Biosecurity Leader to Head A&M Health Science Center

Flanked by A&M Chancellor John Sharp, l, and Gov. Rick Perry, Dr. Brett Giroir, M.D. of the Texas A&M System at the vaccine research lab announcement on March 26, 2013.
Flanked by A&M Chancellor John Sharp, l, and Gov. Rick Perry, Dr. Brett Giroir, M.D. of the Texas A&M System at the vaccine research lab announcement on March 26, 2013.

After landing a major federal contract as Texas A&M University System’s vice chancellor for strategic initiatives, Brett Giroir is being named interim executive vice president for the Texas A&M Health Science Center.

Outbreaks Make a Case for Vaccinations

Gabrielle Davis, 16, receives a shot at the Immunization Collaboration of Tarrant County in Fort Worth on Aug. 30, 2013.
Gabrielle Davis, 16, receives a shot at the Immunization Collaboration of Tarrant County in Fort Worth on Aug. 30, 2013.

A measles outbreak at a church and soaring rates of whooping cough across the state are drawing renewed calls for immunization legislation, which medical professionals argue would help the state prevent public health crises.

The Playlist: Had Enough

Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson testifies at Senate Jurisprudence regarding juvenile justice on Mar. 5, 2013.
Chief Justice Wallace Jefferson testifies at Senate Jurisprudence regarding juvenile justice on Mar. 5, 2013.

Wallace Jefferson, chief justice of the Texas Supreme Court, announced this week that he will resign at the end of the month, so we begin the latest edition of our news-inspired playlist with "Had Enough" by Mr. Big.

TribWeek: Top Texas News for the Week of 9/02/13

Hamilton on UT rolling out some online learning opportunities for non-UT students, Ramsey on the challenges for some political candidates to gain traction, MacLaggan details a county's efforts to ensure the census counts all its residents, Murphy updates our campaign finance analyzer, Aguilar examines a case that could impact property rights along the border, Satija looks at benefits and challenges tied to the Eagle Ford Shale, and Batheja writes about three counties getting the OK to raise vehicle registration fees: The best of our best for the week of Sept. 2 to 6, 2013.

For Candidates, a Chicken-and-Egg Problem

Senator Ken Paxton speaks to supporters in Plano on Thursday, August 1, 2013, to announcement his campaign for Attorney General.
Senator Ken Paxton speaks to supporters in Plano on Thursday, August 1, 2013, to announcement his campaign for Attorney General.

Political contributors are ready and willing to give to candidates who can show them some reason — in a very competitive season — why they ought to contribute. But that's not as easy as it looks. 

UT Rolls Out New Approach to Massive Online Courses

University of Texas at Austin Psychology professors Dr. Sam Gosling and Dr. Jamie Pennebaker discuss their synchronized massive online course for Psych 301, moments before streaming live from a studio on campus for the first time.
University of Texas at Austin Psychology professors Dr. Sam Gosling and Dr. Jamie Pennebaker discuss their synchronized massive online course for Psych 301, moments before streaming live from a studio on campus for the first time.

The University of Texas is rolling out new learning opportunities for non-UT students this semester. In addition to four massive open online courses — or MOOCs — it will have two synchronous massive online courses, or SMOCs. 

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