Science/Engineering

TCU Researchers Part of Group Working to Boost Horned Frog Numbers

Phrynosoma cornutum, better known in these parts as the horned frog, is the official reptile of Texas, in addition to its duties as Texas Christian University’s beloved mascot. Texas has included the species on its endangered list since 1977 along with red harvester ants, which is its main source of food. The San Antonio Zoo… Read more »

Nutritional Sciences Students Help Educate Families about Healthy Eating Habits

The Department of Nutritional Sciences has teamed up with the Tarrant Area Food Bank (TAFB) to better the community through various initiatives that educate low-income families about healthy eating habits. Lyn Dart, associate professor and food management program director, cultivated the relationship with TAFB nearly 15 years ago and formed the Supervised Practice Experience program,… Read more »

Research Apprentices Program offers early start in science

In astronomer Kat Barger’s research group you’ll find the usual mix of undergraduate and graduate students — and one very bright 11-year-old. “I try to attract diverse students to our lab as much as possible,” she says. Cannan Huey-You, a high school senior, is the youngest of more than a dozen high school students who participate… Read more »

Helping parents cope with raising a child with autism

Parents with children recently diagnosed with autism often have a single-minded focus on the needs of their child. “When we talk to families, they’ll often say, ‘Oh, don’t waste your time on me. Focus on my kids,’” says Naomi Ekas, assistant professor of psychology in the College of Science & Engineering at TCU. “But studies… Read more »

TCU basketball player talks about saving a rhino’s life

Saving a Rhino’s Life Changed Mine  Bittersweet. I never would have imagined that the best day of my life would contain one of the worst moments of my life as well. But that’s exactly what dehorning a rhino was like for me. Finally getting a chance to be face to face with such a majestic… Read more »

TCU receives 2017 Senator Paul Simon Award for Campus Internationalization

Texas Christian University is one of seven colleges and universities selected to receive the 2017 Senator Paul Simon Awards for Campus Internationalization. True to the legacy of the late Senator Paul Simon of Illinois, for whom NAFSA’s Simon Awards are named, the seven U.S. colleges and universities that were selected have demonstrated remarkable innovation and… Read more »

TCU Institute of Child Development updates name to honor late founder

The TCU Institute of Child Development announced this morning that it is changing its name to the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development in honor of late founder and director Karyn Purvis, effective immediately. Purvis devoted her life to healing “children from hard places,” a term she coined to describe children who have experienced some… Read more »

Dr. Karyn Purvis ’97 (MS ’01 PhD ’03) 1949-2016

Internationally renowned child development expert Dr. Karyn Sue Brand Purvis devoted her life and academic pursuits to helping “children from hard places,” a phrase she coined to describe youngsters affected by trauma, abuse and neglect. “She’s a child whisperer. There’s not a child she cannot heal,” psychology professor Dr. David Cross, her longtime mentor and… Read more »