HSC's segment in PBS series wins Lone Star EMMY
The PBS documentary series State of Tomorrow™, produced by The University of Texas Foundation and Alpheus Media, won three honors in the National Association of Television Arts and Sciences Lone Star EMMY® awards recognizing outstanding effort in broadcasting in Texas.
'Aging with Dignity' features Barshop Institute
State of Tomorrow™ was recognized for three episodes of the 13-part series including one titled “Aging with Dignity” that featured the Sam and Ann Barshop Institute for Longevity and Aging Studies at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. The episode, the ninth in the series, included discussions with Barshop Institute Director Arlan G. Richardson, Ph.D., and Steven N. Austad, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Cellular and Structural Biology at the Barshop Institute. Dr. Richardson also serves as a professor in the Department of Cellular and Structural Biology at the UT Health Science Center and a senior research scientist at the South Texas Veterans Health Care System, Audie L. Murphy Division.
The awards were presented during the 6th Annual Lone Star EMMY® Awards Gala on Oct. 18 at Verizon Wireless Theater in Houston.
Two other episodes receive accolades
The two other award-winning episodes were titled “Shadow of a Doubt,” about the innocence clinics formed within public higher education institutions in the wake of scientific advancements in DNA evidence; and “The Future of Energy,” regarding higher education experts across the state working to solve the world’s energy crisis.
“We are happy that we could contribute to this award-winning series and show the incredible work our researchers are conducting at the Barshop Institute,” said Health Science Center President Francisco G. Cigarroa, M.D. “Dr. Richardson’s effective leadership and world-class science have inspired other outstanding researchers to join him here in San Antonio.”
Dr. Richardson to present Wright Award Lecture Nov. 22
Last spring, Dr. Richardson was awarded the prestigious Wright Award from the American Federation for Aging Research and will deliver the Wright Award Lecture at the Gerontological Society of America’s annual meeting Nov. 22 in National Harbor, Md.
Barshop Institute research
The Barshop Institute has delved into many areas of aging research since its founding in 2001. Some of the recent research involves oxidative stress and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. The study of the basic biology of aging in the Barshop Institute is one of the Health Science Center’s signature research activities.
Regarding the State of Tomorrow awards, Randy S. Safady, UT System vice chancellor for external relations and the series' executive producer, said, "We are extremely honored the series continues to be recognized by this prestigious organization. Public higher education plays a critical role in developing solutions to today's major challenges, and we feel the series successfully showcases how Texas' public universities and health institutions provide solutions and contribute to the quality of life for all people, whether or not they ever set foot on our campuses or receive treatment in our hospitals." The series also received two Long Star EMMY® awards in 2007.
State of Tomorrow™ examines some of the most exciting and innovative work being done by researchers and academics in public higher education to address major challenges facing Texans, including public health, homeland security, energy policy, economic development and education, and highlights new research in biosafety, nanotechnology and proton therapy.
To learn more about the public television series, visit the State of Tomorrow™ Web site.
The State of Tomorrow™ series was produced in partnership with PBS affiliate KLRU, and in collaboration with the UT System, Texas A&M University System, Texas State University System, Texas Tech University System, University of Houston System and the University of North Texas System. The series was sponsored by AT&T, ExxonMobil and IBC Bank.
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