Horned Frogs in the News, Dec. 1-17 – TCU

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From omicron to economic freedom for women and a new football coaching staff, TCU Horned Frogs are in the news.
Fort Worth Medical School students tour Alcon campus
Dec. 7, 2021
Students at the TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine toured the Alcon campus Tuesday in Fort Worth. Sixty first-year medical students saw tools and technology developed by the eye care company. “We’ve been able to do simulation eye cataract surgery, which is awesome,” says first-year student Alejandra Gutierrez. “I’ve never had a clue of how it’s actually done. To be able to use the simulated reality they had was really cool.”
Abbott tells agencies to be careful before taking federal infrastructure funds 
Dec. 16, 2021
Texas Standard
Texas is set to receive over $35 billion for infrastructure upgrades through the recently passed Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. But Gov. Greg Abbott wants state agency heads to be careful before accepting any money. Jim Riddlesperger, professor of political science, spoke to Texas Standard about the kinds of conditions the governor’s referencing and the political dimensions of accepting the funds. “Of course, the problem at its root is that the relationship between the national government and the state government is inextricably intertwined,” he said. 
Inside Spyex, an Agency That Connects Hollywood With Real-Life Spies
Dec. 7, 2021 
Hollywood has turned to individual experts in virtually every career field to advise writers on their scripts, and international intelligence is no exception. Tricia Jenkins, professor of film, TV and digital media, said that producers are safer from CIA interference if they work with former intelligence agents rather than those who are still in the business. “In general, the CIA’s liaisons can offer assistance to preproduction and production teams in the form of access to technical consultants, high-level personnel, the agency seal, stock footage, props, shooting locations and even agency employees as extras — all at little to no charge,” she said. “But before agreeing to provide these services, the CIA will review each script to ensure that it presents the agency in a positive light and will not undermine morale or jeopardize recruitment efforts. If it does not think the script meets these requirements, the liaison office will refuse to offer the artist assistance.”
What Does Economic Freedom Look Like for Women? 
Dec. 6, 2021
Mercatus Center
Rosemarie Fike, instructor of economics, joined a podcast to discuss a range of contemporary issues, such as the gender wage gap, women’s property rights and changing social views on labor. “Mainly with my research I try to explore the relationship between economic freedom and women’s wellbeing essentially, and that first started with trying to figure out how to have a more accurate or inclusive measure of economic freedom,” she said.  
Federalism vs States Rights 
Dec. 1, 2021
Jim Riddlesperger, political science professor, explains in a nutshell what federalism is and how it’s morphing in 2021. “It’s a unique arrangement we have here in the United States that divides power in the United States between the national and state government. Obviously, that has consequences here because normally when we talk about the traditions of the United States, health, safety and welfare was the product of the state government not of the national government. But of course, in the 20thcentury, the national government power has expanded dramatically.”
Matthew Wallis Named Top Attorney
Dec. 1, 2021
Fort Worth Magazine
The list is drawn from nominations by other attorneys in the region and goes through a rigorous panel to assure the highest quality is met. Top 2021 attorneys include Matthew Wallis, director of contracts at Texas Christian University.
For omicron or other variants, contingency plans exist – and they shouldn’t take long to execute.
Dec. 1, 2021   
Fort Worth Report
Before the shots can go into arms, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration would still need to approve the newest formulas. Safety won’t be an issue, according to Dr. Mohanakrishnan Sathyamoorthy, a local physician who chairs the department of internal medicine at the TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine. Sathyamoorthy and a cohort of physicians from north Texas recently received approval from the FDA to start clinical trials on a potential COVID-19 treatment. “An ongoing, global pandemic, with rapid evolution of variants, intersecting with the speed to which we can develop mRNA therapeutics has never happened in medical history before,” he said.
TCU student Bryn Carden offers tips on how to create a stylish college dorm room 
Dec. 13, 2021
Bryn Carden, a Neeley School of Business student, reflects on her freshman year and remembers how styling her dorm room helped shake the nerves of starting college. She offers these seven tips to help any graduating high school senior planning for college create a designer-style dorm room on a budget.
Rahr-ing success: Stories with Soul welcomes craft brewery wizard Fritz Rahr 
Dec. 16, 2021
Fort Worth Business Press 
After graduating from TCU in 1989 and earning an MBA from the Neeley School of Business four years later, Fritz Rahr pursued other interests before deciding in 2004 to act on his brewing heritage by starting a craft brewery in Fort Worth. Since then, Rahr & Sons Brewing Company has grown into an award-winning global phenomenon. Rahr shares his story (and a beer) with Jamey Ice and Jimmy Williams ’08 in a tasty episode of the Stories with Soul podcast.
Interim appointments named for city attorney, auditor 
Dec. 15, 2021
The Fort Worth City Council approved the appointment of Laetitia Coleman Brown ’91 as interim city attorney. Sarah J. Fullenwider will retire as city attorney at the end of this year. Brown was born and raised in Fort Worth, where she graduated from O.D. Wyatt High School. She received a bachelor’s degree from Texas Christian University and a law degree from Baylor Law School.
‘It was our destiny:’ Miller twin sisters redesigning Fort Worth through M2G Ventures
Dec. 9, 2021
Fort Worth Report 
Jessica Miller Essl ’08 and Susan Miller Gruppi ’08 are 35-year-old sisters redesigning Fort Worth one building at a time. They own M2G Ventures, a commercial real estate development group with two main fields, Essl said. The first adapts mixed-use districts and the other builds ground-up urban industrial. The company buys vacant buildings, redesigns them and leases the space. Both sisters went to Texas Christian University and studied business administration. 
TCU boosters are getting on board with NIL, unveiling new program for student-athletes
Dec. 15, 2021
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
TCU football coach Sonny Dykes made it clear how much of an impact student-athletes being able to profit off their name, image and likeness (NIL) had in different schools assembling the 2022 recruiting class. “Name, image and likeness was not supposed to be an enticement to attend a university, but like everything else you draw conclusions and connect the dots,” Dykes said. Frogs supporters announced a new program called “Think NIL” just hours after Dykes’ news conference that is aimed at “facilitating and maximizing NIL opportunities for TCU student-athletes by connecting them with local, regional and national businesses and brands.”
TCU’s Jamie Dixon receives USA Basketball coaching award 
Dec. 14, 2021
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
USA Basketball named TCU men’s basketball coach Jamie Dixon the 2021 developmental coach of the year along with UCLA’s Cori Close. Dixon led the USA U19 World Cup Team to a gold medal this summer. “It’s an honor to be a part of the winning tradition of USA Basketball,” said Dixon, who was the 2009 USA Basketball National Coach of the Year after he led the 2009 USA Men’s U19 World Cup Team to a gold medal. “It’s always a goal to continue to grow and develop and be a part of great programs. I’ve really enjoyed the opportunity to be around great players and great coaches.”
TCU AD Jeremiah Donati: Conference realignment is ‘certainly not over’
Dec. 5, 2021
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Last July news broke that flagships Texas and Oklahoma would be bolting for the SEC. That left the remaining eight schools in the Big 12 scrambling, but the league solidified its future by bringing in BYU, Cincinnati, Houston and Central Florida in the coming years. However, the realignment discussion isn’t going away anytime soon. “As the conferences’ television and media rights negotiations begin to pick up momentum, I think that will compel more discussions on conference realignment,” TCU athletic director Jeremiah Donati said. “It is certainly not over.”
Sonny Dykes is Bringing a Top-Notch Staff to TCU
Dec. 1, 2021
Sports Illustrated
It’s a new era for TCU Horned Frogs football. Sonny Dykes was officially named the new head coach for the Frogs. The former head coach at SMU is assembling an impressive group of assistants as he moves crosstown to become the man at the helm in Fort Worth. Several coaches leave the Hilltop at SMU and come with Dykes, including Garrett RileyRa’Shaad SamplesDavid GruChidera Uzo-Diribe and Kaz Kazadi. Two current members of the TCU staff, Malcolm Kelly and Paul Gonzales, are expected to remain. Other coaches include Bryan Carrington and Mark Tommerdahl.
Sonny Dykes and TCU football plan to double down on DFW: ‘Every kid better consider TCU’
Dec. 1, 2021
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
TCU football is branding itself differently under Sonny Dykes. The program is referring to itself as “DFW’s Big 12 team” on social media and is going all-in on recruiting local players. The Frogs have already landed a couple of four-star receivers from the area who were once committed to SMU. Garland’s Jordan Hudson (2022 class) and North Mesquite’s Cardale Russell (2023 class) both committed to TCU within 24 hours of Dykes being named coach.
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