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Here’s the April 29 Roundup of Horned Frogs Making Headlines

April 29, 2020

TCU coach and songwriter Gary Patterson using rare downtime to make album


With practices and workouts on hold due to the pandemic, Coach Gary Patterson is utilizing rare downtime to chase a dream: making music. His lyrics have been updated and he’s working with a recording artist to make an album, but he’s not saying who that collaborator is just yet.


The Future of Beauty: “Before & after slide technology that allows you to compare skincare changes” With Shannon McLinden of FarmHouse Fresh & Authority Magazine

Shannon McLinden ’97 (MBA ’98) shared her thoughts about how technology will change the beauty industry over the next five years. The alumna of Bob Schieffer College of Communication and Neeley School of Business founded the award-winning freshly harvested spa skincare brand Farmhouse Fresh, based in McKinney, Texas.


Broadcasters and Trump’s False Information on Coronavirus: What Role for the FCC?

Just Security

An essay by Joel Timmer, associate professor of film, television and digital media, discusses the implications of an emergency petition filed with the Federal Communications Commission that raised the issue of whether the FCC could take action against broadcasters that provide inaccurate or misleading information related to the coronavirus pandemic.


CUHK Business School Research Argues China Has Emerged as an Aspirant Economy

Vulcan Post and other outlets

In a collaborative effort with a colleague at the Chinese University of Hong Kong Business School, Garry Bruton, professor of management in the Neeley School, and TCU Ph.D. student Juanyi Chen looked at three traditional measures typically associated with emerging economies and argue that China is no longer an emerging or transitioning economy but is now a higher-level aspirant economy.     


Whole Foods Secretly Upgrades Tech to Target and Squash Unionizing Efforts


A 2019 Harvard Business Review article written by David Allen, assistant dean of graduate programs in the Neeley School, and a Georgetown University colleague, was recently revisited in an a new piece that reports Whole Foods may be using an interactive heat map to monitor their stores and assign a unionization risk score based on employee loyalty, turnover rate and racial diversity. In the earlier article, Allen and his colleague found data and machine learning algorithms are effective tools to determine when an employee is about to quit. 


IRS Says It May Not Have People’s Information If They Use Certain Tax Prep Services


If you received an advance on your tax refund through a prepaid card or used tax preparation companies like Jackson Hewitt or TurboTax, you need to make sure the IRS has your correct information on file. “They need to get out there as soon as possible to put the direct deposit information in there,” advises Elizabeth Plummer, professor of accounting at the Neeley School. “And if it doesn’t allow them to do that it may be because their check has already been processed.”