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Newswise: UTEP and Community Partners Awarded $1.5M NSF Grant to Improve Quality of Life for Senior Citizens through Technology
Released: 19-Oct-2020 12:25 PM EDT
UTEP and Community Partners Awarded $1.5M NSF Grant to Improve Quality of Life for Senior Citizens through Technology
University of Texas at El Paso

A team of interdisciplinary researchers from The University of Texas at El Paso in collaboration with the City of El Paso and El Paso Community College recently was awarded nearly $1.5 million from the National Science Foundation to develop and sustain the social connectedness of seniors to improve their quality of life through technology, community engagement and social sciences.

Newswise: UTEP to Receive $1.35M NIH Grant to Aid Latinx Students to Build Paths to Science Careers
Released: 14-Oct-2020 6:05 PM EDT
UTEP to Receive $1.35M NIH Grant to Aid Latinx Students to Build Paths to Science Careers
University of Texas at El Paso

The five-year NIH Science Education Partnership Award program will attempt to attract the attention of high school students in economically disadvantaged communities to be prepared and motivated to pursue undergraduate degrees in engineering as well as biomedical and behavioral sciences.

Newswise: FBI Awards UTEP Professor Grant to Study Interview Methods
Released: 24-Sep-2020 4:30 PM EDT
FBI Awards UTEP Professor Grant to Study Interview Methods
University of Texas at El Paso

Misty Duke, Ph.D., an assistant professor in UTEP's Department of Criminal Justice, said few studies have systematically evaluated how uncooperative interviewees decide about their level of cooperation. She said her research will offer insights into the best ways to conduct investigative and intelligence interviews that could lead to the collection of as much accurate and relevant information as possible under various conditions.

Newswise: UTEP-led Research Team Aiming to Understand Impacts of Hybridization Awarded $1 Million NSF Grant
Released: 23-Sep-2020 6:05 PM EDT
UTEP-led Research Team Aiming to Understand Impacts of Hybridization Awarded $1 Million NSF Grant
University of Texas at El Paso

A team of researchers from multiple institutions led by Philip Lavretsky, Ph.D., assistant professor in The University of Texas at El Paso’s Department of Biological Sciences, was awarded nearly $1 million in funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to advance ongoing research to understand the adaptive impacts of hybridization between wild and domesticated animal populations.

Newswise: UTEP Professor Part of Comprehensive Prison Study
Released: 16-Sep-2020 7:05 PM EDT
UTEP Professor Part of Comprehensive Prison Study
University of Texas at El Paso

The University of Texas at El Paso’s Melinda Tasca, Ph.D., is participating in the most comprehensive study ever into the causes and effects of prison violence. Researchers expect their findings to enhance institutional culture and safety within prisons.

Newswise: UTEP Partnership Receives Federal Grant to Combat Opioid Abuse in West Texas Counties
Released: 15-Sep-2020 4:35 PM EDT
UTEP Partnership Receives Federal Grant to Combat Opioid Abuse in West Texas Counties
University of Texas at El Paso

The University of Texas at El Paso’s Minority AIDS Research Center (MARC) is the subrecipient of a $1 million implementation grant to target substance use disorders and opioid use disorders in five rural counties along the Texas-Mexico border.

Newswise: UTEP Awarded $1.3M to Research How Neural Circuits Regulate Specific Cognitive Functions
Released: 13-Jul-2020 1:15 PM EDT
UTEP Awarded $1.3M to Research How Neural Circuits Regulate Specific Cognitive Functions
University of Texas at El Paso

The University of Texas at El Paso was awarded $1.3 million from the National Institutes of Health to shed light on how the combined function of neural circuits impacts specific behaviors in humans. The study will seek to identify and characterize glycinergic neurons in the basal ganglia, a brain area that participates in initiation of voluntary movements and cognitive functions such as emotion, vision and some forms of memory.

Newswise: UTEP Research Reveals More About Path Bacterial Pathogen Travels to Cause Tuberculosis
Released: 30-Jun-2020 4:55 PM EDT
UTEP Research Reveals More About Path Bacterial Pathogen Travels to Cause Tuberculosis
University of Texas at El Paso

Jianjun Sun, Ph.D., associate professor in UTEP’s Department of Biological Sciences, led the research on Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb). Sun’s lab has been investigating the mechanisms of Mtb pathogenesis for more than 10 years at UTEP with a specific focus on EsxA, which is a virulence factor essential for Mtb virulence and a preferred target for developing novel anti-TB drugs and vaccines.

Newswise: UTEP Researchers Uncover New Brain Mechanisms in Fruit Flies That May Impact Future Learning
Released: 23-Jun-2020 7:50 PM EDT
UTEP Researchers Uncover New Brain Mechanisms in Fruit Flies That May Impact Future Learning
University of Texas at El Paso

A research team from The University of Texas at El Paso has made strides in understanding how memories are formed through the brain mechanisms of fruit flies. Their findings could enhance our understanding of brain disorders such as post-traumatic stress disorder and substance addiction.

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Released: 22-Jun-2020 5:30 PM EDT
UTEP Professor Collaborates on LGBTQ+ COVID-19 Texas Study
University of Texas at El Paso

Preliminary results from this first-of-its-kind survey found that gender diverse people and queer people of color are experiencing a number of disparities. They include higher rates of COVID-19, more difficulty accessing a variety of services, and higher rates of anxiety and depression, as well as high unemployment compared with white participants.

Newswise: UTEP Researchers Help Pave Path for Biofriendly Materials to Aid Drug Design Delivery for Neurodegenerative Disorders
Released: 5-Jun-2020 12:05 PM EDT
UTEP Researchers Help Pave Path for Biofriendly Materials to Aid Drug Design Delivery for Neurodegenerative Disorders
University of Texas at El Paso

The contributions of researchers from The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) have yielded the first indication that carbon quantum dots, a class of nanoparticles, can be utilized to combat neurological disorders.

Newswise: UTEP Study Examines COVID-19 Stress, Coping Strategies, and Well-Being
Released: 29-May-2020 6:15 PM EDT
UTEP Study Examines COVID-19 Stress, Coping Strategies, and Well-Being
University of Texas at El Paso

Emre Umucu, Ph.D., assistant professor of rehabilitation counseling at The University of Texas at El Paso, and Beatrice Lee, an incoming rehabilitation counseling faculty member, examined the perceived stress levels and coping mechanisms related to COVID-19, and how coping affects well-being in people with self-reported chronic conditions and disabilities.

Newswise: UTEP Researcher Earns NSF Grant for COVID Study
Released: 6-May-2020 2:50 PM EDT
UTEP Researcher Earns NSF Grant for COVID Study
University of Texas at El Paso

The National Science Foundation has approved a $114,000 RAPID award to The University of Texas at El Paso's April Gile Thomas, Ph.D., assistant professor psychology, to conduct research related to COVID-19. The study began May 1 and will involve 105 adolescents and parents from throughout El Paso, to include some who are incarcerated or on probation.

Newswise: UTEP Researchers Develop Nanohybrid Vehicle to Optimally Deliver Drugs Into the Human Body
Released: 23-Apr-2020 4:35 PM EDT
UTEP Researchers Develop Nanohybrid Vehicle to Optimally Deliver Drugs Into the Human Body
University of Texas at El Paso

The researchers discovered that encapsulating ellagic acid in chitosan, a sugar, reduces its inherent cytotoxicity while enhancing its anti-oxidant properties. The chitosan shell, which makes up the hard outer skeleton of shellfish, also permits EA delivery via a rapid burst phase and a relatively slow phase.

Newswise: UTEP Center to Study How Men Overcame Alcohol Abuse
Released: 22-Apr-2020 2:05 PM EDT
UTEP Center to Study How Men Overcame Alcohol Abuse
University of Texas at El Paso

A new study at The University of Texas at El Paso will look at the psychological factors that led some Hispanic men to successfully change their heavy drinking behavior in order to help others make similar changes. The study begins during Alcohol Awareness Month.

Newswise: UTEP Awarded More than $1 Million from NSF to Design Engineering Leadership Academies
Released: 14-Apr-2020 4:40 PM EDT
UTEP Awarded More than $1 Million from NSF to Design Engineering Leadership Academies
University of Texas at El Paso

Meagan Kendall, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the Department of Engineering Education and Leadership at The University of Texas at El Paso, has been awarded the majority of a $2 million collaborative grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to design engineering leadership academies as part of an effort to enhance the quality of undergraduate STEM education at Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs).

Newswise: UTEP School of Pharmacy Developing COVID-19 Vaccine, Drug Treatments Using Supercomputing
Released: 9-Apr-2020 11:05 AM EDT
UTEP School of Pharmacy Developing COVID-19 Vaccine, Drug Treatments Using Supercomputing
University of Texas at El Paso

Research is underway at The University of Texas at El Paso’s School of Pharmacy to develop vaccines and antiviral drugs to combat the novel coronavirus within 15 months to two years.

Newswise: UTEP Mechanical Engineering Professor Awarded $550K to Help NASA Develop Early Stage Innovations
Released: 12-Mar-2020 6:55 PM EDT
UTEP Mechanical Engineering Professor Awarded $550K to Help NASA Develop Early Stage Innovations
University of Texas at El Paso

A mechanical engineering professor from The University of Texas at El Paso will lend his expertise to early-stage space exploration technology research through a $550,000 grant from NASA to investigate the viability of power sources in the extreme temperatures of space.

Released: 4-Mar-2020 8:10 AM EST
UTEP President to be Appointed to National Science Board
University of Texas at El Paso

Heather Wilson, President of The University of Texas at El Paso, will be appointed to serve a six-year term on the National Science Board, which provides advice and oversight for the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Newswise: UTEP and EPCC Study Focuses on Antibiotic Resistance in Rio Grande
Released: 26-Feb-2020 4:55 PM EST
UTEP and EPCC Study Focuses on Antibiotic Resistance in Rio Grande
University of Texas at El Paso

Researchers at The University of Texas at El Paso and El Paso Community College discovered that the Rio Grande is a “hotspot” for multidrug-resistant bacteria, antibiotic residues and antimicrobial resistant genes.

Newswise: UTEP Professor Named Fellow of International Society for Optics and Photonics
Released: 29-Jan-2020 5:30 PM EST
UTEP Professor Named Fellow of International Society for Optics and Photonics
University of Texas at El Paso

Raymond C. Rumpf, Ph.D., professor of electrical and computer engineering at The University of Texas at El Paso, was promoted to Fellow of the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE), an educational nonprofit established to advance light-based science, engineering and technology.

Newswise: UTEP Introduces Bachelor’s Degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Released: 28-Jan-2020 7:05 PM EST
UTEP Introduces Bachelor’s Degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
University of Texas at El Paso

The new degree is the campus’ latest effort in an ongoing mission of providing competitive academic and research opportunities at one of the most reasonable prices for a U.S. top tier university.

Newswise: Domestic Mallards Gone Wild
Released: 17-Jan-2020 12:10 AM EST
Domestic Mallards Gone Wild
University of Texas at El Paso

A recent study published in the journal Molecular Ecology presents significant findings related to the genetic makeup of two North American iconic ducks: mallards and American black ducks.

Newswise: UTEP Receives $1M to Develop System to Increase Number of Students Who Pursue Graduate Engineering Studies
Released: 14-Jan-2020 3:55 PM EST
UTEP Receives $1M to Develop System to Increase Number of Students Who Pursue Graduate Engineering Studies
University of Texas at El Paso

The University of Texas at El Paso’s Electrical and Computer Engineering Department was awarded $1 million from the National Science Foundation to help low-income, academically talented undergraduate students in engineering successfully advance to graduate studies.

Newswise: UTEP's Dr. Skateboard Pictures Novel Way to Teach
Released: 7-Jan-2020 12:55 PM EST
UTEP's Dr. Skateboard Pictures Novel Way to Teach
University of Texas at El Paso

William Robertson, Ph.D., professor of teacher education, has written a 24-page “graphic novel,” or comic book, to give teachers another tool to demonstrate principles of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Newswise: UTEP Professor Named a 2019 National Academy of Inventors Fellow
Released: 6-Jan-2020 7:05 PM EST
UTEP Professor Named a 2019 National Academy of Inventors Fellow
University of Texas at El Paso

The honor recognizes Wicker’s “spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development and the welfare of society,” according to the NAI’s announcement.

Newswise: UTEP Students Find $100 Solutions to Address Challenges
Released: 19-Dec-2019 12:05 PM EST
UTEP Students Find $100 Solutions to Address Challenges
University of Texas at El Paso

Students in The University of Texas at El Paso's Bachelor of Science in Rehabilitation Sciences program participated in a global service-learning program in which students receive $100 to create projects that generate sustainable changes in local communities.

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Released: 16-Oct-2019 4:05 AM EDT
UTEP Receives $19M to Study Cancer Affecting Mexican-Americans
University of Texas at El Paso

This grant will provide significant research funds for UTEP cancer scientists to understand better the molecular mechanisms, and possible environmental and lifestyle factors that contribute to this multifaceted disease.

Newswise: UTEP and Lockheed Martin Sign Agreement to Employ Students in El Paso
Released: 9-Oct-2019 1:30 PM EDT
UTEP and Lockheed Martin Sign Agreement to Employ Students in El Paso
University of Texas at El Paso

The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) President Heather Wilson and Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control Vice President of Engineering & Technology Travis Coomer signed a Memorandum of Agreement today that will employ UTEP students as interns with Lockheed Martin in El Paso. As part of the new agreement, Lockheed Martin will open a location in El Paso near the UTEP campus where they will employ UTEP undergraduate students as interns. In addition, Lockheed Martin will hire UTEP doctoral students and postdoctoral researchers to serve as supervisors.

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Released: 1-Oct-2019 12:05 PM EDT
NIH Awards $15.2M Grant to UTEP for Biomedical Training
University of Texas at El Paso

Some of the areas of focus include cancer, addiction, environmental health, health disparities, infectious disease, translational biomedicine, and degenerative and chronic diseases. Its visionary approach addresses individual, psychosocial and institutional-level needs by synergistically enhancing institutional, faculty and student development.

Newswise: UTEP and Community Leaders Launch New Teacher Residency Program With Local School Districts
Released: 26-Sep-2019 7:05 PM EDT
UTEP and Community Leaders Launch New Teacher Residency Program With Local School Districts
University of Texas at El Paso

The College of Education at The University of Texas at El Paso and community leaders unveiled the Miner Teacher Residency Program, a full-year teacher placement designed to boost the readiness of aspiring teachers to better serve diverse students throughout the El Paso region.

Newswise: UTEP School of Pharmacy Awarded NIH Grant to Study Thirdhand Smoke
Released: 4-Sep-2019 12:05 PM EDT
UTEP School of Pharmacy Awarded NIH Grant to Study Thirdhand Smoke
University of Texas at El Paso

Researchers at The University of Texas at El Paso’s School of Pharmacy have been awarded $1.8 million from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to study the effects of thirdhand smoke on platelet function and cardiovascular disease such as heart attack and stroke.

Newswise: NIH Awards $2.7M Grant to UTEP Biology Professor to Study AIDS-associated Fungal Meningitis
Released: 13-Aug-2019 6:05 PM EDT
NIH Awards $2.7M Grant to UTEP Biology Professor to Study AIDS-associated Fungal Meningitis
University of Texas at El Paso

Luis R. Martinez, Ph.D., associate professor of biological sciences at The University of Texas at El Paso, will investigate the basis for Cryptococcus neoformans, a fungus that invades the central nervous system.

Newswise: Mental Illness Does Not Cause Racism, Society’s Ills
Released: 9-Aug-2019 4:05 PM EDT
Mental Illness Does Not Cause Racism, Society’s Ills
University of Texas at El Paso

Paul Carrola, Ph.D., an assistant professor in The University of Texas at El Paso’s Department of Educational Psychology and Special Services, comments on the recent El Paso, Texas shooting He is a licensed professional counselor, national certified counselor and certified clinical mental health counselor. He coordinates UTEP’s Mental Health Counseling Program. His research interests include correctional counseling, counselor burnout and secondary trauma, and border related mental health issues.

Newswise: UTEP Wins Prestigious Award for ‘Thank You for 30’ Campaign
Released: 9-Jul-2019 11:05 AM EDT
UTEP Wins Prestigious Award for ‘Thank You for 30’ Campaign
University of Texas at El Paso

UTEP’s fundraising division, Asset Management and Development (AMD), launched the campaign in November 2018, a few months after University President Diana Natalicio announced her plans to retire after more than 30 years at the helm.

Newswise: UTEP Partners with University at Albany to Map Developing Brain Circuits Underlying Conditioned Fear Responses
Released: 11-Jun-2019 6:05 PM EDT
UTEP Partners with University at Albany to Map Developing Brain Circuits Underlying Conditioned Fear Responses
University of Texas at El Paso

A partnership between researchers at The University of Texas at El Paso and the University at Albany (UAlbany) in New York will attempt to understand how neural circuits that encode learned responses to fear develop in mammalian brains

Newswise: For UTEP Doctoral Student, Bumpy Paths Offer Trajectory to Success
Released: 5-Apr-2019 1:05 PM EDT
For UTEP Doctoral Student, Bumpy Paths Offer Trajectory to Success
University of Texas at El Paso

Masum Bhuiyan, a doctoral candidate in The University of Texas at El Paso's computational science program, said he first became interested in using data culled from seismic activity after observing earthquakes in 2014 in Arizona and several stock markets since 2008 during the time of the global financial crisis. Since then, he has honed his ability to use stochastic models such as stochastic volatility and stochastic differential equations to create forecasts.

Newswise: UTEP President's Tenure Fashioned through Hundreds of Graphic Tees
Released: 18-Mar-2019 5:05 PM EDT
UTEP President's Tenure Fashioned through Hundreds of Graphic Tees
University of Texas at El Paso

“My Tenure in T-shirts” is an exhibition that represents more than 30 years of UTEP affinity and community. Each T-shirt tells a particular story about the University’s rich history through language, design, color and pop culture.

Newswise: UTEP Occupational Therapy Students Teach Children Mindful Ways to Ease Stress
Released: 7-Mar-2019 1:05 PM EST
UTEP Occupational Therapy Students Teach Children Mindful Ways to Ease Stress
University of Texas at El Paso

More than 200 children ages 5-10 years old practiced yoga, meditation and sensory strategies to help them manage stress, ease test anxiety and focus on their schoolwork. Mindfulness training has been shown to reduce stress and improve mental health issues in children.

Newswise: UTEP Physics Professor Receives Lifetime Achievement Award from Nature Journal for Mentoring in Science
Released: 21-Dec-2018 1:05 PM EST
UTEP Physics Professor Receives Lifetime Achievement Award from Nature Journal for Mentoring in Science
University of Texas at El Paso

The honor — given by Nature, the world’s leading multidisciplinary science journal — was formally presented Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018, during a ceremony on the UTEP campus.

Newswise: Progress of Unmanned Aerial Systems Program at UTEP is Soaring
Released: 19-Nov-2018 5:05 PM EST
Progress of Unmanned Aerial Systems Program at UTEP is Soaring
University of Texas at El Paso

Michael McGee, Ph.D., has made UTEP the focal point of efforts to significantly improve public safety and bolster border security through the utilization of drone technology. His ability to bridge communication between various governmental agencies has not only elevated UTEP’s drone program, it has also increased the campus’ footprint.

Newswise: UTEP Will Be Leader in 3D-Printing Data Collection under Expanded Partnership with America Makes
7-Nov-2018 7:05 PM EST
UTEP Will Be Leader in 3D-Printing Data Collection under Expanded Partnership with America Makes
University of Texas at El Paso

The amended agreement is an expansion of one originally signed in April 2015, which made UTEP the first America Makes Satellite Center. The updated pact expands the Keck Center’s national impact by providing additional services to America Makes member institutions that will add significant value to their association.

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Released: 24-Oct-2018 12:00 PM EDT
UTEP EM Lab Develops World’s First 3D Volumetric Circuit
University of Texas at El Paso

The EM Lab’s latest breakthrough is its most ambitious and far-reaching yet. Earlier this year, researchers completed the first true three-dimensional, volumetric circuit using a fully automated process.

Newswise: Nursing Faculty Members find a link between Childhood Adversity, Burnout and Depression in Nursing Students
Released: 8-Oct-2018 4:05 PM EDT
Nursing Faculty Members find a link between Childhood Adversity, Burnout and Depression in Nursing Students
University of Texas at El Paso

A study on childhood adversity at The University of Texas at El Paso School of Nursing found that undergraduate nursing students who were exposed to a higher number of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) – such as abuse, neglect or family dysfunction - encountered higher levels of burnout and depression.

Newswise: UTEP to Facilitate National Effort to Increase Number of Hispanics in Computing With $10M Grant
Released: 6-Sep-2018 12:05 PM EDT
UTEP to Facilitate National Effort to Increase Number of Hispanics in Computing With $10M Grant
University of Texas at El Paso

The University of Texas at El Paso, with a consortium of more than 40 other institutions and organizations from the public and private sector, is at the forefront of a national effort to increase the number of Hispanic students who participate in computing.

Newswise: UTEP Scientists Awarded $6M to Improve Treatment for Chagas Disease
29-Aug-2018 2:05 PM EDT
UTEP Scientists Awarded $6M to Improve Treatment for Chagas Disease
University of Texas at El Paso

Scientists at The University of Texas at El Paso have received nearly $6 million from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to improve treatment and develop new diagnostic tools to assess post-therapeutic outcomes for patients with Chagas disease.

Newswise: UTEP Study Recommends School Finance Reforms
Released: 13-Aug-2018 6:05 PM EDT
UTEP Study Recommends School Finance Reforms
University of Texas at El Paso

The State of Texas would make its school finance system more equitable if it based funding rates on overall district student enrollment rather than daily attendance, according to a study by The University of Texas at El Paso’s Center for Education Research and Policy Studies (CERPS).

Newswise: Aconity3D, Emerging Tech Leader in Laser-Based Additive Manufacturing, to Make Home at UTEP
Released: 7-Aug-2018 4:30 PM EDT
Aconity3D, Emerging Tech Leader in Laser-Based Additive Manufacturing, to Make Home at UTEP
University of Texas at El Paso

The University of Texas at El Paso will serve as the North American base of operations for Aconity3D, one of the world’s emerging technology leaders in the production of 3D printing equipment, under a new agreement announced by the two organizations this summer.

Newswise: University of Texas at El Paso Professor Helps Haitians Access Clean Water
Released: 30-Jul-2018 7:00 PM EDT
University of Texas at El Paso Professor Helps Haitians Access Clean Water
University of Texas at El Paso

Ivonne Santiago, Ph.D, a clinical professor of civil engineering at The University of Texas at El Paso, has developed a water filtration system to provide access to clean, readily available water for the people of Po Ploom, Haiti.

Newswise: UTEP Pharmacy Program Closer to Full Accreditation
Released: 24-Jul-2018 1:00 PM EDT
UTEP Pharmacy Program Closer to Full Accreditation
University of Texas at El Paso

The Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) has elevated The University of Texas at El Paso's School of Pharmacy to "candidate" status, taking the school one step closer to earning full accreditation in 2021. Candidate status provides graduates from UTEP’s Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) program the same rights and privileges that they would have from a fully accredited pharmacy program. Graduates will be able to take the North American Pharmacist Licensure Examination (NAPLEX) to become licensed to practice in any state in the United States.


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