HEALTH: Texas Biomed establishes team to study SARS-CoV-2, new coronavirus

Texas Biomedical Research Institute

Scientists at Texas Biomedical Research Institute (Texas Biomed) are ramping up to begin work on the novel coronavirus known as SARS-CoV-2. A team consisting of leading virologists, microbiologists, high containment lab experts and animal modeling researchers are proposing several research projects to 1) establish a nonhuman primate (monkey) model to study the pathogenesis and transmission as well as develop countermeasures; 2) test detection methods,… Read more »

Having contributed close to $10 Billion, this foundation focuses on five key areas for creating lasting change: public health, environment, education, government innovation, and arts & culture

Bloomberg Philanthropies

Bloomberg Philanthropies faces societies challenges by looking for unmet needs, engaging strong partners, remaining flexible, relying on data, focusing on cities, and leading from the front & utilizing advocacy.

Gary Kelly Receives Philanthropic Leadership Award From The Ireland Funds

The Ireland Funds

The Ireland Funds has named Gary Kelly, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Southwest Airlines, as the recipient of its 2020 Philanthropic Leadership Award. In addition, Enda Kenny, former prime minister of Ireland, was named the recipient of the organization’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Both awards will be presented on Saturday, March 7th at the Texas Emerald Ball, which will be held… Read more »

CEO Recruited for Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation

Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation

Social sector focused executive search firm Waldron has placed Randall Kempner as the new chief executive officer of the Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation in Austin, TX. Principal Jeff Waldron is leading the assignment along with engagement manager Heather Mohler and administrative assistant Renée Sellers. Katherine Lorenz, granddaughter of the charity’s founders, has led the organization since 2011. She stepped down as the foundation moves toward a planned shift… Read more »

Children’s Chorus of Greater Dallas to honor DSO’s Kim Noltemy with 2020 Advocate for the Arts award at April 26 Gala

Children's Chorus of Greater Dallas

Children’s Chorus of Greater Dallas (CCGD) is thrilled to announce that Kim Noltemy, Ross Perot President & CEO of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, has been named the organization’s 2020 Advocate for the Arts award recipient. The Advocate for the Arts award is presented yearly to honor one individual or organization that has made remarkable contributions to the growth and advancement of the arts in… Read more »

TCEQ awards Meadows Center $350,000 for Cypress Creek Watershed Protection Plan

Texas State University

The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment at Texas State University has been awarded a $351,101 grant from the Texas Commission of Environmental Quality (TCEQ) to implement Years 4-6 of the Cypress Creek Watershed Protection Plan (WPP). The Cypress Creek WPP is the result of a six-year collaboration between numerous stakeholders working together to keep Cypress Creek clean, clear and flowing. After the… Read more »

The Common Language Project: Fortune now!

Writer's Garret

“No one sleeps in this room without the dream of a common language” ADRIENNE RICH *** Born of a desire to bring the many members of the North Texas poetry community into conversation with each other, The Common Language Project places participants in the same room and turns them loose to dream. United by a list of shared words and confined only by the space of a page, the poems of the project weave a tapestry of radically divergent experiences that sing, simmer and singe. Together, these poems give us a place to come together, somewhere from which we can start, from which we can thrive.

This year, we invite you to enter the realm of fortune. Strike out and make it, or seek and share what is already prophesied; the choices along the way are yours alone to make. Can you yet chart a course avoiding tempests, literal or figurative? Will you hold, or bet it all? Enchant us with works of risk and reward, promise and peril, decision and destiny. Fortune favors the brave.

Dell Foundation pledges $100 million for scholarships to low-income students at UT-Austin – The foundation will give Texas’ flagship university $100 million over 10 years to fund new scholarships and support services for students who qualify for federal Pell Grants


Starting next fall, low-income students at the University of Texas at Austin will have access to more scholarships and resources thanks to a new partnership with the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation. The foundation will give Texas’ flagship university $100 million over 10 years to fund new scholarships and support services for students who qualify for Pell Grants, a federal subsidy awarded to first-time… Read more »

New Conservation Area in Texas Boasts Hundreds of Natural Springs

The Nature Conservancy

The easement was funded in part by the Agricultural Conservation Easement Program of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the Texas Farm and Ranch Lands Conservation Program, overseen by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD). Mr. Krause donated part of the value of the easement as a charitable contribution.

Chevron Phillips gives $1.7M for career, technology center in for the Sweeny Independent School District

Chevron Phillips

Chevron Phillips Chemical Co. is donating $1.7 million to fund a new career and technology education (CTE) center for the Sweeny Independent School District in Sweeny, Texas. Officials with Chevron Phillips, a major producer of polyethylene and other plastics and chemicals based in The Woodlands, Texas, said in a news release that the donation reflects a shared commitment to education and workforce development and… Read more »

TSUS Regents approve new construction science, quantitative finance master’s degrees at Texas State

Texas State University

The Texas State University System Board of Regents has authorized Texas State University to offer two new Master of Science degrees in Construction Science and Quantitative Finance and Economics to address pressing demand in the state’s economy.  The board approved the new degrees during its quarterly meeting February 13 in San Marcos. The programs will begin enrolling students in the fall of 2020, pending… Read more »

NIH grant to support fundamental study of role LaRP6 protein plays in protein synthesis process

Texas State University

Karen Lewis, assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Texas State University, has received a $460,000 competitive grant renewal from the National Institutes of Health to study the RNA-to-protein translation process that is controlled by La-Related Proteins (LaRPs).             The three-year grant was awarded by the NIH’s National Institute of General Medical Studies and will fund Lewis’ project, “Identification of the… Read more »

Call for Souper Bowl Sponsors

Coastal Bend Food Bank and The Art Center of Corpus Christi

Cool weather has arrived and that means it’s time to eat soup and buy a bowl to feed a family. Souper Bowl 2020 is scheduled for February 27th, a Thursday evening from 5:00pm – 8:00pm. The event supports the Coastal Bend Food Bank as well as the Art Center. Now is an especially important time to be a part of Souper Bowl. The organizers… Read more »

Whole Cities Foundation Awards 60 Community First Grants to Help Grow Local Food Systems

Whole Cities Foundation

Whole Cities Foundation, a nonprofit that works alongside community-based organizations to improve neighborhood health by broadening access to fresh food and nutrition education, announced today that 60 Community First Grants will be awarded this winter to nonprofit organizations in the U.S., and for the first time, in Canada.  The Community First Grant Program is designed to support Whole Foods Market team members engaged with nonprofits in… Read more »

Living Income: A Story From Measurement to Impact

ISEAL Alliance

Everyone has the right to a living income. Yet, as we move into a new decade, there are still around 500 million smallholder farming households globally, comprising a large proportion of the world’s poor living on less than $2 a day. Something needs to change. People have been trying to measure and tackle poverty for decades, so why reframe the issue now by measuring… Read more »

Breaking News: Light Pollution Is Driving the Insect Apocalypse: A New Study and Concern

The Zoological Lighting Institute

A new research paper in the scientific journal BIOLOGICAL CONSERVATION raises new concerns over the impact of artificial light at night (ALAN) for environmental health. The journal has just published the latest in a series of articles sounding the alarm over declining insect populations. After an initial study (Hallmann, 2017) in Germany revealed a shocking 76% decline in flying insects within protected area,… Read more »

The Founding Fathers Write a Grant Proposal

Jan Masaoka - Blue Avocado

“Just look at this second sentence!” groaned Samuel Adams. “‘We hold these truths to be self-evident . . .’ This flies in the face of ‘evidence-based practice!’ We’ll never get funded!” Another delegate had a different complaint: “This mission statement is way too long!” he wailed. “Mr. Jefferson, no one will ever read this ‘Declaration of Independence’ of yours.” In the meantime, George Washington had… Read more »

Meet Tim & Audrey!

Shumla Archaeological Research & Education Center

  Tim Murphy enjoyed running during his collegiate career in Track and Field at the University of California, Irvine before pursuing work in archaeology. Soon after, he worked in Cultural Resource Management for three years in California and assisted teaching at field schools with the San Bernardino National Forest and Wind Wolves Preserve. Tim then attended Northern Arizona University for a Master’s Degree in… Read more »

New research identifies obstacles to early detection of skin cancer in rural western states

Texas State University

Residents of rural, sparsely-populated “frontier counties” in the Western U.S. face higher incidents of skin cancer and related mortality rates. New research, conducted in part at Texas State University, indicates that the biggest obstacle to early detection and treatment is a chronic lack of self-examination.             Manusheela Pokharel, assistant professor in the Department of Communication Studies, co-authored the study with Jakob Jensen, associate dean… Read more »