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State Tipoffs Involving Texas Newsletter for Sunday May 30, 2021 ( 63 items )  

A University of Texas-Arlington First: Subbarao Named American Astronautical Society Fellow
ARLINGTON, Texas, May 29 (TNSAwa) -- The University of Texas Arlington campus issued the following news release: Kamesh Subbarao, a professor in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) Department at The University of Texas at Arlington, is the University's first faculty member to earn the honor of fellow of the American Astronautical Society (AAS). Subbarao, who has been at UTA since 2003, was honored for his "technical contributions in estimation and control, and for leadership in AAS   more

Baylor College of Medicine: Biologists Construct a 'Periodic Table' for Cell Nuclei
HOUSTON, Texas, May 28 (TNSJou) -- The Baylor College of Medicine issued the following news: One hundred fifty years ago, Dmitri Mendeleev created the periodic table, a system for classifying atoms based on the properties of their nuclei. This week, a team of biologists studying the tree of life has unveiled a new classification system for cell nuclei, and discovered a method for transmuting one type of cell nucleus into another. The study, which appears this week in the journal Science, emerg  more

Baylor College of Medicine: Can Regulating a Novel Brain Circuit Help Control Obesity?
HOUSTON, Texas, May 27 (TNSJou) -- The Baylor College of Medicine issued the following news: Like a good story, feeding has a beginning, a middle and an end. It begins with appetite prompting the search for food, continues with eating the food and it ends when satiation hits and the consumption of food is stopped. At Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. Qi Wu, Dr. Yong Han and their colleagues have uncovered new aspects of the last part of this story that relate to the little-known neural circuits a  more

Baylor College of Medicine: Second-Generation COVID-19 Vaccine Clinical Trial Starts at BCM
HOUSTON, Texas, May 27 (TNSRes) -- The Baylor College of Medicine issued the following news: Baylor College of Medicine investigators are recruiting volunteers for a multicenter Phase 1 clinical trial to examine the safety, tolerability and immune response for different doses of a two-part, investigational COVID-19 vaccine regimen. "Gritstone Oncology's COVID-19 vaccine candidate has been designed to broaden the immune response to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, with the goal of ge  more

Baylor Study Uses Candy-like Models to Make STEM Imagery Accessible to Students With Visual Impairment via Mouth
WACO, Texas, May 29 (TNSRes) -- Baylor University issued the following news on May 28, 2021: About 36 million people have blindness including 1 million children. Additionally, 216 million people experience moderate to severe visual impairment. However, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education maintains a reliance on three-dimensional imagery for education. Most of this imagery is inaccessible to students with blindness. A breakthrough study by Bryan Shaw, Ph.D., professor of c  more

CPRIT Renews Funding for MD Anderson Training Program Focused on Education and Research
HOUSTON, Texas, May 19 (TNSRes) -- The University of Texas's MD Anderson Cancer Center issued the following news release: The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) awarded The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center $4 million in continued funding for the MD Anderson Cancer Center CPRIT Research Training Program, which provides fundamental, interdisciplinary and innovative training in cancer research for basic and translational scientists. The grant renewal funds the p  more

Former Smokers Most Likely to Be Hospitalized, Die From COVID-19, New University of Texas Medical Branch Study Finds
GALVESTON, Texas, May 17 (TNSRes) -- The University of Texas Medical Branch issued the following news release: Researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston looked at over 10,000 COVID-19 patients and found that significantly more former smokers ended up in the hospital and died from COVID-19 than those who still smoked or had never smoked at all. Smoking can lead to increased risks of infections and worse outcomes for a range of diseases including pneumonia, tuberculosis,  more

IHeartMedia, Blumhouse Television and Crypt TV Partner to Produce New Scripted Thriller Podcast 'Mordeo,' Based on Crypt TV's Successful Web Series
SAN ANTONIO, Texas, May 27 -- iHeartMedia issued the following news release on May 26, 2021: iHeartMedia, the No. 1 podcast publisher globally, today announced "Mordeo," a new iHeartRadio Original Podcast co-produced with Blumhouse Television and Crypt TV. The 10-episode scripted thriller directed by Alex Kemp will recount the tale of two brothers who disappear in the Monongahela Forest and will follow Isaiah Williams, voiced by J. Alphonse Nicholson (P-Valley, Just Mercy), the lone survivor, a  more

Leebron to Step Down From Rice Presidency in June 2022
HOUSTON, Texas, May 27 (TNSPer) -- Rice University issued the following news release: Rice University President David Leebron has announced he plans to leave his position at the end of the next academic year after nearly two decades at the helm of one of the nation's premier institutions of higher learning. Leebron, who has overseen dramatic expansions of Rice's facilities, student body and research initiatives since his arrival in 2004, will remain at the university through the 2021-2022 acad  more

MD Anderson Cancer: Glioblastoma Study Discovers Protective Role of Metabolic Enzyme, Revealing a Novel Therapeutic Target
HOUSTON, Texas, May 27 (TNSJou) -- The University of Texas's MD Anderson Cancer Center issued the following news release on May 26, 2021: Researchers at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center have discovered a novel function for the metabolic enzyme medium-chain acyl-CoA dehydrogenase (MCAD) in glioblastoma (GBM). MCAD prevents toxic lipid buildup, in addition to its normal role in energy production, so targeting MCAD causes irreversible damage and cell death specifically in cancer c  more

MD Anderson Researchers Present New Findings in Targeted and Combination Therapies at 2021 ASCO Annual Meeting
HOUSTON, Texas, May 25 (TNSRes) -- The University of Texas's MD Anderson Cancer Center issued the following news release: Several Phase II clinical trials conducted by researchers from The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center show promising results for patients with melanoma, breast cancer, HER2-positive tumors and ovarian cancer. The results of these studies, which will be presented at the virtual 2021 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting, highlight new advances  more

Minn. Gov. Walz Issues Proclamation on Moment of Silence to Honor George Floyd
ST. PAUL, Minnesota, May 25 -- Gov. Tim Walz, D-Minnesota, issued the following proclamation: WHEREAS: George Floyd was born in Fayetteville, North Carolina, on October 14, 1973, later moved to Texas, and as an adult made Minnesota his home; and WHEREAS: On May 25, 2020, one year ago, George Floyd, was murdered by Derek Chauvin in Minneapolis, Minnesota--an event that was captured in video by community members; and WHEREAS: George Floyd's murder ignited a global movement and awakened many Mi  more

Navy Veteran Finds Support At Texas A&M While Pursuing Veterinary Degree
COLLEGE STATION, Texas, May 25 (TNSOps) -- Texas A&M University's College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences issued the following news release: Eli Hernandez, a fourth-year veterinary student at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVMBS), calls himself a "vet-squared." The title is fitting, as he identifies as both a veteran and a soon-to-be veterinarian. "After high school, I did six years on active duty," the Lumberton native said. "I was in Japan   more

New Dimensions for Next Era: University of Texas Dallas Launches $750 Million Fundraising Campaign
RICHARDSON, Texas, May 27 (TNSOps) -- The University of Texas Dallas campus issued the following news: The University of Texas at Dallas launched the public phase of New Dimensions: The Campaign for UT Dallas. The effort -- the second major fundraising campaign in University history -- aims to raise $750 million for transformative priorities across campus to help meet the needs of students, expand the impact of research and create a new destination for cultural dialogue in North Texas. "This i  more

Nexstar Media Names Courtney Williams as Chief Diversity Officer
IRVING, Texas, May 27 -- Nexstar Media Group, a television broadcasting company, issued the following news release: Nexstar Media Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: NXST), today announced that it has named Courtney Williams to the newly created position of Chief Diversity Officer, responsible for leading the Company's efforts to expand diversity in hiring, promotion, and retention. Ms. Williams currently serves as Vice President of Human Resources for Nexstar. She will continue to report to Terri Bush, Senio  more

Oklahoma State University: Foliar Diseases Seen in Oklahoma Wheat as Harvest Nears
STILLWATER, Oklahoma, May 25 (TNSRes) -- Oklahoma State University issued the following news: Oklahoma's cool, rainy spring is making its mark on some of the state's wheat crop. Stripe rust infections in some Oklahoma wheat fields continue to activate, mostly triggered by recent rains, heavy dew and moderately cool weather conditions, Oklahoma State University experts said. "Texas had more stripe rust develop than leaf rust this year, and that's what has moved northward in terms of foliar dis  more

Rice University: Bioengineering Department Adds Single-Cell Expert via CPRIT Grant
HOUSTON, Texas, May 27 (TNSGra) (TNSRes) -- Rice University issued the following news release: The little things of life mean a great deal to Julea Vlassakis, who will bring her study of protein complexes and their role in cancer proliferation to Rice University this year. Vlassakis will join the Department of Bioengineering faculty as an assistant professor this summer with the support of a $2 million grant by the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT). The grant to recrui  more

Rice University: Biologists Construct a 'Periodic Table' for Cell Nuclei
HOUSTON, Texas, May 28 (TNSJou) -- Rice University issued the following news release: One hundred fifty years ago, Dmitri Mendeleev created the periodic table, a system for classifying atoms based on the properties of their nuclei. This week, a team of biologists studying the tree of life has unveiled a new classification system for cell nuclei, and discovered a method for transmuting one type of cell nucleus into another. The study, which appears this week in the journal Science, emerged from  more

Rice University: Executives Wildly Overestimate Financial Benefits of Strategy Planning, Research Finds
HOUSTON, Texas, May 28 (TNSRes) -- Rice University issued the following news release: New research shows executives are likely to overestimate the financial benefits of strategy planning -- as conducted by an overwhelming majority of large companies -- by a factor of five. Executives at 88% of large companies engage in strategy planning, according to the research featured in a chapter of "Focus: How to Plan Strategy and Improve Execution to Achieve Growth," a new book co-authored by Vikas Mitt  more

Rice University: Odd Angles Make for Strong Spin-Spin Coupling
HOUSTON, Texas, May 27 (TNSJou) -- Rice University issued the following news release: Sometimes things are a little out of whack, and it turns out to be exactly what you need. That was the case when orthoferrite crystals turned up at a Rice University laboratory slightly misaligned. Those crystals inadvertently became the basis of a discovery that should resonate with researchers studying spintronics-based quantum technology. Rice physicist Junichiro Kono, alumnus Takuma Makihara and their co  more

Rice University: Pristine Quantum Criticality Found
HOUSTON, Texas, May 27 (TNSJou) -- Rice University issued the following news release: U.S. and Austrian physicists searching for evidence of quantum criticality in topological materials have found one of the most pristine examples yet observed. In an open access paper published online in Science Advances, researchers from Rice University, Johns Hopkins University, the Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) present the first expe  more

Ripon Society: Pfluger & Van Duyne Lay Out Vision for Border Security and Immigration Reform
WASHINGTON, May 25 -- The Ripon Society issued the following news release: This past Thursday, The Ripon Society held a virtual discussion with U.S. Reps. August Pfluger (TX-11) and Beth Van Duyne (TX-24), two freshman members of the Texas delegation to the House of Representatives. Both outlined their respective policy agendas for their first term as well as their thoughts on the ongoing situation on our southern border and possible paths toward immigration reform. Pfluger kicked things off.   more

Sam Houston State University: Students Take Third Place In Supply Chain Data Analytics Competition
HUNTSVILLE, Texas, May 25 (TNSOps) -- Sam Houston State University issued the following news: Creatively applying classroom knowledge to help with a real-world problem is how Sam Houston State University seniors, Taylor Swearingen, Sheena Fitzgerald, and Katia Funes, recently earned a third-place title in the national 2021 Supply Chain Data Analytics Competition. Designed to give students the opportunity to work on real-industry applications, the competition was based on strategic and tactical  more

St. Edward's University: 5 Fulbright Winners Create Their Future
AUSTIN, Texas, May 29 (TNSAwa) -- St. Edward's University issued the following news release: Five graduates of St. Edward's are winners of the 2021 Fulbright Student award, and two additional graduates have been selected as alternates for the award. As recipients of this highly selective grant program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, these graduates will make an impact in communities around the world during a year of teaching, learning and cross-cultural exchange. Our Fulbright Awar  more

Tarleton State University Honors Longtime Benefactors With Naming
STEPHENVILLE, Texas, May 28 (TNSMon) -- Tarleton State University issued the following news release on May 27, 2021: Dr. Teresa "Terry" Lozano Long told her husband, Joe, shortly after they married in 1958 that if they ever made enough money, they should help the people of Texas. So they have helped, numerous times, and they did it again with a $2 million gift to support underrepresented students at Tarleton State University. Today the university named its Office of Diversity, Inclusion and In  more

Tarleton State University Joins Erath County United Way in Grant-Funded Project
STEPHENVILLE, Texas, May 25 (TNSPar) -- Tarleton State University issued the following news release: Tarleton State University has joined forces with Erath County United Way to help county agencies and organizations address crucial community needs. The project, Erath County Community Bridges, is funded by a $599,562 grant from Texas Health Resources. The initiative is aimed at decreasing anxiety and depression, increasing food security and enhancing resource navigation services for low-income  more

Texas A&M University Corpus Christi: Adrian Rodriguez Announced as Vice President of Student Engagement & Success
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas, May 25 (TNSPer) -- Texas A&M University Corpus Christi campus issued the following news: Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi is excited to announce Adrian Rodriguez as the vice president of Student Engagement and Success. Rodriguez will join the Island University on Monday, Aug. 2, 2021. Rodriguez's career includes more than 20 years of experience in higher education serving most recently as associate vice president for Student Life at Kansas State University, where he l  more

Texas A&M University Corpus Christi: Islander English Faculty Win 2021 National Book Award
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas, May 28 (TNSAwa) -- Texas A&M University Corpus Christi campus issued the following news: By Richard Guerrero Two faculty in the Department of English at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi were part of a three-editor team that won a 2021 Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) Advancement of Knowledge Award for the publication, "Bordered Writers: Latinx Identities and Literacy Practices at Hispanic-Serving Institutions." The Advancement of Knowledge Aw  more

Texas A&M University's Health Science: Vanishing Visitors
COLLEGE STATION, Texas, May 28 -- Texas A&M University's Health Science Center issued the following news: Hospitals around the United States have been seriously disrupted by COVID-19. One example is the reduction of total hospital visits, where the pandemic led hospitals to postpone or cancel many elective medical procedures and surgeries. Additionally, visits to hospital emergency departments (EDs) decreased across the country, especially between February and April. However, not much is known   more

Texas A&M: Bukkapatnam Receives George L. Smith Award for Industrial Engineering Promotion
COLLEGE STATION, Texas, May 27 -- Texas A&M University's College of Engineering issued the following news: By Alleynah Veatch Cofas Dr. Satish Bukkapatnam has been awarded the George L. Smith International Award for excellence in the promotion of industrial engineering. This award, given by the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE), is presented to an individual who has made significant contributions to the discipline and exemplifies being a "goodwill ambassador" for the profes  more

Texas A&M: Gaharwar Lab Is Lighting Hydogels via Nanomaterials
COLLEGE STATION, Texas, May 28 (TNSJou) -- Texas A&M University's College of Engineering issued the following news: By Jennifer Reiley Hydrogels are commonly used inside the body to help in tissue regeneration and drug delivery. However, once inside, they can be challenging to control for optimal use. A team of researchers in the Department of Biomedical Engineering at Texas A&M University is developing a new way to manipulate the gel -- by using light. Graduate student Patrick Lee and Dr. Ak  more

Texas A&M: Hascakir Named Fellow in Dean of Faculties Development Program
COLLEGE STATION, Texas, May 27 (TNSAwa) -- Texas A&M University's College of Engineering issued the following news: By Nancy Luedke Dr. Berna Hascakir is one of five Texas A&M University faculty members chosen as fellows for the 2021-22 ADVANCE Administrative Fellows Leadership Development Program. ADVANCE is under the Dean of Faculties office and endeavors to "create a psychologically healthy workplace at Texas A&M where all faculty can thrive and succeed." Hascakir, associate professor and F  more

Texas A&M: Student Team Wins $10,000 by Developing an Automated Toolbox for Construction Workers
COLLEGE STATION, Texas, May 28 (TNSOps) -- Texas A&M University's College of Engineering issued the following news: By Michelle Revels Construction workers have an abundance of responsibilities, from paving roads to building lasting structures. Having the right tools on hand is essential for completing work promptly but is a more challenging task than one might think. Studies show that construction workers spend a significant amount of their day chasing down tools, which increases labor costs  more

Texas A&M: Technique to Evaluate Wind Turbines May Boost Wind Power Production
COLLEGE STATION, Texas, May 25 (TNSJou) -- Texas A&M University's College of Engineering issued the following news: By Vandana Suresh With a global impetus toward utilizing more renewable energy sources, wind presents a promising, increasingly tapped resource. Despite the many technological advancements made in upgrading wind-powered systems, a systematic and reliable way to assess competing technologies has been a challenge. In a new case study, researchers at Texas A&M University, in collab  more

Texas A&M: Technology to Monitor Mental Wellbeing Might Be Right at Your Fingertips
COLLEGE STATION, Texas, May 27 (TNSRes) -- Texas A&M University's College of Engineering issued the following news: By Vandana Suresh To help patients manage their mental wellness between appointments, researchers at Texas A&M University have developed a smart device-based electronic platform that can continuously monitor the state of hyperarousal, one of the key signs of psychiatric distress. They said this advanced technology could read facial cues, analyze voice patterns and integrate readi  more

Texas A&M: Testing the Limits - Madsen Works to Maximize Efficiency of Solar Light Pipes
COLLEGE STATION, Texas, May 27 (TNSJou) -- Texas A&M University's College of Engineering issued the following news: By Rachel Rose If you have witnessed the rainbow pattern that dances on the surface of a CD or DVD, then you have seen diffraction at work. The disk acts as a diffraction grating, an optical element that disperses light into various colors or wavelengths. This division of light can occur on any periodic, or rippled, surface. The direction of these divided light beams, and subsequ  more

Texas Democratic Party: Breaking - 26 Days Into AAPI Heritage Month, Ted Cruz Is Spreading Racist Anti-Asian Hate
AUSTIN, Texas, May 28 -- The Texas Democratic Party issued the following news on May 26, 2021: 26 days into AAPI Heritage Month, Ted Cruz went on national TV Wednesday to spread racist bile in an attempt to shift the blame off of Texas Republicans for their flagrant mismanagement of the pandemic. Racist, hateful rhetoric like this has driven an uptick in hate crimes against AAPI communities since the start of the pandemic. Let's be clear: over the last 14 months, more than 50,000 Texans lost t  more

Texas Democratic Party: Letter From Texas Democratic Congressional Delegation Urges Action to Defend Voting Rights Against Republican Attacks
AUSTIN, Texas, May 26 -- The Texas Democratic Party issued the following news on May 25, 2021: Tuesday, all Texas Democratic Members of Congress released a letter urging Congress to pass new legislation to protect voting rights, as Republican attacks across the country continue to jeopardize Americans' constitutional right to vote. With Republicans in Texas' state legislature set to pass one of the worst of these attacks in the next five days, the entire Texas Democratic Congressional Delegatio  more

Texas Democratic Party: Throwback Thursday- With New Reports of More Than 700 Winter Storm Deaths, Look Back at Tragedy of February's Republican-Made Disaster
AUSTIN, Texas, May 28 -- The Texas Democratic Party issued the following news on May 27, 2021: Wednesday, the bombshell news broke that the death count from February's Republican-made disaster around the winter storm may be more than 700 people. This is not only an incredibly tragic, infuriating revelation -- it's also a coverup. For three months, Republicans have refused to accurately tally the toll taken by the worst winter storm disaster in decades, in order to cover up their massive failure  more

Texas Department of Licensing & Regulation Releases New List of Revoked Licenses
AUSTIN, Texas, May 28 -- The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation issued the following news release: The Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation (TDLR) has released the newest list of people who are no longer authorized to perform or offer to perform licensed services in Texas. TDLR urges consumers not to hire unlicensed service providers. The enforcement actions included those taken against three licensees who either allowed sexual activities to occur in their licensed massage es  more

Texas Education Agency Approves Four New School Systems for Teacher Incentive Allotment Designation
AUSTIN, Texas, May 28 -- The Texas Education Agency issued the following news release on May 27, 2021: The Texas Education Agency (TEA) today announced four additional public school systems have been approved for a Local Designation System as part of the Teacher Incentive Allotment (TIA). This announcement paves the way for 4,616 highly effective Texas educators to be recognized and additionally compensated for their excellent work in the classroom. Approximately $43 million will be generated  more

Texas Gov. Abbott Announces Film Friendly Texas Designation for the City of Mont Belvieu
AUSTIN, Texas, May 28 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release on May 27, 2021: Governor Greg Abbott today announced that the City of Mont Belvieu, 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   more

Texas Gov. Abbott Celebrates 50th Anniversary of the Texas Film Commission
AUSTIN, Texas, May 25 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release on May 24, 2021: Governor Greg Abbott today congratulated the Texas Film Commission (TFC) on its 50th anniversary of service to the state. Created in 1971 to encourage the development of the film industry in Texas, the TFC has since helped to grow local jobs and economies by promoting the Lone Star State as the premier destination for film, television, commercial, animation, visual effects, video game, and ext  more

Texas Gov. Abbott Highlights Texas' Efforts to Crack Down on Fentanyl
AUSTIN, Texas, May 28 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release on May 27, 2021: Governor Greg Abbott today held a press conference in Fort Worth where he highlighted the state's efforts to secure the border and stop the trafficking of fentanyl into Texas. In response to an unprecedented surge in fentanyl coming across the border, the Governor announced his intention to sign Senate Bill 768 (Huffman/Johnson) that will create a specific criminal offense, beginning with a th  more

Texas Gov. Abbott Issues Special Election Proclamation for the City of Galveston
AUSTIN, Texas, May 27 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following proclamation: WHEREAS, officials of the City of Galveston have requested that I exercise executive authority to grant an emergency exception to the uniform election date requirements, pursuant to Sections 41.001 and 41.0011 of the Texas Election Code, and to grant permission for the City of Galveston to order a special, emergency election for the purpose of electing a member to fill a vacancy in Galveston City Council Dist  more

Texas Gov. Abbott Statement on Legislative Session
AUSTIN, Texas, May 28 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following statement on May 27, 2021: * * * Governor Greg Abbott today issued a statement about the legislative session: "Some are trying to end the game before the time clock has run out. "There's still time remaining for the House and Senate to work together to get important conservative legislation to my desk. "Members in both chambers need to be spending every minute of every day to accomplish that mission."  more

Texas Gov. Abbott, TDEM, TMD Expand Mobile Vaccine Program to Include Groups of Five or More Texans
AUSTIN, Texas, May 26 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release on May 25, 2021: Governor Greg Abbott, the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM), and the Texas Military Department (TMD) today announced the expansion of the State Mobile Vaccine Program to include groups of five or more Texans who voluntarily choose to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Texans can call 844-90-TEXAS and select Option 3 to schedule a mobile vaccine clinic to vaccinate groups of friends,  more

Texas State Auditor: 'Report on Delegation of Authority to State Entities to Contract for External Audit Services'
AUSTIN, Texas, May 29 -- The office of the Texas State Auditor issued the following audit report (No. 21-020) in May 2021 entitled "A Report on the Delegation of Authority to State Entities to Contract for External Audit Services": * * * Here is the summary of the report: To provide you with more information regarding the amount of audit work being performed related to state government, the State Auditor's Office has compiled the following data on delegations of authority to contract for audi  more

Texas State Auditor: 'Report on Health and Human Services Commission Contracts'
AUSTIN, Texas, May 29 -- The office of the Texas State Auditor issued the following audit report (No. 21-021) in May 2021 entitled "A Report on Health and Human Services Commission Contracts": * * * Here is the summary of the report: Texas Government Code, Section 321.013(k), requires that, in devising its audit plan, the State Auditor's Office shall consider performing audits of Health and Human Services Commission (Commission) contracts that exceed $100 million in annual value, including co  more

University of North Texas Professors Work With Baylor Scott & White Health Researchers on Study Examining How Cloth Masks Affect Exercise
DENTON, Texas, May 21 (TNSJou) -- The University of North Texas issued the following news release: Exercising while wearing a cloth mask may lead to more work, heavier breathing and faster fatigue, according to a joint study between the University of North Texas and Baylor Scott & White Sports Therapy & Research at The Star in Frisco. "It's one of the first studies to look at what wearing a cloth mask does when exercising," said Jakob Vingren, professor and chair of the UNT Department of Kines  more

University of Texas System: Texas Legislature Gives Approval to New UT Medical School in Northeast Texas
AUSTIN, Texas, May 29 -- The University of Texas System issued the following news release: Authorization for the Health Science Center at UT Tyler to allocate its resources to attain accreditation of a doctor of medicine (MD) program--a step needed to create a new medical school--has passed through the Texas Legislature and will soon be on its way to Governor Abbott's desk for signature. The authorization is included in Senate Bill 1, the state's biennial budget. Once approved, the new medica  more

University of Texas's MD Anderson Cancer: Combination Therapy Achieves High Rates of Response for Patients With Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia
HOUSTON, Texas, May 19 (TNSRes) -- The University of Texas's MD Anderson Cancer Center issued the following news release: A combination of ponatinib and blinatumomab was found to be safe and highly effective in patients with newly diagnosed or relapsed/refractory Philadelphia chromosome-positive acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), according to researchers at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. The study may support a regimen to produce complete remission with front-line therapy,   more

University of Texas's MD Anderson Cancer: Metabolic Inhibitor IACS-6274 Shows Early Antitumor Effects in Underserved Patients With Advanced Cancers
HOUSTON, Texas, May 19 (TNSRes) -- The University of Texas's MD Anderson Cancer Center issued the following news release: The glutaminase (GLS1) inhibitor IACS-6274, discovered and developed by The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center's Therapeutics Discovery division, appears to be well-tolerated with successful target inhibition and early signs of anti-tumor activity in a biomarker-driven Phase I trial. Interim results of the study will be presented at the 2021 American Society for C  more

University of Texas's MD Anderson Cancer: New AI-based Tool Can Find Rare Cell Populations in Large Single-Cell Datasets
HOUSTON, Texas, May 20 (TNSJou) -- The University of Texas's MD Anderson Cancer Center issued the following news release: Researchers at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center have developed a first-of-its-kind artificial intelligence (AI)-based tool that can accurately identify rare groups of biologically important cells from single-cell datasets, which often contain gene or protein expression data from thousands of cells. The research was published today in Nature Computational Sci  more

University of Texas-Arlington: De-Icing System Moving From Test Site to Texas Bridge
ARLINGTON, Texas, May 27 (TNSRes) -- The University of Texas Arlington campus issued the following news release: A geothermal de-icing system designed by researchers at The University of Texas at Arlington kept a test bridge mostly clear of snow and ice during the sub-freezing winter storm in February. Now the research team will install its system on an in-service bridge to see how it performs under operational conditions. Xinbao Yu, associate professor of civil engineering, has received nearl  more

University of Texas-Arlington: Designing an Uber for Agriculture
ARLINGTON, Texas, May 28 (TNSGra) -- The University of Texas Arlington campus issued the following news release: An expert in logistics at The University of Texas at Arlington is designing a better way for farmers to move crops and livestock to market through crowdsourced transportation programs, akin to an agricultural Uber. The National Science Foundation (NSF) Early Career Development program awarded Caroline Krejci, assistant professor in the Industrial, Manufacturing and Systems Engineeri  more

University of Texas-Arlington: Maverick Entrepreneurial Spirit Grows
ARLINGTON, Texas, May 27 (TNSOps) -- The University of Texas Arlington campus issued the following news release: The University of Texas at Arlington's College of Business honored 88 businesses started by entrepreneurs with UTA ties at the second annual MAVS 100 Awards & Gala on May 8 at Live! By Loew's in Arlington. The annual event, established by the College of Business, recognizes the fastest-growing Maverick-owned or -run businesses and highlights the significant impact of UTA entrepreneu  more

University of Texas-Dallas: Accolades - Faculty Members Earn Honor, New Leadership Role
RICHARDSON, Texas, May 21 (TNSAwa) -- The University of Texas Dallas campus issued the following news: Accolades is an occasional News Center feature that highlights recent accomplishments of faculty and students at The University of Texas at Dallas. To submit items for consideration, contact your school's communications manager. Professor Recognized for Research, Service Dr. Meghna Sabharwal, professor and program head of public and nonprofit management in the School of Economic, Political a  more

University of Texas-Dallas: Army Grant Assists Researchers' Mission Against ALS
RICHARDSON, Texas, May 21 (TNSGra) -- The University of Texas Dallas campus issued the following news: University of Texas at Dallas researchers are working on a method that uses the gene-editing tool CRISPR to delete a genetic mutation that causes the familial form of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. Dr. Zhenghong Gao, a mechanical engineering research scientist in the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science, recently received a $648,389  more

University of Texas-Dallas: Neuroscientist Wins NIH Fellowship, Shines as Researcher, Mentor
RICHARDSON, Texas, May 21 (TNSAwa) -- The University of Texas Dallas campus issued the following news: Dr. Lakeisha Lewter intends to light the way for the next generation of scientists on the path she traveled. The neuroscience research associate in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences (BBS) at The University of Texas at Dallas received a Ruth L. Kirschstein Postdoctoral Individual National Research Service Award from the National Institutes of Health. The postdoctoral fellowship will   more

University of Texas: 'Slow Slip' Earthquakes' Hidden Mechanics Revealed
AUSTIN, Texas, May 27 (TNSJou) -- The University of Texas issued the following news release: Slow slip earthquakes, a type of slow motion tremor, have been detected at many of the world's earthquake hotspots, including those found around the Pacific Ring of Fire, but it is unclear how they are connected to the damaging quakes that occur there. Scientists at The University of Texas at Austin have now revealed the earthquakes' inner workings using seismic CT scans and supercomputers to examine a   more

University of Texas: Fight Against Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria Has a Glowing New Weapon
AUSTIN, Texas, May 28 (TNSJou) -- The University of Texas issued the following news release: In the perpetual arms races between bacteria and human-made antibiotics, there is a new tool to give human medicine the edge, in part by revealing bacterial weaknesses and potentially by leading to more targeted or new treatments for bacterial infections. A research team led by scientists at The University of Texas at Austin has developed chemical probes to help identify an enzyme, produced by some typ  more

Walt Disney Executive Chairman Iger Delivers Commencement Address at the University of Texas at Austin
AUSTIN, Texas, May 23 -- The University of Texas issued the following transcript of the speech by Walt Disney Executive Chairman Robert A. Iger at the 138th spring commencement: * * * Good evening! President Hartzell, Chairman Eltife, members of the faculty and staff, parents and family members, graduates. It is so great to be here, all together in one place! To the Class of 2021, congratulations! You got through a year of quarantines, Zoom classes, masks, nasal swabs, and more take-out food  more