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February 2017 – e-newsletter

TCU Institute of Child Development updates name to Honor late founder

The TCU Institute of Child Development announced December 8 that it is changing its name to the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development in honor of late founder and director, Dr. Karyn Purvis, effective immediately.






Mike Silvey ’01: Alum Spotlight

A successful physician, Mike Silvey ’01, recalls his experiences at TCU as transformative to his medical education and career. The DFW local heard about TCU as he grew up, and knew his intentions of pursuing the pre-health track long before he applied to the institution.






Physics alumnus develops respiration ventilator for low income countries

A strong physics program and college-town feel inspired former CEO of Seattle’s Children to push through and pursue a career in medicine. Thomas Hansen ’70 received his Bachelor of Science degree in physics from TCU, and later attended Baylor College of Medicine where he earned his degree in medicine and completed his pediatric residency and neonatology training.


Senior computer science student receives UPE award

Harrison Engel is an example of this mission in action. He is a senior computer science major – originally from Nebraska. Through his experience at TCU and support from faculty, Engel received the 2016 Dan Drew award from Upsilon Pi Epsilon, the International Honor Society for the Computing and Information Disciplines.




Math major contradicts stereotypes

TCU senior Alyssa Zellner has set out to combat the stereotype that mathematics majors are typically males. Zellner, a math and economics double major, is the first of her four siblings to move to Texas.






Engineering machinists make microscopes for chemists


Microscopes are one of many handy instruments in a scientists’ “tool belt,” but they are often costly and cumbersome to transport between laboratories. The CSE’s technical support team and machinists used a simple design idea to construct inexpensive alternative microscopes that incorporate the use of smart phones to capture data.


Science communication workshops offered to TCU and UNTHSC

Communication is a common barrier between scientists and the public. While training science majors for presentations to other scientists is not unusual on college campuses, teaching them to rise above the jargon and truly communicate what they are studying and how that affects the broader world is a relatively new idea.


News Briefs

Recent news and accolades regarding CSE students, faculty and staff





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