THE SOUND OF THE SPIRIT
Out Of This World Food
This year, Texas A&M celebrates 10 years of a partnership with NASA, creating food that astronauts will eat in space. The National Center for Electron Beam Research on the Texas A&M Campus creates roughly 30 percent of the thermostabilized pouches consumed on space missions. The center, known by many as the E-Beam Center, also processes many other foods to make them safer, including mangoes and pet food. And the possibilities for translating this work into other valuable applications are nearly endless.
A Taste of Texas A&M
Figuring out what you want to do in and after college is hard, especially when you're in high school. Sure there are advisers, mentors and internet quizzes to help, but one camp at Texas A&M helps kids explore their passions before they get to college. That camp is the Youth Adventure Program (YAP). Operated through the College of Education and Human Development, YAP welcomes students from all over the world who want to experience college before they apply. Students can take courses in forensics, veterinary medicine, broadcast media and many other fields. These courses help them find the answer to what they want to do and who they want to be, and for some, the result is far beyond what they ever imagined.
Reuben May is a sociology professor at Texas A&M University and holder of the Glasscock Professorship for Undergraduate Teaching Excellence. But he has another side to himself that is pretty different from the person his students see at the front of the classroom. Dr. May has a creative alter ego named Reginald S. Stuckey, and he is known across campus as "the rapping professor." While most people would view these as competing identities, Dr. May says that is not the case. And there's a valuable lesson to be learned from both the professor and the man with the mic.
Justice in Action
Viewers of the show "Making a Murderer" learned about the Wisconsin Innocence Project, which works to free wrongfully convicted individuals. Texas A&M's law school operates a similar program known as its Innocence Clinic. Here, students have the chance to work on actual cases where convicted criminals claim their innocence. "The Sound of the Spirit" interviewed professor Mike Ware, who runs the Innocence Clinic at the Texas A&M School of Law about "Making a Murderer" and another case, the San Antonio Four.
Plastics Worth Noticing
Blake Teipel can tell you something about the inner workings of just about anything. Today, his company is building the next generation of materials with a predominant focus on plastics. From research on additives like coconut husk powders to 3-D printing, the grad student in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Texas A&M is working hard to be disruptive. And he's succeeding.
Strike Up the Band: Why Texas A&M Needs a New Music Activities Center
For Kyle Cox ’18, music is more than an extracurricular activity--it's his passion. Despite receiving the diagnosis of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy at age seven, Kyle continues to do all he can to play his euphonium and beat the odds. To this day, he baffles doctors with his ability to play an instrument, especially when his lungs function at only 30 percent capacity. Monika Blackwell visited with Kyle and his mom, Kristen ’83, about how the new Music Activities Center at Texas A&M will impact Kyle's life and help future generations of Aggie musicians.
The Mission Continues
While the nation reeled from the loss of the Space Shuttle Challenger, June Scobee experienced the loss on a deeply personal level. Her husband Dick Scobee was commander of the mission. Monika Blackwell visited with June about how the experience shaped her life and how a doctorate from Texas A&M University supplied her with the leadership skills to ensure that the Challenger program has a lasting educational legacy.