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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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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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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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