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From TCU鈥檚 newly appointed president to the psychology of kicking a field goal, TCU and its faculty, students and alumni are in the news.


Dec. 20, 2022
The Dallas Morning News 
TCU announced that it has found its new president. Daniel Pullin, the John V. Roach Dean of TCU鈥檚 Neeley School of Business, will serve as the Fort Worth-based university鈥檚 president starting in February. 鈥淔our years ago, this community welcomed me and my family with the kindness and generosity that only Horned Frogs can offer,鈥 Pullin said. 鈥淚鈥檓 grateful for the opportunity to serve TCU in a greater capacity, as I鈥檝e seen firsthand the transformational power of what a TCU education can provide.鈥

Dec. 20, 2022
TCU has named Daniel Pullin as president of the university, a newly created position that will report to the school's chancellor. Pullin previously served as head of TCU's Neeley School of Business. He will take on the president's job Feb. 1. 鈥淒aniel is an inspiring leader and cares deeply about our community,鈥 Chancellor Victor J. Boschini, Jr. said. 鈥淔or the past four years he has been passionate about his role as John V. Roach Dean of the Neeley School of Business, and he will use that same energy and expansive vision to make an impact as TCU's president.鈥


Jan. 17, 2023
Sports psychologists call it paradoxical performance, but to everyone else it鈥檚 called choking. On Jan. 16, Dallas Cowboys kicker Brett Maher missed four extra points in the team鈥檚 playoff win against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the most ever in an NFL game. Robyn Trocchio, sports psychology professor, said that, under stress, muscles can tighten and change kicking mechanics. 鈥淏ody language changed. You could start seeing him thinking a lot,鈥 she said. 鈥淚 was watching and wanting him to believe in himself and wanting him to get that confidence back.鈥 

Jan. 16, 2023
Fort Worth Report 
Twelve years have passed since a Fort Worth ISD trustee last filed a conflict-of-interest disclosure. A conflict-of-interest policy is essential to a school board operating ethically, experts agree. Everyone should understand both what conflict of interest is and how it plays into the decisions the school board makes, Miriam Ezzani, associate professor of education leadership, said. 鈥淐onflict of interest, in a nutshell, means that they would benefit privately from actions that are made as a board member,鈥 she said. 鈥淎nd, if they know that they鈥檙e going to benefit privately, then they need to claim it.鈥

Jan. 13, 2023 
Frontpage Mag
Last year was a rough year for people who lived in New York City, San Diego and Chicago. Crime rose dramatically in these cities last year, and when the politicians in charge turned to the police to prevent this, the police weren鈥檛 there. Low morale, poor pay and lack of support from those they were trying to help led to police officers resigning or moving. 鈥淧atrol officers these days feel like they鈥檙e not getting the support that they once got by the public,鈥 Johnny Nhan, criminal justice professor, said. 鈥淚t鈥檚 anything from apathy to hostility that they鈥檙e facing. They鈥檙e afraid of accusations of being racist or being brutal, they鈥檙e filmed all the time, so that does something to the officers. They鈥檙e feeling like, 鈥楬ey, there鈥檚 a lot of legal risk being a cop these days.鈥欌

Jan. 12, 2023 
Fort Worth Report 
After NFL safety Damar Hamlin's collapse during a recent game, recovery began within minutes and medical personnel administered first CPR and then defibrillation to keep blood and oxygen flowing through Hamlin鈥檚 body. Interest in these life-saving skills is a good thing, and anyone can learn them. 鈥淟ife-saving courses can provide the repetition that leads to confidence,鈥 Robyn Trocchio, assistant professor in kinesiology, said. That confidence can lead to composure amid a stressful situation, she said, like the one Hamlin鈥檚 medical team faced as millions of onlookers watched his rescue unfold. 鈥淗aving that confidence is critical, and the more you practice, the more you train, the more confident you are in doing it 鈥 just like on the sports fields.鈥

Jan. 12, 2023 
HR Gazette 
Eric Harris, CEO of MindHandle and communications professor at TCU Neeley School for Executive Education, was featured on HRchat show to discuss the role of employer branding in 2023. 鈥淎 year ago today, everybody's biggest challenge was 鈥榟ow do we communicate well enough with potential employee candidates to see why they should join our team?鈥 Now, you can ask 10 different HR professionals and they'd probably tell you our biggest challenge is reminding the best people why you should stay,鈥 Harris said.

Jan. 12, 2023 
Yahoo Style Singapore 
We've all taken antibiotics at some point. It saved many millions of lives since the pills were developed in the 1940s and helped countless others with troubling infections. But a study released this week is now suggesting that taking antibiotics might actually be detrimental to the health of people in midlife. Elisa Marroqu铆n, assistant professor at TCU, last year co-authored a study showing that taking probiotics 鈥 which usually come in capsules 鈥 could prevent or lessen some antibiotic-induced changes to the gut microbiome. 鈥淲hen participants take antibiotics, we see several consistent changes in some bacterial species,鈥 she said. 鈥淏ut when treatment was combined with probiotics, the majority of those changes were less pronounced and some changes were completely prevented.鈥

Jan. 11, 2023 
Fort Worth Report 
For the past year, the Fort Worth Report has invited community members to monthly Candid Conversations where Fort Worth leaders have addressed some of the most pressing issues the community faces. With guidance from TCU鈥檚 Bob Schieffer College of Communication, the Report is inviting members of the public to discuss issues that matter to them. 鈥淭he event hopes to create a space for listening free from the incivility of other forums for conversation,鈥 Ashley English, TCU professor and one of the event organizers, said. The event is tied to research conducted by English and fellow TCU communication professors Jacqueline Lambiase and Julie O鈥橬eil. 鈥淥ne of the most important elements of effective listening is laying down power and control,鈥 Lambiase said. 鈥淧eople who are in power don鈥檛 want to do that.鈥

Jan. 5, 2023 
Fort Worth Report 
Daniel Pullin, current John V. Roach Dean of the TCU Neeley School of Business and soon-to-be university president, discusses the impact of the TCU football season that will see the team in the National Championship game. 鈥淭here are a lot of eyeballs paying attention to TCU, and we鈥檙e excited to be able to tell the story. As proud as we are of the football team, we鈥檙e really, really proud of what鈥檚 going on academically and otherwise at this institution. And this moment鈥檚 giving us a chance to let the rest of the world know how special a place this is to be a student, to be a faculty member, to be on staff or to be a proud alumnus,鈥 Pullin said.

Dec. 31, 2022
Droves of officers left at least six Democrat-led major cities鈥 police forces in 2022, with many moving to different departments. Scores of officers resigned from police departments amid low morale, a continuing violent crime wave and higher-paying police jobs in other places. 鈥淟ow morale has become a major problem in many police departments,鈥 Johnny Nhan, associate dean of graduate studies and criminal justice professor, said. 鈥淧atrol officers these days feel like they鈥檙e not getting the support that they once got from the public.鈥

Dec. 27, 2022
Fort Worth Report 
The debate over whether Texas should expand private school choice with taxpayer-funded programs is likely to dominate the next session of the Legislature. School choice advocates think the right type of program could transform the trajectory of students from low-income families in Fort Worth and the state. However, traditional public education supporters disagree and say vouchers or voucher-like programs would shrink an already tight pot of funding for schools. 鈥淲hat lawmakers will debate is whether they should tap taxpayer funds to allow parents to send their children to a private school,鈥 Gabriel Huddleston, associate professor of education, said. 鈥淵ou only have a choice as much as there are options.鈥

Dec. 23, 2022
NBC News 
Where can a savvy tech investor turn these days in search of the next big idea? Two words: dietary supplements. 鈥淭he science around the new wave of supplements is still new but at least some tech startups seem to be on the right track,鈥 Elisa Marroqu铆n, assistant professor of nutritional sciences, said. She doesn鈥檛 have a financial relationship with any startups, although she has spoken with them about obtaining samples for research. 鈥淲e鈥檙e still very early in the understanding of these bacterial species,鈥 said Marroqu铆n, who co-wrote a review of the science this year. She said future probiotic supplements have promise compared with supplements that have been available for decades.

Dec. 21, 2022 
Fort Worth Star-Telegram 
Michael Slattery, director of the Institute for Environmental Studies, and Ann Bluntzer, executive director of the Ralph Lowe Energy Institute, discussed climate change and energy solutions when they co-authored a column. 鈥淧rices at the pump are lower than a year ago, thanks to a reduction in global energy demand. With cold winter weather on the way and holiday travel surging, prices may rise again. However, temporary fluctuations in prices should not distract from fundamental issues in the energy industry as the world moves towards renewables. Climate change is a worldwide problem. But not every country has the resources and infrastructure to address these issues quickly,鈥 they wrote. 


Jan. 5, 2023
Tyler Morning Telegraph 
TCU student Laura Elaine Bryan was announced as the 90th Texas Rose Festival Queen during the Winter Gala benefit for the Tyler, Texas, Rose Museum. 鈥淚 am looking forward to being an ambassador for Tyler and sharing our mission of promoting the pride of our community, our hospitality, and the history of the rose industry,鈥 she said.


Jan. 12, 2023 
Fort Worth Report
When Kevin Day 鈥19&苍产蝉辫;was growing up, he wasn鈥檛 sure if he would become a composer, let alone have a professional orchestra perform his works. After growing up in Arlington and graduating from TCU鈥檚 School of Music, he is now writing an original piece that will debut during the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra鈥檚 2023-2024 season. 鈥淚 never could have imagined that鈥檚 where life would have gone,鈥 he said. 鈥淚鈥檓 very, very honored to get to work with this group.

Jan. 12, 2023 
KYTX-TV (Tyler, TX)
TCU safety Deshawn McCuin 鈥22 returned home in Jacksonville, Texas, and surprised his elementary school. 鈥淚t's surreal. I'm very blessed to be a part of east Texas. I have a lot of former teachers here. It's been a wonderful experience seeing all these kids making all these posters, it makes me wanna cry a little bit. The end result is always gonna be the end result. I think the journey is the best for me, just living it out with my teammates and being there for four years, and graduating. It's been an unreal experience for sure,鈥 McCuin said.

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