RESEARCH


Active Shooter Exercise Prepares Nurses for Emergencies

Originally published August 28, 2015 By Laura L. Acosta UTEP News Service Nursing students at The University of Texas at El Paso got a dose of reality in emergency preparedness during a full-scale active shooter exercise at UTEP on Aug. 12. Although the purpose of the drill was to test the University’s safety protocols, the training exercise provided an opportunity for 22 undergraduate and nurse p...

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UTEP Study Links Air Pollution to Children’s Low GPAs

Originally published August 28, 2015 By Laura L. Acosta UTEP News Service Stephanie E. Clark-Reyna, a former graduate student at The University of Texas at El Paso, knew that chronic exposure to air pollution could lead to respiratory illnesses and other serious health effects. But it wasn’t until Clark-Reyna began doing environmental justice research on her thesis project that she realized the co...

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NIH Grant Could Help Lead to Medical Breakthroughs

Originally published July 31, 2015 By Rachel Anna Neff, Ph.D. UTEP News Service One day, scientists might be able to use the body’s natural immune response to fight off bacteria and viruses. Thanks to the pioneering research of Charlotte M. Vines, Ph.D., that day might not be too far away. As part of a $1.51 million, four-year grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Institute o...

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Global Program Engineers Stronger Communities Across Borders

Originally published July 31, 2015 By Laura L. Acosta UTEP News Service There and Back Again: With a gentle nod to J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit, this is the 12th article in an occasional series covering the off-campus experiences of UTEP students with study abroad, internships and externships, because what students learn outside the classroom is as important as what they learn inside the classroom....

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Public Health Graduate Students Study Air Pollution in Ecuador

Originally published July 31, 2015 By Laura L. Acosta UTEP News Service There and Back Again: With a gentle nod to J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit, this is the 15th article in an occasional series covering the off-campus experiences of UTEP students with study abroad, internships and externships, because what students learn outside the classroom is as important as what they learn inside the classroom....

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UTEP Researcher Earns Grant to Study State Education Policies

Amy Bach, Ph.D., assistant professor of literacy at The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), has received a Greater Texas Foundation research grant aimed at supporting postsecondary education among Lone Star students who live along the U.S.-Mexico border. Bach, from the Department of Teacher Education, focuses her research on education and literacy in the service of historically marginalized stu...

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New Water Resources Engineering Management Track at UTEP

Originally published July 17, 2015 By Lisa Y. Garibay UTEP News Service Addressing a critical area of conservation and quality of life both locally and globally, The University of Texas at El Paso will offer a Water Resources in Engineering Management (WREM) track within the Master of Engineering in Civil and Environmental Engineering program starting fall 2015. The track will prepare students for...

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UTEP, Mexican Consulate Renew Health Partnership

Originally published July 17, 2015 By Laura L. Acosta UTEP News Service The University of Texas at El Paso and the General Consulate of Mexico in El Paso recently renewed their partnership to provide health-related resources to the Hispanic and Mexican communities in the Paso del Norte region through the Ventanilla de Salud program, a health collaborative established by the Mexican government. On...

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Nursing Students Make a Difference in Community Health

Originally published July 2, 2015 By Laura L. Acosta UTEP News Service Before graduating from The University of Texas at El Paso School of Nursing in May 2015, Michael McGinnis was one of 91 undergraduate students who made a difference in schools, outpatient clinics, home health and quality management hospital settings throughout the community. While completing his community rotation at the Mendoz...

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Summer Internships Take Students Around the World

Originally published July 2, 2015 By Lisa Y. Garibay UTEP News Service There and Back Again: With a gentle nod to J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit, this is the 11th article in an occasional series covering the off-campus experiences of UTEP students with study abroad, internships and externships, because what students learn outside the classroom is as important as what they learn inside the classroom....

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UTEP Researchers Enhance Creativity of High School Students

Originally published July 2, 2015 By Daniel Perez UTEP News Service While most high school students are finding different ways to amuse themselves this summer, a few dozen seniors-to-be are honing their science skills on research projects with real-world implications at The University of Texas at El Paso. Thirty-six students from Andress, Chapin and Irvin high schools in the El Paso Independent Sc...

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UTEP and TTUHSC El Paso Launch Innovation and Commercialization Fund

Originally published June 19 2015 A new, shared commercialization fund between The University of Texas at El Paso and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso (TTUHSC El Paso) is giving faculty members at both institutions opportunities to commercialize their research into marketable goods. The El Paso Innovation and Commercialization Fund, or EPIC Fund, awarded eight grants of up to $...

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Research Reveals Best Practices for Online Academic Civility

Originally published June 19, 2015 By Laura L. Acosta UTEP News Service While online learning offers students the flexibility and convenience to learn at their own pace, completing a group assignment in a virtual environment can present stressful challenges that can lead to academic incivility or rude behaviors among group members. According to a study on incivility in online learning at the UTEP...

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UTEP DNP Graduates Positively Impact Health in the Region

Originally published June 12, 2015 By Laura L. Acosta UTEP News Service Since 2013, 43 graduates from the UTEP School of Nursing’s Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program have shaped the future of health care by leading innovations in health care delivery in the Paso del Norte region. Forty-one of those graduates have remained in El Paso and Las Cruces, New Mexico. Today they continue to serve th...

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Nurse Technician Program Offers Students Real-World Experience

Originally published May 29, 2015 By Laura L. Acosta UTEP News Service Caring for critically ill patients in the intensive care unit (ICU) of a level I trauma center can be an overwhelming experience for a new nurse like Alexandra Escobedo. Fortunately for Escobedo, who earned her Bachelor of Science in nursing from The University of Texas at El Paso, her experience as a nurse technician in the IC...

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UTEP Merges 3-D Printing and UAVs

Originally published May 29, 2015 By Nadia M. Whitehead UTEP News Service Handmade drones are a thing of the past. The new dream is push-button technology that will print a working unmanned aerial vehicle, or UAV, right before your eyes. But getting there has been challenging. While it may be easy to print a UAV’s plastic or metal frame, the embedded electronics and motor that bring the vehicle to...

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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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