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State Tipoffs Involving Texas Newsletter for Sunday June 13, 2021 ( 86 items )  

Alumnus Recognized for Research to Improve USAF Fleet Maintenance Schedules
MACON, Georgia, June 12 (TNSRes) -- Mercer University issued the following news: Mercer University School of Engineering graduate Harrison M. Verhine was awarded second place for research he conducted as an undergraduate in the Operations Research Division at the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers (IISE) Annual Virtual Conference and Exposition, held virtually May 22-25. Verhine represented Mercer among fellow finalists from Cornell, Virginia Tech, Purdue, Texas State and Bucknell.   more

American Airlines Announces New Nonstop Service From Kansas City International Airport to Austin
KANSAS CITY, Missouri, June 11 -- Kansas City International Airport issued the following news release: American Airlines announced that the carrier will add nonstop air service from Kansas City International Airport (MCI) to Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) in Austin, Texas. Beginning September 8, American will operate one daily flight each way and will add a second round trip November 2, all with Embraer E175 regional jets. Austin the third most popular Texas destination from Kansa  more

Americans Who Most Strongly Assert Their Personal Religiosity are More Likely to Believe Contemporary Falsehoods, Baylor Sociologists Find
WACO, Texas, June 10 (TNSRep) -- Baylor University issued the following news on June 9, 2021: Patterns in American religious attitudes, behaviors and beliefs just after the 2020 presidential election and during the coronavirus pandemic are the latest focus of the Baylor Religion Survey, the most comprehensive national survey studying religion in America. Baylor University researchers are analyzing the results of the latest survey with special attention to how American religion relates to publi  more

Baylor College of Medicine: Grant Funds Research to Find New Ways to Prevent, Treat Bacterial Infections
HOUSTON, Texas, June 11 (TNSGra) -- The Baylor College of Medicine issued the following news: Researchers at Baylor College of Medicine have received a $12 million grant over five years from the National Institutes of Health to identify non-antibiotic strategies to prevent and treat bacterial infections. Antimicrobial resistant organisms are fast becoming one of the biggest public health threats worldwide. Antibiotic-resistant bacteria kill about 1 million people across the globe each year, an  more

Baylor Launches Clinical Trial for COVID-19 Vaccine Booster
HOUSTON, Texas, June 9 (TNSRes) -- The Baylor College of Medicine issued the following news: Researchers at the Vaccine and Treatment Evaluation Unit at Baylor College of Medicine have launched a clinical trial to study the safety and efficacy of a booster dose of the Moderna-mRNA-1273 COVID-19 vaccine. The study is for people who already have received one of the vaccines approved under Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) by the FDA. A second part of the study will enroll participants who have ne  more

Baylor University Mathematician Earns Coveted $430,000 Career Award From National Science Foundation
WACO, Texas, June 9 (TNSMon) -- Baylor University issued the following news on June 8, 2021: Jameson Graber, Ph.D., assistant professor of mathematics at Baylor University, has earned a prestigious Faculty Early Career Development Award (CAREER) from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The award will provide nearly $430,000 in funding over five years to support his research, which lies at the intersection of partial differential equations, game theory, economics and political science. "I'm   more

College of Business Teaching Awards
COMMERCE, Texas, June 6 (TNSAwa) -- Texas A&M University's Commerce Campus issued the following news: The College of Business (COB) has recently established the Faculty Teaching Award. The purpose of the COB Teaching Awards is to recognize and acknowledge the outstanding efforts of faculty who uphold a high standard of excellence in their classrooms. Associate Professor Bo Han from the Department of Marketing and Business Analytics has received the first award for the 2020-21 academic year. Dr  more

College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences Veterinary Pathologist Promotes Diversity, Inclusion Within Veterinary Medicine
COLLEGE STATION, Texas, June 10 (TNSOps) -- Texas A&M University's College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences issued the following news release on June 9, 2021: Dr. Yava Jones-Hall, an associate professor at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVMBS), is leading in the field of veterinary medicine as the only veterinarian selected for CrossTalk's list of 100 inspiring Black scientists in America. Created to encourage and emphasize the importance of d  more

Democratic Governors Association: Texas Gov. Greg Abbott Faces Growing Onslaught of Primary Challengers
WASHINGTON, June 12 -- The Democratic Governors Association issued the following news: Greg Abbott's failed leadership is earning him an increasingly competitive primary field as more and more Republicans consider throwing their hat in the ring. In the latest news in potential challengers to Abbott, Allen West resigned from his position as Texas GOP Chairman to consider taking on Abbott, and former Agricultural Commissioner Sid Miller, who was also rumored to be weighing a run, "could announce   more

Dr. Jaime R. Taylor Named Sole Finalist in Lamar University Presidential Search
BEAUMONT, Texas, June 9 (TNSPer) -- Lamar University issued the following news: Chancellor Brian McCall has selected Jaime R. Taylor, Ph.D., as sole finalist in the Lamar University presidential search. Dr. Taylor was selected following an extensive national search. Dr. Taylor has served since 2018 as provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia, with a student enrollment of nearly 13,000. As the university's chief academic officer,  more

Endowment Honors Turners' Impact on Texas A&M University's Commerce and Texas Education
COMMERCE, Texas, June 9 (TNSAwa) -- Texas A&M University's Commerce Campus issued the following news: Professor Emeritus Lynn Turner holds an important place in Texas A&M University-Commerce history. As one of the original faculty members in the Department of Educational Leadership, his contributions helped build the department into a leading producer of principals and superintendents in the state of Texas. A&M-Commerce honored the professor and his wife, Mrs. Alene Turner, at a campus recepti  more

Ever Been 'in the Zone?' University of Texas-Arlington Explores How to Keep You There
ARLINGTON, Texas, June 10 (TNSOps) -- The University of Texas Arlington campus issued the following news release: The experience of being "in the zone" is often used to describe a cognitive state of mind known as flow. A person enters a state of flow when highly engaged with a task, often losing track of time and enjoying a high level of success. Cesar Torres, assistant professor in the Computer Science and Engineering Department at The University of Texas at Arlington, has recently received a  more

Governor Abbott Extends COVID-19 Disaster Declaration for June 2021
AUSTIN, Texas, June 8 -- 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, in each subsequent month effective through today, I have issued proclamations renewing the disaster declaration for all Texas c  more

Kim O'Neill Hired as the New Vice President for University Advancement and CEO of the Western Washington University Foundation
BELLINGHAM, Washington, June 5 (TNSPer) -- Western Washington University issued the following announcement by President Sabah Randhawa: Following a nationwide search, I am pleased to announce that Kim O'Neill will join Western Washington University as our new Vice President for University Advancement and CEO of the WWU Foundation effective July 1. Kim currently serves as Associate Vice President of Advancement at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, a position she has held since September 2  more

Marshall Provost Tapped as President of Texas University
HUNTINGTON, West Virginia, June 9 (TNSPer) -- Marshall University issued the following news release on June 8, 2021: Marshall University President Jerome A. Gilbert today announced that Dr. Jaime R. Taylor, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Marshall, will step down next month to become president at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. Taylor, who joined Marshall in July 2018, had previously served at Austin Peay State University in Tennessee as interim provost for two y  more

MD Anderson Cancer: Combination Targeted Therapy Provides Durable Remission for Patients With Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia
HOUSTON, Texas, June 11 (TNSJou) -- The University of Texas's MD Anderson Cancer Center issued the following news release: A combination of ibrutinib and venetoclax was found to provide lasting disease remission in patients with newly diagnosed chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), according to researchers at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Findings from the single-institution Phase II study were published today in JAMA Oncology and provide the longest follow-up data on patient  more

MD Anderson Cancer: Targeted Therapy Pralsetinib Safely and Effectively Treats Lung and Thyroid Cancers With RET Alterations
HOUSTON, Texas, June 10 (TNSJou) -- The University of Texas's MD Anderson Cancer Center issued the following news release on June 9, 2021: Results from the multi-cohort Phase I/II ARROW clinical trial, conducted by The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center researchers, showed that a once-daily dose of pralsetinib, a highly selective RET inhibitor, was safe and effective in treating patients with advanced RET fusion-positive non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and RET-altered thyroid canc  more

Montana Democrats Appoint Communications Director in Preparation for 2022 Midterm Cycle
HELENA, Montana, June 12 -- The Montana Democratic Party issued the following news release: The Montana Democratic Party has made a key hire in anticipation of the 2022 midterm election cycle, rounding out their leadership team with the addition of Katherine Towell as Communications Director. Towell comes to the party with a strong background in campaign and legislative communications, including time spent with the 2016 campaign of Hillary Clinton, and in the Office of the Speaker at the New Y  more

Music Listening Near Bedtime Disruptive to Sleep, Baylor Study Finds
WACO, Texas, June 10 (TNSJou) -- Baylor University issued the following news on June 9, 2021: Most people listen to music throughout their day and often near bedtime to wind down. But can that actually cause your sleep to suffer? When sleep researcher Michael Scullin, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology and neuroscience at Baylor University, realized he was waking in the middle of the night with a song stuck in his head, he saw an opportunity to study how music -- and particularly stuck so  more

Nexstar Media Inc. Names Susan Parker Chief Strategy Officer/EVP of Strategy & Data of the Digital Division
IRVING, Texas, June 10 -- Nexstar Media Group, a television broadcasting company, issued the following news release on June 9, 2021: The Digital Division of Nexstar Media Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Nexstar Media Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: NXST), today announced the promotion of Susan Parker to Chief Strategy Officer/EVP Strategy & Data of the company's Digital Division. In this newly created role, she will oversee all data and strategy functions for Nexstar Media Inc.'s Digital Division, whic  more

Research Reaching Houston: University of Houston Addressing Real-World Challenges
HOUSTON, Texas, June 8 (TNSRes) -- The University of Houston issued the following news release: From combatting vaccine hesitancy and forecasting COVID's economic toll on Houston, to investigating ways to mitigate the impact of hurricanes and flooding, researchers at the University of Houston go beyond the borders of campus to address societal challenges, igniting meaningful change that improves the lives of Houstonians. Tired of driving on cracked roadways? UH researchers have developed a new  more

Researcher Investigates Carbonate Mineral Chemical Variations to Improve Oil Recovery
COLLEGE STATION, Texas, June 10 (TNSJou) -- Texas A&M University's College of Engineering issued the following news: By Nancy Luedke Dr. Igor Ivanishin, a postdoctoral researcher in the Harold Vance Department of Petroleum Engineering at Texas A&M University, has firsthand experience with the frustrations of oil production. He spent nine years as a hydraulic fracturing engineer with operating and service companies in Russia. A few years ago, he came to Texas A&M to get his doctoral degree whil  more

Rice Alliance Clean Energy Accelerator Announces Inaugural Class
HOUSTON, Texas, June 11 (TNSPro) -- Rice University issued the following news release: The 12 startups in the inaugural class of the Rice Alliance Clean Energy Accelerator have been selected, and they will begin work this summer. The accelerator program, which will include clean energy startups from across North America, will be delivered virtually beginning June 28. It will conclude on Sept. 16 with a demo day at the 19th annual Rice Alliance Energy Tech Venture Forum. The Rice Alliance Clea  more

Rice Lab Peers Inside 2D Crystal Synthesis
HOUSTON, Texas, June 12 (TNSJou) -- Rice University issued the following news release: Scientific studies describing the most basic processes often have the greatest impact in the long run. A new work by Rice University engineers could be one such, and it's a gas, gas, gas for nanomaterials. Rice materials theorist Boris Yakobson, graduate student Jincheng Lei and alumnus Yu Xie of Rice's Brown School of Engineering have unveiled how a popular 2D material, molybdenum disulfide (MoS2), flashes   more

Rice University: Absorbent Aerogels Show Some Muscle
HOUSTON, Texas, June 8 (TNSRes) -- Rice University issued the following news release: A simple chemical process developed at Rice University creates light and highly absorbent aerogels that can take a beating. Covalent organic frameworks (COFs), crystal structures with strong molecular bonds, can form a porous aerogel for use as a custom membrane in batteries or other devices or as an absorbent to remove pollutants from the environment. Conventional COFs are usually powders. Chemical and biom  more

Rice University: Executives Aren't Sold on Strategy Planning, Research Finds
HOUSTON, Texas, June 10 (TNSRes) -- Rice University issued the following news release on June 9, 2021: New research shows executives doubt the effectiveness of strategy planning, which is conducted by an overwhelming majority of large companies in the United States. That attitude may doom such plans' successful implementation, the researchers argue. Executives at 88% of large companies engage in strategy planning, according to the research featured in a chapter of "Focus: How to Plan Strategy   more

Rice University: Interesting Times Ahead for the Natural Gas Industry, Say Baker Institute Experts
HOUSTON, Texas, June 8 (TNSRes) -- Rice University issued the following news release: The future of natural gas is complicated in a world where the drive for decarbonization and the need for human and economic development often collide, according to experts from Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy. Michelle Michot Foss, a fellow in energy, minerals and materials at the Baker Institute, and Anna Mikulska, a nonresident fellow in energy studies at the institute, share their insig  more

Rice University: Leaders Who Embrace On-Job Learning and Listen to Employees Have More Resilient Teams, Research Shows
HOUSTON, Texas, June 11 (TNSJou) -- Rice University issued the following news release: Leaders who encourage their employees to learn on the job and speak up with ideas and suggestions for change have teams that are more effective and resilient in the face of unexpected situations, according to new research from Rice University and the University of Windsor. "A Resource Model of Team Resilience Capacity and Learning" will appear in a special issue of Group & Organization Management. Authors Ky  more

Rice University: NIH Grant Boosts Computational Search for Cancer Drugs
HOUSTON, Texas, June 8 (TNSGra) -- Rice University issued the following news release: Computer scientist Lydia Kavraki of Rice University's Brown School of Engineering has won a prestigious National Institutes of Health U01 grant to develop a new approach to model and analyze protein-ligand interactions in cancer research. The end goal is to create a proteomics toolkit, PROTEAN-CR, focused on the structural analysis of protein-ligand interactions. Researchers will use PROTEAN-CR to understand   more

Rice University: Popularity Runs in Families
HOUSTON, Texas, June 8 (TNSJou) -- Rice University issued the following news release: If identical versions of 20 people lived out their lives in dozens of different worlds, would the same people be popular in each world? If you substitute "fruit flies" for "people" in that question, you have a fair description of a Rice University study showing that the evolution of social structures and the positions of individuals within those structures are based partly on genetics. Cloned fruit flies pla  more

Rice University: Texas Must Address Groundwater Future, Says Baker Institute Expert
HOUSTON, Texas, June 11 (TNSRes) -- Rice University issued the following news release: Long-term water security is essential for the future of Texas, and the state acutely needs a common law system that can balance world-scale agricultural activity, industrial development and urban growth while also protecting private property rights, according to new research from Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy and Texas State University's The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment.   more

Rice's OpenStax Ally Program Expands Opportunities for Education Tech Providers
HOUSTON, Texas, June 11 (TNSPro) -- Rice University issued the following news release: OpenStax, Rice University's popular educational technology initiative, aims to expand its partnerships with technology providers by introducing an application that will bring greater access and transparency to the process of becoming an OpenStax Ally. Although schools, colleges and universities are reopening for in-person instruction, digital learning will continue playing a major role in education. Before t  more

Smith Set to Lead A&M-Commerce School of Social Work
COMMERCE, Texas, June 10 (TNSPer) -- Texas A&M University's Commerce Campus issued the following news: The College of Education and Human Services at A&M-Commerce recently named Dr. Marcella Smith as interim head of the School of Social Work. Smith joined A&M-Commerce in 2015 and began her tenure track a year later. She served as the Master of Social Work program director from 2019-2021. She is currently working on research to assess food insecurity at the A&M-Commerce campus. Prior to joinin  more

Starling Medical Wins 2021 Texas A&M New Ventures Competition
COLLEGE STATION, Texas, June 11 (TNSAwa) -- The Texas A&M University's Engineering Experiment Station issued the following news release: Despite the challenges of the past year, the seventh annual Texas A&M New Ventures Competition (TNVC) was held in May to recognize some of the most innovative startups in Texas. Hosted by the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES) and Texas A&M University Innovation Partners, this year's competition was a hybrid platform. Due to COVID-19, last year's   more

TAMU-CC Faculty Member, Filmmaker Collaborate With Students, Faculty on Award-Winning WWII Films
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas, June 12 (TNSOps) -- Texas A&M University Corpus Christi campus issued the following news: A pair of related films - a docudrama titled "The Airmen and The Baroness" and a documentary film titled "American POWs in Croatia: 1941-1945" - written by Dr. Dorothy McClellan, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi Regents professor of Criminal Justice, and directed by Nikola Knez, won four awards at the 54th annual World Fest International Film Festival. The docudrama, which featur  more

Tarleton Breakaway Roper Gears Up for College National Finals Rodeo
STEPHENVILLE, Texas, June 9 (TNSOps) -- Tarleton State University issued the following news release: Maddy Deerman realized she was a pretty good roper around the sixth grade. "It's hard to do roping when you're really young," she said. "You need to be a little bigger. When I got to junior high, I was able to up my game a little, to take shots from farther away, to take stronger swings and reach out a little farther." The senior geoscience major from Hope, N.M., will represent Tarleton State   more

Tarleton Steer Wrestler Qualifies for Second CNFR Appearance
STEPHENVILLE, Texas, June 9 (TNSOps) -- Tarleton State University issued the following news release: Walt Arnold has a plan. The senior criminal justice major at Tarleton State University figures to finish his bachelor's degree, then pick a law school. First, however, there's some rodeoing to do. Walt, the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association Southwest Region reserve champion bulldogger for the 2020-21 season, has qualified for the College National Finals Rodeo next week in Casper, Wyo  more

Texas A&M International University's Incoming First-Year Students Encouraged to Begin Summer Reading
LAREDO, Texas, June 11 (TNSOps) -- Texas A&M International University, a member of the Texas A and M University System, issued the following news release on June 10, 2021: As the sweltering summer temperatures begin to rise, what better way to spend the day avoiding the heat and staying indoors with a good book? Incoming, first-year Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) students are encouraged to take time this summer to complete their reading of this year's Common Read, "Failing Up: A P  more

Texas A&M Researchers Study Possibility of Rooftop Solar Photovoltaic Grid-Tied Systems
COLLEGE STATION, Texas, June 10 (TNSJou) -- Texas A&M University's College of Engineering issued the following news: By Deana Totzke Scientists are continuously looking for alternatives to fossil fuel-based power plants to diminish the adverse effects of fossil energy sources on the environment and to also build reliability. Researchers at Texas A&M University are studying the viability of solar photovoltaic (PV) grid-tied systems on rooftops to fill that need. Dr. Fadhil Al-Aboosi, a researc  more

Texas A&M University Corpus Christi Ph.D. Student Wins Campus Competition With Project Focused on Learning, Memory
CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas, June 11 (TNSOps) -- Texas A&M University Corpus Christi campus issued the following news: Xin Deng's passion to pursue her research interests led from her home in China halfway around the Earth to work in a lab at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. Now, that passion has turned into a level of expertise in her chosen field that resulted in a first-place finish in a campus-wide research competition. "I grew up in a seaside city in China, so I was always interested in mar  more

Texas A&M University System: Tim Leach'82 Elected Chairman of Board of Regents
COLLEGE STATION, Texas, June 8 -- The Texas A&M University System issued the following news release: The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents on Monday elected Tim Leach of Midland as chairman and William "Bill" Mahomes Jr. of Dallas as vice chairman. Gov. Greg Abbott appointed Leach'82 to the Board of Regents in 2017. He has served as vice chairman the past two years. Leach is Executive Vice President of ConocoPhillips and a member of the company's board of directors. Gov. Abbott fir  more

Texas A&M University's Health Science Center: Improving Telehealth Services for Medicaid Users
COLLEGE STATION, Texas, June 8 (TNSRep) -- Texas A&M University's Health Science Center issued the following news: Since 2012, Texas Medicaid users have had access to telehealth services, allowing them to receive health care from a distance. As part of a Texas Senate bill, Texas Health and Human Services submits a biannual Medicaid teleservices report to state officials, who then use this report to improve telehealth services for Medicaid users. This year's report included a cost-savings analy  more

Texas A&M University's Health Science: Exploring Social Identity Within the Anti-vaccine Movement
COLLEGE STATION, Texas, June 5 -- Texas A&M University's Health Science Center issued the following news: Following a record number of measles cases in the United States in 2019, and the COVID-19 pandemic, it is especially important to explore how many Americans view the anti-vaccine movement as central to their sense of self, and if they do, why they might feel this way. Without this information, it is difficult to determine whether or not identifying as an anti-vaxxer might motivate resistanc  more

Texas A&M University's Health Science: New Web Tool to Fight Antibacterial Resistance
COLLEGE STATION, Texas, June 11 (TNSRes) -- Texas A&M University's Health Science Center issued the following news on June 10, 2021: In 1943, two scientists named Max Delbruck and Salvador Luria conducted an experiment to show that bacteria can mutate randomly, independent of external stimulus, such as an antibiotic that threatens a bacterial cells' survival. Today the Luria-Delbruck experiment is widely used in laboratories for a different purpose--scientists use this classic experiment to det  more

Texas A&M University: Nancy Currie-Gregg Named Interim Deputy Director and Chief Technology Officer
COLLEGE STATION, Texas, June 10 (TNSPer) -- The Texas A&M University's Engineering Experiment Station issued the following news release: The Texas A&M University System has named Dr. Nancy Currie-Gregg interim deputy director and chief technology officer of the George H.W. Bush Combat Development Complex (BCDC). She assumed the duties of the position on June 7. Currie-Gregg will oversee the BCDC's research, events and projects while a search is conducted to fill the position. She joined the BC  more

Texas A&M: For the Love of Rotordynamics
COLLEGE STATION, Texas, June 9 (TNSOps) -- Texas A&M University's College of Engineering issued the following news: Marie Kasprzyk's favorite book, "Turbomachinery Rotordynamics with Case Studies," was written by Dr. Dara W. Childs. Childs '68 is an emeritus professor and the director of the Turbomachinery Laboratory from 1984 to 2018. Inspired by his work, Kasprzyk is carving her path as a graduate research assistant in this lab. "Some of the best rotordynamicist come from the Turbomachinery   more

Texas A&M: Gut Research Innovations Could Help Veterans Through Regenerative Medicine
COLLEGE STATION, Texas, June 5 (TNSRes) -- Texas A&M University's College of Engineering issued the following news: By Jennifer Reiley Gulf War Illness (GWI) is a multi-symptom illness that impacts an estimated 25% to 35% of veterans of the Gulf War. Since the war, functional gastrointestinal disorders related to GWI have gone largely unexplained and there are no clear therapies that directly address gastrointestinal dysfunction in GWI. Dr. Shreya Raghavan, assistant professor in the Departme  more

Texas A&M: Physics-Based Instruction Leads to Huge Success for Geothermal Drilling
COLLEGE STATION, Texas, June 12 (TNSGra) -- Texas A&M University's College of Engineering issued the following news: By Nancy Luedke Researchers Dr. Sam Noynaert and Fred Dupriest have been working on a project funded by a $1.86 million grant from the Department of Energy (DOE) to change geothermal drilling practices. Their goals are to refine drilling methods and create a cost-saving business model for future geothermal energy companies. "One of the DOE's goals is to make geothermal energy m  more

Texas A&M: Pursuing Safer, Cheaper Pharmaceuticals Through Electromagnetic Control at the Atomic Level
COLLEGE STATION, Texas, June 12 (TNSJou) -- Texas A&M University's College of Engineering issued the following news: By Steve Kuhlman Commonplace pharmaceuticals, such as ibuprofen, can carry with them an inherent flaw in their atomic structure, which pairs the active, beneficial ingredient with a potentially ineffective -- or even toxic -- counterpart. New research could hold the key to more easily isolating the good while removing the unwanted. Dr. Shoufeng Lan, assistant professor in the J  more

Texas A&M: Students Design Claw-Like Device to Treat Peripheral Artery Disease
COLLEGE STATION, Texas, June 12 (TNSRes) -- Texas A&M University's College of Engineering issued the following news: By Jennifer Reiley There are about 6.5 million people in the United States who have peripheral artery disease, which causes a narrowing or blockage of the arteries that carry blood to the legs. In extreme cases this disease can progress to critical limb ischemia (CLI), where the restriction in the arteries is so severe that restricted blood flow to tissue causes leg ulcers. CLI   more

Texas A&M: Students Win Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering's Best Poster Award
COLLEGE STATION, Texas, June 12 (TNSAwa) -- Texas A&M University's College of Engineering issued the following news: By Dharmesh Patel Kartik Kumar Rajagopalan and Xiuzhu Zhu, graduate students in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University, were named winners of the Division of Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering's (PMSE) best poster award for spring 2021. PMSE is a division of the American Chemical Society. Winners were chosen by judges appointed by  more

Texas A&M: Two Engineering Students Selected as Outstanding Student Award Recipients
COLLEGE STATION, Texas, June 12 (TNSAwa) -- Texas A&M University's College of Engineering issued the following news: By Rylie Tieding Every year, the Texas A&M Foundation Board of Trustees selects exemplary students to honor with a recognition of their achievements and award $2,500 to give them a head start after they leave Texas A&M University. This year, two of the three honorees are College of Engineering graduates. Nathaniel Lies '21 was among the first cohort of materials science and eng  more

Texas A&M: Understanding Cybersecurity Through the Digital Age
COLLEGE STATION, Texas, June 8 (TNSOps) -- Texas A&M University's College of Engineering issued the following news: By Michelle Revels The field of cybersecurity is exponentially growing as society moves through the digital age. Brian Uzuegbunam is jumping ahead of the curve as a student working toward a minor in cybersecurity through the Department of Multidisciplinary Engineering at Texas A&M University. "As we find more ways to progress technologically, there needs to be safeguards and reg  more

Texas A.G. Paxton Defends Second Amendment Rights, Sends Letter to ATF
AUSTIN, Texas, June 10 -- Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton issued the following news release on June 9, 2021: Attorney General Ken Paxton sent a letter to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives opposing its June 7 proposal to require federal registration of firearms with attached "stabilizing braces." The stabilizing brace, which attaches to the rear of a pistol and slips around the user's forearm, may be used for a range of legitimate purposes, including reducing recoil, pr  more

Texas A.G. Paxton Partners With Gov. Abbott's Task Force on Border and Homeland Security
AUSTIN, Texas, June 12 -- Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton issued the following news release on June 11, 2021: Yesterday Gov. Greg Abbott announced the formation of a Task Force on Border and Homeland Security. The Task Force is comprised of key leaders from several state agencies, including the Office of the Attorney General of Texas, and will analyze and advise on strategies to address the border crisis arising from the surge of illegal aliens and drugs into our state and nation. "The Biden  more

Texas Democrats Celebrate New Democratic Majority on Fort Worth City Council
AUSTIN, Texas, June 7 -- The Texas Democratic Party issued the following statement: * * * Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa issued the following statement celebrating Democrats' success in flipping the Fort Worth City Council: "I'm excited to congratulate Fort Worth residents on electing Democrats to five out of nine city council seats. With their new Democratic majority, these local leaders will be important champions for communities across Fort Worth. "I look forward to seeing  more

Texas Democrats Congratulate Project LIFT Candidates on Wins in Local Runoff Elections
AUSTIN, Texas, June 7 -- The Texas Democratic Party issued the following statement on June 6, 2021: * * * Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa issued the following statement on the Project LIFT candidates who won their local runoff elections tonight: "I'm delighted to congratulate our Project LIFT candidates on their wins in local runoff elections tonight. While these municipal offices are non-partisan, Democrats are investing in electing local leaders who are champions for Texas co  more

Texas Democrats Launch Project Texas, a Comprehensive Plan to Register Texas Democrats for the 2022 Elections
AUSTIN, Texas, June 9 -- The Texas Democratic Party issued the following news on June 8, 2021: Texas Democrats' takeaways from the 2020 election are clear: to take back our state from Texas Republicans, Democrats need to register more voters. With Republicans' increasing extremism and relentless attacks on Texans this spring, the stakes have never been higher in the fight for Texas' future. Today, in a press conference with Congresswoman Veronica Escobar, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, Texa  more

Texas Democrats Remain in National Spotlight With Launch of 2022 Voter Registration Strategy
AUSTIN, Texas, June 11 -- The Texas Democratic Party issued the following news: After Texas Democratic legislators made national headlines with last week's heroic walkout to block Senate Bill 7, Texas Democrats are once again gaining statewide and national attention -- this time, with the launch of our 2022 voter registration strategy. The following is a roundup of coverage on the unveiling of Project Texas, Texas Democrats' comprehensive plan aiming to register the more than 2 million likely D  more

Texas Democrats' Statement on Results of the Fort Worth Mayoral Election
AUSTIN, Texas, June 7 -- The Texas Democratic Party issued the following statement: * * * Texas Democratic Party Chair Gilberto Hinojosa issued the following statement on the results of the Fort Worth mayoral election: "Deborah Peoples fought a strong campaign, and I thank her for stepping forward to offer Fort Worth her powerful leadership and true commitment to building a better future for Texas' fifth largest city. While we didn't make it over the line tonight, the historic turnout in toda  more

Texas Gov. Abbott Announces New QTC Management, Inc. Operational Service Center in San Antonio
AUSTIN, Texas, June 11 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release on June 10, 2021: Governor Greg Abbott today announced that QTC Management, Inc. ("QTC") will establish a new operational service center in San Antonio. QTC, a subsidiary of Leidos Holdings, Inc., provides disability and occupational health examination services in all 50 states for veterans, federal employees, and the commercial industry. The project will create 252 new jobs and more than $3 million in capita  more

Texas Gov. Abbott Appoints Jennings as Independent Ombudsman for State Supported Living Centers
AUSTIN, Texas, June 10 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release: Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Candace Jennings as the Independent Ombudsman for State Supported Living Centers for a term set to expire February 1, 2023. The Ombudsman's office provides oversight and protection for residents of state supported living centers operated by Texas Health and Human Services. Candace Jennings of Austin is the Deputy Independent Ombudsman for State Supported Living Centers,   more

Texas Gov. Abbott Appoints Three to Podiatric Medical Examiners Advisory Board
AUSTIN, Texas, June 8 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release: Governor Abbott has reappointed Leslie Campbell, D.P.M. and Renee Pietzsch, D.P.M. and appointed Amanda Nobles to the Podiatric Medical Examiners Advisory Board for terms set to expire on February 1, 2027. The advisory board provides advice and recommendations to the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation on technical matters relevant to the regulation of the practice of podiatry. Leslie Campbell, D.P.  more

Texas Gov. Abbott Hosts Border Security Summit, Announces Comprehensive Border Security Plan to Crack Down on Unlawful Border Crossings
AUSTIN, Texas, June 11 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release on June 10, 2021: Governor Greg Abbott today hosted a Border Security Summit in Del Rio where he announced a new comprehensive border security plan to crack down on illegal border crossings in Texas. The Governor was joined for the summit by Texas Division of Emergency Management Chief Nim Kidd, Major General Tracy Norris of the Texas Military Department, and Texas Department of Public Safety Director Steve M  more

Texas Gov. Abbott Reappoints Five to Texas Historical Commission
AUSTIN, Texas, June 9 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release: Governor Greg Abbott has reappointed Monica Zarate Burdette, Lilia Garcia, David Gravelle, John L. Nau, III, and Tom Perini of the Texas Historical Commission for terms set to expire on February 1, 2027. The commission provides leadership and coordinates services to support projects commissioned by county historical commissions, historical societies, agencies and institutions interested in the preservation of  more

Texas Gov. Abbott Signs ERCOT Reforms, Power Grid Weatherization Legislation Into Law
AUSTIN, Texas, June 9 -- Gov. Greg Abbott, R-Texas, issued the following news release on June 8, 2021: Governor Greg Abbott today signed Senate Bills 2 and 3 into law to reform the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) and weatherize and improve the reliability of the state's power grid. Governor Abbott made ERCOT reform and weatherization of the power system emergency items this past session. The Governor was joined for the bill signing by Representative Chris Paddie and Senators Kelly  more

Texas State Auditor: 'Report on Agencies', Higher Education Institutions', and Community Colleges' Compliance With Public Funds Investment Act'
AUSTIN, Texas, June 12 -- The office of the Texas State Auditor issued the following audit report (No. 21-023) in June 2021 entitled "A Report on Agencies', Higher Education Institutions', and Community Colleges' Compliance with Public Funds Investment Act and Rider 5, General Appropriations Act, Reporting Requirements": * * * Here is the summary of the report: All agencies, higher education institutions, and community colleges subject to Texas Government Code, Chapter 2256, the Public Funds   more

University of Houston-Victoria Adjunct Professor Promotes Importance of Police, Community Relations
VICTORIA, Texas, June 10 (TNSPer) -- The University of Houston Victoria campus issued the following news release on June 9, 2021: In February 2021, Stuart Denton retired from the Sugar Land Police Department after more than 33 years of service. The former assistant chief and captain of the patrol and criminal investigations divisions and University of Houston-Victoria alumnus now teaches criminal justice courses at UHV Katy. "I've only taught a few so far, both all online and hybrid," Denton s  more

University of Houston-Victoria to Offer New Concentrations in Cybersecurity, Artificial Intelligence, Data Science
VICTORIA, Texas, June 10 (TNSPro) -- The University of Houston Victoria campus issued the following news release: Beginning this fall, undergraduate and graduate students majoring in computer information systems at the University of Houston-Victoria can take new degree concentrations in the latest technologies, including cybersecurity, artificial intelligence and data science. Students earning a bachelor's degree will be able to select from concentrations in cybersecurity or data science, whil  more

University of Houston: Preserving U.S. Latino Literature
HOUSTON, Texas, June 9 (TNSRes) -- The University of Houston issued the following news release: Researching archival materials such as books, newspapers, microfilm and photographs can be a painstaking process. Lorena Gauthereau spends countless hours making digitized U.S. Latino archival items from colonial times through 1980 more discoverable. Without her intervention, they could be lost forever. As digital program manager for the University of Houston's U.S. Latino Digital Humanities (USLDH)  more

University of North Texas Preschool Literacy Program Aims to Prevent Reading Challenges in Children Ages 4 to 6
DENTON, Texas, June 11 (TNSPro) -- The University of North Texas issued the following news release: A preschool literacy program at the University of North Texas College of Health and Public Service Department of Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology will use various practices to help prepare all children for school. The UNT language-literacy preschool uses evidence-based multi-sensory and traditional educational practices that have been proven highly effective in preventing reading delays a  more

University of North Texas Researchers Working to Make Roads Safer With New Road Striping Removal Technology
DENTON, Texas, June 11 (TNSRes) -- The University of North Texas issued the following news release: Two University of North Texas engineering professors are working to make roads safer and maintaining them more environmentally-friendly with their research. Maurizio Manzo and Zhenhua Huang, researchers in UNT's Department of Mechanical Engineering, are using a grant from the Texas Department of Transportation's Research and Implementation Division to solve a common problem that affects safety o  more

University of North Texas: From Radioactive Rain to Hitchhiking Tardigrades, Particulates in Precipitation Have Big Implications for Ecosystems
DENTON, Texas, June 8 (TNSJou) -- The University of North Texas issued the following news release: A single raindrop may seem insignificant to the human eye, but a closer look will reveal a diverse community of organisms and non-living materials that could have major implications for understanding how ecosystems work, according to a new research paper from University of North Texas ecosystem geographer Alexandra Ponette-Gonzalez. "Every little rain or fog droplet is a world of its own containi  more

University of Tennessee: 2021 Haslam Scholars Cohort Announced
KNOXVILLE, Tennessee, June 8 (TNSAwa) -- The University of Tennessee issued the following news: Future doctors, engineers, and business leaders. Athletes, performers, animal lovers, and advocates. Fifteen incoming students join the University of Tennessee, Knoxville's premier undergraduate honors program, the Haslam Scholars Program. Founded in 2008, the program was created with a generous gift from Jimmy and Dee Haslam and Jim and Natalie Haslam. The 2021 Haslam Scholars cohort was confirmed   more

University of Texas at Austin's Texas Advanced Computing: Engineers Apply Physics-Informed Machine Learning to Solar Cell Production
AUSTIN, Texas, June 10 (TNSJou) -- The University of Texas at Austin's Texas Advanced Computing Center issued the following news release on June 9, 2021: Solar energy provides 2% of U.S. power. However, by 2050, renewables are predicted to be the most used energy source (surpassing petroleum and other liquids, natural gas, and coal) and solar will overtake wind as the leading source of renewable power. To reach that point, and to make solar power more affordable, solar technologies still requir  more

University of Texas's Belo Center for New Media Renamed the G. B. Dealey Center for New Media
AUSTIN, Texas, June 11 (TNSOps) -- The University of Texas issued the following news release: At the request of the original donors and with approval from the University of Texas System Board of Regents, the Belo Center for New Media on the UT Austin campus has been renamed the G. B. Dealey Center for New Media. This building is part of the Moody College of Communication complex. George Bannerman (G. B.) Dealey, along with his grandsons Joe M. Dealey, '41; H. Ben Decherd, '36; and James M. Mor  more

University of Texas-Arlington Designing a Better Bearing for Small Aerospace Engines
ARLINGTON, Texas, June 12 (TNSRes) -- The University of Texas Arlington campus issued the following news release: Turbine engines equipped with bearings that do not require oil lubrication can operate at higher temperatures, reduce maintenance costs and increase efficiency. Daejong Kim, associate professor of mechanical engineering at The University of Texas at Arlington, recently received a three-year grant worth nearly $1.5 million from the Office of Naval Research to continue development of  more

University of Texas-Arlington Pioneers Quantum Physics Training for High School Teachers
ARLINGTON, Texas, June 8 (TNSGra) -- The University of Texas Arlington campus issued the following news release: An assistant professor at The University of Texas at Arlington is working to launch a national training program for high school teachers on how to incorporate quantum physics into their math, science and engineering curricula. The $998,448 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) will allow Karen Jo Matsler, assistant professor in practice and master teacher in the College o  more

University of Texas-Arlington: CAPPA Students Win National Environmental Design Challenge
ARLINGTON, Texas, June 11 (TNSOps) -- The University of Texas Arlington campus issued the following news release: Student teams from The University of Texas at Arlington won first place and honorable mention in the Environmental Protection Agency's ninth annual Campus RainWorks Challenge. They received the honors in the Master Plan category. The winning team redesigned the University's master plan to incorporate green infrastructure practices at key locations, including transportation corridor  more

University of Texas-Arlington: Doctoral Student Who Launched Space Rockets Earns Prestigious Fellowship
ARLINGTON, Texas, June 9 (TNSAwa) -- The University of Texas Arlington campus issued the following news release: Kelly Patterson, a doctoral student in the Civil Engineering Department at The University of Texas at Arlington, has earned a National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship. The Graduate Research Fellowship Program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines and provides recipient  more

University of Texas-Dallas: Radiation Detection Technology May Be New Weapon Against Weapons of Mass Destruction
RICHARDSON, Texas, June 12 (TNSJou) -- The University of Texas Dallas campus issued the following news: University of Texas at Dallas researchers have developed a cheaper and more accurate portable technology to detect neutron radiation, which can indicate the presence of materials used for weapons of mass destruction (WMD). The technology can also be used in radiation therapy. Manufacturing costs for the new material is 100 to 1,000 times less expensive than current radiation detectors. The t  more

University of Texas: First Glimpse of Brains Retrieving Mistaken Memories Observed
AUSTIN, Texas, June 9 (TNSJou) -- The University of Texas issued the following news release: Scientists have observed for the first time what it looks like in the key memory region of the brain when a mistake is made during a memory trial. The findings have implications for Alzheimer's disease research and advancements in memory storage and enhancement, with a discovery that also provides a view into differences between the physiological events in the brain during a correct memory versus a faul  more

University of Texas: Puerto Rico Is Prone to More Flooding Than the Island is Prepared to Handle
AUSTIN, Texas, June 8 (TNSJou) -- The University of Texas issued the following news release: Puerto Rico is not ready for another hurricane season, let alone the effects of climate change, according to a new study that shows the island's outstanding capacity to produce record-breaking floods and trigger a large number of landslides. The latest research, appearing in the journal Hydrology, builds on three prior studies led by hydrologist Carlos Ramos-Scharron at The University of Texas at Austi  more

Va. Gov. Northam Announces CarLotz to Expand in Richmond, Creating 192 New Jobs
RICHMOND, Virginia, June 12 -- Gov. Ralph S. Northam, R-Virginia, issued the following news release on June 11, 2021: Governor Ralph Northam today announced that CarLotz (NASDAQ: LOTZ), the nation's largest consignment-to-retail used vehicle marketplace, will retain and expand its headquarters in the City of Richmond, creating 192 new jobs. The company will relocate operations from its location in the Manchester neighborhood of Richmond to the Handcraft Building in Scott's Addition to accommoda  more

Verizon Connect Helps Maximize Uptime During Customer Migration to 4G Network
ATLANTA, Georgia, June 9 -- Verizon, a communications and technology solutions company, issued the following news release: With the sunset of the 3G, or the third generation, of mobile connectivity, scheduled for Dec. 31, 2022, Verizon Connect is working hand-in-hand to support its fleet customers and provide a seamless transition as they migrate their legacy vehicle tracking units to the 4G, or fourth generation, to take advantage of everything that running devices on the award-winning Verizon  more

Virginia Breakaway Roper Traveled a Long Way to Tarleton
STEPHENVILLE, Texas, June 10 (TNSOps) -- Tarleton State University issued the following news release: It's just under 1,400 miles from Cross Junction, Va., to Stephenville, Texas, but that's a trip Sarah Angelone was willing to make to be on the Tarleton State University rodeo team. Sarah, the 2020-21 National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association Southwest Region breakaway roping champion, will represent Tarleton at the College National Finals Rodeo next week in Casper, Wyo. She was the national  more