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State Tipoffs Involving Texas Newsletter for Sunday April 18, 2021 ( 77 items )  

Alumna Gifts $1.47 Million to A&M-Commerce
COMMERCE, Texas, April 16 (TNSMon) -- Texas A&M University's Commerce Campus issued the following news: Texas A&M University-Commerce students will benefit from a generous $1.47 million gift from the late Lanelle E. Southerland. The substantial gift will support A&M-Commerce students by providing two annual scholarships: The Lanelle E. Southerland and Joe E. Phillips Endowed Scholarship, and the Lanelle E. Southerland and Joe E. Phillips Education Scholarship. A dedicated teacher and counselo  more

Baylor Researcher Receives $488,000 Grant to Study, Raise Awareness of the Ways American Culture Shapes Racial Attitudes and Myths
WACO, Texas, April 16 (TNSGra) -- Baylor University issued the following news: Movies, books, sermons, political speeches and other media Americans consume have played a pivotal role in shaping popular attitudes and opinions, including those about race and racial dynamics. Greg Garrett, Ph.D., professor of English at Baylor University, has been awarded a $488,000 grant by the Eula Mae and John Baugh Foundation to study those dynamics and illuminate the ways various forms of American culture ha  more

Baylor University Announces New Physics Chair Established Through Estate Gift
WACO, Texas, April 16 (TNSPer) -- Baylor University issued the following news on April 15, 2021: Baylor University today announced an estate gift from John and Eula Mae Baugh, creating an endowed chair in physics. The Eula Mae and John Baugh Chair in Physics, which will receive matching funds through the Baylor Academic Challenge, will provide faculty funding within the department of physics and focus on innovative research and teaching in the area of materials science. "The Baugh family name   more

Baylor University: Workplace Communication Study During Pandemic Finds Managers Should Talk Less, Listen More
WACO, Texas, April 13 (TNSJou) -- Baylor University issued the following news: Managers should listen more, be empathetic and be sure they give feedback -- even if they cannot solve a problem immediately, according to a Baylor University study that focused on workplace communication during the pandemic. The crisis highlighted the need for better on-the-job communication with employees now and in the future, when the pandemic recedes, researchers said. Communication often took a back seat this   more

Brazosport College Names James Cesarini as 2020-21 Distinguished Alumnus
LAKE JACKSON, Texas, April 15 (TNSAwa) -- Brazosport College issued the following news on April 14, 2021: Brazosport College proudly recognizes the achievements of James Cesarini as its 2020-21 Distinguished Alumnus. A graduate of Brazoswood High School, Cesarini began his college education at Brazosport College, graduating with an Associate of Applied Science in Engineering Graphics. He was also part of the newly formed drafting co-op program at Dow Chemical during his tenure at BC. Cesarini  more

Dr. Linda Plank Appointed Dean of Baylor's Louise Herrington School of Nursing
WACO, Texas, April 13 (TNSPer) -- Baylor University issued the following news on April 12, 2021: Following a nationwide search, Baylor University Provost Nancy Brickhouse, Ph.D., announced today that Linda Plank, Ph.D., RN, NEA-BC, who has served since last summer as Interim Dean of Baylor University's Louise Herrington School of Nursing in Dallas, has been selected to serve as Dean in an official capacity, effective May 1. Plank succeeds Shelley F. Conroy, Ed.D., MS, RN, CNE, who served for e  more

Entergy Foundation Grants Lamar University's V.I.T.A. Program
BEAUMONT, Texas, April 15 (TNSGra) -- Lamar University issued the following news: The Lamar University Community Relations Department was recently awarded a grant for $19,000 from Entergy Texas to provide tax support services through a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. This year, V.I.T.A. assisted 600 individuals and families who qualified for special credits such as the EITC, Child Tax Credit and Credit for the Elderly and netted the highest dollar amount of returns since the program's  more

ERCOT Tells Texans to Conserve Energy Again Amid Possible 'Emergency Conditions'
AUSTIN, Texas, April 14 -- The Texas Democratic Party issued the following news: The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) is once again telling Texas to conserve energy, citing high generator outages and "higher-than-forecasted" demand which may lead the organization to enter "emergency conditions." While ERCOT says it does not expect outages and that declaring an emergency would allow them time to access more resources, the escalation is a reminder that the state's Republican-designe  more

Fostering Attachment for Leaders Can Prove Transformational, University of Wyoming Researcher Finds
LARAMIE, Wyoming, April 13 (TNSJou) -- The University of Wyoming issued the following news release on April 12, 2021: Positive daily experiences with their families generally help leaders in their efforts to be transformational in the workplace, according to research by a University of Wyoming faculty member and colleagues. But some leaders benefit more from positive family experiences than others. The research by UW College of Business Assistant Professor Shawn McClean, along with co-authors  more

Ibram X. Kendi to Deliver Lyndon B. Johnson School 2021 Graduation Remarks
AUSTIN, Texas, April 14 (TNSEve) -- The University of Texas Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs issued the following news: Historian and anti-racist activist Ibram X. Kendi will deliver keynote remarks to the 2021 graduating class of the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin. The online graduation program will take place on May 22, 2021. Professor Kendi leads Boston University's Center for Antiracist Research and is the author of the New York Times bestseller  more

Indiana University: App Created by Velez Improves Communication for Aphasia Treatment, Study Shows
BLOOMINGTON, Indiana, April 13 (TNSRes) -- Indiana University's Media School issued the following news: An app developed by assistant professor John Velez and a team from Texas Tech University helps people with a communication impairment better understand their diagnosis and the treatment needed, according to a study published by Velez, professor Robert Potter and the Texas Tech researchers. "A Visual Interactive Narrative Intervention (VINI) for aphasia education: Can digital applications adm  more

Lamar University: The Rotary Club of Beaumont Donates Funds to Establish Cardinal NEST at Martin Elementary
BEAUMONT, Texas, April 16 (TNSMon)-- Lamar University issued the following news: The Rotary Club of Beaumont has made it possible for Lamar University to expand its program to create innovative learning labs for Beaumont ISD. The Rotary Club of Beaumont awarded Lamar University $15,000 to establish a new Cardinal NEST (Navigating Excellence Success and Triumph) at Martin Elementary. The Martin "innovative learning lab" will be the fifth Beaumont ISD NEST established in an elementary school. Th  more

Maine Gov. Mills Continues State of Civil Emergency as Maine Fights COVID-19
AUGUSTA, Maine, April 15 -- Gov. Janet Mills, D-Maine, issued the following news release on April 14, 2021: Governor Janet Mills today extended the State of Civil Emergency (PDF) through May 13, 2021. The Governor's decision to extend the emergency is in line with nearly every other state in the nation which have ongoing emergency declarations, according to the National Governors Association. For example, the states of Georgia, Illinois, Iowa, New Mexico, South Carolina and Texas all extended t  more

MD Anderson and Boehringer Ingelheim Expand Collaboration to Accelerate Development of KRAS and TRAILR2 Compounds in Lung Cancer
HOUSTON, Texas, April 15 (TNSPar) -- The University of Texas's MD Anderson Cancer Center issued the following news release on April 14, 2021: The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and Boehringer Ingelheim today announced the extension and expansion of their joint Virtual Research and Development Center (VRDC) to explore new molecules from Boehringer Ingelheim's KRAS (Kirsten rat sarcoma) and TRAILR2 (TNF-related apoptosis-inducing ligand receptor 2) portfolios for the potential trea  more

MD Anderson Researchers Highlight Advances in Clinical Studies at the AACR Annual Meeting 2021
HOUSTON, Texas, April 12 (TNSRes) -- The University of Texas's MD Anderson Cancer Center issued the following news release on April 11, 2021: Early phase clinical trials conducted by researchers from The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center show promising results for patients with RET fusion-positive cancers, high-grade (HGG) and low-grade glioma (LGG) and ovarian cancer. The results, presented today at the virtual American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Annual Meeting 2021, s  more

Mercer University: Junior Selected as Finalist for Prestigious Truman Scholarship
ATLANTA, Georgia, April 14 (TNSAwa) -- Mercer University issued the following news: Mercer University junior Ivy Clarke was recently selected as a finalist for the Truman Scholarship, the premier graduate fellowship in the United States for those pursuing careers as public service leaders. Clarke, an English literature and creative writing double-major from San Antonio, Texas, was named a Newman Civic Fellow earlier this semester and is also a Stamps Scholar at Mercer. The Harry S. Truman Sch  more

Mo. A.G. Schmitt Files Suit Against Biden Administration to Reinstate Migrant Protection Protocols
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, April 14 -- Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt issued the following news release: Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton filed suit against President Joe Biden, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Mayorkas, and several other members of President Biden's administration to reinstate the Migrant Protection Protocols enacted by President Trump and work toward combating migrant trafficking, securing the border, and ending the   more

National Republican Senatorial Committee: King of the Swamp - Biden Enriches Friends While Border States Suffer
WASHINGTON, April 15 -- The National Republican Senatorial Committee issued the following news release: Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are nowhere to be found at the Southern border. Instead of working to fix the crisis they created, the Biden Administration is throwing taxpayer money at the problem - spending $87 million on hotels for illegal immigrants while existing facilities sit empty. But those hard-earned tax dollars aren't going to just anyone, they're going to a company that recently hire  more

Rice University: China Positioning Itself to Dominate World's Copper Supply
HOUSTON, Texas, April 13 (TNSOps) -- Rice University issued the following news release: China is positioning itself to dominate the global supply of copper, a material in high demand as the world transitions to alternative energy systems, according to experts from Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy. "If China's dominance of rare earth element supplies is the global energy transition's 'elephant in the room,' then copper is the 800-pound gorilla," according to a blog post co-au  more

Rice University: Competition, Not Cooperation, Will Incentivize Emissions Reductions in China, Says Baker Institute Expert
HOUSTON, Texas, April 16 (TNSRes) -- Rice University issued the following news release: The United States should compete with China on climate change initiatives rather than cooperate with its insincere regime, according to an analysis co-authored by an expert from Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy. Gabriel Collins, the Baker Botts Fellow in Energy and Environmental Affairs at the Baker Institute, and Andrew Erickson, professor of strategy at the U.S. Naval War College and as  more

Rice University: More English Learners at Risk of Future Academic Struggles in Texas Public Schools
HOUSTON, Texas, April 16 (TNSRes) -- Rice University issued the following news release: Education researchers from Rice University have documented a troubling trend in the system Texas public schools use to reclassify elementary school students learning English, evidence of a problem they say could have a serious impact on hundreds of thousands of the state's schoolchildren. The data indicate that a dramatically growing number of students classified as English learners (ELs) are becoming long-  more

Southwestern University: Dogs Are Man's Best Friend, But Cats Are a Pirate's First Mate
GEORGETOWN, Texas, April 12 (TNSRes) -- Southwestern University issued the following news on April 11, 2021: In 2010, in the midst of working on her capstone project, sociology major Alex Brown '11 learned about trap-neuter-return (TNR), a humane approach to addressing nondomesticated communities of cats. By safely trapping the animal, spaying or neutering them, and then returning them to their original area of residence, one can manage feral cat populations and reduce their numbers over a peri  more

State University of New York Chancellor Honors Three Students
CORTLAND, New York, April 15 (TNSAwa) -- The State University of New York Cortland Campus issued the following news on April 14, 2021: Three SUNY Cortland seniors who will graduate in May were honored with the 2021 State University of New York Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence. The award recipients are: Callie Humphrey, a political science major from Manlius, N.Y. Shaneya Simmelkjaer, a triple major in criminology, Africana studies and political science from Bronx, N.Y. Emily Speci  more

Stephen F. Austin Students Earn Statewide Recognition for Work on Campus Newspaper and Yearbook
NACOGDOCHES, Texas, April 14 (TNSAwa) -- Stephen F. Austin State University issued the following news release: Stephen F. Austin State University student journalists recently received 17 awards from the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association for their work on campus student publications. The Stone Fort yearbook staff members received eight honors for their 2020 volume, including first-place awards in the cover design and photo story categories. The Pine Log student newspaper staff members gar  more

Tarleton Increasing Student Access With Texas College Bridge Partnership
STEPHENVILLE, Texas, April 14 (TNSPar) -- Tarleton State University issued the following news release: Tarleton State University is making it easier for high school students to pursue an academic degree, thanks to a partnership with Texas College Bridge, an online readiness site in math and English. Texas College Bridge enables high school juniors and seniors who need developmental math or English to complete those classes online their junior and senior years instead of waiting until they're a  more

Tarleton, Weatherford College Agreement Benefits Transfer Students
STEPHENVILLE, Texas, April 14 (TNSPar) -- Tarleton State University issued the following news release: Tarleton State University and Weatherford College have agreed to participate in a national prototype to boost educational opportunities for transfer students who graduate from two-year schools. As part of its Distinguished College Partnership, Tarleton will provide annual scholarships, $500-$2,000, to Weatherford College transfer students with a minimum 3.0 GPA. Awards will be divided between  more

Texas A&M University's College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences: Companions Still Needed For Dog Aging Project Research, New Studies
COLLEGE STATION, Texas, April 14 (TNSRes) -- Texas A&M University's College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences issued the following news release: There are almost 90 million dogs living in the United States. So when the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVMBS) and University of Washington (UW) School of Medicine launched the Dog Aging Project (DAP) in November 2019 seeking canine participants, the research team knew owners across the country would answ  more

Texas A&M University's Health Science: Reliable COVID-19 Short-Term Forecasting
COLLEGE STATION, Texas, April 16 (TNSRes) -- Texas A&M University's Health Science Center issued the following news: A new study by Texas A&M University researchers reports on a new model for making short-term projections of daily COVID-19 cases that is accurate, reliable and easily used by public health officials and other organizations. Led by Hongwei Zhao, ScD, Professor of Biostatistics at the Texas A&M University School of Public Health, researchers used a method based on the SEIR (suscep  more

Texas A&M: New Computational Tool Could Help Design Futuristic Turbines for Jet Engines
COLLEGE STATION, Texas, April 13 (TNSJou) -- Texas A&M University's College of Engineering issued the following news: Will it be possible to design materials that are unfazed by extreme temperatures in the near future? In a study published in the journal Nature Computational Materials, researchers at Texas A&M University have described a computational tool to evaluate a material's suitability for high-temperature applications, such as gas turbines for jet engines and electrical power generator  more

Texas A.G. Paxton Sues Biden Administration to Reinstate Migrant Protection Protocols
AUSTIN, Texas, April 14 -- Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton issued the following news release on April 13, 2021: Attorney General Ken Paxton and Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt today filed a lawsuit against the Biden Administration to reinstate the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) to curb the criminal and humanitarian crisis at the border. The MPP restricts illegal aliens' ability to remain in the United States during immigration proceedings, which greatly reduces the burden shoulde  more

Texas A.G. Paxton Tours Midland Migrant Center to Assess Crisis Conditions
AUSTIN, Texas, April 17 -- Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton issued the following news release: Attorney General Ken Paxton visited the Midland migrant center at the Cotton Logistics Midland Man Camp, his second trip to a migrant center to assess the devastating impact of the ongoing border crisis firsthand. Since January 2021, the Biden Administration's immigration policy failures created surges of illegal immigration, smuggling, human trafficking, and a plethora of violent other crimes. Cur  more

Texas A.G. Paxton Visits San Antonio Migrant Center Amid Border Crisis
AUSTIN, Texas, April 17 -- Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton issued the following news release: Attorney General Ken Paxton visited the San Antonio migrant center at Freeman Coliseum amid the border crisis spurred on by President Joe Biden's failed immigration policies. Despite AG Paxton's several successful lawsuits and letters warning of dangerous changes in law enforcement policy, the Biden Administration's failure to curb illegal immigration surges and secure criminal aliens already convict  more

Texas A.G. Paxton Warns Beto O'Rourke PAC Against Unlawful Collection of Texans' Personal Data
AUSTIN, Texas, April 17 -- Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton issued the following news release: Attorney General Ken Paxton issued a letter to Powered by People, a PAC launched by Beto O'Rourke, warning against the unlawful collection and storage of Texans' personal and health related data in exchange for vaccine registration and voter registration information. During their Zoom training sessions, Powered by People called on volunteers to deceptively offer vaccine registration information to Te  more

Texas A.G. Paxton's Law Enforcement Round Up
AUSTIN, Texas, April 13 -- Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton issued the following news release: The Child Exploitation Unit made several noteworthy arrests last week. In Travis County, Chad Allen Wilcox, 43, of Elgin was arrested for two counts of Possession of Child Pornography on April 1. This case was received as a NCMEC CyberTipline report involving the upload of child pornography to an email account with the potential of a live victim. Wilcox claimed ownership of the email account and to  more

Texas A.G. Paxton: Washington D.C. Statehood Violates the Constitution, Is Bad for Texas and America
AUSTIN, Texas, April 14 -- Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton issued the following news release on April 13, 2021: Attorney General Ken Paxton today sent a letter to President Joe Biden and Congressional leaders, warning that passing the "Washington, D.C. Admission Act" is unconstitutional, unsound policy, and would create a super-state with unrivaled power. "Our Founding Fathers explicitly set aside a federal district to serve as the seat of government. It was never intended to operate as a s  more

Texas Democratic Party: GOP Pushing Dangerous Permitless Gun Carry Legislation in Texas
AUSTIN, Texas, April 16 -- The Texas Democratic Party issued the following news: Mere hours after an individual with "a lot of ammunition and a big handgun" began firing indiscriminately at people outside the San Antonio International Airport, Texas Republicans advanced a new law that would make it dangerously easy for anyone to carry a handgun in public. On Thursday, Texas Republicans brought House Bill 1927 for a vote on the floor in hopes of removing all requirements, other than a basic bac  more

Texas Democratic Party: Republicans Relentlessly Attack Kids & Trans Texans, With Six Appalling Bills That Will Gut Healthcare and Put Mental Health at Risk
AUSTIN, Texas, April 16 -- The Texas Democratic Party issued the following news: Texas Republicans are continuing their barrage of attacks on trans Texans, including kids, as Senate Republicans voted last night to approve the cruel, anti-child Senate Bill 29. Senate Bill 29 would ban trans kids from playing sports on teams that match their gender identity -- cutting kids out from the myriad benefits of group sports, and opening the door to invasive privacy violations. Democrats, advocates, edu  more

Texas Democratic Party: Throwback Thursday #3 - Same Old, Same Old as Greg Abbott Continues to Leave Texans to Die
AUSTIN, Texas, April 16 -- The Texas Democratic Party issued the following news: Texas Republicans continue to represent a serious threat to public safety. Today, just one week after the mass shooting in Bryan, Republicans in the Texas House are advancing permitless carry legislation -- opposed by advocates and police officers alike -- which would make it dangerously easy for anyone 21 years or older to carry a handgun in public. Gov. Greg Abbott has consistently led the charge for these danger  more

Texas Democrats Announce First Round of Project LIFT Recognized Candidates for May Elections
AUSTIN, Texas, April 16 -- The Texas Democratic Party issued the following news: The Texas Democratic Party congratulates the first round of candidates recognized through our Project LIFT (Local Investment in the Future of Texas) program for the upcoming May elections. The Texas Democratic Party will be recognizing additional candidates in the coming days. Texas Democrats' Project LIFT is designed to provide recognition and additional support for municipal candidates who identify as Democrats.  more

Texas Department of Licensing & Regulation: Motorcycle Instructor Preparation Courses Now Available
AUSTIN, Texas, April 15 -- The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation issued the following news release: Motorcycle instructor preparation courses are now available in Texas. To become licensed as a motorcycle instructor in Texas, a person must complete an instructor preparation course administered by the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service (TEEX). The course is now available for registration at TEEX's website. Motorcycle schools licensed in Texas can contract with TEEX to conduct an  more

Texas Gov. Abbott Announces 35 Participating Counties for Seventh Week of Save Our Seniors Initiative
AUSTIN, Texas, April 15 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release on April 14, 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 seventh week of the Save Our Seniors COVID-19 vaccine initiative. The Governor announced the Save Our Seniors program in Corpus Christi in March to provide vaccines to   more

Texas Gov. Abbott Announces Extension for FEMA Individual Assistance Registration Period
AUSTIN, Texas, April 15 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release: Governor Greg Abbott today announced that at the request of the Texas Division of Emergency Management, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has extended the Individual Assistance registration period for Texans impacted by the winter storm. Individuals who live in qualifying counties now have until May 20, 2021 to submit damages and make claims to FEMA. "Thank you to FEMA for granting this regis  more

Texas Gov. Abbott Announces Film Friendly Texas Designation for the City of Pilot Point
AUSTIN, Texas, April 16 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release on April 15, 2021: Governor Greg Abbott today announced that the City of Pilot Point, 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, visu  more

Texas Gov. Abbott Announces Great Lakes Cheese Expansion Into Abilene
AUSTIN, Texas, April 17 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release on April 16, 2021: Governor Greg Abbott today announced that Great Lakes Cheese will establish a new Packaging and Distribution Facility in Abilene. The project will create over 500 new jobs and represents almost $185 million in capital investment. A Texas Enterprise Fund (TEF) grant of $3,000,000 has been extended to Great Lakes Cheese. Great Lakes Cheese is a manufacturer and packager of natural and proces  more

Texas Gov. Abbott Announces Star of Texas Nominations
AUSTIN, Texas, April 16 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release on April 15, 2021: Governor Greg Abbott today announced that nominations for the 2021 Star of Texas Awards, which honor peace officers, firefighters, emergency medical first responders, and federal law enforcement who were seriously injured or killed in the line of duty, are now open. Nominations must be submitted to the Governor's Office by June 15, 2021. Nominations can also be made for private citizens   more

Texas Gov. Abbott Appoints Foster and Rowling to Parks and Wildlife Commission
AUSTIN, Texas, April 15 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release: Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Paul Foster and Blake Rowling to the Parks and Wildlife Commission for terms set to expire February 1, 2027. The commission manages and conserves the natural and cultural resources of Texas and provides hunting, fishing and outdoor recreation opportunities for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations. Paul Foster of El Paso is the Founder, Chief Executive O  more

Texas Gov. Abbott Appoints Four to University of Texas System Board of Regents
AUSTIN, Texas, April 14 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release on April 13, 2021: Governor Abbott today announced that he is reappointing Kevin Eltife and Nolan Perez, M.D., and appointing Stuart W. Stedman to the University of Texas System Board of Regents for terms set to expire on February 1, 2027. Additionally, the Governor will reappoint R. Steven "Steve" Hicks for a term set to expire February 1, 2023. Kevin Eltife of Tyler is owner of Eltife Properties, Ltd. He   more

Texas Gov. Abbott Appoints Lake to Public Utility Commission of Texas
AUSTIN, Texas, April 12 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release: Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Peter Lake to the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUC) for a term set to expire September 1, 2023. If confirmed by the Senate, the Governor will designate Peter as Chairman of the PUC. PUC regulates the state's electric, telecommunication, and water and sewer utilities, implements respective legislation, and offers customer assistance in resolving consumer complaints.   more

Texas Gov. Abbott Appoints Okpa to State Securities Board
AUSTIN, Texas, April 16 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release: Governor Greg Abbott has appointed EE Okpa to the State Securities Board for a term set to expire January 20, 2027. The board registers securities offered and sold in Texas and oversees the firms and individuals selling securities or providing investment advice to Texans. EE Okpa of Dallas is principal for The OKPA Co. He holds a Texas Real Estate Broker's license, and is a licensed Senior Property Tax Con  more

Texas Gov. Abbott Appoints Skov as Rio Grande Compact Commissioner
AUSTIN, Texas, April 14 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release: Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Robert "Bobby" Skov as the Rio Grande Compact Commissioner for a term set to expire on June 9, 2025. The commissioner is responsible for administering the provisions of the compact entered into by Texas, Colorado, New Mexico, and the United States. Robert "Bobby" Skov of Fabens is the owner of SK2 Farms LLC. He is currently volunteering as Director of Weststar Bank, and  more

Texas Gov. Abbott Appoints Three to Texas A&M University System Board of Regents
AUSTIN, Texas, April 14 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release: Governor Greg Abbott has appointed James R. "Randy" Brooks and reappointed William "Bill" Mahomes, Jr. and Robert L. "Bob" Albritton to the Texas A&M University System Board of Regents for terms set to expire on February 1, 2027. James R. "Randy" Brooks of San Angelo is a Partner in BNB Ventures which owns and operates Jack's Convenience Stores, Penta Petro, and FM Fuel & Resources. He is the former COO of  more

Texas Gov. Abbott Appoints Three to Texas Tech University System Board of Regents
AUSTIN, Texas, April 14 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release: Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Arcilia Acosta, Cody Campbell, and Pat Gordon to the Texas Tech University System Board of Regents for terms set to expire on January 31, 2027. Arcilia Acosta of Dallas is President and CEO of CARCON Industries and Construction and is founder and CEO of STL Engineers. She currently serves on the board of directors of Vistra Corporation, Magnolia Oil & Gas and Veritex Hold  more

Texas Gov. Abbott Reappoints Alanis to Texas Municipal Retirement System Board of Trustees
AUSTIN, Texas, April 15 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release: Governor Greg Abbott has reappointed Anali Alanis to the Texas Municipal Retirement System Board of Trustees for a term that will expire on February 1, 2027. The board oversees the Texas Municipal Retirement System, which is responsible for providing a secure retirement benefit plan for eligible employees of more than 800 cities. Anali Alanis of Pharr is an Assistant City Manager for the City of Pharr with  more

Texas Gov. Abbott Reappoints Kauffman as Inspector General for Health and Human Services
AUSTIN, Texas, April 13 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release: Governor Greg Abbott has reappointed Sylvia Hernandez Kauffman as the Inspector General for Health and Human Services for a term set to expire on February 1, 2022. Sylvia Hernandez Kauffman of Austin has served as the Inspector General for Health and Human Services since January 2018. Previously, she served as the Principal Deputy Inspector General for Health and Human Services and in various strategic l  more

Texas Gov. Abbott Reappoints McClure and Gouyton to the Governing Board of Texas Civil Commitment Office
AUSTIN, Texas, April 17 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release: Governor Greg Abbott has reappointed Katie McClure and Rona Stratton Gouyton to the Governing Board Texas Civil Commitment Office for terms set to expire on February 1, 2027. The office is responsible for the provision of treatment and supervision to civilly committed sex offenders. Katie McClure of Kingwood is an attorney at the Peterson Law Group. Previously, she served as an assistant district attorney   more

Texas Gov. Abbott Reappoints Ramirez to Board of the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles
AUSTIN, Texas, April 15 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release: Governor Greg Abbott has Manny Ramirez to the Board of the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles for a term that will expire on February 1, 2027. The Texas Department of Motor Vehicles provides customer services that include vehicle registration, regulation of vehicle dealers, and grants to reduce vehicle burglaries and thefts, among others. Manny Ramirez of Fort Worth is president of the Fort Worth Police Of  more

Texas Gov. Abbott Reappoints Three to Texas Board of Respiratory Care
AUSTIN, Texas, April 13 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release: Governor Greg Abbott has reappointed Timothy R. "Tim" Chappell, M.D., Sam Gregory "Gregg" Marshall, Ph.D., and Kandace D. "Kandi" Pool to the Texas Board of Respiratory Care for terms set to expire February 1, 2027. The board advises the Texas Medical Board, adopts rules to establish the certification and permitting program for respiratory therapists and sets minimum qualifications for respiratory care prac  more

Texas Gov. Abbott Statement on Biden Administration Reversal of 1115 Medicaid Waiver Extension
AUSTIN, Texas, April 17 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following statement on April 16, 2021: * * * Governor Greg Abbott today issued a statement after the Biden administration rescinded a 10-year 1115 Medicaid waiver extension that was granted by the previous administration. This extension, which was scheduled to run through 2030, would have provided critical healthcare funding, including funds for uncompensated care. "By rescinding this waiver extension, the Biden administration i  more

Texas Gov. Abbott Statement on Johnson & Johnson Vaccine
AUSTIN, Texas, April 14 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following statement: * * * Governor Greg Abbott today issued a statement following the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) recommendation to pause all administration of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine: "The State of Texas is working in tandem with the federal government and vaccine providers to temporarily pause all administration of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. "W  more

Texas Gov. Abbott Urges President Biden, Vice President Harris to Designate Mexican Drug Cartels as Foreign Terrorist Organizations
AUSTIN, Texas, April 16 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release on April 15, 2021: Governor Greg Abbott today sent a letter to President Joe Biden and Vice President and Border Czar Kamala Harris encouraging the federal government to designate Mexican drug cartels as foreign terrorist organizations. The Governor included a background document detailing how these drug cartels clearly meet the three-part test required for the designation. "As Governor of Texas, I urge you  more

University Advancement Brings New Development Officers to the Team
HOUSTON, Texas, April 16 (TNSPer) -- The University of St. Thomas issued the following news release: University Advancement welcomes three, new team members to help UST meet its fundraising goals in major gifts and planned giving. All three directors, Jeffery Doherty, Matt Perkins and Lorin Crater, CFRE, join UST with a wealth of experience in philanthropic giving. Read their short bios and the areas they support in UA. "As we boldly move forward, I am delighted to add talented members to our   more

University of Alabama: Tita Named Associate Dean for Global and Women's Health
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama, April 16 (TNSPer) -- The University of Alabama issued the following news: Alan Tita, M.D., Ph.D., has been named associate dean for Global and Women's Health at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine. Tita received his medical degree from the Faculty of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in Cameroon, Master of Public Health in International Health from the University of Leeds in England, and his Ph.D. from the University of Texas Health Science Center Sch  more

University of Houston-Victoria Grants Faculty Research Leave
VICTORIA, Texas, April 15 (TNSOps) -- The University of Houston Victoria campus issued the following news release: Two University of Houston-Victoria faculty members will spend the 2021-2022 academic year pursuing research projects that include looking into the compensation of executives of major companies, and studying student learning anxieties and academic integrity. Sandy Venneman, a professor of psychology and biology, and Yixi Ning, a professor of finance, were granted faculty developmen  more

University of Houston: Life Expectancy Lower Near Superfund Sites
HOUSTON, Texas, April 14 (TNSJou) -- The University of Houston issued the following news release: Living near a hazardous waste or Superfund site could cut your life short by about a year, reports Hanadi S. Rifai, John and Rebecca Moores Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Houston. The study, published in Nature Communications and based on evaluation of 65,226 census tracts from the 2018 Census, is the first nationwide review of all hazardous waste sites and no  more

University of North Texas Student Wins 2021 Truman Scholarship for Advocacy Work to 'Uplift Marginalized Communities'
DENTON, Texas, April 16 (TNSAwa) -- The University of North Texas issued the following news release: University of North Texas student Hillary Shah is a winner of the 2021 Harry S. Truman Scholarship, a premier graduate scholarship from the Truman Scholarship Foundation for college students pursuing careers in public service. Shah, a political science and economics major graduating this May, is one of 62 students in the U.S. selected this year for the scholarship, which Congress established as  more

University of St. Thomas: New Global Cybersecurity Program Adds Executive Skills & Ethics
HOUSTON, Texas, April 13 (TNSPro) -- The University of St. Thomas issued the following news release: Fact: Humans make decisions that impact the role of digital technology in our society. University of St. Thomas- Houston encourages that those decisions be guided by ethics informed by Catholic social teaching. With its new Global Cybersecurity B.A. program starting in fall 2021, St. Thomas will give students a decided advantage. In addition to providing tech-savvy skills, UST is expanding the   more

University of Texas Arlington's School of Social Work Receives $325K From Simmons Sisters Fund
ARLINGTON, Texas, April 14 (TNSMon) -- The University of Texas Arlington campus issued the following news release on April 13, 2021: Thanks to support from the Simmons Sisters Fund at Texas Women's Foundation (TWF), Richard Hoefer, professor of social work at The University of Texas at Arlington, is launching an initiative focused on promoting social policy advocacy through educating community organizations, students and social workers. For decades, Hoefer encouraged his students in social wor  more

University of Texas Begins Offshore Search for Sand Resources to Protect Texas From Coastal Erosion
AUSTIN, Texas, April 13 (TNSRes) -- The University of Texas issued the following news release on April 12, 2021: Scientists from The University of Texas at Austin will embark from Galveston on April 14 in search of sunken treasure that holds the key to protecting Texas from storms and rising seas: sand. About 80% of Texas' Gulf shoreline is critically eroded, and the state is running out of easily accessible sand to rebuild and protect the shore, as the Texas General Land Office (GLO) has done  more

University of Texas Hydrogen Startup Celadyne Receives Investment From Shell Ventures
AUSTIN, Texas, April 16 (TNSOps) -- The University of Texas issued the following news release: Celadyne Technologies, a University of Texas at Austin spinout that makes materials to improve hydrogen fuel cells and electrolyzers, has received an investment from Shell Ventures. The startup aims to make fuel cells and electrolyzers more viable to power everything from long-haul trucks and drones to large-scale industrial processes. The company created a membrane that can operate at higher tempera  more

University of Texas Tyler Congratulates Chairman Eltife on Reappointment to Board of Regents
TYLER, Texas, April 14 (TNSPer) -- The University of Texas's Tyler Campus issued the following news release on April 13, 2021: The University of Texas at Tyler President Kirk A. Calhoun, MD, FACP, offered his congratulations to Chairman Kevin Eltife on his reappointment to The University of Texas System Board of Regents. Governor Greg Abbott announced today the appointment of Eltife to a second six-year term as a member of the board. "Chairman Eltife is a true champion for the higher education  more

University of Texas's MD Anderson Cancer: Mutant KRAS and P53 Cooperate to Drive Pancreatic Cancer Metastasis
HOUSTON, Texas, April 12 (TNSJou) -- The University of Texas's MD Anderson Cancer Center issued the following news release on April 10, 2021: Researchers at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center have discovered that mutant KRAS and p53, the most frequently mutated genes in pancreatic cancer, interact through the CREB1 protein to promote metastasis and tumor growth. Blocking CREB1 in preclinical models reversed these effects and reduced metastases, suggesting an important new therape  more

University of Texas's MD Anderson: Researchers Identify Surface Protein as a New Osteosarcoma Therapeutic Target for Antibody-Drug Conjugates
HOUSTON, Texas, April 13 (TNSRes) -- The University of Texas's MD Anderson Cancer Center issued the following news release on April 12, 2021: A preclinical study led by researchers at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center shows an antibody-drug conjugate (ADC) targeting surface protein MT1-MMP can act as a guided missile in eradicating osteosarcoma tumor cells without damaging normal tissues. This technology, using precision therapy targeting of cell-surface proteins through a Bicyc  more

University of Texas-Dallas: Comets Help Tax Filers Get Real Savings in Virtual Program
RICHARDSON, Texas, April 15 (TNSPro) -- The University of Texas Dallas campus issued the following news: For many taxpayers this year, filing taxes may be especially challenging. Economic relief checks, unemployment payments and working remotely are all issues that may impact filing. More than 50 students from The University of Texas at Dallas saw this as a call to help the community, and this year, they are doing so virtually. UT Dallas' participation in the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (  more

University of Texas-Dallas: Lipid Research May Help Solve COVID-19 Vaccine Challenges
RICHARDSON, Texas, April 15 (TNSJou) -- The University of Texas Dallas campus issued the following news: New research by University of Texas at Dallas scientists could help solve a major challenge in the deployment of certain COVID-19 vaccines worldwide -- the need for the vaccines to be kept at below-freezing temperatures during transport and storage. In a study published online April 13 in Nature Communications, the researchers demonstrate a new, inexpensive technique that generates crystall  more

University of Texas: Aerial Laser Imaging for Better Natural Disaster Preparation and Response
AUSTIN, Texas, April 13 (TNSRes) -- The University of Texas issued the following news release on April 12, 2021: Earlier this year, a historic cold snap left millions of Texans without heat and electricity. In the face of increasing climatic anomalies and future natural disasters of this scale, Texans need to be well equipped to handle these situations in order to better protect industries, infrastructure and, most importantly, one another. Today, the Near Surface Observatory (NSO), a scientif  more

University of Texas: Governor Abbott Appoints Regents, Chairman Eltife to New Terms
AUSTIN, Texas, April 15 (TNSPer) -- The University of Texas issued the following news release: Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has reappointed Kevin P. Eltife to The University of Texas System Board of Regents. Eltife was first appointed as a regent in 2017 and elected board chairman in December 2018. His first term was slated to run through February 2023, but with two years left on his current term, Abbott reappointed Eltife to a new six-year term. "I'm incredibly grateful that Gov. Abbott has decided  more

Washington State University: Canine Companions Still Needed for Dog Aging Project Research
PULLMAN, Washington, April 14 (TNSRes) -- Washington State University issued the following news release: Washington State University's College of Veterinary Medicine is looking for local and regional canine participants to be part of the Dog Aging Project, a five-year, $23 million undertaking to better understand canine aging. WSU is one of seven colleges of veterinary medicine around the country to participate in this study along with Texas A&M, University of Georgia, Iowa State University, C  more