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Each winter, pre-health students typically host a holiday event for patients and their families associated with the Heroes for Children organization. Heroes for Children helps provide financial and social assistance programs for families with children battling cancer. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, this year students are partnering with Cook Children’s Hospital and spreading holiday cheer by packaging holiday activities for families with Heroes for Children, a charity that helps kids battling cancer. The kits will include items such as: candles, crafting materials, fleece blankets, DVDs and popcorn, cookie mix and cookie cutters, board games and candy.

The students who participated in holiday kit assembly included: Payton Aydelott, Rigo Garcia, Ashlyn Laidman, Megan Ha, Chloe Ricke, Joey Mellberg, Annemarie Thompson, and Gretel Jordan.

Professor of Engineering Sue Gong received a grant in the amount of $156,000 from Florida Atlantic University, funded by the Office of Naval Research. This grant will be used to develop a compact passive imaging system that can be put on autonomous platforms to monitor marine life activities.

Apply for the Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellowship in cognitive, educational or developmental psychology. The fellowship is designed to promote diversity and support stellar scholars who are committed to research, teaching and service. Applications due by Jan. 25, 2021. For more information or to apply, please visit or contact Dr. Whitnee Boyd at or 817-257-4158.

Kevin Knight, Saul B. Sells Chair of Psychology at TCU, Sandra Springer, Associate Professor at Yale University, and Ank Nijhawan, Associate Professor at UT Southwestern, are the principal investigators in a study entitled “Addressing risk through Community Treatment for Infectious disease and Opioid use disorder Now (ACTION) among justice-involved populations.” They received a grant totaling $11,113,030, of which TCU will receive approximately $2.5 million. This includes over $500,000 provided back to TCU as part of finance and administration, as well as indirect costs.

Their project focuses on improving HIV and Opioid Use Disorder management and implementation for criminal justice. A total of 864 criminal justice-involved participants that are being released in Connecticut and Texas will receive one of two treatments. The study has two specific aims: intervention effectiveness, related to the length of time participants continue the treatment, and implementation, which includes feasibility, acceptability, and costs of treatments. The grant will last from October 1, 2020 until August 31, 2025.

The IBR and KPICD's "LeSA" grant ("Preventing Opioid Use Among Justice-Involved Youth aas They Transition to Adulthood: Leveraging Safe Adults (LeSA)") has been awarded Years 2-5 ($4,460,305) of funding.

Mike Slattery, professor and chair of the Department of Environmental Sciences and director of the Institute for Environmental Studies, recently published the 6th edition of his textbook: Contemporary Environmental Issues.

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The ACS Women Chemists Committee named Associate Professor of Bioinorganic Chemistry Kayla Green as one of 10 recipients of the 2020 Rising Star Award. This award recognizes exceptional early to mid-career female chemists in all areas of chemistry on a national level.

Established in 2011 to help promote the retention of women in science, recipients of this award are invited to an award symposium highlighting their work at the 259th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society in Philadelphia from March 22-26, 2019. Additionally, the winners receive a stipend to cover travel expenses to the symposium.

TCU’s Institute of Behavioral Research is now a part of the College of Science & Engineering. The move stands to align similar missions and create synergy and opportunity for students.

“In my view, the IBR move to CSE is a significant administrative move that will help strengthen TCU’s academic profile and reputation, which aligns directly with the university’s first strategic imperative,” said Kevin Knight, Ph.D., professor and interim director of the Institute for Behavioral Research.

In addition to raising the university profile, Knight said the realignment will increase research opportunities for students in the CSE.

“For example, the IBR SOAR Lab (Student Overview of Applied Research) offers undergraduate students an introduction to applied research, coupled with interactive activities aimed to enhance academic skills,” Knight said. “IBR also provides students with networking and mentoring opportunities with research-interested peers, graduate students and experienced IBR research scientists.”

Phil Hartman, Ph.D., dean of the College of Science & Engineering, said he is thrilled to have IBR within the college.

“The IBR has long been one of TCU’s crown jewels,” he said. “The research funded by the National Institutes of Health that is conducted in the institute has been impactful to our society and aligns directly with TCU’s mission statement of educating leaders to think and act as ethical leaders and responsible citizens.”