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Putting the “win” in WIN

Excitement continues to abound regarding plans for a TCU-UNTHSC medical school with the first class currently scheduled to matriculate in the fall of 2018. Please check out the article in this newsletter for more details.

While that’s excitement for the future, let me now highlight the exciting present, or at least one aspect of it – namely, the renovation of Winton-Scott Hall (WIN) that was completed this summer.

For more than 30 years, I’ve made my professional home (my office and research lab) in WIN. Built in 1953, WIN currently houses the biology and psychology departments as well as our university vivarium. It has a decidedly stark and institutional feel to it. In fact, it was one of the few buildings that the Office of Admissions instructed tour guides to avoid when conducting campus tours.

While our new buildings such as Rees-Jones Hall are spectacular, TCU has done an excellent job of remodeling older buildings such as WIN, with major projects in the summers of 2001, 2004 and 2015. Most notably, the second floor underwent a major redo this summer, including dedicated student study areas. Today’s students have very different learning styles than those in past years. Therefore, much more significantly than simply “prettying up” WIN, this summer’s renovations provide students with a cutting-edge learning environment.

It’s exciting to see the continual improvement of our physical facilities, both the old and the new. It’s just one more reason that TCU – and our College – have a bright future.

As always, I invite you to submit your news to Class Notes at, and to contact me at with any newsletter comments and achievements since graduation.

Best wishes,

Phil Hartman

Dean, College of Science & Engineering

The second TCU medical school: An academic game changer
In the early days of TCU, before there was a library, athletic stadium, mascot or alma mater, there was a medical school. Shortly after relocating from Waco to Fort Worth, Texas, TCU assumed operation of the Fort Worth Medical College located downtown, which closed in 1917.
Distinguished Alumni Awards Recognize CSE Alums
After graduation, TCU alumni enter the “real” world with ambitions and dreams to change the world. TCU’s Distinguished Alumni Award, presented annually, recognizes alumni whose endeavors have achieved prominence in a particular field.
The Science of Owning a Technical Business
Be passionate. Be humble. Be determined, and be hungry. These are the words Steve Johnston ’04 (computer information science) and his business partner, Josh Oderberg, live by.
Spotlight: Leah Thornton ’15 (MS, Biology)
One graduate student saw the fruits of her hard work and own research opportunities through her recent achievement in the first university-wide Three Minute Thesis® competition.
Computer Science Alum Reflection
Nick Capurso ’14 was one of a select few graduates of TCU’s computer science program who elected to continue education at the graduate level immediately following his undergraduate studies.
CSE Welcomes New Faculty
The College is excited that searches over the past year have yielded another outstanding group of faculty joining the College of Science & Engineering.
TCU Contributes to Integrated Pipeline Project
Becky Johnson, professor of professional practice in the School of Geology, Energy & the Environment, is working with the Tarrant Regional Water District on a project that aims to address the impending need for a solution to Texas’ future water supply.
Lifelong Learner and Teacher
We all want to know the key to success. As a neurointensivist, healthcare administrator and faculty member at the Emory University School of Medicine, Wendy Wright-Seigler ‘94 embodies openness and a desire to acquire knowledge that makes her stand above the rest.
Research Notes
These achievements represent successes from July 2015-September 2015.
Contributing writers:
Andrea Hein, digital content/marketing coordinator
Shannon Merchant ’14 (MS, strategic communication)
Tori Campbell ’15, CSE communications internEditor:
Andrea Hein, digital content/marketing coordinatorContributing editor:
Holly Ellman, associate director, strategic communications managementOnline editor:
C. Magnus L. Rittby, senior associate dean and professor of physics & astronomy
College of Science & Engineering External Advisory Board
William (Bill) F. Bennett ’71, Ph.D.
Bioscope Associates
Brent K. Blackburn ’82, Ph.D.
Rapidscan Pharma Solutions
Darlene M. Boudreaux
TECH Fort Worth
Dr. Mark T. Brown ’85
Great Hills ENT
W. Neal Burnette III ’66, Ph.D.
Biotechnology Consultant
United States Army, Retired
David F. Chappell
Cantey Hanger
George C. (J.R.) Fassett, Jr. ’98 (EMBA ’07)
Thumbtechs Corporation
Connie Guttersen ’86, RD, Ph.D.
The Culinary Institute of America
CHEF Program of the Goldsbury Foundation
Dennis D. Knautz ’75 (MBA ’76)
Acme Brick
Jeffrey B. Lowinger
Eaton Corporation
Joyce Elizabeth Mauk, M.D.
Child Study Center
Robert (Bob) Pence
Freese and Nichols, Inc.
Susan G. Schildt ’83
Stratford Consulting, LLC
Raymond (Ray) Smilor, Ph.D.
TCU Neeley School of Business
Thomas (Tom) Yorio, Ph.D.
University of North Texas Health Science Center
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