Research News

A medical detective story

TWU biology doctoral student Erica Garcia is investigating the strange relationship between breast cancer and human cytomegalovirus, attempting to solve a mystery that could lead to better treatment of breast cancer and better outcomes for patients.

"The thought that I could improve lives is a big motivation," Garcia said.

TWU biology's Dr. Pislariu earns $1 million grant

Research conducted by Catalina Pislariu, PhD, of the TWU Biology Department into rehabilitating farmland by planting crops that not only grow in depleted soil but also contribute to the regeneration of that exhausted earth has earned a $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation.

Powers first at Texas Woman’s to win Boren Fellowship

Petina JD Powers has survived a litany of hardships, but now the sociology doctoral student is the first TWU student to earn a David L. Boren Fellowship, which she will use to study the Hindi language this summer before traveling to India to conduct research.

TWU faculty receives Distinguished Research Fellowship

Denise Maricle, PhD, a professor of psychology at Texas Woman’s University, is the first recipient of the Richard W. Woodcock Distinguished Research Fellowship awarded by the Woodcock Institute for Neurocognitive Research and Applied Practice.

TWU student on mission to inspire future biomechanics practitioners

As a woman working in biomechanics, Texas Woman’s doctoral candidate Noelle Tuttle is dedicated to the outreach for and education of more women in the field, especially minorities who have had little to no exposure. Thanks to grants from the Biomechanics Initiative, she was able to further that mission by co-hosting virtual and in-person events in Denton and Ecuador to inspire future practitioners and researchers.

TWU design team wins NASA challenge – again!

What’s better than a heavy underdog winning an innovative design contest involving some of the state’s brightest minds?

Winning it again.

Research internship is on grad’s path to becoming scientist

Makayla Hughes has a deep concern for the health and welfare of her community. She’s witnessed firsthand how members of her tight-knit, mostly Black neighborhood in Houston lacked the kind of care essential to keep its residents healthy.

Cancer research sparked grad’s interest in biotechnology

Her interest in science started in summer camp and grew into a dream of becoming a researcher. Harsh words from a supervisor temporarily derailed that dream, but Lindsey Ramos Freitas overcame her struggles, regained her confidence, and is set to receive her professional science master’s degree during spring commencement ceremonies at Texas Woman’s University.

All-female team makes history with NASA contest win

As non-engineers competing in a NASA-sponsored engineering design challenge, an all-female team of Texas Woman’s University kinesiology seniors knew they’d be heavy underdogs. But they defied conventional wisdom and won, making history in the process. 

Nurse’s research on abuse may be key to improving victims’ mental health

She’s seen firsthand the mental toll an abusive relationship can have on a woman, so it isn’t surprising that Angeles Nava, an assistant professor of nursing at TWU’s Houston campus, has devoted seven years to researching intimate partner violence.

TWU’s all-female design competition team scores big, brings research to life

Five Texas Woman’s kinesiology seniors turned classroom theories into a real-world device by competing in the Texas Space Grant Consortium Design Challenge Showcase November 16-17. The TWU team, named The Oneiroi, was the only all-female team competing and won best overall team, along with best poster, best peer review and best video. They also placed second overall in the presentation category. All five team members are December 2021 graduates.

Legislature OKs $100 million for health sciences center

The Texas Legislature today authorized $100 million to construct a health sciences building on the Denton campus of Texas Woman’s University. The funding was part of a $3.3 billion campus construction project that legislators approved for Texas universities in the waning moments of a third special session.

NSF awards $1.5 million to TWU team to boost STEM activities

This summer, the National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded a $1.5 million grant to a team of Texas Woman's faculty members to fund a project aimed at boosting enrollment in graduate biotechnology programs and promoting career success in the biotechnology sector. The team, made up of Drs. Juliet Spencer, Diana Elrod, Stephanie Pierce and Jessica Gullion, is launching TWU-SCALE, or Scholarships and Co-curricular Activities Leading to Excellence in the Biotechnology workforce. 

Kinesiology program swinging success on cable program

Former biomechanics graduate student Chris Como visited TWU to film a segment for the Golf Channel program, Swing Expedition. Como visited with his former teacher, Young-Hoo Kwon, PhD, professor and director of the Biomechanics Laboratory in the School of Health Promotion & Kinesiology.

Professor develops video modeling application

When it comes to phone applications there is a saying — “There’s an app for that.” However, Minkowan Goo, PhD, an associate professor in the teacher education department at Texas Woman’s University, found that is not always the case. 

Alumna returns to TWU for opportunity to study nanomedicine

TWU alumna Jessica Hernandez always knew she wanted to go into the health care field and medical research fascinated her. She already was planning to return to TWU for her Master of Science in Chemistry degree when she got an email from the TWU Alumni Engagement office announcing a new scholarship exclusively for alumni pursuing a second degree from the university: The TWU Alumni Graduate Education Scholarship. She knew she had made the right decision to get her MS at TWU when she applied and was awarded the scholarship.

TWU’s all-female design competition team tackles space headaches in astronauts

Five Texas Woman’s kinesiology seniors brought research to life by competing in the Texas Space Grant Consortium Design Challenge Showcase April 20-21. The TWU Athena V team, the second all-female TWU team to enter the competition and the only all-female team competing this spring, placed seventh overall. All five team members will graduate this May.

Freeman relishes TWU’s role in battling COVID-19 virus

Sometimes, history is made in relative obscurity. Other times, historic events become apparent the instant they happen. For Tanisha Freeman and her student health team, they knew right away that they were a part of history when they received the first shipment of vaccinations to combat the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Grant aims to increase STEM engagement in Indigenous communities

The National Science Foundation has awarded a $99,786 planning grant that will allow a TWU research team to develop strategies to recruit and retain more Indigenous students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines.

TWU dean earns patent for new way to predict injuries and diseases

Texas Woman’s College of Health Sciences Dean Christopher Ray, PhD, believes in improving people’s lives, whether through supporting his students and faculty or conducting his own research on geriatric health. By recently earning a patent with two other academic colleagues for a way to predict and prevent medical events and conditions, he is exemplifying the college’s mission of advancing the health and well-being of diverse communities.

TWU’s first all-female design competition team brings research to life

Five Texas Woman’s kinesiology seniors turned classroom theories into a real-world device by competing in the Texas Space Grant Consortium Design Challenge Showcase November 17-18. The TWU Athena V team, the first all-female TWU team to enter the competition and the only all-female team competing, placed fourth overall.

TWU researchers explore equine therapy as treatment for Parkinson’s disease

Texas Woman’s researchers will launch a first-of-its-kind study this year when they investigate how equine-assisted therapy could benefit adults with Parkinson’s disease, thanks to a research grant awarded by the Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI).

TWU researchers publish article on helping newcomer English language learners acquire greater fluency

TWU Vice Provost for Research and Innovation Holly Hansen-Thomas, PhD, and Department of Literacy and Learning Associate Professor Mary Amanda Stewart, PhD, had their article, “Co-learning, translanguaging and English language acquisition,” published by Research Outreach.

Hansen-Thomas and Stewart are co-directors of two federal grants from the U.S. Department of Education aimed at supporting emergent bilingual students. They also have authored and edited multiple books, including Transforming Practices for the High School Classroom with TESOL Press.

TWU wins $150K grant for portable transcript project

Imagine an employer quizzing a job candidate about her academic credentials and internship experiences during a pivotal interview. The employer is eager for verified information to make a quick decision.

Now imagine the prospective employee grabbing her cell phone, swiftly tapping a few keystrokes, then delivering an email to that employer seconds later with a comprehensive report on her academic background.

TWU team tackles astronaut shoulder injuries in NASA competition

Texas Woman’s University sends its third team of senior undergraduate kinesiology students to the Texas Space Grant Consortium Design Challenge Showcase in Houston this week. They will compete against engineering and technology teams from universities across the state who are working to solve research problems identified by NASA. TWU’s Good Vibrations will be the only team to have a project focused on the human aspect of space travel.

TWU student wins national advising research award

Texas Woman’s University doctoral candidate Elia S. Tamplin has received the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) Student Research Award for their presentation, "Research on Women-of-Color Professional Experiences in Higher Education." Tamplin will be recognized with a plaque and a one-year membership at NACADA’s annual conference in Louisville, Kentucky October 20-23.

Capstone project yields success for students, health providers

As one of the largest public hospital systems in the country, Parkland Health & Hospital System handles more than 1 million outpatient visits a year and it fiscal year 2018 it provided more than $1.02 billion in uncompensated care.

The safety-net hospital and the 20 community clinics it operates rely heavily on funding from Medicare and Medicaid, charities and property taxes to sustain its operations. Adequate revenue sources are crucial to the operation of the 125-year-old Parkland system.

With that as a backdrop, two teams of Texas Woman’s University Health Systems Management students this year embarked on a plan to help boost Parkland’s bottom line.

TWU nutrition students showcase innovative food products

A semester of hard work and experiential learning recently came to a close for senior undergraduate Nutrition students at Texas Woman’s. Adjunct Professor James Adams guided his Food Product Development class through creating new products from beginning to launch, with creative and delicious results.

TWU students design garment to help astronauts fight back pain

A group of Texas Woman's University kinesiology seniors, known as the Acolytes of Apollo, have been working this semester on a special garment designed to reduce lower back pain experienced by astronauts in microgravity. The team presented their project at the Texas Space Grant Consortium Design Challenge Showcase on April 15, and placed fourth out of 14 teams at this semiannual competition sponsored by NASA.

TWU returns to NASA design challenge

Texas Woman's University's Acolytes of Apollo wowed everyone last November when they won top honors at the Texas Space Grant Consortium Design Challenge Showcase, competing against engineering and technology teams from universities across the state. Another TWU Acolytes team hopes to do the same next week when they show an improvement to the design developed last year.

TWU student to present undergraduate research at Capitol

Texas Woman’s University biology senior Hanna McDonald will be among a select group of undergraduate researchers from across the state presenting their work at the Undergraduate Research Day at the Texas Capitol in Austin on April 1.

TWU breaks ground on science and research center

Texas Woman's University officials today broke ground on a new science and research center that will add critical research space and enhance efforts to increase research activities at the institution.

TWU team wins NASA design challenge

The first time was a charm for a team of six Texas Woman’s University students who won best overall team accolades at the Texas Space Grant Consortium (TSGC) Design Challenge Showcase held in Houston on Nov. 12.

Informatics students join groundbreaking precision medicine initiative

TWU informatics students are lending their time and talents to a nationwide precision medicine initiative aimed at changing the way we treat and prevent disease.

TWU developing technology to improve quality of life for clients “living in place”

A new app aims to make home assessments easier for clinicians and home owners, while providing more consistent and thorough results. Male therapist using iPad app with elderly client

Student researcher explores what’s next for cancer drugs

Biochemistry senior Claudette Fraire already has three years of research experience. By jumping into the lab as an undergraduate, she's set the stage for graduate school and a possible future in cancer research.  

Texas Woman's professor researches the cognitive side of dancing

TWU dance professor Matthew Henley looks outside of the traditional definitions of "intelligence" to see if cognitive abilities are shaped by different aptitudes.

TWU kinesiology student conducts unique, award winning research

As a Texas Woman’s honors student, Ayana Georges (B.S. ‘18) knew she wanted to make a difference in the world of kinesiology. This prompted her to begin her award-winning research, which received top honors at the 2018 Great Plains Honors Council (GPHC) Conference held in March.

TWU researcher uses NSF grant to look at legislative vs. court-based policy outcomes

TWU's Parker Hevron is using an NSF grant to explore the consequences of court-based policymaking in the U.S.

TWU Students Top Graduate Student Research Awards

Texas Woman's University students were honored with the top two prizes at the recent Graduate Student Research Symposium, sponsored by the Federation of North Texas Area Universities.

TWU hires director for new Center for Student Research

Texas Woman's University has hired Diana Elrod, Ph.D., to lead its new Center for Student Research. The Center is part of TWU's efforts to offer increased collaborative research and creative programs and services to its students.

Texas Woman’s faculty Christopher Bolinger wins national research award

Assistant Professor Christopher Bolinger, Ph.D. of the communication sciences and disorders faculty is the recipient of a national research award from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association. The awards are given to junior university faculty members to support their mentored academic and research endeavors in the field of communication disorders. Bolinger plans to use the award to further research in his area of expertise: dysphagia, a swallowing disorder.

Sweet rides compete in 20th Annual Edible Car Race

From “Wreck It Ralph,” to “The Magic School Bus” and even “Stranger Things,” judges saw it all at Texas Woman’s University’s 20th annual Edible Car Contest.  On Jan. 26, more than 200 students from Denton and Tarrant counties competed for recognition for the fastest and most unique car made entirely of food.

Family therapy students awarded national research fellowship

Sheeza Mohsin and Allison Tomlinson, both doctoral students in family therapy at TWU, are among only 21 family therapy students across the nation to be awarded competitive federal research fellowships with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The two were awarded the awards through the organization's Minority Fellowship Program.

Texas Woman’s University chemistry program earns top national recognition

Over the past decade, Texas Woman’s University students in chemistry and biochemistry have turned aluminum cans into Play-Doh, sampled and analyzed water quality in the Trinity River watershed, and converted human energy on treadmills into potential electricity. For “graduating chemists with civic lenses” and addressing such social issues as sustainability, water quality and safety, TWU has been singled out for special recognition by the Association of American Colleges and Universities.

Texas Woman’s faculty ready to ‘go global’ with national grant

As part of an initiative to support and enrich humanities education and scholarship at minority-serving institutions, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) recently awarded two Texas Woman’s University faculty members a grant to incorporate global perspectives and experiential learning into the university’s undergraduate humanities courses. This highly competitive grant, totaling $99,803, is the first of its kind to be awarded to TWU.

Carving a new path through experiential learning

Kwentoria Williams learned about a program that was established to enhance student learning through experiential learning. The idea behind the program is to offer students an opportunity to work on live projects, with the help of a faculty mentor, that pertain to their field of study. For Williams, the experiential learning program was her opportunity to dive deeper into a subject that she was passionate about: Texas health policies.

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