RESEARCH


UTEP’s Future Teachers Read Student Essays to Build Empathy

Originally published March 27, 2015 By Daniel Perez UTEP News Service Since 2013, several professors and almost 200 graduate and undergraduate students, mostly from UTEP’s College of Education, have been part of Do the Write Thing (DtWT), which asks middle school students to write about how violence has affected their lives, the causes of the violence, and ways to reduce violence in their sc...

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Threats to Public and Private Cybersecurity Examined

Originally published March 27, 2015 By Lisa Y. Garibay UTEP News Service A rare opportunity to hear new analysis of cyber threats and cyber defense strategies for everything from government to home computers took place at The University of Texas at El Paso March 18-19. “Cyber Threats to the U.S. Government and Private Sectors” was the first of five annual events to be presented by UTEP’s National...

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Symposium Shares Strategies to Support Interdisciplinary Research

Originally published March 27, 2015 By Nadia M. Whitehead UTEP News Service Psychologists, rocket scientists, musicians and an array of other specialists converged at The University of Texas at El Paso’s third annual Interdisciplinary Research Symposium this week. Organized by the Office of Research and Sponsored Projects (ORSP), the symposium was geared toward addressing the challenges that...

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UTEP Hosts First UMC Nurse Residency Graduation

Originally published March 20, 2015 By Laura L. Acosta UTEP News Service A new nurse residency program at University Medical Center that helps recent graduate nurses assimilate to their new roles as professional registered nurses graduated its first cohort at The University of Texas at El Paso on Tuesday, March 17. The celebration in the Health Sciences and Nursing Building recognized 20 new nurse...

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Productivity Pod Wins $10,000 at Paso Del Norte Venture Competition

Originally published March 20, 2015 By Lisa Y. Garibay UTEP News Service Two UTEP students are out to prove that napping is beneficial business – and they’ve just received $10,000 to do it. Mauricio Mercado and Leonardo Orea were named winners of the 2015 Paso Del Norte Venture Competition (PDNVC), beating out 13 other teams on March 7. Their first-place idea is for a concept named Pro...

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Student Research Raises Diabetes Awareness

Originally published March 20, 2015 By Laura L. Acosta UTEP News Service With one hand on her stomach and the other on her upper rib cage, Maricarmen Vizcaino, a doctoral student at The University of Texas at El Paso, instructed students in her noontime yoga class at UTEP’s Centennial Museum to close their eyes, inhale deeply and focus on their breath as it moved in and out of their bodies. “Start...

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Researcher Studies How Climate Change is Affecting Arctic Ponds

Originally published March 13, 2015 By Nadia M. Whitehead UTEP News Service Arctic ponds play an important role in Alaska’s northern ecosystem, but a recent study by University of Texas at El Paso researchers calls their future into question. “Ponds are disappearing and shrinking up north,” said Christian Andresen, Ph.D., a postdoctoral fellow at UTEP. “And my own estimates about their disappearan...

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UTEP Tobacco Research Has Positive Impact on Communities

Originally published March 13, 2015 By Lisa Y. Garibay UTEP News Service In 2015, A Smoke Free Paso del Norte celebrates 15 years in the community and achievements such as making El Paso one of the first cities in the nation to pass a comprehensive clean air ordinance in 2002. In 2014, The University of Texas at El Paso announced its smoke- and tobacco-free campus policy and the City of El Paso ro...

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UTEP Light Technology Could Lead to Faster Computers

Originally published March 6, 2015 By Nadia M. Whitehead UTEP News Service Nothing is faster than the speed of light. At 186,000 miles per second, scientists have fixated on the power source for years, hoping to harness its speed for faster data transmission in computers. Electrical engineer Raymond Rumpf, Ph.D, is one of those scientists. He envisions a world where computers will one day send inf...

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Why Do Immigrant Neighborhoods Have Low Crime Rates?

Originally published March 6, 2015 By Lisa Y. Garibay UTEP News Service In today’s oft-heated debate over immigration policy in the United States, many argue that arrivals from other countries have a negative impact on the country and even contribute to rising crime rates. At The University of Texas at El Paso, a team of researchers is working with new data to prove that, in fact, the opposite is...

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UTEP Team Studies Juárez Counselor Burnout

Originally published February 27, 2015 By Daniel Perez UTEP News Service The recent violence in Juárez, Mexico, has put a strain on the capabilities of mental health professionals in that city, so a research team from The University of Texas at El Paso conducted a study to define the problem and offer solutions. Paul Carrola, Ph.D., assistant professor of educational psychology and special service...

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UTEP Spearheads Conference to Address Chikungunya Threat

Originally published February 27, 2015 By Nadia M. Whitehead UTEP News Service A virus that originated in sub-Saharan Africa now threatens the health of U.S.-Mexico border communities. Dubbed chikungunya (pronounced chicken-goon-yuh), the mosquito-borne virus has crept northward toward the U.S. border since its arrival in the Caribbean in 2013; its spread into the U.S. seems inevitable. “I would b...

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UTEP Engineering Center Can Boost Business Efficiency, Profits

By Nadia M. Whitehead / Special to the Times Editor’s note: The following is part of a monthly series that explores how The University of Texas at El Paso impacts local business. Local manufacturers who are looking to boost efficiency and increase profitability don’t have to go at it alone. The Texas Manufacturing Assistance Center (TMAC), an engineering program based at The University of Te...

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Conference Puts a Face on Homelessness

Originally published February 20, 2015 By Laura L. Acosta UTEP News Service A snapshot of a clear garbage bag full of clothes and shoes lying against the wall of an abandoned building in downtown El Paso is among the 35 pictures taken by 12 homeless men and women to document their daily struggles. The photos will be part of an upcoming gallery at The University of Texas at El Paso. Photographed by...

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Artist In Residence Offers Professional Expertise and Cultural Exploration to UTEP Students

Originally published February 20, 2015 By Lisa Y. Garibay UTEP News Service When Roya Mansourkhani took up the mantle of artist-in-residence in The University of Texas at El Paso’s Department of Art, the first thing she wanted to do was have a talk about Muslim women. Given her passion and area of expertise, she did it visually rather than verbally. In January, Mansourkhani and a group of 11 fello...

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Happy or Sad? Recognizing Emotion Through Facial Skin Color

Originally published February 13, 2015 By Nadia M. Whitehead UTEP News Service Watch a YouTube video of a giggling baby and you’ll likely end up with a grin on your face. Your mouth will turn upward into a smile and you might even let out a chuckle yourself. The skin on your face may change color, too, turning a different hue as you experience positive emotions. Computer scientist Olac Fuentes, Ph...

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New Book Profiles Women’s Strength Amidst Violence in Juárez

Originally published February 13, 2015 By Lisa Y. Garibay UTEP News Service Lost in the all-too-common reports about violence throughout Mexico over the past two decades are stories about how women often are standing up, and putting a stop to, that violence altogether. A new book by a University of Texas at El Paso professor and a former co-director of the University’s Center for Inter-American an...

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Device Tracks Fruit and Vegetable Intake with the Touch of a Finger

Originally published February 6, 2015 By Laura L. Acosta UTEP News Service Research shows that a diet rich in fruits and vegetables provides the body with essential vitamins and minerals, and can reduce the risk of cancer and other chronic diseases. But whether or not a person actually gets the right amounts of fruits and vegetables recommended for a healthy diet can be difficult to determine with...

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Engineering Center Turns Students into Real-World Problem Solvers

Originally published February 6, 2015 By Nadia M. Whitehead UTEP News Service When Eloy Deras was challenged to apply his engineering skills to a real-life problem, he knew exactly where to go for ideas: the Texas Manufacturing Assistance Center (TMAC). Based at The University of Texas at El Paso, the center regularly sends skilled engineers out to solve hundreds of issues local businesses and com...

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The Mine Gives Student Entrepreneurs a Boost

Originally published January 30, 2015 By Lisa Y. Garibay UTEP News Service Being a UTEP Miner has a new spin, thanks to a recently launched incubator for student business ideas. The Mine, which has its online headquarters at mine.utep.edu, is a one-stop shop for budding entrepreneurs to find all the guidance they need to bring their commercial concepts to fruition. Students who sign up for The Min...

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Biologists Examine How Pollutants Affect Aquatic Life

Originally published January 30, 2015 By Nadia M. Whitehead UTEP News Service Most people don’t think twice about brushing their teeth or sipping a daily cup of joe, but these ordinary habits do more than just give you pearly whites and an energy boost. Researchers at The University of Texas at El Paso are learning that pharmaceuticals and personal care products (PPCPs) like toothpaste and coffee ...

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UTEP Pioneers Nation’s First Engineering Leadership Bachelor’s Degree

Originally published in UTEP Magazine, Winter 2015 By Nadia M. Whitehead Photo by J.R. Hernandez The University of Texas at El Paso is set to offer the first Bachelor of Science in Engineering Leadership in the country. “We believe this program will change the paradigm for engineering education,” said Richard Schoephoerster, Ph.D., College of Engineering dean and pioneer of the idea of the degree....

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B.S./M.B.A. Program Bridges Business and Engineering

Originally published in UTEP Magazine, Winter 2015 By Lisa Y. Garibay One alum’s gift keeps on giving back to The University of Texas at El Paso. This fall marks the first semester for the University’s B.S./M.B.A. program, which bridges the colleges of Business Administration and Engineering. This unique course of study addresses a gap within professional sectors that UTEP students are eager to fi...

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Cross-Border partnership: Border is Connecting, not Dividing Line

Originally published in UTEP Magazine, Winter 2015 By Laura L. Acosta • Photos by Ivan Pierre Aguirre and Laura Trejo Among the 27 students who started the first day of classes at the Texas State School of Mines and Metallurgy (now The University of Texas at El Paso) on Sept. 28, 1914, was Raul Barberena, the first student from Mexico. A native of Tampico, Mexico, Barberena also earned the distinc...

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UTEP Ready to Market Online Programs Nationally – and Beyond

Originally published in UTEP Magazine, Winter 2015 By Daniel Perez  Photography by Laura Trejo fter long days of training with his troops at McGregor Range, Army Capt. Matthew Graham would hunker down with his laptop computer to work on a presentation about the National Security Council for an online intelligence course. Graham, an assistant logistics officer with the 1st Brigade, 1st Armored Divi...

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