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Texas A&M Astronomers Receive NSF Grants To Fund Galactic Research

Texas A&M Astronomers Receive NSF Grants To Fund Galactic Research

Three astronomers from Texas A&M University have received funding from the National Science Foundation for research on new astrophysical insights involving the Milky Way Galaxy and beyond. TAMU Science reports that Jennifer Marshall, Casey Papovich, and Kim-Vy Tran each led proposals that were selected for funding as part of the latest round of awards announced earlier this fall by the NSF Division ...

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Texas A&M Health Science Center To Coordinate Statewide Alzheimer’s Disease Research Grants Program

Texas A&M Health Science Center To Coordinate Statewide Alzheimer’s Disease Research Grants Program

The Texas A&M Health Science Center, an assembly of TAMU colleges devoted to education of health professionals and researchers, has been appointed administrator of the Texas Alzheimer’s Research and Care Consortium (TARCC)’s recently announced new Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) investigator grant program. The program will be able to leverage the TARCCs Texas Harris Alzheimer’s Study — a large standardized research database ...

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Grant Awarded By Texas A&M Will Help Reduce Obesity And Chronic Diseases

Grant Awarded By Texas A&M Will Help Reduce Obesity And Chronic Diseases

The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service recently awarded a grant to support the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ efforts to reduce obesity and chronic diseases, increase healthier lifestyles, reduce health disparities and control healthcare spending. They awarded a ”Programs to Reduce Obesity in High-Obesity Areas” grant that awards $783,000 to spend over the first of three years through partnering with the Texas ...

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Texas A&M Biologists Unlock Non-Coding Half Of Human Genome With Novel Sequencing Technique

Texas A&M Biologists Unlock Non-Coding Half Of Human Genome With Novel Sequencing Technique

A novel sequencing technique developed by two biologists and research colleagues at Texas A&M University‘s Maggert Laboratory has revealed that an obscure swatch of human DNA once thought to be nothing more than biological trash may actually be able to provide a treasure trove of insight into complex genetic-related diseases such as cancer and diabetes. The landmark discovery was part ...

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New Shape Shifting Material May Help Correct Facial Defects

New Shape Shifting Material May Help Correct Facial Defects

A Texas A&M University researcher has created a shape-shifting material that can mold itself and fill unsightly gaps in bone, while promoting bone growth, which she says could be used to effectively treat defects in the facial region. The research by Texas A&M Department of Biomedical Engineering associate professor Melissa Grunlan Ph.D.,M.S., B.S. is detailed in the scientific journal Acta ...

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Texas A&M Executives Discuss Obesity at SEC Symposium In Atlanta

Texas A&M Executives Discuss Obesity at SEC Symposium In Atlanta

Texas A&M interim president Mark Hussey and the provost and executive vice president for the Academic Affairs, Karan Watson, are participating in a debate about research on obesity, taking place at the 2014 Southeastern Conference (SEC) Symposium in Atlanta. The two academics are attending the three-day symposium as representatives of the Texas A&M faculty, and other members of Texas A&M were also invited to present ...

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Texas A&M Builds Modern Open-Innovation Facility for Tech Startups

Texas A&M Builds Modern Open-Innovation Facility for Tech Startups

Some of the greatest innovations and ideas come from the curious minds of university students enrolled in STEM majors. Institutions need to bear in mind that for unconventional ideas to take root and come to life, students must have access to similarly unconventional yet highly conducive learning and working environments — similar to the newly-opened facility at Texas A&M University. ...

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Texas A&M Biomedical Engineering Research Investigates Collagen Growth and Functioning

Texas A&M Biomedical Engineering Research Investigates Collagen Growth and Functioning

Research into the growth of collagen at the molecular level and its work in forming sets of body structures, like bone, blood vessels, tendons, skin, heart tissue, and even corneas, is currently being conducted at Texas A&M University, which may in turn help researchers distinguish molecular-level differences in complex collagen networks formed under different conditions. Wonmuk Hwang, associate professor of the university’s Department of ...

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NSF Designates Rice, UT and A&M to Create Entrepreneurial Innovation Hub

NSF Designates Rice, UT and A&M to Create Entrepreneurial Innovation Hub

Three Texas universities were granted $3.75 million in funding by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to engage in a three year program and create a regional innovation hub with the purpose of turning academic research into useful technology with commercial applications. The NSF Innovation Corps (I-Corps) program awarded  Rice University, the University of Texas at Austin, and Texas A&M University for the assignment. The ...

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Texas A&M Chemists to Receive American Chemical Society Awards

Texas A&M Chemists to Receive American Chemical Society Awards

A tandem of chemists from Texas A&M University were recently chosen to receive the 2015 American Chemical Society (ACS) Awards for proven expertise in their research fields. Dr. Kim R. Dunbar, an esteemed professor of chemistry, along with assistant professor Dr. Vickie M. Williamson, will be two of 78 chemists in the country to receive ACS Awards. The list of recipients ...

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Pediatrician, Researcher Dr. Carolyn Cannon Joins TAMHSC Faculty

Pediatrician, Researcher Dr. Carolyn Cannon Joins TAMHSC Faculty

The Texas A&M Health Science Center (TAMHSC) has officially welcomed a new member to its faculty of acclaimed educators — pediatric pulmonologist and researcher Carolyn Cannon, M.D., Ph.D. Dr. Cannon is credited for creating innovative treatment options for pediatric respiratory diseases. Previously at Dallas’ University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dr. Cannon formerly held the position of director of the Pediatric Cystic Fibrosis ...

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Texas A&M AgriLife Research Study Highlights Mesquite As A Complementary Biofuel Feedstock

Texas A&M AgriLife Research Study Highlights Mesquite As A Complementary Biofuel Feedstock

A recent Texas A&M AgriLife Research study to be published in the BioEnergy Research journal, outlines how mesquite, which grows in abundance in some regions of the U.S. southwest, could compliment the overall cellulosic biofuels project. The paper is based on the study, “Economic and Greenhouse Gas Efficiency of Honey Mesquite Relative to Other Energy Feedstocks for Bioenergy Uses in ...

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Texas A&M Potential Mass-Production Center For ZMapp Ebola Drug

Texas A&M Potential Mass-Production Center For ZMapp Ebola Drug

A new report out of College Station, Texas notes that if the need for mass production of an experimental Ebola drug is needed to combat an epidemic outbreak in the United States, Texas A&M University could serve as a mass-production center for the therapy. The news comes on the heels of a developing story surrounding two seriously ill American medical ...

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Fibrotic Disease, Responsible For 45% of All Deaths in the U.S., May Be Reversible, Thanks To Texas A&M Researchers’ Experimental Therapy

Fibrotic Disease, Responsible For 45% of All Deaths in the U.S., May Be Reversible, Thanks To Texas A&M Researchers’ Experimental Therapy

Two Texas A&M University scientists and the biotechnology company they co-founded report encouraging progress in the fight against fibrotic disease. Fibrosis is a harmful process that occurs with many diseases, and in which normal healthy tissue is replaced with scar tissue, compromising function and ultimately leading to organ failure. Despite its low profile in public consciousness, fibrosis is quietly associated ...

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Texas A&M Climate Change Specialist Granted Association of Former Students College-Level Teaching Award

Texas A&M Climate Change Specialist Granted Association of Former Students College-Level Teaching Award

A Texas A&M University professor from the Department of Atmospheric Sciences was recently granted the school’s Association of Former Students College-Level Teaching Award for the College of Geosciences. Andrew Dessler has been a professor at the institution for nine years. During his career at Texas A&M, which spans almost a decade, the professor has previously taught courses on atmospheric science and ...

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Texas A&M College of Nursing Launches Program to Train Nurse Practitioners

Texas A&M College of Nursing Launches Program to Train Nurse Practitioners

The Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Nursing will launch a new master’s of science degree in nursing-family nurse practitioner, which will train nurse practitioners and help mitigate the lack of primary care physicians. To start the program, which was recently approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, the college is now waiting for the approval of the Texas Board of ...

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Texas A&M, CONACYT Grant $400,000 in Awards to 13 Investigators in Texas and Mexico

Texas A&M, CONACYT Grant $400,000 in Awards to 13 Investigators in Texas and Mexico

Thirteen principal investigators from Texas A&M University were awarded more than $400,000 in grants to fund their research by the Mexican Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnologia (CONACYT) in collaboration with the university. All of the projects include a common research goal directed by two principal investigators, one from Texas A&M and one from a higher education institution or research center in ...

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Texas A&M Researcher Identifies Multiple Influences Fueling Antibiotic Resistance Debate

Texas A&M Researcher Identifies Multiple Influences Fueling Antibiotic Resistance Debate

Alexander Fleming, a recipient of the 1945 Nobel Prize in Medicine for his discovery of penicillin, warned during his acceptance speech for the award of the possibility of resistance developing if antibiotics were used inappropriately. Nearly seventy years later, his cautionary his apprehensions are being realized. A recent Open Access report in The Lancet Infectious Diseases (Volume 13, Issue 12, ...

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Texas A&M Launches New Updated Genetic Sequencing System

Texas A&M Launches New Updated Genetic Sequencing System

Texas A&M University AgriLife in College Station has created a new genetic sequencing system, which is an ultramodern version of their existing model Illumina HiSeq 2500. The university expects the new Illumina HiSeq 2500v4 to allow researchers to improve their projects, as well as to advance them to the leading edge in the field. The facility has also been relocated in order to offer ...

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Oxygen-Depleted “Dead Zone” in Gulf of Mexico Much Smaller Than Usual, According To Texas A&M Researcher

Oxygen-Depleted “Dead Zone” in Gulf of Mexico Much Smaller Than Usual, According To Texas A&M Researcher

Steve DiMarco, a Texas A&M University researcher who has recently been studying the Gulf of Mexico, says the “dead zone” this year is considerably smaller than usual, measuring about about 2,600 square miles, a little more than the size of the state of Delaware. DiMarco is a professor of oceanography and one of the world’s leading experts on the dead zone. He recently surveyed ...

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AgriLife Researchers Discover Protein Implantation Method That May Revolutionize Cancer Treatment

AgriLife Researchers Discover Protein Implantation Method That May Revolutionize Cancer Treatment

Texas A&M AgriLife Research scientists developed a new way to deliver proteins into live human cells without causing any damage. The researchers believe that the discovery can be adopted  in medical research to find cures and treatments for a wide range of diseases, such as cancer. The findings were published at the last issue of the journal Nature Methods. The researchers use ...

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Texas A&M VP Assures: Quality, ROI of U.S. Research Efforts Outpace China, Other World Powers

Texas A&M VP Assures: Quality, ROI of U.S. Research Efforts Outpace China, Other World Powers

Glen Laine, Texas A&M University Vice President for Research told a crowd of science journalists gathered at the National Press Club that, although nations like China may surpass the United States’ annual investment in research and development, it is unlikely that they surpass America’s return on said investment. Laine joined representatives from a number of other leading research institutions in a ...

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Chemist Sherry Yennello Named New Director of Texas A&M Cyclotron Institute

Chemist Sherry Yennello Named New Director of Texas A&M Cyclotron Institute

Texas A&M University nominated internationally renowned nuclear chemist Dr. Sherry J. Yennello as the new director of the Cyclotron Institute. The Regents Professor of Chemistry and holder of the Nuclear Science Chair at Texas A&M will manage the activity of one of the world’s leading research institutions and the main facility of the university’s nuclear science program. Yennello is a an expert in heavy-ion ...

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Texas A&M Researchers Team With Stanford In New Research Uncovering the Secrets of the Inner Ear

Texas A&M Researchers Team With Stanford In New Research Uncovering the Secrets of the Inner Ear

A research team that includes a Texas A&M University biomedical engineer is developing new technology that generates some of the most detailed images of the inner ear to date. This new insight into the mechanics of hearing could lead to new therapies for hearing loss. Indeed, understanding the mechanics of hearing is a challenge due to the difficulties of seeing inside ...

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