ken Paxton stands committed to upholding the law and protecting Texans. In his January lawsuit that halted the Biden administration's unlawful 100-day freeze on deportations, Attorney General Paxton uncovered hundreds of millions of dollars that Texas taxpayers invol  more

Texas Democratic Party: 5 Things Republicans Should Be Doing Instead of Gutting Voting Rights
AUSTIN, Texas, April 1 -- The Texas Democratic Party issued the following news: On Wednesday, Republicans' latest voter suppression effort, Senate Bill 7, goes to the full Texas Senate for a vote. Senate Bill 7 is the most comprehensive piece of voter suppression legislation our state has seen since Jim Crow, with provisions that will clearly disenfranchise Black and Latino voters and voters with disabilities. Despite condemnation from Democrats, voting rights advocates, and Texans from commun  more

Texas Democratic Party: Biden's Infrastructure Plan Will Create Jobs, Make Texas Grid More Resilient, Support Unions, and Help Keep Texans Safe
AUSTIN, Texas, April 2 -- The Texas Democratic Party issued the following news: Texas Democrats are celebrating President Biden's ambitious infrastructure plan as a win for working people everywhere. Announced Wednesday, President Biden's American Jobs Plan will create Texas jobs, strengthen unions, and help make the Texas grid and public safety infrastructure more resilient. With families everywhere struggling with the pandemic's economic fallout, Biden's massive investment will jumpstart the  more

Texas Democratic Party: Despite All-Night Testimony From Hundreds of Texans & House Democrats, Republicans Remain Poised to Advance Voter Suppression Bill H.B. 6
AUSTIN, Texas, April 3 -- The Texas Democratic Party issued the following news: Yesterday, after Republican roadblocks stopped Texans from giving testimony last week, Texans finally had the chance to testify in the House Elections Committee on HB 6, a discriminatory voter suppression bill. Hundreds of Texans testified against the legislation -- traveling from all across the state, with some waiting over 22 hours to testify -- and highlighted the inequities HB6 would create for communities of co  more

Texas Democratic Party: Moving Testimony Emerges As Texans Are Finally Heard on Voter Suppression Bill H.B. 6
AUSTIN, Texas, April 3 -- The Texas Democratic Party issued the following news: On Thursday, Texans finally had the chance to share their testimony on Republican voter suppression bill House Bill 6 in the Texas House -- a week after Texas Republican Rep. Briscoe Cain canceled scheduled testimony due to an alleged procedural error. Together with its corollary in the Texas Senate, Senate Bill 7, HB6 represents the worst voter suppression legislation our state has seen since Jim Crow. House Bill   more

Texas Democratic Party: Texas Democrats Condemn Today's Horrifying Assault on Abortion Rights by the Texas GOP
AUSTIN, Texas, March 31 -- The Texas Democratic Party issued the following news: Together with abortion rights allies, Texas Democrats are loudly condemning the spate of horrifying anti-abortion bills Republicans rammed through the Texas Senate today. This afternoon, Republicans passed Senate Bills 8 and 9 -- two of the most egregious in the set -- with five other anti-abortion bills in the queue for a vote on the Senate floor. With Texas Republicans hellbent on curtailing Texans' rights, thes  more

Texas Democratic Party: Texas GOP Attempts to Redistrict State's Appellate Court System After 2018's Blue Wave Put Record Amount of Democrats on Bench
AUSTIN, Texas, April 3 -- The Texas Democratic Party issued the following news: The Texas Senate's Jurisprudence Committee held a hearing Thursday on Senate Bill 11, which would restructure the state appellate court system from 14 courts to seven districts. Under SB11, the restructured seven appellate courts would be overseen by benches that vary in size from four justices in the proposed Lubbock and Amarillo district to 21 justices in a mega district that combines the Houston and Lake Jackson   more

Texas Democratic Party: Texas GOP Leaders Appear at Border With Militia Group Under Investigation for Capitol Insurrection
AUSTIN, Texas, April 3 -- The Texas Democratic Party issued the following news: Prominent members of the Texas GOP participated in a rally at the border last week with far-right hate group founder and Capitol insurrectionist Steward Rhodes. At a "We the People Stand for Border Security" rally on March 26 in Laredo, in which several prominent Texas Republicans participated, Republican Party of Texas Chair Allen West gave a fear-mongering speech at the border. Later, the microphone was passed to  more

Texas Democratic Party: Texas Senate Republicans Pass Racist, Ableist, Anti-Immigrant Voter Suppression Bill
AUSTIN, Texas, April 2 -- The Texas Democratic Party issued the following news: Democrats, voting rights advocates, and concerned Texans everywhere are incensed at the passage of voter suppression bill SB7, which Republicans jammed through the Texas Senate Wednesday evening. A unified Democratic Senate Caucus pushed to defeat the bill, and introduced 21 amendments to reduce its negative impacts that will be particularly felt by communities of color, signed by all 13 Democratic Texas Senators.   more

Texas Democratic Party: Thanks to President Biden's American Rescue Plan, All 16 Plus Texans Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccine Starting Today
AUSTIN, Texas, March 30 -- The Texas Democratic Party issued the following news on March 29, 2021: Thanks to President Biden's aggressive expansion of vaccine access, all Texans ages 16 and up are eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine starting Monday. With more people eligible for the vaccine, Texans are able to look forward to safer communities, less fear and anxiety about whether they or their loved ones will get sick, and a clearer path towards recovery and the beginning of a sense of normalcy   more

Texas Democratic Party: Thanks to President Biden's American Rescue Plan, One in Three Texas Adults Is Now At Least Partially Vaccinated
AUSTIN, Texas, April 2 -- The Texas Democratic Party issued the following news on April 1, 2021: As the Houston Chronicle reported today, one in three Texas adults has now received at least the first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine -- thanks to President Biden's aggressive expansion of vaccine access through the American Rescue Plan. In less than a hundred days in office, President Biden and Vice President Harris have gotten real traction on containing the COVID-19 pandemic and keeping Americans   more

Texas Democrats Celebrate Trans Day of Visibility
AUSTIN, Texas, April 1 -- The Texas Democratic Party issued the following statement: * * * Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa issued the following statement on Trans Day of Visibility: "On Trans Day of Visibility -- and every day -- Texas Democrats celebrate trans people across Texas, who continue to shape our state for the better. "Trans and nonbinary Americans are contributing in every industry, stewarding every community, and advocating on the forefront of every fight for just  more

Texas Dems Launch Throwback Thursday Series
AUSTIN, Texas, April 2 -- The Texas Democratic Party issued the following news: Texas Democrats are launching our new Throwback Thursday series, a trip down memory lane to the most egregious moments in the disgraceful tenure of failed Governor Greg Abbott, indicted Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, and statewide embarrassment Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick. As the three Texas Republicans have shown both a chronic failure to lead and a penchant for throwing Texans under the bus, Democrats are   more

Texas Gov. Abbott Announces 35 Participating Counties for Fifth Week of Save Our Seniors Initiative
AUSTIN, Texas, March 31 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release on March 30, 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 35 counties participating in the fifth week of the Save Our Seniors COVID-19 vaccine initiative. The Governor announced the Save Our Seniors program in Corpus Christi last month to provide vaccines to   more

Texas Gov. Abbott Appoints Ellis to Education Commission of the States
AUSTIN, Texas, March 31 (TNSPer) -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release: Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Keven Ellis, D.C. to the Education Commission of the States for a term at the pleasure of the Governor. Keven Ellis, D.C. of Lufkin is the District 9 Representative on the State Board of Education (SBOE), and has served as Chairman of the SBOE since September 2019. He was elected to a four-year term of office in November 2016, and represents 31 Northeast Texas   more

Texas Gov. Abbott Appoints McAdams to Public Utility Commission of Texas
AUSTIN, Texas, April 2 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release: Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Will McAdams to the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUC) for a term set to expire September 1, 2025. PUC regulates the state's electric, telecommunication, and water and sewer utilities, implements respective legislation, and offers customer assistance in resolving consumer complaints. "Will McAdams will bring a fresh perspective and outstanding leadership to the Publi  more

Texas Gov. Abbott Appoints Three to Stephen F. Austin State University Board of Regents
AUSTIN, Texas, March 30 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release: Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Laura Rectenwald, Ph.D. and Nancy C. Windham and reappointed Robert Flores to the Stephen F. Austin State University Board of Regents for terms set to expire on January 31, 2027. Laura Rectenwald, Ph.D. of Longview is CEO and Owner of Titanium Environmental Services. Additionally, she is a part time adjunct graduate faculty member at Stephen F. Austin State University. Sh  more

Texas Gov. Abbott Appoints Three to Texas Real Estate Commission
AUSTIN, Texas, March 31 (TNSPer) -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release: Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Leslie Lerner, Mark Woodroof, and Benjamin "Ben" Pena to the Texas Real Estate Commission for terms set to expire on January 31, 2027. The commission's primary purpose is to protect the public in its dealings with real estate brokers and salespersons. Leslie Lerner of Houston is Broker Owner of Leslie Lerner Properties, LLC. She is a member of the Texas Associati  more

Texas Gov. Abbott Holds News Conference on Broadband Access Legislation
AUSTIN, Texas, March 30 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release on March 29, 2021: Governor Greg Abbott today held a press conference at Hamshire-Fannett Elementary School in Beaumont on expanding broadband access across Texas. The Governor was joined by Speaker Dade Phelan, Representative Trent Ashby, and Hamshire-Fannett ISD Superintendent Dwaine Augustine to discuss the importance of reliable broadband for education, business, and health care. Representative Ashby i  more

Texas Gov. Abbott Names Chair and Appoints Three to Texas Diabetes Council
AUSTIN, Texas, March 31 (TNSPer) -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release: Governor Greg Abbott appointed Ninfa Pena-Purcell, Ph.D. and Maryanne Strobel and reappointed Letty Moreno-Brown to the Texas Diabetes Council for terms set to expire on February 1, 2027. Additionally, Governor Abbott has designated Feyi Obamehinti, Ed.D as chair of the council. The council addresses issues affecting people with diabetes in Texas and advises the Texas Legislature on legislation tha  more

Texas Gov. Abbott Provides Update on Operation Lone Star in Weslaco
AUSTIN, Texas, April 2 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release on April 1, 2021: Governor Greg Abbott today held a press conference in Weslaco where he provided an update on Texas' response to the humanitarian crisis at the southern border through Operation Lone Star. Prior to the press conference, the Governor received a briefing from the Texas Department of Public Safety and local law enforcement on the ongoing crisis at the border. Since the launch of Operation Lone   more

Texas Gov. Abbott Reappoints Meaux and Scott to the Gulf Coast Authority Board of Directors
AUSTIN, Texas, April 1 (TNSPer) -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release: Governor Greg Abbott has reappointed Lamont Meaux and Kevin Scott to the Gulf Coast Authority for terms set to expire on August 31, 2022. The Gulf Coast Authority has the authority to provide water systems and control water pollution and waste disposal within the district. In addition, they shall conduct studies and research on the control of water pollution and waste disposal within the district.   more

Texas Gov. Abbott Reappoints Three to Texas Optometry Board
AUSTIN, Texas, April 2 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release: Governor Greg Abbott has reappointed Ron Hopping, O.D., Carey Patrick, O.D., and Rene Pena to the Texas Optometry Board for terms set to expire on January 31, 2027. The board oversees licensing and regulation of optometrists in Texas. Ron Hopping, O.D. of Friendswood is a Managing Partner with Hopping Eye Associates, LLP, where he serves as a Therapeutic Optometrist and Optometric Glaucoma Specialist. He is  more

Texas Gov. Abbott Sends Letter to Vice President Kamala Harris Demanding Answers, Action on Humanitarian Border Crisis
AUSTIN, Texas, March 31 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release on March 30, 2021: Governor Greg Abbott today sent a letter to Vice President -- and newly named Border Czar -- Kamala Harris demanding answers and swift action from the Biden Administration to address the ongoing humanitarian crisis at the border. In the letter, the Governor also urges Vice President Harris to visit the border to see the crisis for herself. The Governor is urging the administration to inte  more

Texas Gov. Abbott, TDEM Announce COVID-19 Rapid Testing Program for Texas Youth Summer Camps
AUSTIN, Texas, March 31 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release: Governor Greg Abbott and the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) today announced the creation of a COVID-19 Rapid Testing Program for Texas youth summer camps. This program will help summer camps that are licensed by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) to conduct rapid tests of staff and campers during the summer months. Through this program, TDEM will provide participating summ  more

The Texas A&M University System Expands Into North Dallas
BRYAN, Texas, April 2 (TNSEco) -- Texas A&M University's Commerce Campus issued the following news on April 1, 2021: Texas A&M University-Commerce will soon be making a high-profile expansion into North Dallas, John Sharp, Chancellor of The Texas A&M University System announced today. The university will be taking over the top two floors of 8750 North Central Expressway, where it will set up headquarters for its education and business colleges. "This new Dallas site opens exciting opportunitie  more

Tufts University's Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning & Engagement: State-By-State 2020 Youth Voter Turnout - The South
MEDFORD, Massachusetts, March 31 (TNSRes) -- Tufts University's Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement issued the following research on March 30, 2021: Voter turnout across the South a region where voting by mail was generally not as easy, ranged from 56% in Virginia to 34% in Oklahoma. As 2020 voter file data becomes available, CIRCLE is examining state-by-state youth voter turnout. Our first analysis looked at nine states in the West and Southwest. Today we're r  more

University of Houston Law Center Combines Forces With Center for Urban Transformation to Expand Pro Bono Juvenile Justice
HOUSTON, Texas, April 1 (TNSPar) -- The University of Houston Law Center issued the following news release: The University of Houston Law Center's Juvenile and Children's Advocacy Project (JCAP) is collaborating with the Center for Urban Transformation's juvenile diversion program (CUT) to expand CUT's capacity to represent and serve young people in Houston's Fifth Ward, with a goal of breaking the school-to-prison pipeline. JCAP will provide CUT clients with superior legal representation in m  more

University of Houston Law Center Hosting Virtual Bilingual Dispute Resolution Competition Against Teams From Mexico
HOUSTON, Texas, April 1 (TNSEve) -- The University of Houston Law Center issued the following news release on March 31, 2021: The University of Houston Law Center is launching an innovative online bilingual alternative dispute resolution competition to test law students' skills in negotiation in both English and Spanish. Beginning in April, the competition will pit teams from the Law Center against teams from Mexico's Universidad La Salle and Universidad Anahuac. "This competition is a first f  more

University of Houston: $4.5M Gift Supports Student, Faculty Success and New Lecture Series on Equity and Social Justice
HOUSTON, Texas, April 1 (TNSMon) -- The University of Houston issued the following news release: The University of Houston has received a $4.5 million gift from the Thomas Michael Panos Family Estate to establish an endowed chair in the Cullen College of Engineering; a scholarship endowment available to students throughout the University; and an endowed lecture series focused on equity and social justice, which will reside in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences. An additional $2 mil  more

University of Houston: New Report Details Impact of Winter Storm Uri on Texans
HOUSTON, Texas, March 30 (TNSRes) -- The University of Houston issued the following news release on March 29, 2021: More than two out of three Texans - 69% - lost electricity at some point during Winter Storm Uri last month for an average of 42 hours, while almost half - 49% - lost access to running water for an average of more than two days, according to a report released today by the Hobby School of Public Affairs at the University of Houston. Nearly one-third of people reported water damage   more

University of Incarnate Word Names New Dean for HEB School of Business and Administration
SAN ANTONIO, Texas, April 2 (TNSPer) -- The University of the Incarnate Word issued the following news: The University of the Incarnate Word (UIW) is proud to announce that Dr. Jeannie Scott has been elevated to the position of Dean at the H-E-B School of Business and Administration (HEBSBA). Scott has been serving as the interim dean since June 2020. Scott's academic leadership as Full Professor includes 5 years directing the MBA program and leading the school's internship program. Since join  more

University of North Texas and PGA of America Pair Up for Unique Summer Course on 'The Business of Golf in the 21st Century'
DENTON, Texas, March 30 (TNSPar) -- The University of North Texas issued the following news release: Students at the University of North Texas can learn about the business side of an $84.1 billion industry and one of the United States' most popular recreational activities directly from the experts themselves this summer. The university's sport entertainment management program has partnered with the PGA of America (PGA) to offer students an inside look at the modern-day business of golf. The c  more

University of South Alabama: Healthcare CEO Learned Flexibility at South
MOBILE, Alabama, March 26 (TNSOps) -- The University of South Alabama issued the following news release: As a well-traveled hospital executive with Community Health Systems, Wilson Thomas worked everywhere from Cedar Park, Texas, to Fort Smith, Arkansas, and Crestview, Florida, with stops in Emporia, Virginia and Franklin, Tennessee. Now the Mobile native is closer to home as CEO of the Ochsner Medical Center - Hancock in Bay St. Louis. "It's 99 miles, door-to-door," Thomas said. "When you wo  more

University of St. Thomas: New Minor in Professional Selling and Sales Management Meets Demand
HOUSTON, Texas, April 1 (TNSOps) -- The University of St. Thomas issued the following news release: UST's Cameron School of Business will launch a new minor in Professional Selling and Sales Management in fall 2021 to meet market demand. This minor will educate students in the principles and processes of professional selling, as well as the basic concepts of management, which help to prepare students for careers in professional selling and sales management. Professional Sales Skills in High D  more

University of Texas Dallas: Bioengineering to Mark Decade of Meteoric Growth at Symposium
RICHARDSON, Texas, April 3 (TNSOps) -- The University of Texas Dallas campus issued the following news: When The University of Texas at Dallas launched its bioengineering program in 2010, officials hoped to enroll 300 students by the 2020 academic year. The program in the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science surpassed that goal in just three years; the current enrollment of bachelor's, master's and doctoral students has climbed to 719 students. In 10 years the undergraduate   more

University of Texas Dallas: New Physical Phenomenon Aids Harvest of Water From Air
RICHARDSON, Texas, March 25 (TNSJou) -- The University of Texas Dallas campus issued the following news: University of Texas at Dallas researchers have discovered that a novel surface they developed to harvest water from the air encourages tiny water droplets to move spontaneously into larger droplets. When researchers placed microdroplets of water on their liquid-lubricant surface, the microdroplets propelled themselves to climb, without external force, into larger droplets along an oily, ram  more

University of Texas Dallas: Pain Researchers Use Sequencing Data to Map Nerve Interactions
RICHARDSON, Texas, April 2 (TNSJou) -- The University of Texas Dallas campus issued the following news: Countless interactions between nerves and other cells in the body create the sensory responses, including pain, that allow us to interact with the world. Researchers from The University of Texas at Dallas' Center for Advanced Pain Studies (CAPS) are cataloging those interactions, hunting for the molecular reactions that produce dysfunctional chronic pain with the hope of better treating it in  more

University of Texas Dallas: Professor, Nonprofit Management Scholar Receive Honors
RICHARDSON, Texas, March 29 (TNSAwa) -- The University of Texas Dallas campus issued the following news: Accolades is an occasional News Center feature that highlights recent accomplishments of faculty and students at The University of Texas at Dallas. To submit items for consideration, contact your school's communications manager. Jindal School Researcher Wins Early Career Award Dr. Atanu Lahiri, associate professor of information systems in the Naveen Jindal School of Management at The Univ  more

University of Texas Dallas: Researcher Develops Better Tools for Understanding, Protecting Big Data
RICHARDSON, Texas, April 3 (TNSJou) -- The University of Texas Dallas campus issued the following news: Patterns and anomalies in big data can help businesses target likely customers, reveal fraud or even predict drug interactions. Unfortunately, these patterns are often not easily observable. To extract the needles of useful information out of haystacks of data, data scientists need increasingly powerful methods of machine learning. Dr. Aria Nosratinia, the Erik Jonsson Distinguished Professo  more

University of Texas Medical Branch: New Study Looks at Long-Term Outcomes and Costs of High-Risk Non-Muscle Invasive Bladder Cancer Treatment
GALVESTON, Texas, April 1 (TNSJou) -- The University of Texas Medical Branch issued the following news release on March 31, 2021: A new research study leveraging a database from the largest equal access health system in the US, the Department of Veteran Affairs, offers insight into the outcome of specific treatment patterns for advanced bladder cancer patients. Lead author Dr. Stephen Williams of the University of Texas Medical Branch says it is one of the first comprehensive studies looking at  more

University of Texas System and Texas Association of Community Colleges Recognize Outstanding Community College Students
AUSTIN, Texas, April 1 -- The University of Texas System issued the following news release: Texas' top community college students recently were honored at the 2021 All-Texas Academic Team Virtual Medallion Ceremony, hosted by The University of Texas System and the Texas Association of Community Colleges. A total of 131 students from 34 Texas community colleges were recognized for outstanding achievement during the virtual event March 26 which featured keynote speakers Archie L. Holmes, Jr., Ph  more

University of Texas-Arlington Team Working to Predict Lifespan of Texas Roads
ARLINGTON, Texas, April 3 (TNSRes) -- The University of Texas Arlington campus issued the following news release: A University of Texas at Arlington civil engineering professor is leading a $2.8 million Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) project that will scan pavements on Texas roads to determine their condition and remaining service life. Ali Abolmaali, chair of the Civil Engineering Department and the Tseng Huang Endowed Professor, said he and his team will evaluate more than 3,500   more

University of Texas-Arlington: Kermanshachi Recognized for Research, Leadership
ARLINGTON, Texas, March 30 (TNSAwa) -- The University of Texas Arlington campus issued the following news release: A University of Texas at Arlington assistant professor of civil engineering is the recipient of the Rosa Parks Leadership Diversity Award from the Women's Transportation Seminar (WTS) Greater Dallas/Fort Worth chapter. Sharareh (Sherri) Kermanshachi, who also is director of the Resilient Infrastructure and Sustainable Environment Lab, earned the award based on her research and lea  more

University of Texas: Chris Beard Named Men's Basketball Head Coach
AUSTIN, Texas, April 2 (TNSPer) -- The University of Texas issued the following news release on April 1, 2021: A Texas Longhorn who led the Texas Tech program to the 2019 NCAA Championship Game and the 2018 Elite Eight, Chris Beard has been named the 25th head basketball coach at The University of Texas, Vice President/Director of Athletics Chris Del Conte announced Thursday. A 25-year veteran of collegiate coaching, Beard, 48, will be introduced at a Friday press conference on the UT campus.   more

University of Texas: Most States Fail to Track Critical COVID-19 Data for Prisons, Jails and Juvenile Facilities
AUSTIN, Texas, March 30 (TNSRes) -- The University of Texas issued the following news release: There is a troubling lack of transparency about data regarding the spread, toll and management of COVID-19 in state prisons, local jails and state-run juvenile facilities, according to a new report from researchers at The University of Texas at Austin. Researchers say this data gap means that policymakers and the public do not know whether people in custody or staffers who work in these facilities ar  more

University of Texas: Texans Blame Variety of Factors for Severity of Winter Storm, Support Reform Attempts
AUSTIN, Texas, April 3 (TNSRes) -- The University of Texas issued the following news release: After an unprecedented winter storm left more than 100 dead and millions without power, Texans call for better preparation through winterization and improved energy reserves, and they support legislative proposals that require energy council board members to live in Texas, according to a new poll by The University of Texas at Austin. When considering a number of factors that contributed to the negativ  more

University of Texas: Undetected Coronavirus Variant Was in at Least 15 Countries Before Its Discovery
AUSTIN, Texas, April 2 (TNSJou) -- The University of Texas issued the following news release: A highly contagious SARS-CoV-2 variant was unknowingly spreading for months in the United States by October 2020, according to a new study from researchers with The University of Texas at Austin COVID-19 Modeling Consortium. Scientists first discovered it in early December in the United Kingdom, where the highly contagious and more lethal variant is thought to have originated. The journal Emerging Infe  more

UT Health San Antonio Research Team Tackles Childhood Obesity With Five-Year, $1 Million Grant From Baptist Health Foundation
SAN ANTONIO, Texas, April 2 (TNSGra) -- The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio issued the following news release: A research team at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, also known as UT Health San Antonio, seeks to prevent Hispanic childhood obesity with the help of a five-year, $1 million grant from Baptist Health Foundation of San Antonio. The potentially groundbreaking research led by principal investigator Lily Q. Dong, PhD, professor of cell  more

Vanderbilt Civil Engineer to Design Tech-Driven Decision-Making and Disaster Response Tools for Houston-Area Food Banks
NASHVILLE, Tennessee, April 3 (TNSOps) -- Vanderbilt University issued the following news: Hiba Baroud, assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering, is a co-principal investigator on a project that will develop and deploy tools to intelligently aid in disaster preparation, response and recovery. The project is centered in Harris County, Texas--a region that suffered through this year's winter storms and associated public health emergencies--and includes the Houston Food Bank as a  more

West Texas A&M Professor Patents Artificial Material Mimicking Qualities of Human Tissue
CANYON, Texas, March 31 (TNSAwa) -- West Texas A&M University issued the following news: A West Texas A&M University professor was recently awarded his third and fourth patents on an artificial material that can revolutionize the development of protheses, traumatic brain injury studies and more. Dr. Vinu Unnikrishnan was awarded patents in February and March for simulated tissue that acts in the same way as human tissues but is made from silicone. "We were able to come up with a material that  more

West Texas A&M: Eades Focuses on 2 Plus 2 Program Implementation, VERO Research Efforts As New CVMBS Associate Dean in Canyon
CANYON, Texas, April 1 (TNSPer) -- West Texas A&M University issued the following news: 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 "returned to her roots" as CVMBS associate dean for administration, Canyon campus. In this new role, which began March 1, Eades now oversees the college's Veterinary Education, Research, & Outreach (VERO) effo  more