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KINGSVILLE (August 13, 2021) — Fannin Innovation Studio announces it has been awarded a $2 million Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II grant from the Office of Research Infrastructure Programs, National Institutes of Health (NIH) for development of a novel RaptamerTM-based antivenom, in partnership with Texas A&M University-Kingsville. Snake bite envenomation is a significant problem in the United States (U.S.) and worldwide that can result in...

Karen Colchado Davila, a senior music education major at Texas A&M-Kingsville from Corpus Christi, placed in the finals round of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) national competition. Davila tied for second place in the finals round of the Graduate/Advanced Category of American Negro Spirituals at the virtual NATS student auditions. The competition featured more than 1,100 singers who were eligible to enter from the regional rounds submitted auditions for the...

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has selected two Texas A&M University-Kingsville faculty members as 2021 E. Kika De La Garza Fellows. They are among the 25 faculty and staff chosen from Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) across the nation. Dr. Ammar Bhandari, Assistant Professor of Soil Health, Soil Fertility and Nutrient Management was selected as a Science Fellow. “It means a lot for me to get selected for this program,” Bhandari said....

When COVID-19 became the cause of canceled performances and in-person rehearsals, a Texas A&M University-Kingsville professor saw an opportunity. Dr. Oscar Diaz, professor of Trombone at the School of Music, began bringing others into his virtual classroom with master classes. A master class is a lesson where someone who is an expert at something such as music gives advice to a group of talented students. “When COVID hit, I had more people...

A Texas A&M University-Kingsville jazz ensemble received an award at the annual DownBeat Student Music Awards for the second time. Downbeatmagazine, the world’s leading music publication devoted to Jazz, announced its winners in the 44th annual competition. Jazz Band I was awarded the Outstanding Performance Award in the Graduate College category, where most of the bands have significant percentages of graduate students. “Winning the award two years in a row...

KINGSVILLE (April 28, 2021) —Texas A&I University alumna Dr. Nancy Rabalais was recently elected as one of the newest members of the National Academy of Sciences. The academy recognized Rabalais for her distinguished achievements in original research. Rabalais attended Del Mar College and then transferred to Texas A&I where she studied sea squirts, an invertebrate also called ascidian. She received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in science...

After a year of constant cancellations of performances for students and faculty of Texas A&M University-Kingsville’s School of Music, one professor thought of a way to feature the school’s musicians. Dr. Melinda Brou, School of Music Graduate Co-Coordinator and professor of voice and opera, said she noticed other schools had online events to show performances by students and wanted to bring that to Texas A&M-Kingsville. For the month of April,...

The Texas A&M University-Kingsville’s School of Music Trumpet Ensemble has been named a finalist in the National Trumpet Competition (NTC). Students entered the Virtual Trumpet Ensemble Division by submitting videos of their performances, with the goal of creating both a great performance and a memorable, creative video. The division is open to all levels of college students - undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral. This ensemble had five...

KINGSVILLE (April 8, 2021) — Matthew Almaraz, a junior at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, recently had the opportunity to participate in the Catto-Lecount Fellows Program for Equity and Inclusion, a virtual meeting provided by Pennsylvania State University. The program exposes students to doctoral study in the discipline of history. A Kingsville native, Almaraz, is majoring in history and English and minoring in philosophy. “Most importantly, I got out of...

KINGSVILLE (March 22, 2021) — Kevin Hernandez, a senior at George West High School, wants to be football coach. To that end, he applied for admission to Texas A&M University-Kingsville to major in kinesiology. Kevin has been accepted and Friday, March 19, members of the admissions crew from Javelina Nation visited Kevin at his school to present him with his admission letter. However, Kevin got more than he expected. He was presented his acceptance letter by Dr. Darin...

KINGSVILLE (February 12, 2021) — Dr. Jingbo Liu, chemistry professor at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, was recently named one of the 2021 Distinguished Women in Chemistry or Chemical Engineering by the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC). The announcement was made to coincide with the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, a global day celebrating achievement and promoting full and equal access to and participation in science for women and...

Texas A&M University-Kingsville School of Music students will represent their university and South Texas by competing as finalists in an international trombone quartet competition held by the International Trombone Association (ITA). The Chulobones trombone quartet consists of three music education and performance majors, including Joey Guerra of Brownsville; Guillermo Navarro of Laredo, Carlos D. García of Brownsville; and A&M-Kingsville alumni Eden Garza, of...

KINGSVILLE (January 11, 2021) —Four retired faculty members are being honored as Professor Emeritus—a designation that recognizes their on-going commitment to scholarship. The 2020 Professors Emeriti are: Fred Bryant, professor and Leroy G. Denman Jr. Endowed Director of Wildlife Research of the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute (CKWRI); Tim Fulbright, Regents Professor in the department of rangeland and wildlife sciences and Meadows Professor for Arid...

KINGSVILLE (December 9, 2020) — The chemistry department at Texas A&M University-Kingsville has received funding that helps students with their studies and helps support research in the department. The department has received the Departmental Research grant from The Robert A. Welch Foundation since 1998. And, they just received notice that they will get $150,000 for another three years. Dr. Christine Hahn, chair of chemistry, said the grant helps support students in...

Texas A&M University-Kingsville’s School of Music is proving a quality education can be affordable. Great Value Colleges, a resource website for students that ranks programs and degree offerings, recently named Texas A&M-Kingsville in the top quarter of the “100 Great Value Colleges for Music Majors.” The article explains many music majors are faced with high tuition and low acceptance rates of major music conservatories without realizing there is a...

KINGSVILLE (November 24, 2020) — Dr. Jingbo Louise Liu, chemistry professor at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, recently was selected as a Fellow of her second and third professional societies. In October, both Vebleo and the International Association of Advanced Materials (IAAM) elected her a Fellow of their respective organizations. Vebleo recognizes veritable leadership in engineering organizations and is a leading global scientific organization working to...

Students and faculty at Texas A&M University-Kingsville’s School of Music are making the best out of obstacles given during the COVID-19 pandemic. About 23 vocalists competed in the Texoma National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Competition in November. Since the competition was held virtually this year, more students than usual were entered. Dr. Melinda Brou, professor of Voice and Opera, said this was the largest number of singers the department has...

A grant from the United States Department of Agriculture will help launch a new program at Texas A&M University-Kingsville. The grant is a collaboration between the Dick and Mary Lewis Kleberg College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and theCollege of Arts and Sciences. Dr. Maria E. Velez-Hernandez, Assistant Professor of Biological and Health Sciences, is the principal investigator and director of the project. Dr. Shad Nelson, dean of the College of Agriculture,...

BRYAN-COLLEGE STATION, Texas (November 12, 2020) — The Texas A&M University System Board of Regents has designated 15 faculty members and seven agency service, extension or research professionals within the A&M System as Regents Professors and Regents Fellows for 2019-2020. Joining the ranks of Regents Professors at Texas A&M University-Kingsville is Dr. Susan Roberson, English Professor in the Language and Literature Department. “My first...

A Texas A&M University-Kingsville art major is creating art that is inspired by his life experiences. Homer Ramirez III, of Bishop, is a junior art student concentrating on ceramic and sculpture. He recently showcased his work at the South Texas Art League and received honorable mention. “I have never entered any of my pieces before into a show until now,” he said. “Having my artwork in the same show with other great local artists is an honor. I have seen...

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