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Lillibridge named Global Health and Innovation Center director

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By <a class=”colorbox” href=http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/AgrilifeToday/~3/3Vi8Azbz-SY/ “>Kathleen Phillips

Contact: Dr. Scott Lillibridge, 979-845-4524, lillibridge@sph.tamhsc.edu  

COLLEGE STATION — Dr. Scott Lillibridge has been named the director for the Center for Global Health and Innovation, a multi-year collaborative effort with Royal Philips and The Texas A&M University System.

The center is administered through Texas A&M AgriLife, College Station.

Dr. Scott Lillibridge. (Photo courtesy of Texas A&M AgriLife)

Lillibridge will continue to serve the Texas A&M University Health Science Center as professor of epidemiology, deputy principal investigator and chief scientist for the Texas A&M Center for Innovation in Advanced Development and Manufacturing, a 25-year public-private initiative funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. He also serves as the director for health initiatives for the Texas A&M System.

During his previous federal career with the Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. Public Health Service, Lillibridge served as special assistant to the agency’s secretary for national security and emergency management. He also was the founding director of the national bioterrorism preparedness program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Lillibridge received his bachelor of science degree in environmental health at East Tennessee State University in 1977. He received his medical doctorate from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland in 1981. In 1984, he completed specialty training in family medicine at Baylor College of Medicine and completed an epidemiology fellowship with the CDC Epidemic Intelligence Service in 1992.

For more information about the center, see http://agrilife.org/cghi/about/.


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Czech Ambassador Visits LG

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By <a class=”colorbox” href=https://www.fayettecountyrecord.com/articles/2017/06/22/czech-ambassador-visits-lg “>News Staff

Newly appointed Czech Republic Ambassador to the United States Hynek Kmonicek and his wife Indira Gumarova were welcomed to the Texas Czech Heritage and Cultural Center in La Grange on Saturday. A nice crowd and reception was enjoyed by all who attended to meet and greet the Ambassador. Retta Chandler, President of TCHCC, presented Ambassador Kmonicek with the book, “We’re Czechs” written by Robert Skrabanek of Snook and Indira Gumarova with a bright bouquet of yellow roses and a box of sweets.


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Louisiana Toddler Travels To Dallas To Cure Nut Allergy

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By <a class=”colorbox” href=http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2017/06/22/louisiana-toddler-travels-to-dallas-to-cure-nut-allergy/ “>CBS Dallas / Fort Worth

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DALLAS (KRLD) – An allergy prevention therapy in Dallas is answering the prayers of a Louisiana family.

(Rachel Rice)

Carl Rice is 3 years old now. He was 18 months old when his family discovered he had a nut allergy. After several visits to allergists, Carl’s family thought that keeping an Epi-Pen with them at all times was going to be the best they could hope for.

“I left the doctor’s office terrified,” says Carl’s mom Rachel Rice. “But we also thought ‘There’s got to be more out there’.”

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(Rachel Rice)

After some research, Rachel came across an opportunity in Dallas for oral immunotherapy, or OIT. OIT is a therapy specifically to help with food allergies. Dr. Stacy Silvers at Texan Allergy and Sinus Center has been doing OIT for 6 years. He’s now doing it for Carl.

“It works by slowly introducing the food into the patient’s diet,” says Silvers. “It starts with very low doses, and builds up the amount they can tolerate.”

OIT starts with weekly doctor visits, where the dosage is given. Depending on how well a person reacts, it can take 6 to 9 months worth of dosages to reach a good tolerance. That means Rachel will make the drive with Carl from Louisiana to Dallas once a week.

“It’s stressful and challenging,” she says. “But just knowing this way is available makes it worth it. I won’t have to live in fear, afraid of any food he might touch.”

Dr. Silvers says that OIT is a preventative measure, but he doesn’t call it a cure.

“Even after weekly doctor visits, patients need to keep taking a daily dose of the food to keep protecting their body,” he says. “But if OIT is started early enough in infants and toddlers, it can curb the number of food allergies in this country. Food allergies have reached almost epidemic levels in the last few decades.”

As she holds Carl and watches him carefully to check for any negative reactions, Rachel says she’s just looking ahead to when Carl has built up his tolerance to nuts.

“This will make it where he is free to go anywhere and eat anything,” she says. “We can travel. He can go to camp when he’s older. He can go to birthday parties. I’m really excited that his life will be changed.”

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Phelps & Biles Among ESPY Award Finalists

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By <a class=”colorbox” href=http://dfw.cbslocal.com/2017/06/22/espy-award-finalists/ “>CBS Dallas / Fort Worth

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Multiple stars from last summer’s Rio Olympics highlight this year’s nominees for best male and female athletes for The ESPYs.

Swimmer Michael Phelps, who won five gold medals in Rio, joins National League MVP Kris Bryant of the Chicago Cubs, Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby and Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook as the four nominees for best male athlete.

Gymnast Simone Biles and swimmer Katie Ledecky, who each won four gold medals in Rio, are two of the four female finalists. The other two are tennis great Serena Williams and Candace Parker of the WNBA champion LA Sparks.

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant are two of the nominees for best championship performance. Brady helped the Patriots overcome a 25-point deficit for the largest comeback in Super Bowl history and earn his fifth ring.

Durant was the NBA Finals MVP after averaging 35.2 points, 8.4 rebounds and 5.4 assists in the Warriors’ five-game series win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Westbrook and Phelps are also finalists for best record-breaking performance. Phelps extended his records to 23 gold medals and 28 total medals after his dominance in Rio.

Westbrook had 42 triple-doubles last season, breaking Oscar Robertson’s 55-year old record, and became just the second player to average a triple-double for a full season.

Mississippi State’s stunning win over UConn in women’s basketball in the NCAA Tournament Final Four is among the finalists for best upset. Morgan William’s jumper at the buzzerended UConn’s 111-game winning streak that included four national championships.

Finalists for best international athlete include sprinter Usain Bolt, MMA fighter Conor McGregor and soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Cubs, who won the World Series for the first time since 1908, are a nominee for best team. U.S. soccer midfielder Christian Pulisic, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott and New York Yankees slugger Aaron Judge are finalists for best breakthrough athlete.

The 25th ESPYS will be hosted by five-time NFL MVP quarterback Peyton Manning on July 12 on ABC.

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Students continue education at summer STEM Camp in San Antonio

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By <a class=”colorbox” href=http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/AgrilifeToday/~3/2O0kVlF9uOc/ “>Paul Schattenberg

Writer: Paul Schattenberg, 210-859-5752, paschattenberg@ag.tamu.edu

Contact: Dr. Melinda Garcia, 210-631-0400, Melinda.garcia@ag.tamu.edu

SAN ANTONIO – While other young people were involved in more typical summer vacation pursuits, some students continued their education at the recent STEM — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — summer camp in San Antonio.

Participants in the recent STEM Camp at St. John Berchamns Catholic School in San Antonio get hands-on experience in the practical application of science. (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo)

More than 50 students from third to 10th grade participated in the free four-day camp held at St. John Berchmans Catholic School and presented through a Children, Youth and Families at Risk, or CYFAR, grant, the Juntos 4-H program and the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.

The students represented St. John Berchmans, Leal Middle School, Harlandale High School and Little Flower Catholic School, plus area Boys and Girl Clubs of America.

“We were glad to see so many young people show up to take advantage of this free STEM camp,” said Dr. Melinda Garcia, AgriLife Extension project coordinator for the CYFAR  program. “Getting students interested in STEM subjects is a goal of both the CYFAR and Juntos 4-H programs in San Antonio.”  

Garcia said CYFAR grant funding provides educational opportunities through the Knights 4-H Club of St. John Berchmans Catholic School, a kindergarten through eighth-grade school. The Juntos 4-H program is a partnership of the National 4-H Council and New York Life that is implemented at the eighth-grade level at Leal Middle School with student participation continuing into Harlandale High School.

The STEM camp is one of the unique learning opportunities offered while the students are on their summer vacation, she said. Other educational opportunities this summer will include a CYFAR and Juntos 4-H tour of Texas A&M University in Galveston and Moody Gardens, a Juntos 4-H weeklong Summer Leadership Academy at Our Lady of the Lake University, and a CYFAR Prime Time 1 4-H Camp at the Texas 4-H Conference Center in Brownwood.

“The goal of these programs is to help at-risk minority youth maintain an interest in school and introduce them to STEM subjects and the possibilities of going to college and having a successful career and life,” Garcia said. “We enjoy helping engage these students academically and showing them the possibilities of a better future through education and dedication.”

At the STEM camp, students participated in hands-on activities intended to introduce them to practical STEM applications and to help them develop life skills, such as leadership and team-building, to serve them as they pursue of higher education and a career.

“We also had the cooperation of professors and scientists from area universities and colleges who showed the students some practical applications of science,” Garcia said.

Students participate in a demonstration meant to simulate the experience of vision impairment. (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo)

She said Drs. Eunhye Kwon and Sukho Lee of the counseling, health and kinesiology department at Texas A&M in San Antonio spoke about the impact of technology on vision and gave a demonstration on impaired vision. Dr. Jo Dee Duncan, director of the Center of Excellence for Science at St. Philip’s College, spoke about synthetic biology and the Zika virus. Drs.Galvan and Ibarra from University of the Incarnate Word spoke about nutrition, urban food deserts and sustainability.

“In addition, Dr.Kimberly Cochran, an AgriLife Extension plant pathologist based in Uvalde, demonstrated how to use a microscope,” Garcia said. “With CYFAR funds we were able to buy about a dozen digital LCD microscopes, and Dr. Cochran showed the kids how to use them so they could see magnified images of mushrooms, snap peas, strawberries and flowers.”

Lynne Christopher, who coordinates the middle and high school education programs for San Antonio Water Systems, told participants about the importance of conserving water and provided another hands-on activity.

“We had the older kids work with the younger ones to build a water tower and learn some of the basics of operating a water company, which helped teach the older kids leadership and show the younger kids the importance of teamwork and communications,” Garcia said.

Students get a health check and exercise while music plays from the Mobil Fit San Antonio unit provided by the city’s Parks and Recreation Department. (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo)

The San Antonio Parks and Recreation Department also brought its Mobile Fit San Antonio unit to the school to perform health screenings on students and play music while students participated in aerobic exercises.

“Being a former teacher, I’m a believer in children not only receiving information in a classroom setting, but also having access to hands-on learning experiences,” Garcia said. “These activities not only gave the young people the opportunity to learn, but also the opportunity to compete and develop self-confidence.”

Roxanne Acosta was one of the parents attending and assisting with the camp. Her son, Aaron Anderson, 10, is in his second year in the 4-H program at St. John Berchmans.

“We live in the country so Aaron has been around animals and knows about sustainability,” Acosta said.

She said rural living has also helped him develop important traits and learn useful life skills, such as personal responsibility and the value of hard work.

“I have to remember to feed the animals and know what kind of food to give them,” Anderson said. “And I have to walk them, care for them and sometimes wash them. It’s a lot to do.”

Genevieve Kropp, 13, a student and 4-Her at Little Flower Catholic School, said the STEM camp and other activities offered through the CYFAR program help her better understand what she learns in the classroom.

“These hands-on activities really help me apply what I learn in school” she said. “Now I’m not so lost in class and have a better idea of how to use math and science in a practical way.”

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