Horned Frogs in the News, July 1-19
From the Horned Frog Investment Network to the practice of actors as medical training,
TCU and its faculty, staff, alumni and students are in the news.
Waco ministry’s home for exploited girls aims to open in September
July 19, 2022
Unbound Now, a Waco-based nonprofit that fights human trafficking, plans September
to open a home called The Reagan for teenage girls with emotional disorders. Survivor
advocates will provide emotional support to each girl at the home and follow a program
called Trust-based Relational Intervention, developed at Texas Christian University by Karyn Purvis and David Cross.
New clinical trials research consortium could entice pharmaceutical, biotech companies
to Fort Worth
July 14, 2022
Fort Worth Report
The TCU School of Medicine will expand more than its walls in the coming years, the school’s dean, Dr. Stuart Flynn, told a small group of real estate and banking personnel. Specifically, the school
will soon serve as the epicenter for a clinical trials research consortium in Fort
Worth. Clinical trials are research studies that test how an intervention — like a
specific drug or medical device — affects people. Flynn shared the news as a tangible example of the economic impact the TCU School of Medicine will make on Fort Worth.
Opal Lee To Be Honored
July 14, 2022
Opal Lee, “The Grandmother of Juneteenth,” will be recognized by the Church of the
Living God during its Annual Scholarship Program. Lee will receive the Bishop Harold
Edwards Educational Award in recognition of her professional and civic accomplishments.
The accolades continue to pour in for Lee, who received an honorary doctorate from Texas Christian University during its Fall Commencement in December 2021.
Horned Frog Investment Network Aims to Boost Deal Flow in Fort Worth and Beyond
July 12, 2022
A new collective in Fort Worth aims to fund startups across the country, while educating
the next crop of investors. The Horned Frog Investment Network quietly launched earlier this year through TCU’s Neeley School of Business. The venture serves to spotlight the school as an innovative leader in entrepreneurship
and investing, whose efforts could lift up the entire ecosystem. Rodney D’Souza, managing director of TCU’s Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, describes the network as “a hybrid between a venture capital fund and traditional
angel group.” Andrew Hicks, network program manager, said, “We want to focus on the demographic that wants to
truly invest in venture as an asset class.”
‘It’s exhilarating’: TCU School of Medicine welcomes fourth class
July 11, 2022
Fort Worth Report
The TCU School of Medicine welcomed its fourth class as students received their school IDs and participated
in a “Welcome to Fort Worth” discussion with several panelists. Erin Nelson, assistant dean of admissions, outreach and financial education, emphasized the importance
of introducing students not only to medicine curricula but to the social aspects of
their medical school experience. “We’re all so proud of the city, and it has so much
to offer every interest, and so we’ve really tried to welcome them to their new hometown
and integrate that. The TCU School of Medicine wants to focus on students’ holistic
experience,” Nelson said.
Powwow celebrates strides of Native American students at UTA
July 1, 2022
Green Source DFW
Hosted by the UTA Native American Student Association, the 26th annual Scholarship
Benefit Powwow took place at the University of Texas at Arlington. In recognizing
Native Americans in North Texas, Texas Christian University in Fort Worth issued its own Native American Land Acknowledgment in April 2021. “The
Land Acknowledgment helps remind and educate the TCU community about the long and diverse presence of Native Americans who precede and
co-exist with our presence in this area,” reads a statement on the university’s website.
FACULTY & STAFF
He died from an overdose. She’s spreading awareness so others live.
July 18, 2022
Fort Worth Report
More people are dying from drug overdoses in Texas than they were six years ago –
due to fentanyl, which is often used as paid medication following surgery. “Fentanyl
is just a beautiful anesthetic,” said Dr. Grant Fowler, a physician and the chair of family medicine at the TCU School of Medicine.
Why aren’t there hormone-free birth control pills? Roe puts spotlight on contraceptives
July 17, 2022
The overturn of Roe v. Wade has put a spotlight on the availability of affordable,
highly effective birth control in the U.S. Many younger women, however, don’t want
their mothers’ contraceptives. “It’s not something that needs to be scary, but it
does need to be taken seriously,” said Sarah Hill, psychology professor, of hormonal birth control’s effect on the brain.
‘Sh’ma’: the historical story with meaning today
July 13, 2022
Texas Jewish Post
Rehearsals are underway on a filmed choreodrama that examines hatred and intolerance
— the story called “Sh’ma.” It’s a dance drama created and directed by Suki John, associate professor of classical and contemporary dance. The plot is autobiographical,
following John’s family as Hungarian Jews during the 1940s. “The question of tribalism,
of who we are, who they are, and how much we are made into enemies by language, by
bigotry, by border wars — all of these questions pertain to very serious current situations,” John said. “Suki
has made this project her mission, to be sure that the work being produced is timeless,”
said Kira Daniels, a dancer and rising senior at TCU, who portrays Olya in the work.
After abortion, other federal rights are up for debate. What role may Texas play?
July 11, 2022
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Texas could play a central role in new cases challenging federal rights, experts say.
Political science professors told the Star-Telegram that the Dobbs ruling also has implications for other women’s rights issues and for
interstate commerce regulations. “To have a 50-year precedent overturned, it’s reasonable
to be concerned that other precedents could be overturned as well,” said Joanne Connor Green, political science professor at TCU. “How likely that is to happen, we just don’t
Bluntzer: Oil prices at $80 or $90 a barrel would be the sweet spot for both the industry
July 7, 2022
Ann Bluntzer, executive director of TCU’s Ralph Lowe Energy Institute, discussed whether the recent
decline in oil and gas prices is sustainable, and addressed the need for more capital
investment in the energy industry. “When you mix Ukraine and Russia, when you put
in emphasis of what has happened post-pandemic, and almost a decade of lack of capital
investment back into this sector, you see what we’re seeing now, which are higher
than average prices. Again, there is good news and a little relief, it is starting
to come down. At the institute at TCU, we’re saying that it’s going to be a while,” Bluntzer said.
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