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State Tipoffs Involving Texas Newsletter for Sunday May 16, 2021 ( 68 items )  

A New Generation of Black Male Teachers Starts Its Journey in Partnership With Apple
CUPERTINO, California, May 3 -- Apple, a provider of consumer electronics, computer software and online services, issued the following news release: For more than 100 years, teaching has run through Hillary-Rhys Richard's family. Growing up in Katy, Texas, Rhys, as he's known to his friends, listened to his mother, Astrya Richard, tell stories of her ancestors -- four generations of educators who saw teaching as a calling, and learning as a tool for change. By the end of high school, Rhys had  more

A&M-Commerce Faculty Araujo Accepted Into Leadership Academy
COMMERCE, Texas, May 13 (TNSOps) -- Texas A&M University's Commerce Campus issued the following news: Juan Araujo, Ph.D., assistant dean in the College of Education and Human Services at Texas A&M University-Commerce, has been chosen to participate as a Fellow in Cohort 4 of the Texas Academic Leadership Academy (TALA). TALA is a year-long experience that aims to develop leadership skills in emerging academic leaders. Fellows are mentored by senior academic leaders on topics including higher e  more

Alumna Holly Hutchins Named University of North Texas Vice Provost for Faculty Success
DENTON, Texas, May 11 (TNSPer) -- The University of North Texas issued the following news release: Holly M. Hutchins has been named vice provost for faculty success at the University of North Texas. Her appointment begins July 12. A proud UNT alumna, Hutchins has dedicated her career to developing and mentoring faculty through collaborative leadership and a strategic commitment to institutional equity. "Faculty Success has undergone a tremendous amount of growth and transformation in the past  more

Counseling Lights the Future for Tarleton Commencement Speaker
STEPHENVILLE, Texas, May 14 (TNSEve) -- Tarleton State University issued the following news release: You could say Lauren Penner has a diverse background. It's this variety of experiences that guided her back to Tarleton State University and a master's degree in clinical mental health counseling. Before collecting her diploma Saturday, she will deliver the 4 p.m. commencement address for her graduate school peers. As a Tarleton undergrad, Lauren earned a bachelor's degree in business with a m  more

Lamar University Department of Theatre and Dance Presents Helen and Larry Rose Dance Awards
BEAUMONT, Texas, May 14 (TNSAwa) -- Lamar University issued the following news: The Lamar University Department of Theatre & Dance is pleased to present the 2021 Helen and Larry Rose Dance Awards to recipients Brittany Gonzales for Outstanding Technical Dancer and Ashley Hawkins for Outstanding Contemporary Dancer. The accolades, created and funded by Dr. Larry and Helen Rose of Houston, were awarded as part of an annual scholarship set up by the couple to recognize the hard work and dedication  more

Lamar University Industrial Engineering Professor Accepted to Department of Engineering Visiting Faculty Program for Summer 2021
BEAUMONT, Texas, May 12 (TNSOps) -- Lamar University issued the following news: Dr. Kelley Bradley, Assistant Professor of Industrial & Systems Engineering, has been accepted to the Visiting Faculty Program (VFP) at the Department of Energy (DOE) Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the nation's largest multi-program science and technology laboratory. In the ten week VFP program Dr. Bradley will collaborate with DOE Scientist, Dr. Nick Lavrick, at the Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences (CNMS). T  more

N.Y. A.G. James Wins Dismissal of NRA's Fraudulent Bankruptcy, Fight for Dissolution to Continue in N.Y.
ALBANY, New York, May 12 -- New York Attorney General Letitia James issued the following news release on May 11, 2021: New York Attorney General Letitia James today scored a major victory in her case against the National Rifle Association (NRA) when a federal bankruptcy court in Texas rejected the organization's claims of bankruptcy after the NRA sought to reorganize in Texas, stating, "that the NRA did not file the bankruptcy petition in good faith." Despite its attempts to escape New York's j  more

New Educational Leadership Program at West Texas A&M University Will Fill Region's Workforce Needs
CANYON, Texas, May 13 (TNSPro) -- West Texas A&M University issued the following news on May 12, 2021: A new graduate degree program at West Texas A&M University will offer convenience and efficiency for teachers looking to step into leadership roles in their school districts. Registration is open now for the new master of education in leadership in curriculum and instruction. The program will replace the current master of education in curriculum and instruction, which will end Aug. 15. As th  more

New Technique Predicts Response of Brain Tumors to Chemoradiation
AUSTIN, Texas, May 11 (TNSJou) -- The University of Texas issued the following news release: A team studying malignant brain tumors has developed a new technique for predicting how individual patients will respond to chemoradiation, a major step forward in efforts to personalize cancer treatment. Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin's Oden Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences, Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) and The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Cent  more

Nexstar Media Appoints Jim Rose as Vice President, General Manager of Its Broadcast and Digital Operations in San Francisco, Ca.
IRVING, Texas, May 11 -- Nexstar Media Group, a television broadcasting company, issued the following news release on May 10, 2021: Nexstar Media Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Nexstar Media Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: NXST), today announced that Jim Rose has been named Vice President and General Manager of its San Francisco operations (DMA #6), overseeing KRON-TV (MyNetwork), KRON4.com and KRONOn.TV, the first local 24-hour digital streaming news application available to Bay Area viewers and user  more

Nickelodeon and IHeartRadio Partner on Brand-New Podcasts Based on Beloved Animated Series Avatar: The Last Airbender and Spongebob Squarepants
SAN ANTONIO, Texas, May 14 -- iHeartMedia issued the following news release: Nickelodeon, the number-one network for kids, and iHeartRadio, the No. 1 podcast publisher globally, are extending the worlds of Avatar: The Last Airbender and SpongeBob SquarePants with two original podcasts for loyal fans who grew up on the beloved franchises. Hosted by original series voice actors Janet Varney (the voice of Korra) and Dante Basco (the voice of Prince Zuko), Avatar: Braving the Elements will explore   more

Purdue: Can Dogs Live Longer?
WEST LAFAYETTE, Indiana, May 12 (TNSJou) -- Purdue University issued the following news release: Audrey Ruple loves Great Danes so much that, while in the middle of Texas on a family vacation in 2012, she made the decision to get another one. "We were lucky that we had a vehicle large enough to hold an extra passenger," says Ruple, recalling how Bitzer, a purebred Great Dane that eventually grew to 140 pounds, came to live with her family. Despite the rocky trip back to Colorado, he became ra  more

Rice Engineers Set Sights on Implantable 'Living Pharmacy'
HOUSTON, Texas, May 14 (TNSRes) -- Rice University issued the following news release: Five Rice University engineering laboratories are part of a $33 million national effort to develop a wireless, fully implantable device that can control the body's circadian clock, halving the time it takes to recover from jet lag and similar disruptions to the body's sleep/wake cycles. Led by Northwestern University and funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the project will blend b  more

Rice Political Scientist Available to Discuss GOP Action to Remove Cheney From Congressional Leadership
HOUSTON, Texas, May 12 (TNSPol) -- Rice University issued the following news release: Republicans appear poised to remove Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming from her position as chair of the House Republican Conference, the third-highest leadership post in the House GOP, as retribution for voting to impeach President Trump. Paul Brace, the Clarence L. Carter Professor of Political Science at Rice University, is available to discuss this move and its possible implications. Brace said it appears the GOP  more

Rice University: 40th Kinder Houston Area Survey - Hope for Future Despite Pandemic's Challenges
HOUSTON, Texas, May 12 (TNSRes) -- Rice University issued the following news release on May 11, 2021: The COVID-19 pandemic has brought an array of challenges, but Houstonians remain optimistic about their personal futures, according to the 2021 Kinder Houston Area Survey. In the wake of the murder of George Floyd, Houston's usually positive feelings about race relations are on the decline. And more people than ever want the government to play a bigger role in solving the country's problems and  more

Rice University: Bio-Inspired Scaffolds Help Promote Muscle Growth
HOUSTON, Texas, May 15 (TNSJou) -- Rice University issued the following news release: Rice University bioengineers are fabricating and testing tunable electrospun scaffolds completely derived from decellularized skeletal muscle to promote the regeneration of injured skeletal muscle. Their paper in Science Advances shows how natural extracellular matrix can be made to mimic native skeletal muscle and direct the alignment, growth and differentiation of myotubes, one of the building blocks of ske  more

Rice University: Feds Back Probe of Understudied Gut Nervous System
HOUSTON, Texas, May 11 (TNSGra) -- Rice University issued the following news release: Rice University neurobiologist Rosa Uribe will be hitting the books for her latest study of the digestive system, but some of the pages in her books are a billion years old. Uribe, an assistant professor of biosciences, has won a five-year, $2 million R01 grant from the National Institutes of Health to study how the enteric nervous system forms. If you didn't realize you had an enteric nervous system, you're  more

Rice University: How Planets Form Controls Elements Essential for Life
HOUSTON, Texas, May 11 (TNSJou) -- Rice University issued the following news release: The prospects for life on a given planet depend not only on where it forms but also how, according to Rice University scientists. Planets like Earth that orbit within a solar system's Goldilocks zone, with conditions supporting liquid water and a rich atmosphere, are more likely to harbor life. As it turns out, how that planet came together also determines whether it captured and retained certain volatile ele  more

Rice University: Preventing Life-Threatening Pediatric Condition Starts With Pandemic Safeguards
HOUSTON, Texas, May 13 (TNSJou) -- Rice University issued the following news release: Adults can be the first line of defense when it comes to avoiding the worst outcomes from multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C), a rare but potentially deadly condition linked to COVID-19, according to a new review article from Rice University epidemiologists. "It's important to educate people about MIS-C, especially the fact that it can develop 2-6 weeks after children recover from COVID-19,"  more

Rice University: Timing is Everything in New Implant Tech
HOUSTON, Texas, May 11 (TNSRes) -- Rice University issued the following news release: Implants that require a steady source of power but don't need wires are an idea whose time has come. Now, for therapies that require multiple, coordinated stimulation implants, their timing has come as well. Rice University engineers who developed implants for electrical stimulation in patients with spinal cord injuries have advanced their technique to power and program multisite biostimulators from a single  more

Rise in Credit Scores Amid COVID-19 May Render Them Obsolete, Says Baker Institute Expert
HOUSTON, Texas, May 13 Expert -- Rice University issued the following news release: Consumer credit scores steadily increased throughout 2020, but an expert from Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy says unintended consequences are emerging. The jump in scores can be attributed to reduced credit utilization and lower consumer spending during COVID-19 shelter-in-place orders and quarantines as well as business closures leading to a lower demand for credit, according to a new issu  more

Tarleton State University: Dr. James Hurley Appointed to NTC Board of Directors
STEPHENVILLE, Texas, May 12 (TNSPer) -- Tarleton State University issued the following news release on May 11, 2021: Tarleton State University President James Hurley has been appointed to the North Texas Commission Board of Directors. A public-private partnership established in 1971, the commission addresses regional challenges and opportunities to spur economic development, promote innovation and improve quality of life. Dr. Hurley hit the grounding running in fall 2019 when he became Tarleto  more

Tarleton, Blinn Partnership Offers Scholarships for Transfer Students
STEPHENVILLE, Texas, May 13 (TNSPar) -- Tarleton State University issued the following news release on May 12, 2021: One of the fastest growing regional universities in the country and the leading transfer community college in Texas cemented an agreement this afternoon as a national prototype to boost educational opportunities for transfer students who graduate from two-year schools. As part of its Distinguished College Partnership, Tarleton State University will provide annual scholarships, f  more

Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences Entities to Celebrate Grand Opening of Veterinary-Focused Buildings in Canyon
CANYON, Texas, May 12 (TNSEve) -- Texas A&M University's College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences issued the following news release: The Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVMBS), West Texas A&M University (WT), and the Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory (TVMDL) will celebrate on Thursday, June 3, the grand opening of two facilities that will further expand upon the Texas A&M University System's (Texas A&M System) veterinary medical, ed  more

Texas A&M Researchers Study Brain Cancer To Improve Treatments For People, Dogs
COLLEGE STATION, Texas, May 14 (TNSRes) -- Texas A&M University's College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences issued the following news release: Dr. Beth Boudreau, an assistant professor of neurology, welcomes Patches' family to the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences' (CVMBS) Small Animal Hospital (SAH). Patches, a sweet and playful dog, is visiting the SAH to be treated for a glioma, a form of cancer that grows in the brain and spinal cord. She is preppe  more

Texas A&M University Corpus Christi: Brian Tietje Announced as Dean of the College of Business
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas, May 14 (TNSPer) -- Texas A&M University Corpus Christi campus issued the following news: Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi announces Dr. Brian Tietje as dean of the College of Business. Tietje will join the Island University on Monday, August 9, 2021. Tietje is a professor of Marketing and vice provost of International, Graduate, and Extended Education at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo (Cal Poly), where he has been a member of the faculty fo  more

Texas A&M University Corpus Christi: Shawnrece Campbell Announced as Dean of the College of Liberal Arts
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas, May 14 (TNSPer) -- Texas A&M University Corpus Christi campus issued the following news: Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi announces Dr. Shawnrece Campbell as Dean of the College of Liberal Arts. Dr. Campbell will join the Island University on Thursday, July 1, 2021. Campbell has held several leadership positions while at Stetson University, including Director of the Africana Studies Program, founding director of the bachelor's degree completion program in Organizatio  more

Texas A&M University's Commerce Biology Undergrad Selected for Summer Research Program
COMMERCE, Texas, May 13 (TNSOps) -- Texas A&M University's Commerce Campus issued the following news: Diksha Shakya, an undergraduate biology student at Texas A&M University-Commerce, is set to attend the Developing and Readying Underrepresented Minority Researchers (DRUMR) program this summer at Texas A&M University's College of Medicine in College Station, Texas. Funded by a grant from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), the 10-week research program   more

Texas A&M: Cynthia Mendoza Named Department of Defense Deputy Chief Information Officer
COLLEGE STATION, Texas, May 14 (TNSPer) -- Texas A&M University's College of Engineering issued the following news: By Rylie Tieding The U.S. Department of Defense has announced that Dr. Cynthia Mendoza '83, former student in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Texas A&M University, will assume the position of deputy chief information officer (CIO) for special access program information technology. A career defense intelligence senior executive service officer at the Nati  more

Texas A&M: Former Materials Science and Engineering Student Wins Outstanding Master's Thesis Award
COLLEGE STATION, Texas, May 14 (TNSAwa) -- Texas A&M University's College of Engineering issued the following news: By Kaitlyn Patterson Former Texas A&M University graduate student, Courtney Kunselman '20, has been named a Conference of Southern Graduate Schools' (CSGS) 2021 outstanding master's thesis award winner. Nominations for this award were reviewed by faculty members in the field from CSGS member institutions and evaluated on the basis of clarity of style and presentation, scholarship  more

Texas A&M: Former Post-Doctoral Researcher Accepts Tenure-Track Faculty Position at Northwestern University
COLLEGE STATION, Texas, May 12 (TNSPer) -- Texas A&M University's College of Engineering issued the following news: By Dharmesh Patel Dr. Ian McCue, a former post-doctoral researcher in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University, has accepted a tenure-track faculty position at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. He will be an assistant professor of materials science and engineering in the Robert R. McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Science.  more

Texas A&M: Research Team Develops Synergistic Decision Framework Incorporating Renewables and Flexible Carbon Capture
COLLEGE STATION, Texas, May 15 (TNSJou) -- Texas A&M University's College of Engineering issued the following news: By Drew Thompson As the global energy demand continues to grow along with atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide (CO2), there has been a major push to adopt more sustainable and more carbon-neutral energy sources. Solar/wind power and CO2 capture - the process of capturing waste CO2 so it is not introduced into the atmosphere - are two promising pathways for decarbonization, but bo  more

Texas A&M: Senor Joins the Nuclear Engineering Department as Adjunct Professor
COLLEGE STATION, Texas, May 15 (TNSPer) -- Texas A&M University's College of Engineering issued the following news: By Laura Simmons Dr. David Senor '88 '89 '92, distinguished former student and member of the advisory council of the nuclear engineering department at Texas A&M University, has been appointed an adjunct professor for the department. Senor received all three degrees in nuclear engineering. Following his graduation, Senor joined the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL), and  more

Texas A&M: Student Team Develops Cybersecurity Solutions for Autonomous Military Vehicles
COLLEGE STATION, Texas, May 12 -- Texas A&M University's College of Engineering issued the following news: By Michelle Revels During the Mad Hacks: Fury Code hackathon, teams were given a task by the National Security Innovation Network of developing technologies for the Department of Defense (DOD). This task involved ensuring that human-controlled and autonomous vehicles can fight against cyber-attacks without human intervention. A team composed of six students, including Arturo Sanchez from  more

Texas A.G. Issues Opinion on Natural Resources Code Authorizing Railroad Commission
AUSTIN, Texas, May 11 -- Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton issued the following opinion (No. KP-0371): To: The Honorable M. Brian Evans Freestone County Attorney 110 South Keechi Fairfield, Texas 75840 Opinion No. KP-0371 Re: Whether section 81.066 of the Natural Resources Code authorizes the Railroad Commission to address noise generated from oil and gas equipment as part of its annual plan (RQ-0388-KP) Dear Mr. Evans: You ask about section 81.066 of the Natural Resources Code, which   more

Texas A.G. Paxton Leads Bipartisan Coalition in Support of State Antitrust Enforcement Efforts
AUSTIN, Texas, May 11 -- Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton issued the following news release: Attorney General Ken Paxton led a bipartisan coalition of 45 attorneys general advocating for federal funds to support state antitrust enforcement efforts. In a letter to the chairs and ranking members of Senate and House antitrust subcommittees, the attorneys general explain that economic developments have drastically increased the need to staff and finance a greater number of antitrust enforcement ac  more

Texas A.G. Paxton Sues Biden Administration to Block Biden's Power Grab, Reinstate Billions Promised for Texas Healthcare
AUSTIN, Texas, May 15 -- Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton issued the following news release: On April 16, the Biden Administration unlawfully stripped away Texas's 1115 Medicaid waiver extension, which would have ensured stable funding for providers of healthcare for children, people with disabilities, and the elderly. To secure the assistance that countless Texans rely on, Attorney General Ken Paxton fired back with a lawsuit to reinstate the extension of the Medicaid waiver and prevent the f  more

Texas A.G. Paxton's Law Enforcement Round Up
AUSTIN, Texas, May 12 -- Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton issued the following news release: The Child Exploitation Unit made several noteworthy arrests last week. In San Augustine County, Christopher Scott Tyre was arrested in San Augustine on one count of Promotion of Child Pornography on May 4. This case was received as a NCMEC CyberTipline report involving the upload of an image of child pornography to a social media platform. Investigators seized several items for examination by the Digi  more

Texas A.G. Paxton: Calif. Court Dismisses Twitter Vs. Texas Lawsuit
AUSTIN, Texas, May 12 -- Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton issued the following news release on May 11, 2021: A district court in California today dismissed Twitter's lawsuit against Attorney General Ken Paxton, in which the social media giant attempted to halt Attorney General Paxton's investigation into Twitter's potential violations of the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act. Instead of providing documents requested in the Civil Investigative Demands (CIDs) issued in January, Twitter decid  more

Texas A.G. Paxton: Fifth Circuit Rules - Local Officials Responsible for Enforcing State Election Law
AUSTIN, Texas, May 11 -- Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton issued the following news release: Attorney General Paxton's team convinced the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals to reject a Texas Democratic Party lawsuit trying to reinstate "pop-up" voting, where Democrats opened temporary polling places to benefit their voters at the expense of all Texans. The Democratic Party and its plaintiffs cannot sue to stop HB 1888, a bill passed to end this electioneering by requiring local ele  more

Texas Democratic Party Republicans Are Bragging About Running Our State Into the Ground
AUSTIN, Texas, May 12 -- The Texas Democratic Party issued the following news: After Texas House Republicans passed Senate Bill 7 Friday -- a racist, anti-voter bill whose original text contained a literal Jim Crow era slogan -- the Texas GOP has been quick to claim that the current Texas legislature is the most conservative one in recent state history. By definition, this means the Republican-controlled legislature is the most inclined in recent history to roll back the clock on progress, turn  more

Texas Democratic Party: Infamous Anti-Voter S.B. 7 Is Only One of Staggering 80 Plus Republican Voter Suppression Bills Filed This Session
AUSTIN, Texas, May 12 -- The Texas Democratic Party issued the following news: Senate Bill 7 (SB 7) passed the Texas House last week and is likely heading to a conference committee this week to reconcile the Senate and House versions. Now rolled together into one shadily crafted, doubly damaging voter suppression bill, Republicans' SB 7 and House Bill 6 have received national attention for being a barefaced attempt to resurrect Jim Crow. However, racist and harmful as they are, these bills are   more

Texas Democratic Party: Leaked Video Shows Dark Money Wrote Provisions in Texas' Voter Suppression Legislation
AUSTIN, Texas, May 15 -- The Texas Democratic Party issued the following news: A leaked video of right-wing, dark money group Heritage Action for America shows the group is both funding and writing the provisions of Republican voter suppression laws that are popping up in states across the country, including Texas. Seeing disenfranchisement as their only route to staying in power, Republican lawmakers have put forward extreme, racist anti-voter bills in key states that saw an increase in Democ  more

Texas Democratic Party: Throwback Thursday - Another One Bites Dust as GOP Implosion Continues
AUSTIN, Texas, May 14 -- The Texas Democratic Party issued the following news: The GOP continues to implode as infighting further fractures an already-splintering party. Wednesday's ousting of Rep. Liz Cheney -- the third highest-ranking Republican representative -- as the House Republican conference chair is the latest in the GOP's downward spiral. Republicans are racing even further to the right in a contest for Trump's base and sacrificing their own under the litmus test of loyalty to the fo  more

Texas Democratic Party: Throwback Thursday, Special Extra Edition - On Hurricane Preparedness Week, Retrospective on Disasters Mismanaged by Republicans
AUSTIN, Texas, May 14 -- The Texas Democratic Party issued the following news: This week marks Hurricane Preparedness Week in the U.S. -- a chance for people living in hurricane-prone regions to put preparations in place and be as ready as possible for the next storm. In Texas, however, Republican mismanagement of numerous catastrophes -- from Hurricane Harvey to February's winter storm -- continues to be cause for concern. Republicans' failed track record on disaster response continues to show  more

Texas Democrats Condemn Passage This Week of H.B. 3979, a Republican Attempt to Stop Schools From Teaching History on Racism and Sexism
AUSTIN, Texas, May 14 -- The Texas Democratic Party issued the following statement: * * * Texas Democratic Party Vice-Chair Dr. Carla Brailey issued the following statement after the passage Tuesday of House Bill 3979 (HB 3979) by Texas House Republicans: "As an educator, a sociologist, a Black woman, and a mom, I'm infuriated by yet another Republican attack on our kids -- this time, with a bill to whitewash education, censor teachers, and stop students from learning about the realities of o  more

Texas Democrats' Statement on Eid Al-Fitr
AUSTIN, Texas, May 14 -- The Texas Democratic Party issued the following statement: * * * Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa issued the following statement as Texans celebrate Eid al-Fitr: "I wish a happy Eid al-Fitr to all those celebrating today. Marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan, Eid is a time for community and celebration after a month of fasting and spiritual reflection. "This observance is also a chance to honor the values at the heart of Islam -- from service an  more

Texas Education Agency: Update to Fund Codes
AUSTIN, Texas, May 8 -- The Texas Education Agency issued the following document on May 6, 2021, from David Marx, director of financial compliance: The purpose of this letter is to inform local educational agencies (LEAs) that a new fund code will be added to the Texas Education Data Standards (TEDS) PEIMS Fund Codes, code table (C145), as stated below. Also, the Financial Accountability System Resource Guide (FASRG), will be updated to include the new fund code. Fund code 282 will be added t  more

Texas Gov. Abbott Announces 20 Million COVID-19 Vaccine Doses Administered In Texas
AUSTIN, Texas, May 15 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following statement on May 14, 2021: * * * Governor Greg Abbott today issued a statement after it was announced that over 20 million COVID-19 vaccine doses have been administered in the state of Texas: "With over 20 million doses of COVID-19 vaccine administered to date and over 50% of eligible Texans vaccinated with at least one dose, the Lone Star State has achieved an incredible milestone in our fight against this virus," said   more

Texas Gov. Abbott Appoints Five to Texas Historical Commission
AUSTIN, Texas, May 11 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release: Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Donna Bahorich and reappointed Jim Bruseth, Ph.D., John W. Crain, Renee Dutia, and Gilbert E. "Pete" Peterson, III to the Texas Historical Commission for terms set to expire on February 1, 2025. The commission provides leadership and coordinates services to support projects commissioned by county historical commissions, historical societies, agencies and institutions interes  more

Texas Gov. Abbott Appoints Katz and Umugwanzeza to the Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission
AUSTIN, Texas, May 11 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release: Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Lucy Taus Katz and Providence Umugwanzeza to the Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission for terms set to expire on February 1, 2025. The commission ensures that resources are available to students, educators, and the general public regarding the Holocaust and other genocides, as well as compile lists of volunteers, survivors, liberators, scholars, and members of the clergy   more

Texas Gov. Abbott Appoints Six to Texas Crime Victims' Institute Advisory Council
AUSTIN, Texas, May 11 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release: Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Lee Ann Breading and reappointed Abigail Brookshire, Libby Hamilton, Joan Huffman, James White, and Erleigh Wiley to the Texas Crime Victims' Institute Advisory Council for terms set to expire January 31, 2023. The council is charged with conducting an in-depth analysis of the impact of crime on victims, close relatives of deceased victims, guardians of victims and society.   more

Texas Gov. Abbott Receives Texas Military Value Task Force 2021 Report
AUSTIN, Texas, May 14 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release on May 13, 2021: The Texas Military Preparedness Commission today released its Texas Military Value Task Force 2021 Report summarizing findings from virtual meetings with Texas military installations, military commanders, and command staff. The report identifies strengths and opportunities to grow current missions and bring in new missions, as well as other strategies to increase the military value of those in  more

Texas Gov. Abbott Renews Winter Storm Disaster Declaration for May 2021
AUSTIN, Texas, May 14 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following proclamation: WHEREAS, I, GREG ABBOTT, Governor of the State of Texas, issued a disaster proclamation on February 12, 2021, certifying under 418.014 of the Texas Government Code that the severe winter weather poses an imminent threat of widespread and severe property damage, injury, and loss of life due to prolonged freezing temperatures, heavy snow, and freezing rain statewide; and WHEREAS, in each subsequent month effec  more

Texas Gov. Abbott: Texas First Lady Cecilia Abbott Delivers Remarks at Zonta Club of Parker County's Status of Women Luncheon
AUSTIN, Texas, May 14 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release on May 13, 2021: Texas First Lady Cecilia Abbott today delivered remarks at the Zonta Club of Parker County's Status of Women Luncheon. During her remarks, the First Lady discussed a number of key initiatives championed by her office to empower women and help Texans across the state including anti-human trafficking efforts and Texanthropy, which encourages Texans to give back through volunteerism and service.   more

Texas State Auditor: 'Audit Report on a Selected Contract at Department of Information Resources'
AUSTIN, Texas, May 11 -- The office of the Texas State Auditor issued the following audit report (No. 21-018) in May 2021 entitled "An Audit Report on a Selected Contract at the Department of Information Resources". * * * Here is the summary of the report: The Department complied with statutes related to contract planning and procurement for the Public Cloud Manager services contract. However, several aspects of the Department's vendor scoring process related to the procurement of the contrac  more

University of North Texas Portal to Texas History Digital Educational Initiative Gets Boost From Texas Bar Foundation Grant
DENTON, Texas, May 15 (TNSGra) -- The University of North Texas issued the following news release: The University of North Texas Libraries' Portal to Texas History program received a grant from the Texas Bar Foundation to support development of educational materials for UNT's Texas History for Teachers initiative. The educational initiative will use technology to empower social studies teachers across the state to provide students with lessons that evoke a deeper and more meaningful engagemen  more

University of Texas at Austin's Texas Advanced Computing Center: Speeding New COVID-19 Treatments
AUSTIN, Texas, May 14 (TNSJou) -- The University of Texas at Austin's Texas Advanced Computing Center issued the following news release: Drug discovery researchers at The University of Texas at El Paso and the University of New Mexico have leveraged their expertise to develop a rapid online tool to accelerate the discovery of drug therapies for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. REDIAL-2020 is an open-source online suite of computational models that will help scientists rapidly screen  more

University of Texas at Austin's Texas Advanced Computing: New Technique Predicts Response of Brain Tumors to Chemoradiation
AUSTIN, Texas, May 11 (TNSJou) -- The University of Texas at Austin's Texas Advanced Computing Center issued the following news release: A team studying malignant brain tumors has developed a new technique for predicting how individual patients will respond to chemoradiation, a major step forward in efforts to personalize cancer treatment. Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin's Oden Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Cen  more

University of Texas's Southwestern Medical Center: How Legionella Makes Itself at Home
DALLAS, Texas, May 11 (TNSJou) -- The University of Texas's Southwestern Medical Center issued the following news release: Scientists at UT Southwestern have discovered a key protein that helps the bacteria that causes Legionnaires' disease to set up house in the cells of humans and other hosts. The findings, published in Science, could offer insights into how other bacteria are able to survive inside cells, knowledge that could lead to new treatments for a wide variety of infections. "Many in  more

University of Texas's Southwestern Medical Center: Scientists Identify Source of Weight Gain From Antipsychotics
DALLAS, Texas, May 13 (TNSJou) -- The University of Texas's Southwestern Medical Center issued the following news release: Scientists with UT Southwestern's Peter O'Donnell Jr. Brain Institute have identified the molecular mechanism that can cause weight gain for those using a common antipsychotic medication. The findings, published in the Journal of Experimental Medicine, suggest new ways to counteract the weight gain, including a drug recently approved to treat genetic obesity, according to t  more

University of Texas's Tyler Office of Marketing and Communications
TYLER, Texas, May 14 (TNSPar) -- The University of Texas's Tyler Campus issued the following news release: The University of Texas at Tyler announced a new partnership with Henderson Independent School District to make two master's degrees more accessible to district employees. UT Tyler will offer the Master of Education in curriculum and instruction and the Master of Education in educational leadership degrees via online and on-site instruction. "The partnership will increase leadership capa  more

University of Texas: Austin Screening Initiative Strikes a Cost-Effective Balance in Colorectal Cancer Prevention Among Underserved Populations
AUSTIN, Texas, May 14 (TNSJou) -- The University of Texas issued the following news release: We are one step closer to identifying an optimal solution for colorectal cancer screening among low-income populations - one that is both impactful and cost effective - thanks to researchers from The University of Texas at Austin. The study of more than 22,000 adults is published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine. Using principles of preventive medicine and health economics, a research team f  more

University of Texas: Dylan Thomas Digital Collection Launched Online
AUSTIN, Texas, May 15 (TNSOps) -- The University of Texas issued the following news release: A digital collection of manuscripts and photographs related to the Welsh poet and writer Dylan Thomas held at the Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas at Austin is now online thanks to an international collaboration just in time for International Dylan Thomas Day on May 14. Jointly funded by the Ransom Center and Swansea University in Wales with the support of the Dylan Thomas Trust, accessib  more

University of Texas: Millennials Commit Less Crime Than Prior Generations
AUSTIN, Texas, May 11 (TNSJou) -- The University of Texas issued the following news release on May 10, 2021: Crime has dropped since 1990, but not for the reasons some might think, according to a new study. Research from the LBJ School of Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Austin suggests crime reduction efforts account for less than half of the crime drop since 1990 and essentially none of the crime drop since 2000. Researchers also discovered that millennials commit less crime than   more

University of Texas: Priceless Astronomy Data Saved After Collapse of Arecibo Telescope
AUSTIN, Texas, May 11 (TNSRes) -- The University of Texas issued the following news release: When Puerto Rico's famed Arecibo telescope collapsed in 2020, astronomers lost access to one of the world's most treasured pieces of equipment - but also, potentially, decades of priceless data holding still undiscovered secrets about the universe. Now, thanks to a data rescue plan led by the Texas Advanced Computing Center at The University of Texas at Austin, Arecibo's observations will be preserved f  more

Usher to Host and Perform During The 2021 'iHeartRadio Music Awards' on Thursday, May 27 Live on Fox
SAN ANTONIO, Texas, May 12 -- iHeartMedia issued the following news release on May 11, 2021: iHeartMedia and FOX announced today that Usher will host and perform during the 2021 iHeartRadio Music Awards. In addition, the event will feature performances from The Weeknd with special guest Ariana Grande, Bruno Mars & Anderson .Paak (Silk Sonic), Dan + Shay and Doja Cat, with more to be announced. In addition, the event will feature appearances from Taylor Swift, Dua Lipa, Roddy Ricch, twenty one p  more

UT Southwestern Cancer Researchers Uncover Antitumor Mechanisms to Help Improve Radiation Therapy
DALLAS, Texas, May 12 (TNSJou) -- The University of Texas's Southwestern Medical Center issued the following news release: An international team of cancer researchers has identified important mechanisms that activate antitumor immune response during radiation therapy, findings that could help improve the efficacy of radiation treatments. The team, which includes members from UT Southwestern's Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center, identified two key inflammasome sensors - complex prote  more