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State Tipoffs Involving Texas Newsletter for Sunday May 23, 2021 ( 78 items )  

A.H. Belo Corporation Announces Reverse Stock Split
DALLAS, Texas, May 19 -- A.H. Belo, a local news and information publishing company, issued the following news release on May 18, 2021: A. H. Belo Corporation (NYSE: AHC) (the "Company") today announced that its Board of Directors (the "Board") has approved a reverse stock split of all of the issued and outstanding and treasury shares of common stock, par value $0.01 per share, of the Company, at a reverse stock split ratio of 1-for-4. The Company's shareholders granted authority to the Board t  more

Baylor Awarded $17.5 Million in CPRIT Grants for Cancer Research
HOUSTON, Texas, May 21 (TNSGra) -- The Baylor College of Medicine issued the following news: Baylor College of Medicine has been awarded more than $17.5 million in grants by the Cancer Prevention & Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) to support cancer research and training. CPRIT awarded 25 new grants to institutions across Texas, totaling more than $69 million, to advance the fight against cancer, including six grants to Baylor College of Medicine. To date, CPRIT has awarded more than $2.7 bi  more

Baylor College of Medicine: A Path to Aggressive Breast Cancer
HOUSTON, Texas, May 21 (TNSJou) -- The Baylor College of Medicine issued the following news: Researchers at Baylor College of Medicine have followed the progression of breast cancer in an animal model and discovered a path that transforms a slow-growing type of cancer known as estrogen receptor (ER)+/HER2+ into a fast-growing ER-/HER2+ type that spreads or metastasizes to other organs. The study, which appears in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, has implications for breast   more

Baylor College of Medicine: Fluorescent Dye Helps Guide Pediatric Liver Tumor Resection
HOUSTON, Texas, May 21 (TNSJou) -- The Baylor College of Medicine issued the following news: When resecting tumors, surgeons aim to spare as much healthy tissue as possible while ensuring removal of the entire tumor. Pediatric surgeons at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children's Hospital believe a fluorescent dye called indocyanine green (ICG) paired with a near-infrared camera may be useful tools in achieving that goal. The results of their study are published in the Journal of Pediatri  more

Baylor College of Medicine: Novel Approach Identifies Genes Linked to Autism and Predicts Patient IQ
HOUSTON, Texas, May 21 (TNSJou) -- The Baylor College of Medicine issued the following news: According to some estimates, hundreds of genes may be associated with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), but it has been difficult to determine which mutations are truly involved in the disease and which are incidental. New work published in the journal Science Translational Medicine led by researchers at Baylor College of Medicine shows that a novel computational approach can effectively identify genes m  more

Computational Researchers Develop Advanced Model to Improve Safety of Next-Generation Reactors
COLLEGE STATION, Texas, May 21 (TNSJou) -- Texas A&M University's College of Engineering issued the following news: By Laura Simmons When one of the largest modern earthquakes struck Japan on March 11, 2011, the nuclear reactors at Fukushima-Daiichi automatically shut down, as designed. The emergency systems, which would have helped maintain the necessary cooling of the core, were destroyed by the subsequent tsunami. Because the reactor could no longer cool itself, the core overheated, resulti  more

CW Television Network and Nexstar Media Group Renew Affiliation Agreements
IRVING, Texas, May 21 -- Nexstar Media Group, a television broadcasting company, issued the following news release on May 20, 2021: The CW Television Network and Nexstar Media Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: NXST) and its operating partners today announced that they have reached multi-year agreements to renew CW network affiliations in 37 markets across the country (28 Nexstar- and 9 partner-owned television stations). The agreements include five top-10 market affiliates: WPIX-TV in New York City, KTLA-TV  more

DNC on Texas's Extreme Antiabortion Bill
WASHINGTON, May 20 -- The Democratic National Committee issued the following statement: * * * In Texas, Republican Governor Greg Abbott just signed into law an extreme bill that would outlaw abortions after around six weeks -- which is before many people know they are pregnant. In response, DNC Deputy Communications Director Ofirah Yheskel issued the following statement: "Republican lawmakers in Texas and around the country should be focused on helping Americans who have spent the last 14 mon  more

Governor Abbott Appoints Sam Houston State University-COM Professor to Texas Physician Assistant Board
HUNTSVILLE, Texas, May 18 (TNSPer) -- Sam Houston State University issued the following news: Governor Greg Abbott has reappointed Clinical Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at Sam Houston State University's College of Osteopathic Medicine, Victor Ho, M.D., to the Texas Physician Assistant Board. The board issues physician assistant licenses to qualified individuals to practice in the State of Texas. Dr. Ho was first appointed to serve on the board in 2015 and was reappointed this year  more

Hurtado Named Interim Leader of Texas A&M Engineering
COLLEGE STATION, Texas, May 21 -- The Texas A&M University System issued the following news release: John Hurtado, deputy director of the Bush Combat Development Complex, will be interim vice chancellor for Engineering, dean of the Texas A&M University College of Engineering as well as director for Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES). The Texas A&M University Board of Regents on Thursday approved the appointment. Dr. Hurtado will oversee administration of the college while a searc  more

Lamar University Computer Science and Industrial Engineering Faculty Secure Funding to Develop a Real-Time Preventative Maintenance Auditory System for Natural Gas Compressors
BEAUMONT, Texas, May 20 (TNSMon) -- Lamar University issued the following news: Dr. Jing Zhang, Associate Professor of Computer Science, and Dr. Maryam Hamidi, Assistant Professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering, have received funding for their project "Deep Learning-based Auditory Anomaly Detection and Classification for Natural Gas Compressors, Phase 1." The project has been funded by Lamar University's Center for Midstream Management and Science (CMMS) for a total of $50,000, and this   more

Lamar University Speech and Hearing Faculty Research the Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic for Those Suffering With Chronic Tinnitus
BEAUMONT, Texas, May 21 (TNSJou) -- Lamar University issued the following news: In 2018, Drs. Eldre Beukes, post-doctoral researcher in audiology, and Vinaya Manchaiah, Jo Mayo Endowed Professor of Speech and Hearing Sciences, were awarded a grant from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders for $397,800 to study relief efforts for tinnitus sufferers in the U.S. Their research explored ways to offer an online self-help program for individuals with tinnitus, a condi  more

Linguistic Society Honors Texas A&M University-Corpus's Colleen Fitzgerald as Fellow for Her Work With Indigenous Languages
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas, May 21 (TNSPer) -- Texas A&M University Corpus Christi campus issued the following news: A longtime dedication to support Indigenous languages has led to the selection of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Associate Vice President for Research Colleen Fitzgerald as a Fellow of the Linguistic Society of America. The society announced the selection earlier this year of nine of the field's leading linguists as Fellows. Fitzgerald is joined by colleagues from Rutgers Univer  more

N.C. Department of Commerce: Leading Cell Therapy Biotech Company Chooses Research Triangle for Its North American R&D and Manufacturing Facility
RALEIGH, North Carolina, May 21 -- The North Carolina Department of Commerce issued the following news release: CARsgen Therapeutics Corporation, an innovative biotechnology company pursuing medicines to treat cancer will create approximately 200 jobs and invest $157 million in Durham, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. The company's selection of the Research Triangle area will establish its first biomanufacturing site in North America. CARsgen Therapeutics currently has its U.S. clinical dev  more

N.C. Gov. Cooper: Leading Cell Therapy Biotech Company Chooses Research Triangle for Its North American R&D and Manufacturing Facility
RALEIGH, North Carolina, May 22 -- Gov. Roy Cooper, D-North Carolina, issued the following news release: CARsgen Therapeutics Corporation, an innovative biotechnology company pursuing medicines to treat cancer will create approximately 200 jobs and invest $157 million in Durham, Governor Roy Cooper announced today. The company's selection of the Research Triangle area will establish its first biomanufacturing site in North America. CARsgen Therapeutics currently has its U.S. clinical developmen  more

New Tarleton Endowments Support STEM Students, Innovation
STEPHENVILLE, Texas, May 18 (TNSOps) -- Tarleton State University issued the following news release on May 17, 2021: Tarleton State University today announced creation of four endowments to help meet the growing demand for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) graduates and bolster regional economic growth and innovation. Part of the College of Science and Technology, the endowments will provide scholarships and research stipends, increase hands-on educational opportunities for stud  more

Nexstar Media Charitable Foundation and WJHL-TV Donate $4,000 to the Holston Habitat for Humanity
IRVING, Texas, May 20 -- Nexstar Media Group, a television broadcasting company, issued the following news release: The Nexstar Media Charitable Foundation announced today that it will donate $4,000 to the Holston Habitat for Humanity, on behalf of WJHL-TV News Channel 11, the Nexstar Media Inc. local television station serving the Tri-Cities area of Tennessee and Virginia. Holston Habitat for Humanity is the local affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, and is a non-profit, ecumenical  more

Nexstar Names Former ABC News Executive Michael Corn President of News for NewsNation
IRVING, Texas, May 19 -- Nexstar Media Group, a television broadcasting company, issued the following news release on May 18, 2021: Nexstar Media Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Nexstar Media Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: NXST), today named former ABC News Senior Executive Producer, Michael Corn, President of News for NewsNation, the Company's national cable network reaching 75 million television households across the United States. In this newly created position, Mr. Corn will be responsible for the  more

Rice University: Body Chemistry Can Predict Severity of Depression After Death of Spouse
HOUSTON, Texas, May 20 (TNSJou) -- Rice University issued the following news release: A new study from researchers at Rice University has found that bodily inflammation after the death of a spouse can predict future depression. "Inflammation and future depressive symptoms among recently bereaved spouses" will appear in the June 2021 edition of the journal Psychoneuroendocrinology. Lead author Lydia Wu, a Rice psychology graduate student, and Christopher Fagundes, associate professor of psychol  more

Rice University: Engineered Organism Could Diagnose Crohn's Disease Flareups
HOUSTON, Texas, May 18 (TNSJou) -- Rice University issued the following news release: In an important step toward the clinical application of synthetic biology, Rice University researchers have engineered a bacterium with the necessary capabilities for diagnosing a human disease. The engineered strain of the gut bacteria E. coli senses pH and glows when it encounters acidosis, an acidic condition that often occurs during flareups of inflammatory bowel diseases like colitis, ileitis and Crohn's  more

Rice University: Igor Marjanovic Named Dean of Rice Architecture
HOUSTON, Texas, May 19 (TNSPer) -- Rice University issued the following news release: Igor Marjanovic will become the William Ward Watkin Dean of Rice Architecture on July 1. Marjanovic comes to Rice from Washington University in St. Louis, where he is the JoAnne Stolaroff Cotsen Professor and chair of undergraduate architecture in the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts. "I am honored and humbled by this opportunity to join the Rice Architecture faculty, whom I've always admired for their  more

Rice University: Lost Sleep After Death of a Spouse Can Damage Health of Survivor
HOUSTON, Texas, May 18 (TNSJou) -- Rice University issued the following news release: The death of a spouse is a devastating event that can affect many aspects of the surviving partner's life. Sleep loss that often follows can have a negative long-term impact on the health of the widowed spouse, according to new research from Rice University. "Socioeconomic disparities in health: Changes in sleep quality and inflammation during bereavement" will appear in the August edition of the journal Comp  more

Rice University: Thin is Now in to Turn Terahertz Polarization
HOUSTON, Texas, May 21 (TNSJou) -- Rice University issued the following news release: It's always good when your hard work reflects well on you. With the discovery of the giant polarization rotation of light, that is literally so. The ultrathin, highly aligned carbon nanotube films first made by Rice University physicist Junichiro Kono and his students a few years ago turned out to have a surprising phenomenon waiting within: an ability to make highly capable terahertz polarization rotation po  more

Sam Houston State University Items Approved By Board of Regents
HUNTSVILLE, Texas, May 22 (TNSOps) -- Sam Houston State University issued the following news: Academic course changes were among Sam Houston State University items approved by The Texas State University System Board of Regents during the board's quarterly meeting held on May 20 and 21 at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas. SHSU was authorized to offer a Bachelor of Arts in Fashion Merchandising and Bachelor of Science in Fashion Merchandising degree programs in the Department of Famil  more

Sam Houston State University Senior Goes Viral After Championship Celebration
HUNTSVILLE, Texas, May 21 (TNSOps) -- Sam Houston State University issued the following news: As the clock ticked down to zero on the Bearkats first FCS football national championship victory, the cameras began panning the crowd to look for fans celebrating the win. That is when ABC's cameras caught a moment of pure celebration from Sam Houston State University student Garet Rose. After spending the day fighting through rain delays and watching SHSU come from behind to win, Rose let his emotio  more

Southwestern University: Countering Terrorism Through Research
GEORGETOWN, Texas, May 21 (TNSOps) -- Southwestern University issued the following news on May 20, 2021: In fall 2015, Meili Criezis '17 was happily studying abroad in Paris. The history and French double major was having "an amazing experience," she says, because she was researching and talking with experts about the 1954-1962 Algerian War of Independence from France, a revolution that, she says, "drew me in where I learned about the devastating effects of colonialism but also the long and com  more

Tarleton Pact Guarantees Admission to HPU Environmental Science Students
STEPHENVILLE, Texas, May 19 (TNSPar) -- Tarleton State University issued the following news release: Tarleton State University has announced an admissions agreement with Howard Payne University. High-achieving HPU science, biology, chemistry and engineering science students will be guaranteed acceptance to Tarleton's master of science in environmental science program. Operated from the College of Science and Technology, the program is interdisciplinary and fully online. It offers flexibility t  more

Tarleton Receives Monumental Gift From Dr. Joe R. and Dr. Teresa Lozano Long
STEPHENVILLE, Texas, May 21 (TNSMon) -- Tarleton State University issued the following news release on May 20, 2021: The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents today approved a special naming opportunity honoring longtime Tarleton State University friends Dr. Joe R. and Dr. Teresa Lozano Long. The Longs have donated $2 million to support under-represented students. A celebration May 27 on the Stephenville campus will honor the couple for their philanthropic support, public-spirited servi  more

Tarleton-Kennedale Pact Improves Seniors' Educational Opportunities
STEPHENVILLE, Texas, May 20 (TNSPar) -- Tarleton State University issued the following news release: Kennedale Independent School District seniors could find it easier to obtain a college education after Tarleton State University and KISD trustees signed an agreement to benefit the school's top graduates. The Kennedale ISD Board of Trustees and Tarleton leaders finalized a memorandum of understanding offering annual scholarships and guaranteed admission for the top 25 percent of KHS graduates   more

Texas A&M International University's Small Business Development Center Offers Webinars for Small Business Owners in May, June
LAREDO, Texas, May 21 (TNSEve) -- Texas A&M International University, a member of the Texas A and M University System, issued the following news release on May 19, 2021: Texas A&M International University's Small Business Development Center (TAMIU-SBDC) continues to host a variety of web-based seminars that are available to all members of the community. The webinars are available on a variety of intriguing topics with real-world application to small business and include Branding and Digital M  more

Texas A&M System Regents Honor Long-Time Regent Phil Adams
COLLEGE STATION, Texas, May 21 -- The Texas A&M University System issued the following news release: The Texas A&M University Board of Regents on Thursday honored one of its own, Phil Adams '71, for his 18 years of service on the board. Adams served with distinction for three six-year terms as one of the longest serving members of the Board of Regents in the last 20 years, having been appointed by Governor Rick Perry in 2001 and 2009 and reappointed in 2015 by Governor Greg Abbott. Randy Broo  more

Texas A&M University Corpus Christi: Harte Research Institute Announces Inaugural HRI Fellows
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas, May 19 (TNSPer) -- Texas A&M University Corpus Christi campus issued the following news: Three Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi researchers were selected for two-year appointments with the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies as a part of its inaugural HRI Fellows program. The program, which selected scholars from across disciplines at TAMU-CC, promotes transdisciplinary research projects at HRI and the University. The fellows include an environmental h  more

Texas A&M University Corpus Christi: Islander Faculty Receive Promotion And/or Tenure
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas, May 22 (TNSOps) -- Texas A&M University Corpus Christi campus issued the following news: Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is honored to share the recent approvals made by the Board of Regents regarding promotion and tenure of our faculty and librarians. Receiving tenure is both a privilege and an honor, as it is one of the most important decisions in the development of an outstanding faculty. This achievement signifies that the campus community believes the individual  more

Texas A&M University System Regents Approve $70 Million Engineering Building for Prairie View A&M University
COLLEGE STATION, Texas, May 21 -- The Texas A&M University System issued the following news release: Prairie View A&M University is getting a new, $70 million engineering and classroom building. Construction of the cutting-edge facility was approved today by The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents, which has made unprecedented levels of investment in Texas' oldest Historically Black University in recent years. "Prairie View is resurgent under President Ruth Simmons and our Board of R  more

Texas A&M University System: New Rellis Infrastructure to Undergird Army Innovation
COLLEGE STATION, Texas, May 21 -- The Texas A&M University System issued the following news release: There is nothing glamorous about infrastructure, even these days as Congress debates the meaning of the word. However modern, high-quality infrastructure is critical to a vital strategic goal shared by the Texas A&M University System and the U.S. Army: to build a world-class ecosystem for military technology innovation on the RELLIS Campus. It's called the George H.W. Bush Combat Development Co  more

Texas A&M University's Commerce Providing Unique, Protected Technology Solutions Through Dell Partnership
COMMERCE, Texas, May 22 -- Texas A&M University's Commerce Campus issued the following news: Students, faculty and staff at Texas A&M University-Commerce can have peace of mind when searching for computers for school, thanks to a recent partnership with Dell Technologies. The partnership provides the A&M-Commerce university community with significant discounts on certain Dell products. Most importantly, any product purchased through the program comes bundled with Dell's ProSupport Plus, the co  more

Texas A&M University's Commerce Social Work Student Awarded Ima Hogg Scholarship
COMMERCE, Texas, May 18 (TNSAwa) -- Texas A&M University's Commerce Campus issued the following news: The Hogg Foundation for Mental Health recently selected A&M-Commerce graduate student, Amanda Gage, as a 2021 Ima Hogg Scholarship recipient. Gage will receive a one-time award of $5,000 to support her Master of Social Work studies before launching a career to provide mental health services to underserved, underrepresented individuals and communities in Texas. Established in 1940, the foundati  more

Texas A&M University's Health Science: Study Shows Sharp Decreases in Childhood Vaccination Rates in Texas During the Pandemic
COLLEGE STATION, Texas, May 20 (TNSJou) -- Texas A&M University's Health Science Center issued the following news: Despite expert recommendations that children continue to get regularly scheduled vaccines during the pandemic, rates of vaccinations have decreased in several states. A new study by researchers from the Texas A&M University School of Public Health and several other research institutions looked at childhood immunization rates in Texas to see what effect the COVID-19 pandemic may ha  more

Texas A&M University: John Hurtado Named Interim Vice Chancellor and Interim Agency Director
COLLEGE STATION, Texas, May 22 -- The Texas A&M University's Engineering Experiment Station issued the following news release: The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents has named Dr. John Hurtado interim vice chancellor and dean of the College of Engineering at Texas A&M University and interim agency director of the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES). He will assume the duties of the position June 1. Hurtado will oversee administration of the college and agency while a nati  more

Texas A&M University: New RELLIS Infrastructure to Undergird Army Innovation
COLLEGE STATION, Texas, May 22 -- The Texas A&M University's Engineering Experiment Station issued the following news release: There is nothing glamorous about infrastructure, even these days as Congress debates the meaning of the word. However, modern, high-quality infrastructure is critical to a vital strategic goal shared by The Texas A&M University System and the U.S. Army: to build a world-class ecosystem for military technology innovation on the RELLIS Campus. It's called the George H.W.  more

Texas A&M: Former Student Reflects on Career, Lessons Learned
COLLEGE STATION, Texas, May 19 (TNSOps) -- Texas A&M University's College of Engineering issued the following news: By Jennifer Reiley Scott Salys, Class of '96, is the divisional vice president of Heart Failure operations at Abbott, a medical device company. Heart Failure operations is a franchise within Abbott's medical device segment focused on implantable and nonimplantable heart pumps as well heart failure monitoring systems. Salys has more than 20 years of industry experience and has exp  more

Texas A&M: Researchers Study Phone Use Behavior and Geometrics on Urban and Rural Roads
COLLEGE STATION, Texas, May 20 (TNSJou) -- Texas A&M University's College of Engineering issued the following news: By Alyson Chapman Ding -- a notification goes off on a cell phone. A driver looks down and their eyes briefly leave the road ahead and crash!! Phone use while driving is a significant source of distracted driving that leads to traffic accidents, which are considered preventable. Researchers at Texas A&M University investigated the relationship between phone use behavior and road  more

Texas A&M: Unexpected 'Black Swan' Defect Discovered in Soft Matter for the First Time
COLLEGE STATION, Texas, May 20 (TNSJou) -- Texas A&M University's College of Engineering issued the following news: By Vandana Suresh In new research, Texas A&M University scientists have for the first time revealed a single microscopic defect called a "twin" in a soft-block copolymer using an advanced electron microscopy technique. This defect may be exploited in the future to create materials with novel acoustic and photonic properties. "This defect is like a black swan -- something special  more

Texas A.G. Paxton Sues Austin Eco Bilingual School Founder Accused of Labor Trafficking
AUSTIN, Texas, May 20 -- Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton issued the following news release on May 19, 2021: Attorney General Ken Paxton today sued Austin Eco Bilingual School, a Spanish immersion preschool, accusing founder Adriana Rodriguez of labor trafficking. The victims found themselves in a dangerously mismanaged daycare that showed total disregard for immigration, labor, and child licensing laws. The foreign-born employees were lured to Texas with promises of lawful status, a decent sa  more

Texas A.G. Paxton's Law Enforcement Round Up
AUSTIN, Texas, May 19 -- Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton issued the following news release: The Child Exploitation Unit made one noteworthy arrests last week. In Bexar County, Brandon Garza, 22, of San Antonio, was arrested for two counts of Promotion of Child Pornography and one count of Continuous Sexual Abuse of Young Child on May 12. This case was received as a NCMEC CyberTipline report involving the upload of child pornography to an online account, with a possible live victim. During an  more

Texas A.G. Paxton: Biden Administration's Failed Environmental Policy Deprives Americans of Reliable Energy
AUSTIN, Texas, May 20 -- Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton issued the following news release: Attorney General Ken Paxton joined a coalition of 19 states in a letter urging President Biden to recalibrate his energy and environmental policies to put Americans, national security, and our environment first. Despite acknowledging that a pipeline is the "best way to go" when it comes to transporting fossil fuels, the Biden Administration continues to push for closures and crippling regulation. On h  more

Texas Democratic Party: With Threat to Sue Schools for COVID-19 Safety Measures, Abbott Is Once Again Holding Texans Hostage
AUSTIN, Texas, May 19 -- The Texas Democratic Party issued the following statement on May 18, 2021: * * * Texas Democrats are condemning Governor Greg Abbott's latest executive order, which bans local government entities from requiring masks to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Announced Tuesday, the order takes effect Friday for municipal and county governments and will also take effect for all public schools in Texas starting June 4. Only 30 percent of Texans have been fully vaccinated agai  more

Texas Democrats Condemn S.B. 1254 As Yet Another Example of State GOP Overmilitarization of the Border
AUSTIN, Texas, May 20 -- The Texas Democratic Party issued the following statement: * * * Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa issued a statement regarding state Senate Bill 1254 (SB 1254), which has already cleared the Texas Senate and passed the Texas House State Affairs Committee Tuesday and is headed toward a vote of the full House: "Immigration enforcement is the responsibility of federal law enforcement officials and not state or local governments. This bill was drafted in the  more

Texas Democrats Recognize Deborah Peoples, Candidate for Fort Worth Mayor, Through Project LIFT Program
AUSTIN, Texas, May 22 -- The Texas Democratic Party issued the following statement: * * * Texas Democratic Party (TDP) Chair Gilberto Hinojosa issued the following statement announcing the recognition of Deborah Peoples, Fort Worth mayoral candidate and Tarrant County Democratic Party chair, as a Project LIFT (Local Investment in the Future of Texas) candidate: "Deborah Peoples had an amazing first round and won the most votes of any of the 10 candidates for mayor. Now, as she heads to the ru  more

Texas Democrats Stand With Texans and Abortion Advocates in Face of Abbott's Signing of Brazenly Illegal Abortion Ban
AUSTIN, Texas, May 20 -- The Texas Democratic Party issued the following statement: * * * Texas Democratic Party Interim Executive Director Hannah Roe Beck issued the following statement on Greg Abbott's signing of the country's most damaging six-week abortion ban: "This morning, Gov. Greg Abbott signed into law the most damaging abortion ban in the country, and confirmed what we already knew: Abbott has no business making decisions for Texans. This six-week ban is blatantly illegal, as well   more

Texas Gov. Abbott Announces End to Federal Pandemic-Related Unemployment Benefits
AUSTIN, Texas, May 18 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release on May 17, 2021: Governor Greg Abbott today informed the U.S. Department of Labor that Texas will opt out of further federal unemployment compensation related to the COVID-19 pandemic, effective June 26, 2021. This includes the $300 weekly unemployment supplement from the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation program. "The Texas economy is booming and employers are hiring in communities throughout the st  more

Texas Gov. Abbott Announces Film Friendly Texas Designation for the City of Denison
AUSTIN, Texas, May 21 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release on May 20, 2021: Governor Greg Abbott today announced that the City of Denison, having completed the multi-step training and certification process, has been designated as a Film Friendly Texas community by the Texas Film Commission, which for 50 years has helped to grow local jobs and economies by promoting the Lone Star State as the premier destination for film, television, commercial, animation, visual effec  more

Texas Gov. Abbott Congratulates 68 Texas High School Students Named National Cyber Scholars
AUSTIN, Texas, May 22 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release on May 21, 2021: Governor Greg Abbott today congratulated the 68 Texas high school students named National Cyber Scholars after competing in the National Cyber Scholarship Foundation's (NCSF) 48-hour competition designed to evaluate aptitude in combating cyber threats. The NCSF offers 600 college scholarships to top-ranking competitors, and Texas ranked first in the nation for the number of winners. These st  more

Texas Gov. Abbott Issues Disaster Declaration in Response to Significant Flooding, Severe Weather in East Texas
AUSTIN, Texas, May 20 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following proclamation: WHEREAS, I, GREG ABBOTT, Governor of the State of Texas, do hereby certify that significant flooding and severe weather pose a threat of imminent disaster, including widespread and severe property damage, injury, and loss of life, due to significant river flooding, flash flooding, tornadoes, hail, and damaging winds, in Calhoun, Jasper, Jefferson, Kleberg, Newton, and Tyler counties. NOW, THEREFORE, in accor  more

Texas Gov. Abbott Issues Executive Order 36 Prohibiting Government Entities From Mandating Masks
AUSTIN, Texas, May 18 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following proclamation: WHEREAS, I, Greg Abbott, Governor of Texas, issued a disaster proclamation on March 13, 2020, certifying under Section 418.014 of the Texas Government Code that the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) poses an imminent threat of disaster for all counties in the State of Texas; and WHEREAS, I issued Executive Order GA-34 on March 2, 2021, to open Texas 100 percent and remove face-covering requirements; and WHEREAS,  more

Texas Gov. Abbott Issues Executive Order Prohibiting Government Entities From Mandating Masks
AUSTIN, Texas, May 19 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release on May 18, 2021: Governor Greg Abbott today issued an Executive Order prohibiting governmental entities in Texas -- including counties, cities, school districts, public health authorities, or government officials -- from requiring or mandating mask wearing. Public schools may continue to follow current mask-wearing guidelines through June 4. After June 4, no student, teacher, parent, or other staff member or v  more

Texas Gov. Abbott, HHSC Announce $2.5 Billion in Pandemic Food Benefits for Texas Families
AUSTIN, Texas, May 21 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release on May 20, 2021: Governor Greg Abbott today announced that the Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) has received approval from the U.S. Department of Agriculture for a second round of federal Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) food benefits for families with children who have temporarily lost access to free or reduced-price school meals due to COVID-19 during the 2020-2021 school year.   more

Texas State Auditor: 'Report on Implementation Status of Prior State Auditor's Office Recommendations'
AUSTIN, Texas, May 18 -- The office of the Texas State Auditor issued the following audit report (No. 21-019) in May 2021 entitled "A Report on the Implementation Status of Prior State Auditor's Office Recommendations". * * * Here is the summary of the report: The State Auditor's Office has compiled the following data to provide information regarding the implementation status of recommendations made in prior audit reports. From September 1, 2017, through June 30, 2020, the State Auditor's Of  more

Throwback Thursday, the Week in Review: Major Recovery Milestones Thanks to Biden, While Abbott Hits Cartoon-Villain Levels of Harm
AUSTIN, Texas, May 21 -- The Texas Democratic Party issued the following news: Texas' last week looks like a basic compare and contrast exercise, as the state hit key new recovery metrics thanks to President Biden and Democrats in Congress, but faced serious new obstacles and public safety threats because of disgraced Gov. Greg Abbott's refusal to do his job and serve Texans. This week's Throwback Thursday is a quick week in review -- both ups and downs. Without further ado: In the last week,   more

TimelyMD and EVERFI Form Strategic Partnership to Transform Student Mental Health and Well-Being
FORT WORTH, Texas, May 18 -- EVERFI, an education technology company that works with learners of all ages, issued the following news release on May 17, 2021: As an echo pandemic intensifies mental health issues for college students, TimelyMD and EVERFI are teaming up to help higher education leaders address an ongoing and unrelenting student mental health crisis. Today the nation's leading telehealth provider specializing in higher education and the foremost social impact education innovator a  more

University of North Texas Accounting Team Wins Regional IT Competition
DENTON, Texas, May 18 (TNSAwa) -- The University of North Texas issued the following news release: A team of University of North Texas G. Brint Ryan College of Business accounting students took home first place at the 2021 Information Systems Audit and Control Association Case Competition. In addition to a sizable gold trophy, team members Fariha Ahmed, Mackenzie Compton, Lauren Eaton, Arthur Hatch and Dalicia Savoie also earned $6,000 in prize money. "The most challenging part was collaborat  more

University of North Texas Society for Ecological Restoration Chapter Joins National Audubon Society Program
DENTON, Texas, May 20 (TNSPro) -- The University of North Texas issued the following news release: University of North Texas students with a passion for birds will have opportunities for conservation projects and connecting with avian professionals as the student chapter of the Society for Ecological Restoration has established an official affiliation with the National Audubon Society via the Audubon on Campus Chapter Program. "Developing this relationship with Audubon will provide our student  more

University of Texas at Austin's McDonald Observatory: Astronomers Disprove Planet Orbiting Nearby Barnard's Star
FORT DAVIS, Texas, May 19 (TNSJou) -- The University of Texas at Austin's McDonald Observatory issued the following news release: Astronomers are announcing today that they have disproved a 2018-announced planet orbiting Barnard's Star, the second-closest star to our Sun. The findings, based on observations with the Habitable Zone Planet Finder (HPF) instrument on the 10-meter Hobby-Eberly Telescope at The University of Texas at Austin's McDonald Observatory, have been accepted for publication   more

University of Texas at Austin's Texas Advanced Computing: Envisioning Safer Cities With AI
AUSTIN, Texas, May 20 (TNSRes) -- The University of Texas at Austin's Texas Advanced Computing Center issued the following news release: Artificial intelligence is providing new opportunities in a range of fields, from business to industrial design to entertainment. But how about civil engineering and city planning? How might machine- and deep-learning help us create safer, more sustainable, and resilient built environments? A team of researchers from the NSF NHERI SimCenter, a computational m  more

University of Texas at Austin's Texas Advanced Computing: Physicists Crack the Code to Signature Superconductor Kink Using Supercomputing
AUSTIN, Texas, May 21 (TNSJou) -- The University of Texas at Austin's Texas Advanced Computing Center issued the following news release: Scientists have long been trying to understand the behavior of superconductors, materials that have zero electrical resistance when they reach sufficiently low temperatures. Superconductors might be useful for technologies such as magnets for MRIs, fusion devices, and particle accelerators. To understand superconductors, one concept is pivotal: phonons, which  more

University of Texas Tyler Reskilling Grant Provides Support to Workers Impacted by COVID-19
TYLER, Texas, May 21 (TNSGra) -- The University of Texas's Tyler Campus issued the following news release: The University of Texas at Tyler is using a $100,000 Reskilling Texas Workers Grant to help displaced workers and students continue their education and aid in their economic recovery from COVID-19. The funds target Texas residents who have not attended a college or university for at least six months, have enough credits to be classified as a senior and are interested in completing their e  more

University of Texas's Southwestern Medical Center: Experimental Drug Makes Radiation Therapy More Effective, Less Damaging
DALLAS, Texas, May 21 (TNSJou) -- The University of Texas's Southwestern Medical Center issued the following news release: An experimental drug that has shown promise in protecting healthy tissue from collateral damage caused by radiation therapy for cancer also appears to enhance radiation's capacity to kill tumors, a new study led by UT Southwestern scientists shows. The findings, published online in Science Translational Medicine, could provide a much-needed boost to the radiation treatments  more

University of Texas-Arlington Launches Online Graduate Degree in Learning Analytics
ARLINGTON, Texas, May 20 (TNSPro) -- The University of Texas Arlington campus issued the following news release: In response to the accelerating impact of digital technologies on learning, The University of Texas at Arlington will launch an online Master of Science in learning analytics in fall 2021. George Siemens, professor of psychology, said the new degree will prepare students to meet the growing demand for learning analytics professionals across a variety of industries. Learning analyti  more

University of Texas-Arlington: Helping Black Men Cope With Prostate Cancer
ARLINGTON, Texas, May 21 (TNSPar) -- The University of Texas Arlington campus issued the following news release: A researcher in the College of Nursing and Health Innovation (CONHI) is collaborating with the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center to investigate Black prostate cancer patients and the stress they and their partners face in everyday life. The National Institutes of Health-funded project will use ecological momentary assessments, or brief surveys throughout the day, to get   more

University of Texas-Arlington: Investigating Energy Explosions in Space
ARLINGTON, Texas, May 18 (TNSGra) -- The University of Texas Arlington campus issued the following news release: A space physicist at The University of Texas at Arlington has received a NASA grant to support his role in a flagship mission that evaluates interactions between the magnetic fields of the sun and earth. Frederick Wilder, assistant professor of physics, is one of five supervising scientists for the Scientist in the Loop (SITL) program under NASA's Magnetospheric Multiscale Mission (  more

University of Texas-Arlington: Saving Lives and Property During Texas Floods
ARLINGTON, Texas, May 22 (TNSOps) -- The University of Texas Arlington campus issued the following news release: A University of Texas at Arlington civil engineer is helping develop statewide guidance for an early warning system for floods, as well as a flood information and response system for the city of Houston. Nick Fang, associate professor in the Civil Engineering Department, is using a $250,000 Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) grant to develop an effective guidance manual for a spec  more

University of Texas: Advanced Technique for Developing Digital Twins Makes Tech Universally Applicable
AUSTIN, Texas, May 21 (TNSJou) -- The University of Texas issued the following news release on May 20, 2021: A universally applicable digital twin mathematical model has been co-developed by researchers at The University of Texas at Austin that could be used for systems as diverse as a spacecraft, a person or even an entire city. In 1970 NASA's Apollo 13 mission to the moon had to be abandoned after one of the oxygen tanks on board the spacecraft exploded, redirecting the crew's attention to s  more

University of Texas: Protecting Local Water Can Help Slow Climate Change and Provide Trillions of Dollars in Benefits
AUSTIN, Texas, May 18 (TNSJou) -- The University of Texas issued the following news release: A new paper in the May issue of Nature Communications demonstrates why reducing nutrient pollution in local lakes and other waterbodies produces economic benefits globally: Reducing water pollution can help slow climate change and provide trillions of dollars in benefits. Using one Lake Erie case study as an example, the authors also found that the global climate change value of protecting this Great L  more

University of Texas: Sheltering People With COVID-19 Experiencing Homelessness Curbs Spread
AUSTIN, Texas, May 21 (TNSJou) -- The University of Texas issued the following news release: A new study provides public health planning authorities with a method of calculating the number of COVID-19 isolation beds they would need for people experiencing homelessness based on level of infection in the city. The research holds promise for controlling spread of the virus - or future infectious diseases - in a population that is highly vulnerable and less likely than many others to access health   more

UT Southwestern Detects First Reported B.1.617.2 Variant in North Texas
DALLAS, Texas, May 21 -- The University of Texas's Southwestern Medical Center issued the following news release: UT Southwestern Medical Center scientists have identified the first two cases of the B.1.617.2 (Indian origin) variant of COVID-19 infection in North Texas using next-generation sequencing technologies along with targeted PCR testing. UT Southwestern sequencing protocols show the U.K. variant (B.1.1.7) remains dominant in North Texas - found in about 70 percent of sampled individua  more

Weldon Announces Retirement as Commandant of Tarleton Cadets
STEPHENVILLE, Texas, May 20 (TNSPer) -- Tarleton State University issued the following news release: After wearing a uniform for almost four decades, retired U.S. Air Force Col. Kenny Weldon bids farewell this month as Commandant of the Texan Corps of Cadets and Dean of Tarleton State University's Leadership and Military College. Part student military organization and part leadership training, including a minor in leadership studies, the Texan Corps of Cadets is the nation's only such group no  more

West Texas A&M: Newest Team VERO Member to Study Bovine Respiratory Disease in Texas Panhandle
CANYON, Texas, May 18 (TNSRes) -- West Texas A&M University issued the following news: As the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences' (CVMBS) Veterinary Education, Research, & Outreach (VERO) program's newest assistant professor of microbial ecology and infectious disease, Dr. Matthew Scott is on a mission to prevent infectious disease in cattle living in high-risk settings, such as feedlot facilities. "I investigate host/infectious disease relationships regarding clini  more

Williams College Senior Jonathan Deng Awarded Class Of 1945 Chandler Memorial Fellowship
WILLIAMSTOWN, Massachusetts, May 22 (TNSGra) -- Williams College issued the following news release: Williams College senior Jonathan Deng '21 has been awarded a Class of 1945 Florence Chandler Memorial Fellowship. The award provides a $30,000 grant to support a year of purposeful, independent study outside the United States. Deng, an economics and mathematics major from Houston, Texas, is interested in communities of queer diasporic Asians who shape their identities through performance such as  more