Read the latest Texas A&M Advocacy Network newsletter.
Read the latest Texas A&M Advocacy Network newsletter.
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Howdy, Advocates!
Last week, we invited over 4,000 Aggies into our building to receive their Aggie Rings! While it was a different process than we're accustomed to, we were so ecstatic to congratulate these students on their accomplishment!
Remember to ensure you're registered to vote by Monday, Oct. 5! Visit to register, check your status, or change your address. 
We've begun counting down the days until the 87th Texas Legislative Session! Be on the lookout for the Texas A&M University Office of Government Relations #AggieIMPACTS on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and share to your social media when your district is highlighted!
In the Aggie Spirit, 
Jordyn Steinberger '17

Texas A&M Professor- Dr. Roderic Pettigrew- Awarded Prestigious

Vannevar Bush Award 

Dr. Pettigrew is a founder of EnMed, a unique integrated engineering and medical school initiative of Texas A&M University in collaboration with Houston Methodist Hospital, located in Houston’s Texas Medical Center. Dr. Pettigrew was recruited to join Texas A&M's faculty in 2017 through the Governor's University Research Initiative.
Finish reading the Governor's statement here.

Legislative Update

State Update: Legislative Appropriations Request

Late last month, state agencies and universities received Legislative Appropriations Request instructions from the state. Institutions include an administrator's statement at the beginning of the legislative appropriations request, which serves as a narrative justification for the entity's legislative appropriations request. The administrator statements for Texas A&M University, Texas A&M University at Galveston and the Texas A&M Health Science Center- are below:
Gathering all of the required budget details and information, then submitting the final legislative appropriations requests (over 100 pages each) for each entity, is no small feat. A huge "THANK YOU" goes out to the Office of Budget and Planning, who led this effort and coordinated with Government Relations and many key contributing divisions and individuals across campus! 
To view the university's legislative priorities, click here.

Dr. Deborah Birx Visits Bryan-College Station

White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx was in Aggieland on Sept. 22 to tour facilities that are slated to mass-produce a COVID-19 vaccine candidate and to meet with Texas A&M University System officials, faculty and students, as well as local media outlets.
Read more about Dr. Birx's tour by clicking here.

Aggies In Government Spolight Heads Into Week 4!

The Texas A&M Advocacy Network has been highlighting some stellar Aggies in Government over the last few weeks and sharing their journey on social media! Make sure to follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook to see who we highlight next!

Federal Funds Awarded To Nurse-Led Project Combatting Opiod Crisis

A research team led by Texas A&M University College of Nursing was selected as one of 30 award recipients nationwide to receive federal grant funding through the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program-Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome. 
Finish reading the article here.

Texas A&M Engineering Students Create Seizure Alert System

A mechanism designed by a team of Texas A&M University students from the J. Mike Walker ’66 Department of Mechanical Engineering looks to help those who suffer from seizures by way of a small computer-like device attached to a service dog’s vest. The goal of the design is to send an alert when the user is experiencing symptoms of a seizure.
Learn more about the system here.

College Of Science Awarded 3 Department Of Energy Grants

Three Texas A&M University projects are among 64 university research awards announced earlier this summer by the U.S. Department of Energy as part of a $132 million high energy physics-focused funding package aimed at advancing knowledge of how the universe works at its most fundamental levels.

Texas A&M physicist Rupak Mahapatra received funding for two proposals, while the Texas A&M Collider Physics group — a collaboration of six principal investigators led by Texas A&M physicist Alexei Safonov — also earned an award for their collaborative proposal.
Finish the article here.
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