RESEARCH


Hunt Institute Leads Way for Global Competitiveness

Originally published May 22, 2015 By Lisa Y. Garibay UTEP News Service “The El Paso region and UTEP are at the center of the future of North America.” A bold statement, but one that is being backed up by the work conducted at the Hunt Institute for Global Competitiveness, headquartered on The University of Texas at El Paso campus. Adding to his statement above, Hunt Institute Executive Director Pa...

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Latest Lab Targets Stem Cells

Originally published May 22, 2015 By Nadia M. Whitehead UTEP News Service Stem cells are a popular topic and it’s no wonder why. With the potential to regenerate anything in the human body – organs, bones, muscles – scientists have flocked to the promising field for decades. Now, a new laboratory at The University of Texas at El Paso is looking to see what impact it can have on the science. Led by...

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UTEP Offers Multimedia Journalism Training for the 21st Century

Originally published May 8, 2015 By Lisa Y. Garibay UTEP News Service The University of Texas at El Paso has laid down several pathways to educate future generations of multimedia journalists and ensure their success in the changing journalistic landscape, either through teaching them directly or instructing their educators with a trio of initiatives – Journalism in July, Borderzine and the Dow Jo...

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UTEP Research Finds Criminal Exploitation of Social Media

Originally published May 8, 2015 By Daniel Perez UTEP News Service Social media is a great way for family and friends to stay connected, but recent research conducted by The University of Texas at El Paso shed light on how transnational criminal elements exploit it. In May 2014, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate commissioned UTEP’s National Center for Bo...

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UTEP Named First Satellite Center for America Makes

America Makes, the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute, is proud to announce its plans to open its first America Makes Satellite Center on the campus of the institute’s platinum-level member, The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), in conjunction with UTEP’s renowned W.M. Keck Center for 3-D Innovation. “Real-world technology transition takes place because of the activities and...

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UTEP Students Headed to Texas Energy Innovation Challenge

Originally published May 1, 2015 By David Chavez UTEP News Service A trio of University of Texas at El Paso students is headed to the Texas Capitol with their game faces on. Oluwaseye Owoseni, Stephanie Ray and Sam Simon will be competing as a team at the Power Across Texas 2015 Texas Energy Innovation Challenge on Friday, May 1, at the Capitol Building in Austin, Texas. The 2015 Texas Energy Inno...

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UTEP Researchers Awarded NIH Grant to Silence Whooping Cough

Researchers at The University of Texas at El Paso will receive $405,305 over two years from The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) to continue with the development of a low-cost, paper-based biochip to detect pertussis, also known as whooping cough, in medically underserved or low-resource settings. The NIAID is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). XiuJun (Ja...

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Discovery Suggests Simpler Method to Grow Stem Cells

Stem cells naturally cling to feeder cells as they grow in petri dishes. Scientists have thought for years that this attachment occurs because feeder cells serve as a support system, providing stems cells with essential nutrients. But a new study that successfully grew stem cells with dead, or fixed, feeder cells suggests otherwise. The discovery, described in the Journal of Materials Chemistry B,...

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UTEP Chemistry Professor Named Distinguished Teacher

Originally published April 24, 2015 By Esmeralda Treviño UTEP News Service The University of Texas at El Paso has excellent faculty and staff who help students achieve their dreams. Juan Noveron, Ph.D., is an associate professor of chemistry at UTEP, and his superior teaching will earn him an induction into The University of Texas System’s Academy of Distinguished Teachers on Wednesday, April 29,...

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UTEP Places 2nd in International Desalination Competition

  The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) has placed second in the highly competitive and rigorous Desal Prize competition. More than 60 teams from 29 countries originally registered for the worldwide challenge. “By 2050, global water demand is expected to increase by 55 percent, and 70 percent of global water use occurs in food production,” said Christian Holmes, global water coordin...

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Imaging Technology Predicts the Risk of Breast Cancer

Originally published April 17, 2015 By Nadia M. Whitehead UTEP News Service For most women, the annual mammogram is a no-brainer, a routine procedure used to detect breast cancer. But a growing group of researchers, including some at The University of Texas at El Paso, argue this yearly checkup is unnecessary for certain women. “For low-risk populations, it would be better to increase the interval...

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Students, Alumni Earn Prestigious NSF Grad Fellowships

Originally published April 17, 2015 By Nadia M. Whitehead UTEP News Service This year the National Science Foundation (NSF) offered six University of Texas at El Paso students and alumni the prestigious Graduate Research Fellowship – a record number of recipients for the University. More than 16,000 students across the nation applied to the program, while only 2,000 fellowships were awarded. “The...

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Fifth Annual COURI Symposium to Showcase Undergraduate Innovation

Originally published April 10, 2015 By Lisa Y. Garibay UTEP News Service Setting The University of Texas at El Paso apart from comparably sized institutions around the country is its dedication to connect undergraduate students with research opportunities that can mean a world of difference when it comes to academic and professional success. Juan Pina, a senior majoring in sculpture, feels it’s an...

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Research Forum Will Recognize UTEP Grant Awardees

What: New grant awards recognition and panel discussion, led by UT System Vice Chancellor for Strategic Initiatives Stephanie A. Bond Huie, Ph.D., and UTEP Chair of Computer Science Ann Gates, Ph.D. When: 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 7 Where: El Paso Natural Gas Conference Center, UTEP campus Faculty and staff who have been awarded new research grants since December 2014 will be recognized at a Research...

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Whole-body Vibration Research Reduces Falls, Helps MS Symptoms

Originally published April 3, 2015 By Laura L. Acosta UTEP News Service The first time 68-year-old Carmen Sandoval climbed on the whole-body vibration machine in The University of Texas at El Paso’s Stanley E. Fulton Biomechanics and Motor Behavior Laboratory, she wasn’t sure how standing on the machine while it oscillated for five minutes was going to help improve her physical fitness. Two months...

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Engineers in the Running for Global Distinction

Originally published April 3, 2015 By Nadia M. Whitehead UTEP News Service This has been a whirlwind year for Malynda Cappelle. Twelve months ago, she and a group of University engineers made up one of more than 60 teams from 29 countries registered for the worldwide Desal Prize challenge. Today, The University of Texas at El Paso team is one of five competitors left standing. “We’re in this with...

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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’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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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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