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The Impact of COVID-19 on Tyler’s Economy

This special issue of the Hibbs Brief discusses the presence of the new coronavirus and its impact on the Tyler-area economy. The UT Tyler Hibbs Institute estimates that Tyler-area nonessential businesses could experience economic losses exceeding $100 million, over the first two weeks of the Smith County stay-at-home order.


UT Tyler Examines Teenage Vaping Crisis in East Texas

The University of Texas at Tyler announced today that the Fisch College of Pharmacy is leading a multi-faceted community outreach program that investigates vaping among East Texas teenagers.

The college, in partnership with UT Health Science Center at Tyler, is connecting with regional independent school districts to provide educational in-services on the health ramifications of nicotine use and vaping.


Research Examines How Pharmacists Can Enhance Family Practice Settings

The University of Texas at Tyler announced today that graduating student Monica Lewis of Whitehouse conducted foundational research that examined how much of an impact a pharmacist has on patients’ drug monitoring at the clinical level.

For the study, Lewis performed a Medication Use Evaluation (MUE) to determine how appropriately and effectively the blood thinner warfarin was being managed before pharmacist services were implemented at a family practice clinic in Tyler. She collaborated with Dr. Takova Wallace-Gay, UT Tyler clinical assistant professor.


Power of the Mind: UT Tyler’s Benjamin Tseng Makes an Impact Through Brain Aging Research

Being part of a traditional Asian family with a mathematician father and English teacher mother, Dr. Benjamin Tseng relented in becoming the household’s medical doctor one day. Against his father’s wishes, he dropped out of medical school after one year to major in communication and advertising and dreamed of becoming a “big city” advertising agency director.

That dream changed in the summer of 1996. Tseng’s father suffered a hemorrhagic stroke – when an artery bursts and bleeds into the surrounding brain, damaging or killing the brain’s nerve cells. His father survived after a 10-day coma.


UT Tyler Partners with Organization to Support Area Cancer Patients

T Tyler graduate student and exercise specialist Nara Asgari assists Paula Shackelford with a specialized exercise routine three times a week in the Herrington Patriot Center. But Shackelford is not a typical patron. She is one of many East Texans who has battled cancer and enrolled in a unique program aimed to improve the lives of cancer patients.

The health and kinesiology department’s newest community offering, FitSteps for Life, is the brainchild program of the Cancer Foundation for Life – a non-for-profit dedicated to enhancing cancer patients’ lives. FitSteps is the pioneer and leader in cancer exercise treatment, advocating individualized and structured exercise treatment specifically for cancer patients with physician referral.


UT Tyler Nursing Professor Leads National Efforts in Supporting Survivors of Human Trafficking

Dr. Cathy Miller, associate professor of nursing, is the principal investigator in a nationwide collaborative initiative to support victims and survivors of human trafficking.

Miller is among leaders spearheading the United Nations’ Global Strategic Operatives for the Eradication of Human Trafficking (GSO) Initiative that combines healthcare provider education, protocol adoption and research components in six large healthcare systems. The GSO aims to provide human trafficking training to healthcare providers and hospital staff for the recognition, provision of trauma-informed care and appropriate referral of human trafficking victims.


UT Tyler Uses Barbershop Interventions to Help Improve Health Outcomes in Underserved Populations

Dr. Takova Wallace-Gay, clinical assistant professor in the Fisch College of Pharmacy, is leading a research study to help improve health outcomes among underserved populations in East Texas.

Wallace-Gay’s research focuses on evaluating hypertension among non-Hispanic Black men. In this pilot study, UT Tyler is conducting focus group discussions and educational sessions among regular patrons at a North Tyler barber shop.


UT Tyler Partners With Dallas Morning News to Gauge Texas Voters’ Opinions

The University of Texas at Tyler is collaborating with The Dallas Morning News to bring readers summaries of Texas voters’ preferences leading up to the 2020 presidential election.


New Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program at UT Tyler to Address Critical Need in State

The University of Texas at Tyler announced that it is addressing the mental health challenges in Texas with a new program in the School of Nursing.

The Master of Science in Nursing–Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) Program was recently approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Pending final approval by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, or SACS, UT Tyler may launch the program as early as summer 2020.


UT Tyler Faculty Awarded Grant to Help Improve Region’s Healthcare

The University of Texas at Tyler announced today that Dr. Prabha Sundaravadivel, assistant professor of electrical engineering, has received a National Science Foundation grant to promote the advantages of smart healthcare.

Smart healthcare is technology that leads to better diagnostic tools, better treatment for patients, and devices that improve quality of life. The $500,000 three-year grant will also help encourage students develop an interest, or further an interest, in the healthcare professions.


UT Tyler Announces New Pre-Law Academy to Help Students Launch Successful Law Careers

The University of Texas at Tyler announced today the new UT Tyler Pre-Law Academy. Launching in Fall 2020, the Academy’s primary goal is to prepare undergraduates for successful careers in law.

In addition to helping UT Tyler undergraduates gain admission to top law schools, the program is designed to encourage East Texas high school students to consider the legal profession.


UT Tyler Poll Shows Biden Leading Democratic Presidential Race

In the first post-Beto Texas statewide survey of the Democratic field, former Vice President Joe Biden holds a commanding lead with 28 percent support. His closest rivals are Senators Bernie Sanders (19 percent) and Elizabeth Warren (18 percent). Eleven percent of Texas Democrats remain undecided. This survey gives an early look at the Democratic primary in Texas after 20 percent of the voters were without their leading candidate at the start of the month.


Regents Allocate $35 Million for New UT Tyler Nursing Facility

Chairman Kevin P. Eltife and the University of Texas System Board of Regents approved $35 million in funding for a new state-of-the-art facility for The University of Texas at Tyler’s School of Nursing at this week’s Regents meeting in Austin.


UT Tyler, Martin Resource Management Partner to Strengthen East Texas Workforce

The University of Texas at Tyler announced this week a partnership with Martin Resource Management Corporation to improve the region’s college completion rate and fortify the East Texas workforce.

As a part of the partnership, Martin Resource Management has made an investment in UT Tyler for student and faculty success projects at the Soules College of Business to promote the future East Texas workforce.


UT Tyler Professor Publishes Article on Ancient Maya Agriculture

The University of Texas at Tyler has announced that an article co-authored by Dr. Thomas Guderjan, social sciences chair and professor of anthropology, was published by the National Academy of Sciences.

The article, “The Early Anthropocene in tropical forests: Ancient Maya wetland fields revealed from laser scanning and multiproxy evidence,” is featured this month in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America.


UT Tyler Expands Nursing Program to Address Nursing Shortage

The University of Texas at Tyler announced today that it will expand its bachelor of science in nursing program to accept more students and ultimately address the shortage of nurses in Texas.


UT Tyler to Host 4th Annual Evidence-Based Practice Conference

The University of Texas at Tyler, in conjunction with CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Health System, has announced that it will host the fourth annual Interprofessional Evidence-Based Practice Conference.


UT Tyler Releases Results of Property Tax Poll

The University of Texas at Tyler Center for Opinion Research announced today results of a survey on property taxes.


UT Tyler Releases Post-Democratic Debate Poll

The University of Texas at Tyler Center for Opinion Research announced today that in the wake of last week’s Democratic presidential primary debate, former Vice President Joe Biden (26 percent) leads the field among registered Texas Democrats. He is followed by former-Congressman Beto O’Rourke (20 percent), Sen. Bernie Sanders (18 percent) Sen. Elizabeth Warren (11 percent), Sen. Cory Booker (6 percent) and Kamala Harris (5 percent).


UT Tyler Names New Jasper Department of Chemical Engineering

The University of Texas at Tyler announced today a multimillion dollar gift to the University to endow and name the new Jasper Department of Chemical Engineering. The gift is the largest in the history of UT Tyler’s College of Engineering.


UT Tyler Professor Named to Prestigious Academy of Nursing Education

The University of Texas at Tyler announced today that Dr. Melinda Hermanns, associate professor of nursing, has been selected for induction into the National League for Nursing Academy of Nursing Education.


UT Tyler Professor Recognized for Support of Human Trafficking Victims, Survivors

The University of Texas at Tyler announced today that Dr. Cathy Miller, associate professor of nursing, has been recognized as a change agent by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation for her work with human trafficking victims and survivors.


Post-Democratic Debates: Biden and Beto are Neck-and-Neck

In the wake of last week’s Democratic presidential primary debates, former-Congressman Beto O’Rourke (25%) and former Vice President Joe Biden (23%) continue to lead the field among registered Texas Democrats. They are followed by Senators Bernie Sanders (16%), Elizabeth Warren (10%), and Kamala Harris (5%).


Biden and Beto are Ahead: Independent Voters Could Make Texas Democratic Primary Competitive

Headed into this week’s Democratic presidential primary debates, former-Congressman Beto O’Rourke (27%) and former Vice President Joe Biden (24%) lead the field among 465 registered Texas Democrats. They are followed by Senators Bernie Sanders (15%), Elizabeth Warren (11%), and Kamala Harris (9%).


UT Tyler Fisch College of Pharmacy Granted Highest Level of Accreditation

The University of Texas at Tyler announced that the Ben and Maytee Fisch College of Pharmacy has recently been granted the highest level of accreditation status by the Accreditation Council of Pharmacy Education.


UT Tyler Professor Earns National Lifetime Contribution Award

The University of Texas at Tyler announced today that Dr. Mary Fischer, professor of accounting in the Soules College of Business, has been recognized for her vast contributions to the accounting industry.


UT Tyler Nursing Professor Earns National Recognition

The University of Texas at Tyler announced that Dr. Shih-Yu “Sylvia” Lee has been selected as an Academy Fellow by the American Academy of Nursing. Lee was selected by a committee of her peers for her contributions to nursing and their impact on health.


UT Tyler Faculty Honored for Commitment to Student Success

The University of Texas at Tyler announced the recipients of this year’s UT System Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award.


UT Tyler Earns NSF Grant to Advance Biological Sciences, Enrich Biosafety

The University of Texas at Tyler announced today that the Department of Biology received a three-year National Science Foundation grant to conduct advanced research in the biological sciences.


More Than 100 Scholars Present at East Texas Research Conference

The University of Texas at Tyler announced the inaugural East Texas Research Conference was held on campus May 9 – 10 to showcase research impacting the region and explore opportunities for collaboration to meet the needs of communities.


UT Tyler Receives NSF Grant to Investigate Ancient Maya Culture

he University of Texas at Tyler has announced that Dr. E. Cory Sills, assistant professor of geography, received a grant from the National Science Foundation to conduct archaeological research at the Maya Paynes Creek Salt Works of Belize.


UT Tyler Launches Chemical Engineering Baccalaureate Program

The University of Texas at Tyler announced today that this fall it will launch a baccalaureate program to enhance the engineering workforce in the greater East Texas region.


UT Tyler Appoints Dr. Robert Beatty Dean of Soules College of Business

he University of Texas at Tyler announced today that Dr. Robert Beatty has been named the new dean of the UT Tyler Soules College of Business. Dr. Beatty will start in the role this summer.


Texas Coordinating Board Recognizes UT Tyler for Student Success Efforts

The University of Texas at Tyler announced today that it was recognized by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board as one of four public institutions in Texas to have shown noteworthy improvement in completions, or the number of degrees awarded, as part of the 60x30TX initiative.


UT Tyler Faculty to Lead National Research Institute

The University of Texas at Tyler announced that Dr. Venugopal “Venu” Gopalakrishna-Remani, Soules College of Business associate professor of management, has been elected to serve in various leadership roles for the Southwest Decision
Sciences Institute.


UT Tyler Research Month to Highlight Faculty, Student Innovation

The University of Texas at Tyler announced today that it has designated April as Research Month, with a series of campus events to be held showcasing the research and scholarship of faculty and students.


UT Tyler Launches ‘100 Communities’ Engagement Initiative

The University of Texas at Tyler announced today the 100 Communities initiative, an umbrella effort to build partnerships in cities and towns across East Texas to enhance economic and educational outcomes and improve the well-being of the region.


UT Tyler Receives Grant to Prepare Students for Higher Ed STEM Careers

The University of Texas at Tyler announced that it has been awarded a collaborative grant from the National Science Foundation to prepare students to teach science, technology, engineering and mathematics at the community-college level.


UT Tyler Professor Coordinates Family Violence Prevention Initiative

he University of Texas at Tyler has announced that Dr. David Scott, assistant professor of criminal justice and public administration, is working with the Texas Council on Family Violence to address high-risk cases of domestic violence and provide services to victims.


UT Tyler Center for Opinion Research Releases Statewide Polling Results

The University of Texas at Tyler announced today that its recent opinion poll revealed that several weeks after a lengthy government shutdown over funding for a border wall, a plurality of Texans believe it is necessary to build a wall along the Texas-Mexico border.


The University of Texas at Tyler Receives $12k to Support East Texas Teachers

The University of Texas at Tyler recently received a $12,000 gift as a part of a collaboration between its School of Education and Cooperative Teachers Credit Union.


UT Tyler University Academy Receives TEA Grant to Improve Math Education

The UT Tyler University Academy received a grant from the Texas Education Agency to implement blended learning programs in math to improve college and career readiness.


UT Tyler professor explains how sports analytics could predict Super Bowl 53 winner

There may not be a surefire way to predict the winner of Super Bowl 53, but a University of Texas at Tyler associate professor said there may be a way to statistically get as close as possible: sports analytics.


UT Tyler Recognized by Carnegie with New Doctoral Research Classification

The University of Texas at Tyler announced this week that for the first time, the Carnegie Classification has designated UT Tyler in a Doctoral Universities category.


UT Tyler Research Center to Address Region’s Suicide, Infant Mortality Rates

The University of Texas at Tyler announced that assistant professor of electrical engineering Dr. Premananda Indic has received a $500,000 UT System Science and Technology Acquisition and Retention (STARs) Award to address life-threatening situations among infants and the mentally ill in rural areas.


UT Tyler Professor Addresses Human Trafficking in Texas

The University of Texas at Tyler Associate Professor of Nursing, Dr. Cathy Miller, is using a $450,000 grant from the United States Department of Justice to support victims of human trafficking.


UT Tyler Marketing Professor Named Outstanding Educator

The University of Texas at Tyler recently announced that Dr. Barbara Ross Wooldridge, professor of marketing in the Soules College of Business, received the Marketing Management Association’s 2018 Master Teacher Award, which annually honors outstanding marketing educators.


UT Tyler Awarded $500k Development Grant to Drive East Texas Economic Growth

The University of Texas at Tyler announced today that it has received a five-year grant totaling $564,250 from the U.S. Economic Development Administration to support entrepreneurship and revitalize economic development in East Texas.


Dr. Dennis Cali Honored for Innovative Teaching and Research

The University of Texas at Tyler recently announced that Dr. Dennis Cali, Distinguished Professor of Arts and Sciences in the communication department, received the Louis Forsdale Award for Outstanding Educator in the field of media ecology.


UT Tyler Announces Gift to Enhance Civil Engineering Programming

The University of Texas at Tyler recently announced it has received a $10,000 gift from the Terracon Foundation.


UT Tyler Receives Gift to Enhance Economic Education in East Texas

The University of Texas at Tyler recently announced it has received a $25,000 gift from the Texas Council on Economic Education to support economic and financial education in the East Texas region.


UT Tyler Student Earns Engineering Fellowship: Research to Help Decrease Earthquake Fatalities

Following one of her country’s worst natural disasters in more than eight decades, Alisha Khanal, a civil engineer, decided to dedicate the next phase of her educational career to developing a better understanding of earthquake effects in hopes of preventing future fatalities.


Dr. Kerri Camp Receives Award from Northeast Texas Consortium

The University of Texas at Tyler recently announced that Associate Dean of the Soules College of Business Dr. Kerri Camp received an “Outstanding Distance Learning Faculty” Award at this year’s Northeast Texas Consortium of Colleges and Universities Distance Learning Conference.


UT Tyler Helps Improve Low-Performing Schools in Turnaround Partnership

The University of Texas at Tyler is one of five University of Texas academic institutions to join the UT System PreK-12 School Turnaround Partnership, which connects university colleges of education with “improvement required” public schools across the state.


The University of Texas at Tyler Receives Grant to Enhance Math Education in Rural East Texas

The University of Texas at Tyler recently announced that it has received a $865,963 grant from Greater Texas Foundation and partnered with other higher education institutions to enrich mathematics education in rural East Texas.


UT Tyler Research to Help Improve School Safety

The University of Texas at Tyler recently announced its collaboration with the Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement to help address school safety. The partnership will not only launch the university’s Social Emotional Learning research, but also spearhead area school districts’ efforts to ensure officials are meeting the social, emotional and academic learning needs of East Texas students.


UT Tyler Celebrates Graduate Student Research with Inaugural Contest

The Graduate School at The University of Texas at Tyler proudly announces its inaugural Grad School 180 research competition winners, who presented research in electrical engineering and women’s health.


John Soules Foods to Make Major Investment in UT Tyler Business College

The University of Texas at Tyler announced today it would rename the Soules College of Business to the Soules College of Business. The new name is part of an agreement for John Soules Foods to make a major investment supporting student success at the college.