Latest Texas A&M University System Stories

2010-06-02 13:44:01

Breast cancer cells - even the most aggressive type - died after treatments with peach and plum extracts in lab tests at Texas AgriLife Research recently, and scientists say the results are deliciously promising. Not only did the cancerous cells keel over, but the normal cells were not harmed in the process. AgriLife Research scientists say two phenolic compounds are responsible for the cancer cell deaths in the study, which was published in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry. The...

2010-05-05 11:30:00

HOUSTON, May 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- IBM (NYSE: IBM) and Texas Transportation Institute (TTI), the largest university-based transportation research agency in the U.S., have agreed to collaborate on research and development of intelligent transportation projects in Texas and beyond. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20090416/IBMLOGO ) The agreement will bring together research scientists and engineers from IBM and TTI researchers, faculty and students, who will work with...

2010-03-25 12:06:00

WASHINGTON, March 25 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today Defense Secretary Robert Gates outlined new guidelines for the enforcement of the law preventing open homosexuality in the military. Secretary Gates raised the level of officer authorized to initiate an investigation to carry out fact-finding, and to make a decision to separate a military service member for homosexuality. He also raised the standard of what would constitute "credible information" to begin an inquiry or separation...

2010-02-03 12:37:00

HOUSTON, Feb. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Scott Fordham, president and chief executive officer, today announced that Champion Energy Services (www.championenergyservices.com) has secured a contract to provide electric energy for The Texas A&M University System, one of the largest systems of higher education in the United States, beginning September 2011. Savings to the system is estimated at $4 million over the 24-month contract period. Savings to Stephen F. Austin State University, also...

2010-01-11 11:37:00

COLLEGE STATION, Texas and KIRKLAND, Wash., Jan. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- The Texas Transportation Institute (TTI) announced today it has selected INRIX® as the exclusive private provider of traffic information for the 2010 Urban Mobility Report. TTI's 2010 Urban Mobility Report will be the most comprehensive look yet at the nation's traffic problems, incorporating more roads, more communities, and more up-to-date congestion information thanks to a new partnership between TTI...

2009-12-04 14:30:48

Working to develop heartier, better-adapted crops for southern U.S. Dr. Daniel Leskovar, a Texas AgriLife Research plant physiologist at the Texas AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Uvalde, has been investigating ways to help vegetable plants make a less stressful transition from the greenhouse to the field. "This research can aid in the successful production and possibly even the further profitability of some vegetable crops by producing high-quality, more adaptive plants that will...

2009-09-04 09:47:16

Field trials of a new cotton are verifying previous lab and greenhouse studies indicating the crop could become a source of protein for millions of malnourished people in the world. The cotton was engineered so that the toxic gossypol is reduced to tolerable levels in the high-protein seed but remain at higher levels in the rest of the plant to ward off pests and disease. "The results look very promising." said Dr. Keerti Rathore, the Texas AgriLife Research plant biotechnologist in whose lab...

2009-06-27 07:05:00

People smell them, thump them and eyeball their shape. But ultimately, it's sweetness and a sense of healthy eating that lands a melon in a shopper's cart. Plant breeders now have a better chance to pinpoint such traits for new varieties, because the melon genome with hundreds of DNA markers has been mapped by scientists with Texas AgriLife Research. That means tastier and healthier melons are likely for future summer picnics. "This will help us anchor down some of the desirable genes to...

2009-06-16 07:15:00

HOUSTON, June 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) and Directive 7, TEEX partner and exclusive reseller of the Secure Assessment Software Tool, or SAST, announce the successful use of the SAST tool for educational campuses. Frank Farmilette, with D7, notes that "the CSOs, Security Directors, Risk Managers, HS&E Professionals, and Facility Managers we spoke to wanted a tool that was easy enough for their on-site administrative people to work with but yet easy and...

2009-05-26 07:25:00

HOUSTON, May 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Directive 7, a security industry marketing and business development consulting service, announces the successful completion of another new media project. D7 directed and produced the new Texas A&M University TEEX program video highlighting the TEEX Security Vulnerability Assessment Tool (SAST). The new video was produced for use as an Internet video able to be uploaded on YouTube and easily viewed by potential buyers of the SAST. Daniel Weiss, the D7...

Word of the Day
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.