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5 Things You Need To Know — Week Of May 29

May 31, 2017

1. Texas A&M Ranked No.2 Nationally In Best Schools List

Texas A&M University has been ranked No.2 nationally on the list of Best Schools of 2017 by the educational website Texas A&M is the only Texas university to make the top 10 of’s rankings. The top ranking went to Utah State University.

College of Liberal Arts student Apolonia “Polly” Calderon.

2. “Polly”-Sci Student Receives National Recognition

The Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA) recently named College of Liberal Arts student Apolonia “Polly” Calderon’s dissertation the 2017 Best Graduate Student Paper on Latino Politics. Her dissertation focuses on the influence of non-government institutions, such as philanthropic organizations and social groups, on immigration policy outcomes.

Dr. Matthias Katzfuss.

3. Texas A&M Statistician Matthias Katzfuss Earns Young Investigator Award

Texas A&M University statistician Matthias Katzfuss has been selected to receive the American Statistical Association’s 2017 ENVR Young Investigator Award, presented by the ASA Section on Statistics and the Environment (ENVR).

4. ‘PAWS’ Program Creates Confident Readers With Help From Shelter Dogs

When it comes to helping young students become confident readers, our four-legged friends may be the key. That is the theory behind PAWS (Physical Activity With Shelters) for Reading.

5. Deaf Vet Med Student Brings New Perspective To Veterinary Research

Jessica Israel, a graduate student pursuing a non-thesis master’s in biomedical sciences at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM), is trekking her own path to a veterinary medicine degree by first immersing herself in research, an unconventional path for most non-thesis graduate students.

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