October 6, 2022

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From banning gasoline cars to baby elephants playing with bubbles, TCU faculty, students and alumni are in the news.
INSTITUTIONAL
School of Medicine Construction
Aug. 29, 2022
CBS-11
Construction has officially started on what will be TCU’S brand new campus for the Burnett School of Medicine. It will be right in the heart of the city’s medical district south of downtown, and TCU is expecting the school to support more than 240 medical students.
‘Groundbreaking’ video marks start of construction for Burnett School of Medicine building 
Aug. 29, 2022
Fort Worth Report
Construction crews have broken ground at the site of the new four-story medical education building that will be the future home of the Anne Burnett Marion School of Medicine at Texas Christian University. The Burnett School of Medicine will be located at the corner of West Rosedale and South Henderson streets in the heart of Fort Worth’s medical district. The building will support 240 medical students and hundreds of faculty and staff.
Fort Worth death toll in youth shootings jumps to 17 in 2022 after Sunday violence 
Aug. 29, 2022
Fort Worth Star-Telegram 
As part of its strategy to lower violent crime, the Fort Worth Police Department partnered with TCU to assist with data analysis. The university will offer recommendations based on best practices and assess tactics and strategies.
Law offers help for child victims of exploitation 
Aug. 22, 2022
News-Press NOW 
Senate Bill 775, which goes into effect Aug. 28, establishes the Statewide Council on Sex Trafficking and Sexual Exploitation of Children, which will collect data on the subject and develop practices regarding response to these kinds of situations. Lonnie Bishop, an investigator with the Buchanan County Sheriff’s Office, shared information and statistics regarding human trafficking, specifically domestically involving minors, from a partner study between THORN and Texas Christian University.
Fort Worth’s Getting a New Burger and Brisket Restaurant Near TCU — Jon’s Grille is Almost Here
Aug. 21, 2022  
PaperCity Magazine
Chef Jon Bonnell’s newest restaurant, Jon’s Grille, will be a welcome addition to the Fort Worth food scene, planted near the TCU campus. The burgers and smoked brisket served at Jon’s Grille are coming straight from the Bonnell Ranch, where Jon and his brother have been raising cattle together since they purchased their first 32 head in 2018. The Tolar ranch is owned by Jon’s brother, Dr. Ric Bonnell, who is a professor at the Burnett School of Medicine. “We’ve utilized our mobile smoker for many years, serving brisket at TCU games, caterings and it has appeared at least once a week on our curbside meals,” Bonnell said. “But until now our brisket has never been a menu item at any of my restaurants. We’re excited to showcase it at Jon’s Grille.”
FACULTY
Ask the Expert
Aug. 31, 2022
KRLD
America is experiencing a physician shortage, and it’s only expected to get worse. Burnett School of Medicine Professor Dr. Stephen Scott talked about what’s being done in North Texas to address the shortage. “Now it is a significant number and it’s a number that we particularly, in training our physicians, are very concerned about. I’m proud of the work the school is doing to recruit medical students to reflect the communities they come from,” Scott said. 
Don’t underestimate the emotional toll of the unexpected
Aug. 25, 2022 
Fort Worth Report 
Dr. Debra Atkisson and Dr. Ken Hopper, both psychiatrists and associate professors at the Burnett School of Medicine at TCU, discuss how flooding can affect a person’s mental health and how people can cope afterward. “So, the first thought I had was, I’m so glad we’re receiving the rain because we’ve needed it so badly. I live a little west of Fort Worth, and there have been a lot of fires near my area. So it was a relief to see it,” Atkisson said. Hopper said, “I was doing some work from home. As the rain started picking up and we noticed it was going to start flooding, I was thankful that I was doing remote work. And then, one of the people at my house came and said, water is coming into your bathroom on the other side.”  
California to Ban the Sale of New Gasoline Cars 
Aug. 24, 2022
The New York Times
California’s decision to ultimately ban the sale of new gasoline cars will very likely speed a wider transition to electric vehicles because many other states follow California’s lead on tailpipe emissions. Critics of policies that encourage the rapid adoption of electric vehicles point out that sticker prices for electrics are still much higher than for a similar gasoline-powered car. Ann Bluntzer, executive director of the Ralph Lowe Energy Institute at Texas Christian University, said “The conversion to electric vehicles could put a strain on electricity grids. Where is that increased power being sourced from? Fossil fuels? Wind? Solar? Hydro?”
Black Lives Matter movement, Obama presidency explored in UT Austin professor’s new book
Aug. 24, 2022
Star-Herald 
A new book, “The Third Reconstruction: America’s Struggle for Racial Justice in the Twenty-First Century,” combines personal memoir with historical research and is largely influenced by Black feminist thought, which reimagines U.S. democracy in a way that centers Black women’s identity, politics and humanity. Stacie McCormick, associate professor of English, said, “It’s long overdue to discuss the role of Black feminism in social justice. They have often been the driving force behind encouraging people to support social justice movements.”
What should be behind the surge in supply chain scenario planning? 
Aug. 23, 2022 
Industry Europe
Supply chain scenario planning has rocketed in almost all industries since the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s unknown when the next big global supply chain disruption will be; however, data-driven, technology-enabled scenario planning will play in helping to build agility and resilience. Research conducted by Morgan Swink, the James L. and Eunice West Chair of Supply Chain Management and executive director of the Center for Supply Chain Innovation, found that those companies using supply chain management and operation planning software performed 2.5 times better than the industry average during the COVID-19 pandemic.
TCU Medical Students Make Elementary School Look, Feel Better 
Aug. 22, 2022 
Fort Worth Magazine 
As part of a community impact project, first-year medical students at the TCU Burnett School of Medicine left behind a collection of colorful and inspiring murals at Christine C. Moss Elementary School. “Year after year, elementary school students will see these positive messages, and it’s certainly heartfelt to our community to welcome our medical students and then, of course, for the elementary students,” Erin Nelson, associate professor in medical education, said. “The cool part about being at the elementary school made me realize that I’m not just here volunteering. I’m also helping the community, knowing that what we are doing here as medical students will help better the community over time,” said Parminder Deo, a medical school student. 
Wide-eyed baby elephant spends his day playing with bubbles at Fort Worth Zoo 
Aug. 22, 2022 
Daily Mail
A wide-eyed baby elephant was caught on camera spending his day playing with bubbles in his enclosure at the Fort Worth Zoo. Since first setting up its Asian elephant breeding program in 1986, the Fort Worth Zoo has been at the forefront of conserving the species. “Conservation is a series of management plans, opportunities and strategies that are put into place that alleviate pressures on species that are vulnerable,” Victoria Bennett, associate professor of environmental science at Texas Christian University, said.
Avita Medical Unveils Results from Recell System Trial |
Aug. 19, 2022  
Plastic Surgery Practice 
Avita Medical Inc. announced topline results from its randomized, controlled trial evaluating the safety and effectiveness of the Recell system, combined with meshed autograft for reduction of donor skin harvesting in soft-tissue reconstruction. “Soft-tissue injuries can be challenging to treat, and I am very pleased with the outcomes using Recell — especially the use of less donor skin when treating a variety of injuries,” said Dr. Steven E. Mapula, assistant professor of surgery at TCU’s Burnett School of Medicine. “Following FDA approval, I look forward to utilizing Recell broadly to help patients with a wide variety of soft-tissue injuries.”
Research method predicts a region’s likelihood of having fish with toxic levels of methylmercury
Aug. 17, 2022
SCIENMAG 
Consuming methylmercury-contaminated fish poses a hazard to human health. Environmental resource management officials predict which regions are likely to have fish with high concentrations of this toxin, without the need for extensive testing. “Our study suggests that monitoring efforts should focus on ecoregions with land cover types that increase the ‘sensitivity’ of water bodies to atmospheric mercury deposition,” said lead author Ray Drenner, biology professor emeritus. “We hope our study helps resource managers tasked with issuing fish consumption advisories for mercury.”
Many bilingual staff in Fort Worth schools get extra pay. Why is this group left out?
Aug. 16, 2022
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Becky Taylor, a counseling professor at TCUdescribes the importance of counselors after COVID-19. “The COVID-19 pandemic has brought about unique challenges for counselors. The state of mental health and mental health access was bad before the pandemic, but kids were one of the most poorly served groups once the pandemic hit,” Taylor said.
‘Your performance should radiate the colour of real fresh grass. Go to nature and look’ – Yuri Kramarov: A legacy regained
Aug. 16, 2022
The Strad 
Russian violist and pedagogue Yuri Kramarov was one of the most important Soviet-era musicians, according to Misha Galaganov, TCU chair of strings and professor of viola. “Walking down a street in Tashkent, cold and hungry, he met a pilot, who upon learning that Kramarov was deeply miserable in that city asked if he wanted to go to Moscow with him,” he wrote. “Most people would not say yes to such a proposition, but Kramarov did, and subsequently flew to Moscow on a military plane. There he realized that music would be the most important thing in his life and resumed his studies.”
John Harvey on exchange rates and neoclassicism 
Aug. 15, 2022
Libsyn 
Economics professor and “cowboy economist” John Harvey discussed exchange rates and neoclassicism on the Activist #MMT podcast. “The problem is, the financial market moves so quickly. For example, when the peso fell by 40% – were things in Mexico really less valuable than they were before? Or have they been overvalued by 40% in terms of the actual goods and services?” Harvey said. 
STUDENTS
Perfect Weather Makes Brew Run One To Remember 
Aug. 17, 2022
The Cape Cod Chronicle 
Brewster Racers cross the finish line at the 43rd annual Brew Run – with 790 registered runners. The second-place finisher was Brewster native Finn Riley who grew up running the race. “I run it almost every year and once I started running in high school and college, this was kind of a goal of mine to place pretty high in this race,” said Riley, a sophomore cross-country and track athlete at Texas Christian University. “I’m happy with how it went today, I ran a pretty good time for what I was looking for.”
ALUMNI
Bever joins Washington Post’s personal health and wellness team
Aug. 31, 2022
Talking Biz News
Lindsey Bever ’08 will join The Washington Post’s personal health and wellness team to cover a variety of personal health topics and essential news. She will also develop deeply reported enterprise stories on chronic illness, mental health and navigating the medical system, among other issues. She previously worked for The Dallas Morning News and earned her bachelor’s degree from Texas Christian University and a master’s degree from Columbia University. 
Yale University: ISPS Launches New Postdoctoral and Predoctoral Fellowships 
Aug. 30, 2022
India EducationDiary.com 
Six fellows are joining the Institution for Social and Policy Studies for two new programs producing political science research aimed at answering questions critical to the functioning of our democracy. One of the fellows, Ja’nae Jackson ’22 earned her B.S. in political science from Texas Christian University. She will be working with ISPS Resident Faculty Fellow Allison Harris as her mentor on a pair of projects, including one on the relationship between criminal trial judges’ colleagues’ characteristics and individual judges’ sentencing decisions.
Arkansas researcher’s collaborative method may reveal solutions to water quality issues
Aug. 26, 2022
Stuttgart Daily Leader
Shannon Speir ’14 believes that partnerships with farmers will allow her to efficiently conduct research while considering farmers’ needs in preventing fertilizer run-off from farms to preserving water quality. “It is about realizing that you are on the same playing field and on the same team,” Speir said. “I think that that really ends up getting the most holistic and beneficial product or outcome of the collaboration.” Speir was not always involved in the agricultural side of water conservation. As an undergraduate student at Texas Christian University, she focused on mercury contamination and how mercury moves from water bodies into the terrestrial food web.
Allie Beth Allman Receives Lifetime Achievement Award
Aug. 25, 2022
Allie Beth Allman ’62 was honored by the Dallas Business Journal with a Lifetime Achievement Award. “The key to giving respect is being a good listener, and also having patience,” she said upon receiving the honor. “As the saying goes, the harder you work, the luckier you get. This is perhaps the most important key to success.” Allman is a member of the TCU Board of Trustees.
Sarah Jakes Roberts is remaking the image of the modern Christian pastor 
Aug. 17, 2022
Los Angeles Times 
Sarah Jakes Roberts is remaking the image of the modern Christian pastor by “satisfying a hunger in culture, for authenticity, for spirituality.” After becoming a teenage mom, Roberts finished high school early and then decided to attend TCU to study accounting. “When I got pregnant with my son, all I wanted was job security,” Roberts recalls. “And for me, growing up in church, I was inclined toward service.”
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