PBS Series State of Tomorrow™ Nominated for Five Lone Star EMMY Awards
October 19, 2007
AUSTIN — A 13-episode TV documentary co-produced by the University of Texas Foundation and Alpheus Media that examines how higher education is addressing some of the state's most critical challenges has been nominated for five statewide awards recognizing excellence in broadcasting.
The series - called State of Tomorrow™ — and which initially aired on PBS stations throughout Texas during the spring, documents how innovations at public higher education institutions are being used to find solutions to challenges in medicine, science, technology, national security and environmental health.
"Many Texas residents are unaware of the groundbreaking work public universities produce in such areas as energy, air quality and disease research," said Randa S. Safady, UT System vice chancellor for External Relations and the series' executive producer. The series was directed by Mat Hames of Austin-based Alpheus Media.
"Although we couldn't possibly include the collective body of higher education innovations into a 13-part series, we believe it still provides a good representation of the types of crucial contributions our public universities are making for the betterment of society," Safady added. "We are proud of the series, and feel honored it has received such recognition."
Meanwhile, one of the 13 episodes which featured the University of Texas at Arlington School of Nursing's Smart Hospital™ has been recognized with a national media award by the American Academy of Nurses. The same episode also featured a nursing program at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center.
The Smart Hospital is a clinical learning center for graduate and undergraduate nursing students who use 30 life-like manikins to simulate illnesses and medical symptoms for training in acute, trauma, emergency, intensive and primary care interventions. The high-tech simulated "patients" can be programmed to present an array of health conditions with varying degrees of severity.
The Lone Star Chapter of the EMMY® Awards nominated the series for awards in five categories: Education; Topical Documentary; Magazine Program; Public/Current/Community Affairs Program; and Graphic Arts-Animation.
Awards will be announced at the chapter's annual gala on Oct. 27 in Dallas.
The State of Tomorrow series was co-produced by the University of Texas Foundation and Alpheus Media in partnership with PBS affiliate KLRU, and involved an unprecedented collaboration of the UT System, Texas A&M University System, Texas State University System, Texas Tech University System, University of Houston System and the University of North Texas System.
The University of Texas System is one of the nation's largest higher education systems, with nine academic campuses and six health institutions. The UT System has an annual operating budget of $10.7 billion (FY 2008) including $2.3 billion in research funded by federal, state, local and private sources. Student enrollment exceeded 190,000 in the 2006 academic year. The UT System confers more than one-third of the state's undergraduate degrees and educates nearly three-fourths of the state's health care professionals annually. With more than 80,000 employees, the UT System is one of the largest employers in the state.