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Author: John Erangey

BY POPULIST DEMAND

Members of a 19th-century political movement believed that shared problems required a shared solution.   Last March, a headline in The Atlantic asked, “Does Anyone Know What ‘Populism’ Means?” It’s a question that Gregg Cantrell is eager and well-equipped to answer. In his book The People’s Revolt: Texas Populists and the Roots of American Liberalism… Read more »

WARMING UP TO COLD CASES

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Ashley Wellman advocates for the families of victims of unsolved homicides. While Ashley Peake Wellman worked in a Florida sheriff’s cold-case unit during her doctoral studies in criminology, she had a life-changing conversation with the mother of a murder victim. “I just want to know what happened to my daughter, and no one will respond… Read more »

PRESCRIBING INFORMATION

TCU scholars explore effective messaging in the emerging field of health communication.   Viral tweets about fake Covid-19 statistics or supposed cures. Bland and all-too-familiar TV ads for prescription drugs. Hollywood depictions of men living with AIDS that emphasize telltale lesions on the face. Health communication seeps into society through various media and can play… Read more »

TEACHING FOR A KINDER WORLD

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Miriam Ezzani champions self-reflection and anti-oppressive practices to help ensure all students have a chance to succeed.   The 21st century’s sweeping social justice movement is calling for comprehensive reforms, including in the way schools operate. Miriam Ezzani, assistant professor of educational leadership, is investigating how teachers can embody compassion and inclusiveness to ensure racial… Read more »

KETO or HIGH CARB?

The department of kinesiology is turning nutrition research into a team sport. Ketogenic diets — often referred to simply as “keto” — are popular among people attempting to lose weight and improve mental acuity. This diet is also gaining interest among athletes who believe it can help improve performance. But does it? Literature on the… Read more »

TURNING OVER A NEW LEAF IN ENERGY

Ben Sherman

Inspired by plants, Ben Sherman strives for affordable solar photovoltaic cells.   Through photosynthesis, plants do something simple yet remarkable: They convert sunlight to energy by breaking apart water molecules. If scientists could replicate what plants do every day, the world would have a clean, endless alternative to fossil fuels. Ben Sherman, assistant professor of… Read more »

INVESTING IN THE FUTURE OF HEALTH CARE

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TCU’s commitment to research fosters a new generation of inquisitive medical professionals.   Dr. Stuart M. Flynn, founding dean of the TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine; Phil Hartman, dean and professor of biology in the College of Science & Engineering; Christopher Watts, dean and professor of communication sciences & disorders in the Harris College… Read more »

STORIES OF SURVIVAL

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Those who have escaped human trafficking can guide social workers who help other victims.   They’re mothers. They’re grandmothers. They’re social workers, lawyers, therapists. And they’re survivors of sex trafficking. They’re also advocates in the anti-trafficking movement. The former victims, many of whom entered “the life” in their teens and left years later, are telling… Read more »

BRIGHTER FUTURES

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Recent TCU graduates help North Texas students forge a path beyond high school.   As the oldest of four children of Nigerian immigrants, Timi Ijabiken understood little about how to make his way to college in the U.S. From applications and SATs to scholarships and financial aid, the process of pursuing higher education felt out… Read more »

BEFORE YOU HEAR IT

James Rodriguez with a student

James Rodriguez is analyzing the factors of optimal and sustainable vocal health.   Hitting the correct notes is paramount, but an accurate rendition of do-re-mi-fa-so- la-ti-do is not a perfect indicator of a singer’s vocal health. When singers feel fine after going up and down scales and sustaining notes, they may think their voice is… Read more »