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JULY 2020 NEWS & UPDATES
Fall 2020 Semester Update
Student Laptops for Fall 2020
With the transition to online course delivery for the Fall 2020 semester, Texas College realizes that some students may not have the technology necessary to fulfill their course requirements. Therefore, to ensure student success this term, the College will be providing laptops to students in need of this essential technology. To learn more, please visit the Texas College website.
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Texas College Faculty Awarded Research Grant
Texas College has been awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities Undergraduate Program to begin research on campus utilizing molecular dynamics. Totaling an amount of $149,494, the project will be spearheaded by Professor of Biology and Physics Alexei Iakhiaev, PhD, who will serve as the principal investigator. Dr. Iakhiaev brings a wealth of value to the study with a multitude of publications and extensive experience as a biomedical researcher.
The grant is slated to study the protein Endothelial protein C receptor (EPCR), which is found on the inner surface of blood vessels. This specific protein of interest is involved in anticoagulant mechanisms that serve a vital role in maintaining blood flow and the prevention of blood clotting. Using molecular dynamics, a method that utilizes computer simulation for analyzing the physical movements of atoms and molecules, and homology modeling, which constructs an atomic-resolution model of the target protein from its amino acid sequence, the study will examine structural changes of EPCR at an atomic level. Throughout the study, Dr. Iakhiaev and a team of students aim to conduct EPCR structure based virtual screening of up to 1 million drug-like molecules and select those able to bind to EPCR. In collaboration with a laboratory led by Vijaya Lella (Rao), PhD, at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler, the team will investigate how newly identified molecules will affect regulation of the EPCR functions in cells.
Dr. Iakhiaev’s receipt of this award also serves to increase the research capacity at Texas College across all disciplines. Dr. Iakhiaev anticipates this grant to serve as an initial project that will provide and enhance research experiences for undergraduate students in the sciences, as well as transcend to interdisciplinary research activities.
Texas College Alumna Named ESSENCE Interim CEO
Class of 2005 Texas College Alumna Caroline A. Wanga has been named the interim Chief Executive Officer of ESSENCE Communications, Inc., which oversees the ESSENCE magazine, the ESSENCE Festival, and other affiliated ESSENCE enterprises. As a cultural catalyst, Wanga's appointment brings a proven track record of successful transformational leadership in the corporate world.
Wanga is an expert at cultivating a work environment that champions accountability, inclusivity, diversity, and innovation in the workplace. Employing the power of her Business Administration degree from Texas College, she has served in multiple executive roles such as the Chief Growth Officer for ESSENCE Ventures, as well as Vice President of Human Resources and Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer for Target Corporations. Prior to her C-level duties, Wanga held several leadership roles in the non-profit sector.
Accompanying her stellar leadership in the corporate world, she has been named a Top Executive in Corporate Diversity by Black Enterprise, as well as one of Savoy’s Most Influential Women in Corporate America. In addition to her professional experiences, Wanga serves as a member on multiple boards and councils, including the Intersectionality, Culture, and Diversity Advisory Board for Twitter.
To read more about Texas College Alumna Caroline A. Wanga, click here.
Dr. Fennell Serves as Panelist for AABHE
On Wednesday, June 17, Dr. Dwight J. Fennell joined three other panelists for an online lunch & learn titled The Impact of the COVID-19 Virus on College and University Finances. The session was hosted by The American Association of Blacks in Higher Education (AABHE). This virtual event served as the third installment of the AABHE's Education & Engagement Series on The Impact of the Pandemic on Colleges and Universities Currently and Down the Road.
To view the virtual discussion, please click here.
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