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HEALING THROUGH HISTORY

From top: Benjamin Ireland tracked down what is likely the only extant photo of Tatsuji Terada; an urn holds Terada’s remains outside a mausoleum in Japan; Benjamin Ireland (right), Terada’s son Aimé Terada Arawa and Aimé’s granddaughter, Aurélie Filimoehala, who translated for her grandfather in conversations with Ireland, meet in New Caledonia.

Benjamin Ireland sheds light on a little-known WWII tragedy and reunites a family in the process.   Benjamin Hiramatsu Ireland’s passion for history changed the destiny of a family across the world. The story began the day after Pearl Harbor on a small archipelago roughly 900 miles east of Australia, when the lives of more… Read more »

BOLD STROKES

Babette Bohn, professor of art history, published a recent book: Women Artists, Their Patrons and Their Publics in Early Modern Bologna. She is photographed in her home with a portrait of a female saint painted circa 1630 by Giovanni Luigi Valesio in Bologna, Italy. Photo by Rodger Mallison, October 2021

Bologna opened studio doors to women artists long before other European cities did. MIDWAY BETWEEN VENICE AND FLORENCE, THE ITALIAN CITY OF BOLOGNA is known for meaty pasta sauce and a vibrant cultural scene.   In Women Artists, Their Patrons and Their Publics in Early Modern Bologna (Pennsylvania State University Press, 2021), Babette Bohn writes… Read more »

SHELTER FROM THE STORM

When the spiky Covid-19 virus enters the body, it triggers an immune-system response. But sometimes the immune system goes into overdrive, triggering a cytokine storm that does the body more harm than good

A monoclonal antibody used as an anti-rejection drug may help patients suffering from a severe Covid-19 infection.   In January 2021, Jeff Walburn met with a contractor about renovations on his house. Having undergone a successful liver transplant 13 years prior, he was taking extra precautions to guard against the coronavirus: meeting outside, social distancing… Read more »

INFORMED OPINIONS

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Academic research helps lend credibility, transparency and accountability to U.S. Supreme Court rulings.   In criminal court cases, bigger is considered better. The assumption is a result of a 1978 case in which the U.S. Supreme Court relied on 25 evidence-based studies on the effect of group size on jury deliberations. In that case, Ballew… Read more »

LEARNING FROM DORA AND DIEGO

Jean Rivera Perez, Emily Lund, Miller Speech & Hearing Clinic at TCU

Dual-language kids’ TV programs can be an effective teaching tool, professors’ study finds.   WHEN EMILY LUND HEARD HER 3-YEAR-OLD SAY THE WORDS KINETIC ENERGY — a topic never discussed at home — she realized entertainment technology could indeed be an educational tool. “If you had asked me 10 years ago if I had any… Read more »

COMING TO TERMS WITH COMING OUT

Maggie Peterson photographed with a pride flag, October 22, 2021.

Tee Tyler explores the family dynamics between LGBTQ children and their parents.   When LGBTQ children come out to their parents, the experience is not a single revelation but a complex process. The nature of the family relationship can strongly influence how that process unfolds and affect the health of the child. “The relationship is… Read more »

TEACHING FUTURE TEACHERS

TCU’s College of Education is integrating the science of learning into undergraduate teacher education. In 2020, TCU joined Deans for Impact, a national organization that aims to improve student learning by transforming the way educators teach. In 2021, College of Education faculty implemented the organization’s Learning by Scientific Design program, which disseminates evidence-based teaching strategies… Read more »

STEERING PAST TROUBLE

Danica Knight employs trust-based interventions to help troubled youth. Talk about tempers and trouble. Soon after two youths at a residential juvenile justice facility started arguing, their heated exchange turned physical. One of them injured a staff member who intervened, which triggered an automatic security alert. Though the teen had been making significant progress in… Read more »

TO TELL THE TRUTH

TCU professors seek ways to improve communication between civic leaders and Black constituents. On Oct. 12, 2019, Atatiana Jefferson was playing video games with her 8-year-old nephew at her family home in Fort Worth’s Hillside Morningside neighborhood. She was unaware that a concerned neighbor had called the Fort Worth Police Department, which sent officers to… Read more »

TO BE OR NOT TO BE STEREOTYPED

Ariane Balizet, associate professor and associate chair of English at TCU, poses on the stage of the Hip Pocket Theatre. Balizet researches the way Shakespeare in film, TV, young adult fiction and web series articulates ideas of girlhood. The work of Shakespeare lives on in places like the open air Hip Pocket Theatre, which has produced ShakespeareÕs plays and adaptations of his stories.

Shakespeare adaptations still portray girls as the weaker sex. Classrooms of teenagers across the world are still soaking up Romeo and Juliet, whether in school or through Taylor Swift’s lyrics. Between the lines, each generation of high school students interprets William Shakespeare’s tale of star-crossed lovers through its own pop culture filters. Shakespeare wrote Romeo… Read more »