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May 14, 2024 
Ex Bulletin鈥 
TCU鈥痟as announced that鈥Thomas 鈥淭om鈥 Wavering鈥痺ill become the university鈥檚 first chief university strategy and innovation officer, effective July 2024. Wavering will work collaboratively with TCU leadership to advance the university鈥檚 mission and vision. He will provide strategic and operational guidance as the university develops and executes its next strategic plan, with a focus on expanding TCU鈥檚 culture of innovation and academic excellence. President鈥Daniel W. Pullin鈥痵aid, 鈥淭om is a builder, innovator and team player, and we are excited to welcome him to TCU.鈥  

May 1, 2024 
U.S. News & World Report鈥 
Campus beauty and design matter. One way some universities are able to stand out and attract students is with the beauty of their campus. The aesthetics of a campus can sway students in their college choice. TCU鈥痜eatures a mix of historic and contemporary buildings. One landmark is Frog Fountain, which consists of four flutes topped with stylized lotus leaves 鈥 one for each class of students, with the shortest symbolizing first-year students and the tallest representing seniors. The water flowing from flute to flute represents the sharing of knowledge from class to class. TCU won a 2023 Professional Grounds Management Society award and in 2024 was named a Tree Campus Higher Education Institution by the Arbor Day Foundation for the eighth consecutive year, recognizing commitment to caring for the university鈥檚 trees. 


May 10, 2024 
Verywell Health鈥 
A news report revealed that Robert F. Kennedy Jr. said he had a worm in his brain that caused memory loss. Doctors say his description of the symptoms resembles neurocysticercosis, a condition caused by a pork tapeworm.鈥Dr. Claudia Perez, associate professor and neurology clerkship director at the Burnett School of Medicine at TCU, said that the tapeworm itself doesn鈥檛 cause damage, but rather the brain鈥檚 reaction to a cyst is what leads to symptoms. 鈥淲hat ends up happening is the silent cysts that live in the brain are actually detected by your own body,鈥 Perez said. 鈥淥nce your body detects that something鈥檚 there, it mounts an immune response. And so what ends up causing the symptoms is the immune system trying to attack that cyst.鈥   

May 10, 2024 
D Magazine鈥 
Leaders in North Texas were asked what podcast everyone should tune in to. Ranging from societal and cultural topics, to industry-centric shows, as well as some comedic relief, it鈥檚 a sense for how area executives stay up to date on current events or unwind for a good laugh. Hettie Richardson, associate director of undergraduate programs in TCU Neeley, recommends the podcast Women at Work by Harvard Business Review. 鈥淓veryone can learn from it. The information they present is evidence-based and practical for almost anyone navigating a career and life.鈥  

May 9, 2024 
New York state rules prohibit cameras in the courtroom for the trial of former President Donald Trump.鈥疻ith the absence of real-time theatrics, the American public has largely checked out. Chip Stewart, media professor, said reports of Trump falling asleep in court provide an illuminating example of how the lack of cameras has deprived the public of the full story. 鈥淲ithout photo or video evidence, he was able to turn to his usual claim that reporters were lying about it,鈥 he said. 鈥淚magine a front page or websites or the nightly news leading with a photo of Trump sleeping during his own criminal trial.鈥  

May 8, 2024 
Insight News鈥 
Did you know that Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists, also known as nurse anesthesiologists or nurse anesthetists, safely administer more than 50 million anesthetics to patients each year in the U.S.? 鈥淲hen anesthesia is administered by a nurse anesthetist, the care is recognized as the practice of nursing; when it is administered by a physician anesthesiologist, it is recognized as the practice of medicine,鈥 said American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology President鈥Dru Riddle, associate professor of professional practice and director of clinical education at TCU. 鈥淲hether your anesthesia provider鈥檚 educational background is in nursing or in medicine, patients can rest assured knowing that all anesthesia professionals give anesthesia in the same exact way.鈥 

May 8, 2024 
After receiving accelerated approval from the Food and Drug Administration in 2021, Tivdak received traditional approval. The drug is for those with recurrent or metastatic cervical cancer who are on or who have received chemotherapy, a group of patients that, according to experts, has had less-than-ideal treatment options previously. Side effects are something that medical practitioners have to keep in mind when they decide to prescribe this course of treatment, particularly eye damage,鈥Dr. Noelle Cloven, associate professor at the Burnett School of Medicine at TCU, told Verywell. 鈥淧atients who are on this treatment have to use eyedrops to protect from getting dry eyes, eye irritation events and vision disturbances,鈥 she said. 鈥淭hese side effects are reversible with different things like holding the drug or reducing the dose.鈥  

May 7, 2024 
KERA News (Dallas, TX)鈥 
Fort Worth ISD leaders presented an encouraging trend to the school board and city council: Students in kindergarten through eighth grade showed academic growth on a midyear test. The data, they said, also shows Fort Worth ISD students are behind national averages 鈥 and likely won鈥檛 catch up.鈥疶CU Education professor鈥Jo Beth Jimerson said that while Fort Worth ISD students do fall behind national average, there鈥檚 still hope and potential for improvement in the data. Teachers can, and should, use Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) scores to influence the rate of student achievement and make changes to classroom instruction on a student-by-student or classwide basis. 鈥淢AP can be likened to a coach on the sideline during a game, providing real-time insights that need adjustments, while the STAAR is more like the box score after the game, showing the results,鈥 Jimerson said. Teachers use the data to know what they need to adjust from one semester to the next, she said. 

May 3, 2024 
Fort Worth Star-Telegram鈥 
America in 1968 was more turbulent than in 2024. Assassinations roiled the world, including those of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Sen. Robert F. Kennedy. Students marched against a Vietnam War that was killing 50 Americans every day, and for long-overdue civil rights, equality and justice. Jim Riddlesperger, TCU political science professor, pointed to one obvious difference with 2024: Campus protests have spread fast, but, if the protests slow down, they鈥檒l be forgotten. Also, both President Joe Biden and challenger Donald Trump take Israel鈥檚 side. Another TCU political scientist,鈥Manochehr Dorraj,鈥痵aid the parallel to 1968 is 鈥渙n target with two major caveats.鈥 First, a quick ceasefire would mean the war fades as an issue. If there isn鈥檛 a quick ceasefire, Dorraj wrote, young people and American Muslims might stay home 鈥渢hinking that this year they have no candidate worth voting for.鈥  


May 11, 2024 
CBS News 
At鈥疶CU鈥痝raduation, history was made.鈥Carson Huey-You鈥痓ecame the university鈥檚 youngest Ph.D. He is just 21 years old. Breaking records is nothing new, because he was also TCU鈥檚 youngest ever undergrad, enrolling in their physics program at only 10 years old. He went on to get his master鈥檚 degree in 2019 and now has his doctorate. Huey-You is planning to work in the theoretical quantum physics industry. 
May 10, 2024 
KXAS-TV (Fort Worth, TX)鈥 
A TCU student is making graduation history for the third time.鈥Carson Huey-You鈥痳eceived his doctorate diploma in physics May 11, and at 21 will become the youngest Ph.D. in TCU history.鈥疘t was 2013 when physics professor Magnus Rittby met the 10-year-old aspiring physics student.鈥淗e was 10, and he came into my office with his younger brother and mother,鈥 said Rittby, who quickly realized Carson could handle a college workload and鈥痟ad a maturity about him. Rittby had to convince TCU leadership. 鈥淭he condition became, after some negotiation, that his mother had to be with him all the time.鈥 With Claretta Kemp as her son鈥檚 constant companion, Carson started his freshman year in 2013 at 11. And three years later, got a bachelor鈥檚 degree in physics, the university鈥檚 youngest undergrad ever. In 2019, there was another historic graduation when he got his master鈥檚 degree.鈥淚t鈥檒l be the end of a chapter and the beginning of a chapter all at the same time. It鈥檚 been a very long process,鈥 Huey-You said. 鈥淏ut I鈥檓 glad it鈥檚 done.鈥 

May 10, 2024 
KDFW-TV (Dallas, TX)鈥 
A鈥痵tudent is about to make history as the youngest recipient of a doctoral degree in school history. Carson Huey-You, 21, started going to school at TCU when he was just 11. At 14, he became the youngest TCU student to earn a bachelor鈥檚 degree in physics. Two years later, he walked the stage after earning his master鈥檚 degree. He accepted his doctorate in physics at a ceremony May 11. Huey-You works in theoretical quantum physics and says he鈥檚 taking a quick rest before jumping back into his research. 

May 9, 2024 
KXAS-TV (Fort Worth, TX)鈥 
When Rebecca Sobolewski鈥痺as growing up in a Chicago suburb, her mom gave her two career choices. 鈥淲e didn鈥檛 grow up in the best neighborhood, didn鈥檛 have a lot,鈥 Sobolewski said. 鈥淢y Mommy looked at me and my sister and said I need a nice car and a nice house one day, so one of you is going to be a doctor and one of you is going to be a lawyer.鈥 Sobolewski鈥檚 older sister became a lawyer, now she is a doctor. 鈥淚t鈥檚 so exciting and a little bit nerve-wracking being the first physician in my family,鈥 Sobolewski said. She earned her medical degree from the Burnett School of Medicine at TCU May 11. There are few professions where someone鈥檚 life is in your hands, so medical school comes with a certain amount of pressure. 鈥淓specially when you鈥檙e one of the only ones, right,鈥 Sobolewski pointed out. 鈥淪o being the only Black woman in my class, there was a lot of pressure to pass all the exams and do well.鈥 

May 6, 2024 
Polaris Dawn crew members鈥痡oined the TODAY show to share details about their upcoming historic mission as they get ready to attempt the first spacewalk by commercial astronauts. The five-day private mission is set to launch in early summer on SpaceX鈥檚 Dragon Capsule where they鈥檒l also be testing out brand-new spacesuits. In addition to her work, Anna Menon鈥08 will be reading a children鈥檚 book she co-wrote to benefit St. Jude Children鈥檚 Research Hospital. Kisses from Space is the story of a mama dragon coming home from an out-of-this-world adventure and, snuggling her baby dragons close, she tells them of her journey and how she thought of them the entire time.鈥淚t is the story of how love can overcome any distance. And I will be reading this book, live from space, to my kids back here on earth, as well as 鈥 the brave patients of St. Jude Children鈥檚 Research Hospital,鈥 Menon said. 

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