Archive for December, 2016

BRIT, Tarleton State Unite to Map Rare Plants Along State Highways

Posted by Heather Noel

The Texas Department of Transportation is calling upon North Texas plant and geographic data experts to help it better protect rare plant species growing along Texas highways.

The Botanical Research Institute of Texas in Fort Worth and Tarleton State University …

Dallas Startup Finds Market in Study Abroad Programs

Posted by Nicholas Sakelaris

Kyle McAllister first envisioned selling T-shirts while in a study abroad program in Florence, Italy in 2013.  

Spending that semester in Italy was a “life-changing” experience that bonded the students together. But, the finance major from Gonzaga University noticed there …

Want More Sales? Stop Wasting the ‘Most Valuable Asset’ — Time

Posted by Jeanne Spreier

Sales expert Jill Konrath did not mince words when she spoke recently at The University of Texas at Dallas’ Naveen Jindal School of Management about sales people being at the top of their game.

In her book, “Competitive Edge: Fresh …

Mitel Sells Mobile Division for $350M, Creates New Dallas Company

Posted by Lance Murray

Affiliates of Massachusetts-based Xura Inc. have agreed to buy Mitel Mobile, the mobile business of Richardson-based Mitel Inc., in a deal that will land the headquarters of the new combined company in Dallas.

The Dallas Business Journal reported that the …

Let’s Take a Spin Through Health Wildcatters’ New Office

Posted by Lance Murray

Everywhere you look around the Health Wildcatters offices at 1910 Pacific Ave., you’ll find color, artwork, and an environment intended to stimulate and inspire — something I saw firsthand during a recent tour.

Dallas Innovates Innovative Spaces SeriesCo-founders Carl Soderstrom and Dr. Hubert Zajicek …

UTA Theater Prof Will Use Robot in Study on Human-Machine Connection

Posted by Jana J. Pruet

It’s probably not too often that a professor can say they got a new student that’s a robot, but assistant professor Julienne Greer at the University of Texas at Arlington can officially check that one off her bucket list. 

Greer, …

UTSW Researcher Given National Award for Work in Psychiatry

Posted by Heather Noel

UT Southwestern Medical Center researcher Dr. Carol Tamminga has received national recognition from the American Psychiatric Association for her work on developing a new method to classify psychotic illnesses rooted in using biological factors. 

The American Psychiatric Association Award for …

Office, Multifamily: Building the Fabric of a City

Posted by Lance Murray

This is the final installment in our innovation in real estate roundtable series.Real Estate Revolution DallasInnovates.com


Dallas-Fort Worth is home to some of the most talented innovators in the industry. Christine Perez recently had a chance to catch up with our panel of …

Could Design Thinking Disrupt Higher Ed? SMU Prof Believes So

Posted by Heather Noel

Higher education is ready for a change and design thinking could be the answer, according to Southern Methodist University research professor Kate Canales. 

Canales, who spearheads the Design and Innovation Programs at SMU’s Lyle School of Engineering, told Fast Company

Sabre Names Airline Exec Sean Menke as CEO

Posted by Jana J. Pruet

Sabre Corp. announced Thursday that Sean Menke has been appointed as the company’s new CEO, president, and member of the board of directors, effective Dec. 31. Menke succeeds Tom Klein who announced his resignation earlier this year. 

“After an extensive

AT&T Dials Up Increased Diversity in Suppliers

Posted by Nicholas Sakelaris

AT&T spent $13.7 billion on diversity suppliers in 2015 and will shatter that record in 2016.

With AT&T being based in Dallas, it’s an opportunity for minority or woman-owned business owners to work with AT&T on corporate contracts, Oliver Turman, …

Girl Scouts Get Financial Boost for South Dallas STEM Camp

Posted by Heather Noel

Girl Scouts of Northeast Texas has received $11.5 million in financing to continue transforming South Dallas’ Camp Whispering Cedars into a living laboratory for science, technology, engineering, and math education. 

Capital One gave $2 million in federal New Markets Tax …

Orb Health Adding Nurses to Accommodate Growth

Posted by Nicholas Sakelaris

Orb Health plans to hire 100 nurses in the North Texas area next year as the tech-oriented health-care firm expands treatment of chronically ill patients nationwide.

Demand for collaborative care is growing so fast the company just received $3.2 million …

Airline Booking Data Shows Most Americans Still Opt for Split-Routes to Cuba

Posted by Nick Vivion

First, we had a surge in shopping when President Obama became the first U.S. president in modern times to visit Cuba.

Next, we considered what the relaxation of trade restrictions might mean for business travel in the Caribbean.…

CNM Connect Receives $50K Grant to Help Nonprofits

Posted by Nicholas Sakelaris

CNM Connect will be able to help more nonprofits than ever now thanks to the $50,000 grant it just received.

The Dallas-based company provides software called CNM-pact that helps nonprofits track, analyze and report data on a web-based service. That …

Researchers to Put ‘Voice’ to Helping Tigers

Posted by Lance Murray

A North Texas research project hopes to use the voices of tigers in conservation efforts to save big cats around the world.

Called “The Prusten Project,” the program intends to use an individual tiger’s unique call to develop noninvasive acoustic …

Could Health Care Be Key to Boosting Economy? Fort Worth Leaders Think So

Posted by Heather Noel

Focus on health care and businesses and jobs will come. 

That was part of the message Fort Worth leaders gave during a discussion about health care’s evolution in Tarrant County Wednesday at Texas Christian University. 

The event gathered Fort Worth …

Fort Worth, Waze Partner to Ease Traffic Woes

Posted by Lance Murray

We all know that traffic in North Texas is a monster to contend with, and the city of Fort Worth hopes its new partnership with Waze, the real-time navigation app, will help drivers in the city get around a little …

On Tap: Legoland for Adults Only, Bicycle Toy Run for Vogel Alcove, & Festival of Faiths

Posted by Jana J. Pruet

Editor’s Picks of events for Dec. 15 – 22. 

Thursday, Dec. 15

DIVERSITY ENTREPRENEUR DAY — 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at The Dallas Entrepreneur Center Coworking Space, 311 N. Market St., Suite 200, in Dallas. Diversity Entrepreneur Day is meant …

Building a New Dallas: How 3 Developers Create ‘Pocket Markets’

Posted by Hilary Lau

Earlier this year, the Census Bureau declared Dallas the second-fastest growing metropolitan area in the nation (behind Houston), with 144,704 people moving to the region between July 2014 and July 2015. For residents who’ve lived here since then, the signs …