RESEARCH


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  •  Photo by J.R. Hernandez 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 feelin...

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Immigration Experts Predicted 2014 Border Crisis

Originally published in UTEP Magazine, Winter 2015 By Nadia M. Whitehead   Photo by Laura Trejo 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...

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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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Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Course Puts Research, Learning on New Path

Originally published December 19, 2014 By Daniel Perez UTEP News Service Two University of Texas at El Paso professors from different colleges were impressed enough with the knowledge and skills displayed by the other’s students that they decided more than a year ago to develop a new course that could put teaching and learning on a different path. “Literacy/Biliteracy: The Case Study” launched dur...

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Inside Academic Technologies: 60 Seconds with Dr. Larry Lesser

Dr. Larry Lesser visited Academic Technologies and shared his experiences as a Professor in Mathematical Sciences and discusses how he engages and motivates his students by showing short videos of demonstrations or on-location for real-life context to explain/demonstrate concepts. His approach to multimedia is active and goes beyond what some might do with a static PowerPoint slide or sketch on th...

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UTEP Undergraduates Showcase Research Chops

Originally published December 12, 2014 By Lisa Y. Garibay UTEP News Service “It’s hard.” “It’s boring.” “It can only be science-based to be valuable.” “No one cares what I research and write about.” These are some impressions held by UTEP undergraduate students before the completion of their UNIV 1301 Seminar in Critical Inquiry class. After months of immersion into what the term “research...

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Math Extravaganza Accelerates Study and Retention of Science

Originally published December 12, 2014 By Daniel Perez UTEP News Service Most high school sophomores participating in November’s “Skatepark Mathematics Extravaganza” thought parts of their campuses were turned into X Games-style skate parks, but to UTEP’s Bill Robertson, those skate parks were outdoor research labs. Robertson, Ph.D., associate provost for academic technologies and an award-winning...

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UTEP Geology Research May Help Predict Future Dust Bowls

Originally published December 12, 2014 By Nadia M. Whitehead UTEP News Service  El Paso is no stranger to dust storms. Every now and then, grains of sand and howling winds take over the border city. In the riveting new movie Interstellar, dust storms on a far worse scale have taken over Earth and disrupted the planet’s food supply. Actor Matthew McConaughey plays a former NASA astronaut who is for...

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Tamaulipas Students Participate in Clinical Lab Sciences Research at UTEP

Originally published December 12, 2014 By Laura L. Acosta UTEP News Service A new partnership between the College of Health Sciences at The University of Texas at El Paso and the Universidad Autónoma de Tamaulipas is increasing collaboration among faculty and students at both universities. In November, the first students from the Universidad Autónoma de Tamaulipas Unidad Académica Multidisciplinar...

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Occupational Therapy Students Redesign Children’s Therapy Rooms

Originally published December 5, 2014 By Laura L. Acosta UTEP News Service After clearing out staff and equipment from four rooms in the Paso del Norte Children’s Development Center, Jaime Barceleau, the center’s executive director, was ready to launch onsite pediatric rehabilitative services. Or so he thought. “This area was being used for a different purpose,” recalled Barceleau, a UTEP graduate...

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UTEP Sociology and Anthropology Teams Up with Tigua Indians

Originally published November 21, 2014 By Lisa Y. Garibay UTEP News Service At archaeological digs, it can be difficult to build a partnership between the scientists and the communities to whom the treasured finds belong. The collaboration between UTEP’s Department of Sociology and Anthropology and the Tigua Indians of the Ysleta del Sur Pueblo is special because the work being done between...

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UTEP Education Graduate Students Present Research in Germany

Originally published November 21, 2014 By Daniel Perez UTEP News Service A vibrant graphic arts lecturer, Claudia Saldaña Corral reveled in cultivating creativity within her students at the Universidad Autónoma de Ciudad Juárez, but her decision to volunteer at a nearby community center brought her in contact with a special group that altered her career path. Saldaña met children with special need...

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