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Rice University, Houston Methodist announce human performance joint research project

A new collaboration between Houston institutions is looking into physiology, injury prevention, and rehabilitation. Rice University and Houston Methodist have teamed up to launch an initiative designed to enhance research and education about human performance. The Houston Methodist-Rice University Center for Human Performance will enable physicians, academic researchers, and university students to collaborate with student athletes, trainers, and coaches. Their work will advance joint research, establish critical care programs, and promote educational activities in exercise physiology, injury prevention, and rehabilitation. “Enhancing performance means optimizing results, and the study of human performance applies to more than sports,” Heidi Perkins, teaching professor and chair of Rice’s Department of Kinesiology, says in a news release. “Research in human performance benefits athletes, but it also benefits older adults, performing artists, people with disabilities, surgical patients — basically anyone who needs to function better and improve their quality of life through some combination of physical activity, […]

Texas named No. 2 state for women-led startups thanks to increased VC investment

Contributing to Texas’ better showing on this year’s ranking is an increase in female-focused VC investments. A more than 120 percent surge in female-focused venture capital investments helped push up Texas’ ranking in an annual study of the best states for women-led startups. In Merchant Maverick’s 2021 report on the best states for women-led startups, Texas lands at No. 2, up from No. 6 the previous year. Colorado retains its No. 1 ranking from last year. Merchant Maverick judged each state based on several gender-specific metrics, such as VC funding. Contributing to Texas’ better showing this year is the increase in female-focused VC investments. Merchant Maverick says the state’s five-year total for female-focused VC investments grew from the $365 million reflected in the 2020 report to $814 million in this year’s report. That’s a jump of 123 percent. The $814 million total puts Texas in fourth place among the states in terms of […]

Texas ranks as top state for tech workers

The Houston area can help wave Texas’ newly hoisted flag representing its status as the best state for tech workers.