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HEADING FOR A PEAK

Texas Christian University's Tex Moncrief Chair of Engineering Efstathios Michaelides, who studies the sustainability of energy supplies, poses for a portrait in front of a model refrigeration system, Monday, August 13, 2018 in the Tucker Technology Center on the TCU campus in Fort Worth, Texas. Photo by Jeffrey McWhorter, August 13, 2018

Oil’s leftovers won’t supply the next generation. They didn’t call oil “black gold” for nothing. The mass use of petrochemicals enabled advances like highway travel and air conditioning, revolutionizing life in affluent countries. But after the initial euphoria, worries began about the available amount of oil in the ground. No one knew how much energy… Read more »

MAPPING CRIME

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Illicit massage businesses thrive where you wouldn’t expect. To the passer-by, they appear harmless — storefronts offering massages to the stressed and weary, nestled in busy shopping centers anchored by well-known chains. But the grim fact is that many such businesses are part of the sprawling underworld of sex trafficking. In the U.S., illicit massage… Read more »

SENIOR PRIORITY

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Health care workers turn their focus to an overlooked patient population. By the year 2030, every baby boomer in the U.S. will have reached age 65, and 1 in 5 of the country’s residents will be at or past retirement age. In Texas, people 65 and older already make up more than 12 percent of… Read more »

REWIRE THE BRAIN, CONTROL THE BODY

Nina Martin, associate professor of dance, after completing her piece, Secondary Surface Rendered, which has been done with dancers of mixed ability. The work, done on white paper with charcoal, has been done with performers with cerebral palsy. This was done at the Erma Lowe Hall on the TCU Campus.

A dance professor is studying how movement training eases the symptoms of cerebral palsy. Susie Angel had few expectations when she signed up for a weekend workshop that Nina Martin taught in November 2014. “Nina had us start with a warmup, doing something called Fussy Baby that we did on the ground,” said Angel, whose… Read more »

CANCER WEAPON

Cheap, nontoxic nanoparticles might help deliver drugs and diagnose disease. Oncology nurses know the bright-red drug, “red devil,” is a crucial weapon in the chemotherapy arsenal— a go-to for fighting breast, bladder and blood cancers. But doxorubicin, the devil’s proper name, also is hazardous, blisters tissue on contact and causes side effects that range from… Read more »

CUSTOMERS FIRST

Richard Priem, Professor of Managment at TCU.

Putting the priority on consumers is tried, true and often forgotten. Often called the father of business consulting, management expert Peter Drucker once said, “The purpose of business is to create and keep a customer.” Too many companies — as well as business scholars — tend to ignore this simple truth, said Richard Priem (pictured… Read more »