RESEARCH


UTEP Team Studies 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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Grants Roundup

Originally published in UTEP Magazine, Winter 2015 Between July and October 2014, The University of Texas at El Paso received research grants to study a range of topics. The following is a sampling of grant research in each college started during that four-month period. College of Health Sciences Eileen Aguilar, University Wellness Manager in the College of Health Sciences, in collaboration with T...

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Graduate and Doctoral Students Tackle Concussion Research

Originally published in UTEP Magazine, Winter 2015 By Laura L. Acosta A helmet-to-helmet hit during a football game in high school resulted in an undiagnosed concussion in Daniel Schobner, a first-year graduate student in the Speech-Language Pathology Program at The University of Texas at El Paso. “I remember blacking out for a few seconds and then coming back up feeling kind of dizzy, but I conti...

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Immigration Experts Predicted 2014 Border Crisis

Originally published in UTEP Magazine, Winter 2015 By Nadia M. Whitehead In the summer of 2014, more than 66,000 unaccompanied minors were apprehended as they tried to cross the U.S.-Mexico border illegally. President Barack Obama called the massive influx of immigrant children an “urgent humanitarian situation.” But national media, including The Washington Post and Fox News, criticized the White...

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Boosting Diversity in Biomedical Research

Originally published in UTEP Magazine, Winter 2015 $22.6 Million Grant Will Help UTEP Diversify Nation’s Workforce By Nadia M. Whitehead •  Photo by J.R. Hernandez Today, it is much harder to have a successful grant application than it was 10 years ago. But while federal funding across the board continues to be scaled back, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) invested a hefty $22.6 million in...

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Engineers Help City Save Water

Originally published January 23, 2014 By Nadia M. Whitehead UTEP News Service Guillermo Delgado, Ph.D., busily tinkers with a flashing computer monitor. Numbers flicker and change on the screen, but he draws my attention to one that reads 74.1. “See, this tells us that we’re running at about 74 percent efficiency,” he said. We’re standing in a small warehouse that sits adjacent to Interstate 10. B...

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Mentoring Matters Video Series with Dr. Beth Brunk-Chavez and Cira Montoya

First published by Academic Technologies (AT) for The University of Texas at El Paso. “Mentoring Matters” is produced Academic Technologies (AT) for The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) and promotes the sharing of pathways to leadership. This web series provides testimonials from high-achieving leaders at UTEP (administration, faculty, staff and students) who serve as mentors, as...

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UTEP Headlines Video Newscast for 01.16.15

This week’s UTEP Headlines covers a new fully online degree in security studies from UTEP Connect, professional development opportunities for K-12 teachers, the second cohort of students selected for the “Work with a Scientist” program and updates on the progress of the two, four-story residence halls expected to be completed by fall 2015....

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High School Researchers Begin ‘Work With a Scientist’ Program

Originally published January 16, 2015 By Lisa Y. Garibay UTEP News Service With applause from hundreds of hands and clicks from dozens of camera shutters, a proud group of local high school students was initiated into the world of professional scientific studies with the Work With a Scientist Program. The program, which gives young students a first taste of hands-on research alongside University o...

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UTEP, Collaborators Develop Cyber Security Curriculum

Originally published January 9, 2015 By Daniel Perez UTEP News Service The cyber attack that started in November 2014 against Sony Pictures Entertainment was the latest high-profile example of computer hacking, and another reason The University of Texas at El Paso continues to ramp up its Secure Cyber Systems course track. Interest in cyber security within industry and government has risen dramati...

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Radio Series Highlights UTEP’s Range of Research

Originally published December 19, 2014 By Nadia M. Whitehead UTEP News Service In honor of the University’s Centennial Celebration, KTEP-FM (88.5 FM) hosted a special series in 2014 called 100 @ 100: Research for Our Next Century. The biweekly radio segment highlighted 100 University of Texas at El Paso faculty members and their unique research efforts. Hosted by UTEP chemist Keith Pannell, Ph.D.,...

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