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From building a brand to evaluating the presidential debate and dealing with the current COVID-19 variant, TCU and its faculty and alumni are in the news. 

 
June 27, 2024 
Fort Worth Report 
Merianne Kimmel Roth has built her marketing career by finding unique ways to share the big ideas of iconic Fort Worth companies and institutions. TCU, JPS Health Network, RadioShack, Visit Fort Worth, Pier 1 Imports and the Amon Carter Museum of American Art occupy lines on her resume.鈥疐ollowing a nationwide search, Roth, an associate vice chancellor at TCU, was promoted to vice chancellor of marketing and communication in June.鈥 鈥淵ou should not only have the skills but also the confidence and empathy to lead,鈥 said Roth, who earned a degree this year from the Executive MBA program at TCU. 鈥淚 love big, complex organizations. I like building systems that work to support purpose,鈥 said Roth, who sees marketing as a combination of storytelling, engagement and building a shared mission.  

 
June 23, 2024 
Fort Worth Report 
Colleges and universities around Tarrant County are working on solutions to the shortage of nurses. At TCU鈥檚 Pre-Health Professions Institute, enrollment has doubled over the past 10 years, and the university plans to introduce a public health major.  

 
June 17, 2024 
FoodService Director 
The National Association of College and University Food Services recently unveiled the gold, silver and bronze winners of its 2024 Loyal E. Horton Dining, Nutrition and Sustainability Awards. For the鈥疻ellness and Nutrition Program of the Year鈥痑ward, the gold winners included TCU. TCU also earned a silver award for Catering Special Event of the Year and a gold in the Outreach and Education Program of the Year. 

 
June 17, 2024 
The Dallas Morning News 
It was as a very mature sounding artist that Kholodenko returned to Fort Worth for a solo recital at this summer鈥檚 PianoTexas International Festival and Academy at TCU. Founded and still directed by piano professor Tam谩s Ung谩r and now in its 44th year, the annual festival presents recitals by important pianists, many of whom double as faculty for educational programs for young pianists up to age 28, piano teachers and amateur players. In addition to private and class sessions, participants compete for chances to perform with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. Formerly held in TCU鈥檚 PepsiCo Recital Hall, this year鈥檚 recitals have moved to the more spacious 鈥 sonically as well as physically 鈥 Van Cliburn Concert Hall at TCU.  

FACULTY 

 
June 27, 2024 
Fort Worth Star-Telegram 
President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump criticized each other鈥檚 handling of the economy at the presidential debate, including mention of the national debt. 鈥淚t鈥檚 just not really a problem,鈥 said economics professor John Harvey. 鈥淭hat鈥檚 come up as an issue that鈥檚 about to destroy our country ever since I can remember.鈥 He noted that the Biden administration鈥檚 economic stimulus payments to help Americans power through the COVID-19 pandemic spurred the economy. 鈥淲e just made it up on a keyboard,鈥 Harvey said. 鈥淎nd that鈥檚 what the government does, and people find this terrifying, but it鈥檚 what the government does all the time.鈥 

 
June 22, 2024 
Inside Political Science 
An age-old question (literally): do our representatives actually represent us? Keith Gaddie, a political science professor, discussed electoral age limits. 鈥淲hen you think about it, there鈥檚 an experience problem, especially in the U.S. Senate,鈥 Gaddie said. 鈥淚t鈥檚 something like 70% of U.S. senators were born before 1960, so the contemporary human experience is very different. These Baby Boomers in particular have been in these positions of power for a very long time, and I think there鈥檚 a real desire to kind of nudge them out of the way and make room for the generation that comes after ours.鈥 

 
June 21, 204 
Healthline.com 
While heat and summer go hand in hand, research and experts indicate that rising temperatures and health risks do, too. 鈥淚t is easy in the summer to be distracted by lots of fun outdoor activities, but heat can impact your health and make you very ill, especially if you are not paying attention to signs from your body or are at extremes of age,鈥 said Dr. Jo Anna Leuck, associate dean of educational affairs at the Burnett School of Medicine at TCU. 鈥淭here are easy ways to prevent this impact, so it is important to understand the dangers of heat and how to avoid them.鈥  

 
June 19, 2024 
AP News 
Some of the atmosphere in the public and media that has swirled around the professional women鈥檚 league since the season started last month has been less fun time and more culture war, with rookie Caitlin Clark as the unwilling eye of the storm. That a young white woman is being put in the central role, with Black and brown women relegated to supporting characters, is about as old and familiar a trope as exists in a country with as troubled a racial history as the United States, said Frederick Gooding Jr., associate professor of African American studies. 鈥淚t鈥檚 not so much about the visibility of Clark,鈥 he said. 鈥淚t also speaks to the invisibility of Black females and how difficult it is for Black females to obtain that same type鈥 of attention. 

 
June 18, 2024 
Yahoo! News 
Recent data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that COVID test positivity rates and emergency room visits are steadily rising, especially along both coasts. The culprit: the FLiRT variants. According to Dr. Nikhil Bhayani, assistant professor in the department of internal medicine at the Burnett School of Medicine at TCU, one variant in particular is gaining steam right now: KP.3. It鈥檚 currently responsible for roughly 25% of cases.  

 
June 18, 2024 
360West Magazine 
How easy is it to give away $100,000? Not very, Ron Pitcock鈥檚 class, Nature of Giving, finds year after year. The dean of the John V. Roach Honors College said the students鈥 struggle with where to donate the money epitomized what he wanted them to understand: If raising money is difficult, what about giving it away? 鈥淚t鈥檚 incredibly difficult to do,鈥 Pitcock tells the group. 

 
June 18, 2024 
The Real Deal 
Prologis, one of the titans of industrial real estate and an active investor in Texas, is pushing forward a type of renewable energy technology that could have long-term implications on the industry. Tom Seng, assistant professor of professional practice in energy finance, noted that the state鈥檚 battery storage capacity has doubled in the past year, from about 3,000 megawatts to 6,500 megawatts. Batteries, which charge overnight, offer a ready supply of power during peak times and can be economically beneficial, as stored energy can be sold at higher prices during peak demand. 

 
June 18, 2024 
Verywell Health 
New research suggests people with obesity who take semaglutide, commonly known by the brand names Ozempic and Wegovy, have a 16% lower rate of developing osteoarthritis. 鈥淭his gives the medical community another important piece of data to support the multi-organ system positive effects that we鈥檙e seeing with these GLP-1 receptor agonists,鈥 Dr. Mohanakrishnan Sathyamoorthy, chair of internal medicine at Burnett School of Medicine at TCU, said. 鈥淲e already know that this drug has potentially very positive and beneficial effects for cardiovascular health. We know it has an impact on the underlying disease state of diabetes. But now there鈥檚 another piece of evidence in a completely disparate, unrelated organ system, showing that it has a benefit for joints too.鈥  

ALUMNI  

 
June 26, 2024 
Fort Worth Report 
When a group of artists couldn鈥檛 find affordable studio space after graduate school, they decided to start one of their own. In addition to helping artists, the Fort Worth nonprofit also addresses another need: food insecurity. Easyside, housed in a former dry-cleaning facility on East Lancaster Avenue, offers studio space, a workshop equipped with tools and a community pantry every other Friday. 鈥淲hen we were in grad school, we didn鈥檛 talk about starting a nonprofit. We were just kind of looking at 鈥 models that currently exist in the DFW area, and really, there aren鈥檛 very many artist-run spaces,鈥 Corrie Thompson 鈥22 MFA, one of four co-founders, said. Food distribution might not seem like an obvious pairing with a gallery and studio space, but helping bring resources to the community rather than extracting them away was important for the co-founders. 

 
June 25, 2024鈥 
Education Week 
English learners who are also identified as students with disabilities experience unique needs in K-12 schools 鈥 and their teachers need specialized, interdisciplinary training, experts say. At Education Week鈥檚 K-12 Essentials Forum focusing on innovative approaches to special education, Lizdelia Pi帽贸n鈥21 Ed.D., an emergent bilingual education associate for the Texas-based advocacy nonprofit Intercultural Development Research Association, shared insights on what kind of teacher training best serves dual-identified students. 鈥淚t has to be this cohesive idea,鈥 Pi帽贸n said. 鈥淚t鈥檚 an integrated training that equips our teachers with the skills and the knowledge that they need to effectively support our dual-identified English learners with disabilities.鈥  

 
June 14, 2024 
Desert Sun 
Want to put a smile on a child鈥檚 face as they head back to school in August? Consider donating to Shoes for Students, an annual fundraising initiative by The Foundation for PSUSD. Families with limited income often have to make hard choices about how they spend their resources 鈥 and oftentimes footwear falls below other basic needs like food. But according to an innovative study led by Dr. Sam Sayed M.D. 鈥24, a new pair of shoes can favorably impact a child鈥檚 self-confidence, academics and social engagement. And for a kid, confidence and inclusion are everything. Sayed studied the effect that receiving a new pair of athletic shoes had on underprivileged youth, and after a few weeks, 100% of the children in the study said they felt more confident and had stronger beliefs in their ability to overcome challenges.  

ATHLETICS  

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June 30, 2024 
Fort Worth Star-Telegram 
In the near feature, revenue sharing with athletes will be a new reality in college athletics. TCU just became one of the latest schools to announce it was committed to the future model. Jeremiah Donati, director of intercollegiate athletics, provided an update on how the Horned Frogs plan to navigate the changing landscape in the aftermath of the settlement of the House v. NCAA class action lawsuit. 鈥淲e are very excited to announce that we will fully participate at the maximum level in this permissible revenue sharing plan with our student-athletes,鈥 Donati said in a letter posted on the university鈥檚 website. 鈥淎long with this, we will be prepared for the challenges and opportunities it will bring. Many questions, however, do remain and we will need time to work out many details. For example, how and when we distribute that revenue remains unclear at the moment.鈥  

 
June 28, 2024 
Associated Press 
Jeremiah Donati, director of intercollegiate athletics at TCU, said that the private Big 12 school is all in on the maximum amount of revenue 鈥 expected to be more than $20 million a year 鈥 that will be allowed to be shared with student-athletes under a $2.8 billion antitrust settlement proposal agreed to earlier this year by the NCAA and the nation鈥檚 biggest conferences. 鈥淎ll this will combine to provide a new collegiate athletics model and industry reset that comes with a significant permissive expense projected to be over $20 million annually,鈥 Donati wrote. He then wrote that TCU would 鈥渇ully participate at the maximum level allowed鈥 when revenue sharing with student-athletes goes into effect, which will be no earlier than the fall of 2025.  

 
June 17, 2024 
NBCDFW 
When football head coach Sonny Dykes leads his Horned Frogs onto the field in August, they鈥檒l be sporting a new look. TCU Football released a video and several photos on its social media platforms Monday morning showing three new uniforms and helmet combinations from Nike that鈥檒l be used on the field this season. The minimalist uniforms are not without at least one unique element, a 鈥淐arter Boys鈥 patch is stitched onto the back collar. It鈥檚 an apparent homage to Amon G. Carter Stadium and the Carter Boys show on ESPN+. The white, purple and black helmets match the uniforms, but the team will also use a chrome version. All the helmets appear to use the traditional arched TCU logo on the sides.  

 
June 16, 2024 
The Sporting News 
TCU鈥檚 football history was front and center on ESPN鈥檚 list of the 30 most influential college football teams of all time.鈥疶CU didn鈥檛 just get one team on the list 鈥 it got two 鈥 with its undefeated 2010 team coached by Gary Patterson coming in at No. 29 and its 1935 team that went 12-1 under Dutch Meyer coming in at No. 14.鈥 TCU is only two seasons removed from a surprise run to the College Football Playoff national championship game under current head coach Sonny Dykes.鈥 

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