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Six TWU Faculty Receive Grants

Six TWU Faculty Receive Grants


DENTON — Six Texas Woman's University faculty members have received grants from local, state and federal agencies for research and teaching. Recipients and their projects are described below.

  • Dr. Lene Symes (nursing-Houston) and Dr. Suzanne Carr (nursing-Dallas) were awarded $163,016 from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for a project titled “More Nurses for Texas: TWU Student Success Program for Vulnerable Students.” The project will expand a two-semester student retention program on the Houston campus to five semesters and implement the program on the Dallas campus.
  • Dr. Huanbiao Mo (nutrition and food science) was awarded $10,000 as a subcontract from the University of North Texas Health Science Center at Fort Worth on a grant from the American Cancer Society for a project titled “Synergistic Impact of Isoprenoids and Genistein on Human Prostate Cancer Cell Growth.” Genistein and isoprenoids, chemicals derived from plants, individually suppress prostate cancer. The project will study whether these phytochemicals synergistically suppress prostate cancer growth.
  • Dr. Kyle Biggerstaff (kinesiology) was awarded a $5,000 grant from the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance: Research Consortium for a project titled “Lipid and Lipoprotein Responses Following Multiple Days of Exercise in Women.” The investigation will determine the effect of approximately one hour of treadmill walking performed on three days, each separated by 48 hours, on blood triglyceride and cholesterol levels in women.
  • Dr. Carolyn Gunning (nursing-Denton) was awarded a $164,168 grant by Health and Human Services for a project titled “Advanced Education Nursing Traineeships.” The traineeships will provide tuition and stipends to graduate nursing students.
  • Dr. Mary Shaw-Perry (health studies) was awarded $382,721 as a subcontract from a Texas Department of Health grant from PHS-Health Resources & Services Administration for a project titled “Texas Statewide Coordinated Statement of Need.” This is a continuation of a previous grant, now in its sixth year. TWU staff will continue to provide logistical and technical assistance to planning entities that guide provisions of medical and social services and prevention programs under the Reauthorization of the Ryan White CARE Act.


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