Renowned researcher, UTRGV professor blazes trail from Monterrey to White House to TedXMcAllen

UTRGV professor Karen Lozano keeps her calendar full. She’s often found in the lab, where she and her students have pioneered production methods in nanotechnology. Other times, you’ll catch her mentoring prospective engineers in her office, or out in the community, proselytizing to high schoolers about careers in science and technology. If students need to talk to her, they usually try to catch her in her office. She gets so many emails that it’s hard for her to reply to all of them. Last month, Lozano’s research took her all the way to the White House, where she received the Presidential Excellence Award in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring — she was one of just 15 educators chosen for the award. This week, she’ll speak about her work at TEDxMcAllen. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

New law requires coverage of breast exam through insurance

Texas women can now obtain a diagnostic mammogram at no cost through their insurance provider thanks to a new law that was enacted earlier this year. The diagnostic mammogram is the most accurate exam when it comes to detecting breast cancer, and previously women had dish out between $300 to $1,000 to pay for it. “Women shouldn’t have to look at their bank account to determine whether they need a diagnostic mammogram,” state Rep. Terry Canales said Wednesday at Doctors Hospital at Renaissance, where a news conference was held to announce the law. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

NWS expects cold blasts; Temperatures will plummet this week

Better keep those jackets and gloves handy. The Rio Grande Valley is expected to receive blasts of cold air over the next five days. The first cold push of air will arrive late this evening or early Friday morning, dropping temperatures to the 50s by Friday afternoon, according to the National Weather Service in Brownsville. The second push of cold air likely will come from the North Pole around sunset Monday and temperatures will be in the 40s and 50s on Tuesday with feel-like temperatures around 35 to 40 degrees, the NWS advised. There’s a chance the cold front could arrive sooner. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Alyssa Milano tours migrant respite center with Rep. Gonzalez

For years, actress Alyssa Milano has advocated publicly for human rights, gun safety and progressive climate change initiatives, all of which have inspired support from many Democrats and mocking from some Republicans across the country. On Wednesday, she received an intimate look at an issue she has spoken about often: immigration. In town filming a movie, Milano was invited by U.S. Rep. Vicente Gonzalez of McAllen to tour the Catholic Charities migrant respite center in downtown McAllen. “Because we were shooting in this border town, I thought it was important to get to know the district and understand the different things that go on here,” Milano said after touring the facility near the downtown bus station. “To see what Catholic Charities has been able to accomplish, to be able to go in there and play with the children and families looking for a better life — it’s been a really special morning.” Read the full story at themonitor.com

McAllen encourages participation in walk challenge

The city of McAllen will be participating in the Texas Walk challenge as part of its involvement with the It’s Time Texas health competition, according to a news release. It’s Time Texas is a nonprofit organization with a mission to encourage healthier lifestyles. The challenge is to have city employees and residents participate in a 10-minute walk at any McAllen building location, such as city hall or the public library. Read the full story at themonitor.com.

Boys and Girls Club of Pharr’s annual Trunk or Treat a success

PHARR — The Boys and Girls Club of Pharr held their annual Trunk or Treat event. Filling the parking lot at Main Unit, 1026...

Haunted in the RGV: Attractions prey on people’s deepest fears

Haunted attractions across the Rio Grande Valley are reaching into the deepest fears of locals to prepare them for Halloween night. At least, that is the idea for Nightmare on Broadway in McAllen. Following the theme of “The Death Trap,” Aleck Rios, the owner of the 25-room haunted house, said that the design team had one goal: to prey on people’s phobias. “Our biggest thing is how do we capture and haunt people on all their phobias,” Rios said. “So, we have spider rooms, we have claustrophobia rooms, we have snake rooms, clown rooms. We have everything.” Read the full story at themonitor.com.