Enhancements    

BRACE: BUILDING BHUTANESE RESILIENCE AGAINST CATACLYSMIC EVENTS
PI: Aaron Velasco
Sponsor: UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL
Geological Sciences
Amount awarded: $9,669

This transdisciplinary project forges new relationships among UK and US geoscientists, engineers, social scientists, historians, and policy makers to address seismic risk and develop resilience-building strategies in the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan in order to develop a sustainable framework for improving Bhutanese resilience to earthquakes and their secondary effects.

Posting date: Mon, 11/20/2017

Award start date: Thu, 11/09/2017
Award end date: Wed, 02/28/2018

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/37393


REALIZING CYBER INCEPTION: TOWARDS A SCIENCE OF PERSONALIZED DECEPTION FOR CYBER DEFENSE
PI: Chris Kiekintveld
Sponsor: ARMY RESEARCH OFFICE THROUGH UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
Computer Science
Amount awarded: $488,559

This project focuses on developing game theory models and solution methods for using deception in cybersecurity domains based on cognitive modeling and game theory.

Posting date: Wed, 11/15/2017

Award start date: Fri, 09/01/2017
Award end date: Mon, 08/31/2020

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/37388


RUBIN CENTER ARTS CREATE 2017
PI: Kerry Doyle
Sponsor: TEXAS COMMISSION ON THE ARTS
Art Department
Amount awarded: $11,000

This award provides support for intensive, multi-semester internships for exhibition installation and programming, which complements classroom learning at UTEP and provides opportunities for students from across campus to expand their thinking and to connect with people and ideas that broaden their experience of education and contemporary culture.

Posting date: Thu, 11/09/2017

Award start date: Fri, 09/01/2017
Award end date: Fri, 08/31/2018

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/37378


WHAT SHALL WE CALL GOD? AN INVESTIGATION OF THE ROLE OF METAPHOR IN RELIGIOUS COGNITION
PI: Adam Fetterman
Sponsor: TEMPLETON FOUNDATION
Psychology
Amount awarded: $216,161

This project investigates the metaphoric nature of God conceptualization and how different conceptualizations influence attitudes, thoughts, and behavior; and whether using metaphors in this way provides meaning in life.

Posting date: Thu, 11/09/2017

Award start date: Sat, 07/01/2017
Award end date: Sat, 05/30/2020

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/37379


RUBIN CENTER FALL EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMING COMPLEMENT TO EXHIBIT- SUZI DAVIDOFF: SIMPLIFIED WORLD
PI: Melissa Barba
Sponsor: TEXAS COMMISSION ON THE ARTS
Art Department
Amount awarded: $2,000

Two Family Day workshops and one Educator Workshop will be created as a complement to an exhibit entitled Suzi Davidoff: Simplified World, which focuses on human-wrought changes in our ecosystem as evident in mapping and endangered species.

Posting date: Tue, 11/07/2017

Award start date: Fri, 09/01/2017
Award end date: Sun, 12/31/2017

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/37371


EXAMINING THE VALIDITY OF THE PHYSICAL THERAPY SPANISH PROFICIENCY MEASURE FOR USE ACROSS A DPT CURRICULUM
PI: Celia Pechak
Co-PI: Loretta Dillon
Sponsor: TEXAS PHYSICAL THERAPY FOUNDATION
Physical Therapy
Amount awarded: $4,912

This project will investigate the validity of the Physical Therapy Spanish Proficiency Measure (PT-SPM). The researchers developed this measure to assess a physical therapist student’s readiness to safely and effectively communicate in Spanish with limited English proficient Spanish-speaking patients (without the use of an interpreter). Additionally, the PT-SPM has potential use as a curricular assessment tool for physical therapist educational programs that include Spanish in their curriculum.

Posting date: Tue, 11/07/2017

Award start date: Wed, 11/01/2017
Award end date: Wed, 10/31/2018

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/37372


FLO-SIC: EFFICIENT DENSITY FUNCTIONAL THEORY CALCULATIONS WITHOUT SELF-INTERACTION
PI: Tunna Baruah
Co-PI: Rajendra Zope
Sponsor: US DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY THROUGH CENTRAL MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY
Physics
Amount awarded: $1,329,998

In collaboration with Central Michigan University, this project develops a software package to deliver highly accurate results of the Fermi-Lowdin-Orbital (FLO) Self-Interaction-Corrected (SIC) density functional theory package—methods that have revolutionized the ab-initio investigations of materials properties.

Posting date: Wed, 11/01/2017

Award start date: Fri, 09/01/2017
Award end date: Tue, 08/31/2021

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/37365


ECONOMIC IMPACT ANALYSIS OF MOLINA HEALTHCARE ON TEXAS′ STATE AND SUB-STATE ECONOMIES
PI: Manuel Reyes
Sponsor: MOLINA CENTER
College of Business Dean's Office
Amount awarded: $25,024

The UTEP Hunt Institute for Global Competitiveness is to conduct an economic impact analysis of Molina Healthcare Corporation to estimate its economic effects on the economy of the state of Texas.

Posting date: Fri, 10/27/2017

Award start date: Wed, 10/18/2017
Award end date: Wed, 10/17/2018

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/37363


ACCESS TO THE NATIONAL LIBRARY OF MEDICINE (NLM) DATA TO IMPROVE HEALTH LITERACY ABOUT OPIOIDS USE AND MISUSE
PI: Joao Ferreira-Pinto
Sponsor: NIH - NATIONAL LIBRARY OF MEDICINE THROUGH CENTER FOR PUBLIC SERVICE COMMUNICATIONS
College of Health Science Dean's Office
Amount awarded: $7,500

This project increases access and utilization of accurate and reliable opioid misuse prevention health information by young adults 18-35 in affected communities, active opioid users, and the general public in El Paso County.

Posting date: Wed, 10/25/2017

Award start date: Wed, 09/20/2017
Award end date: Wed, 09/19/2018

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/37359


ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING BUILD INTERRUPTION EFFECTS (AMBIE)
PI: David Espalin
Co-PI: Ryan Wicker, Cesar Terrazas
Sponsor: AIR FORCE RESEARCH LABORATORY THROUGH NATIONAL CENTER FOR DEFENSE MANUFACTURING AND MACHINING
W.M. Keck Center for 3-D Innovation
Amount awarded: $269,999

This research project enables the characterization of effects due to process interruptions for two materials, Inconel 625 and AlSi10Mg, which have a wide base of industrial applications. This characterization increases the adoption of manufacturing technologies in industrial environments.

Posting date: Wed, 10/25/2017

Award start date: Wed, 11/01/2017
Award end date: Fri, 11/30/2018

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/37360


R21: PRESCRIPTION OPIOID MISUSE: PHARMACIST-DELIVERED INTERVENTION AT POINT OF SERVICE
PI: Craig Field
Sponsor: NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON ALCOHOL ABUSE AND ALCOHOLISM THROUGH UNIVERSITY OF PITTSBURGH
Latino Alcohol and Health Disparities Research Center
Amount awarded: $14,194

This study is the first in the US to implement an evidence-based integrated behavioral intervention into the community pharmacy setting to address opioid medication misuse among pharmacy patients.

Posting date: Thu, 10/19/2017

Award start date: Mon, 05/01/2017
Award end date: Tue, 04/30/2019

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/37355


AN EXPLORATORY STUDY OF METAMATERIAL INSPIRED MODULATED SURFACES
PI: Raymond Rumpf
Sponsor: LOCKHEED MARTIN AERONAUTICS
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Amount awarded: $10,532

UTEP will explore concepts to build and test proof-of-concept asymmetric electromagnetic devices to assess asymmetric behavior that exists at interfaces, which is of particular interest to the contractor Lockheed Martin Aeronautics.

Posting date: Thu, 10/19/2017

Award start date: Thu, 10/19/2017
Award end date: Mon, 01/15/2018

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/37354


K01: MUTATIONS IN HCFC1 ALTER NEURAL PRECURS OR DIFFERENTIATION
PI: Anita Quintana
Sponsor: NIH - NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF NEUROLOGICAL DISORDERS AND STROKE
Biological Sciences
Amount awarded: $700,932

This cross disciplinary research program utilizes zebrafish as a model organism to understand the molecular basis of developmental disorders through an understanding of how the HCFC1 gene regulates both normal development and disease.

Posting date: Tue, 10/17/2017

Award start date: Fri, 09/01/2017
Award end date: Mon, 08/31/2020

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/37353


HBCU-BOA-1001: TASK ORDER 003 (OCHOA, NGOZI)
PI: Darren Cone
Sponsor: NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION THROUGH JACOBS TECHNOLOGY
CyberShare
Amount awarded: $22,534

This establishes a contract with Jacobs Technology Inc. for engineering, technical or administrative type support services.

Posting date: Mon, 10/16/2017

Award start date: Tue, 09/05/2017
Award end date: Fri, 12/15/2017

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/37352


CAN PHOTOTROPHY-DRIVEN SULFUR CYCLING MAKE CRYSTALLIZATION WATER OF GYPSUM BIOAVAILABLE? – DEFINING A NEW HABITABILITY INDEX FOR GYPSUM-DOMINATED EXTREME ENVIRONMENTS
PI: Jie Xu
Co-PI: Richard Langford, Gail Arnold, Benjamin Brunner
Sponsor: NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION
Geological Sciences
Amount awarded: $439,377

In collaboration with the Carnegie Institution of Washington and Virginia Tech's National Center for Earth and Environmental Nanotechnology Infrastructure, this field and experimental study investigates whether a link exists between the bioavailability of gypsum (calcium sulfate dihydrate) and the habitability of gypsum-dominated (i.e., gypsic) environments. The results may have direct implication for the current and past habitability of Martian surfaces dominated by gypsum deposits.

Posting date: Mon, 10/09/2017

Award start date: Fri, 09/01/2017
Award end date: Mon, 08/31/2020

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/37296


SHARING U.S. PRACTICES IN SUPPORTING INDIGENOUS UNIVERSITY STUDENTS
PI: Jeffrey Shepherd
Sponsor: US DEPARTMENT OF STATE
History
Amount awarded: $8,000

This program hosts one to three individuals from the United States, who have current or past experience supporting Native American, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian students, to share their experiences and models of indigenous students transitioning to life and studies at U.S. colleges and universities.

Posting date: Wed, 10/04/2017

Award start date: Fri, 09/29/2017
Award end date: Fri, 09/28/2018

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/37291


JAMP PROGRAM 2018
PI: Damaris Rosado
Sponsor: UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SYSTEM - JOINT ADMISSION MEDICAL PROGRAM
College of Science Dean's Office
Amount awarded: $15,971

This is a renewal of the annual Joint Admissions Medical Program (JAMP) funding to assist in the development and support of eligible UTEP undergraduates who wish to become physicians.

Posting date: Wed, 10/04/2017

Award start date: Fri, 09/01/2017
Award end date: Fri, 08/31/2018

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/37292


DEEP RIVER: THE ART OF THE SPIRITUAL
PI: Lorenzo Candelaria
Co-PI: Elisa Wilson
Sponsor: US DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Amount awarded: $1,123

In partnership with the Universidad Autonoma de Ciudad Juárez, this project endorses music as an instrument for social betterment, self-knowledge, and empowerment.

Posting date: Mon, 10/02/2017

Award start date: Fri, 09/29/2017
Award end date: Sat, 09/29/2018

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/37289


TASK ORDER #3 AND IMPLEMENTATION OF MONTANA CORRIDOR - MPO FY2018 OVERALL BUDGET
PI: Imad Abdallah
Sponsor: EL PASO METROPOLITAN PLANNING ORGANIZATION
Center for Transportation Infrastructure Systems (CTIS)
Amount awarded: $302,687

This parent project encompasses several tasks in achieving its goals: (1) an investigation of the development of an active transportation system planning methodology to enhance multimodal connectivity in the El Paso region; (2) the development of a web–based application for visualizing the performance measures of the Montana corridor; and (3) an initiative related to multi-scalar approaches to transport dynamics analysis.

Posting date: Wed, 09/27/2017

Award start date: Fri, 09/01/2017
Award end date: Fri, 08/31/2018

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/37288


UTEP TRAVELING CHILDREN'S TROUPE FY17-18
PI: Adriana Dominguez
Sponsor: TEXAS COMMISSION ON THE ARTS
Theatre and Dance
Amount awarded: $1,500

This project creates an appreciation for the performing arts among elementary school children in El Paso County schools in order to fill a cultural and academic void, and cultivate future adult audiences, art appreciators and/or performers.

Posting date: Tue, 09/26/2017

Award start date: Mon, 08/14/2017
Award end date: Fri, 05/04/2018

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/37287


EDA 2017 REGIONAL INNOVATION STRATEGIES PROGRAM
PI: Ahsan Choudhuri
Co-PI: Ryan Wicker
Sponsor: US ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ADMINISTRATION
Center for Space Exploration Technology Research (CSETR)
Amount awarded: $500,000

This program develops a regional innovation ecosystem through establishment of a technology park comprised of a wide array of facilities, harnessing UTEP's national research preeminence to create high quality jobs for this region.

Posting date: Fri, 09/22/2017

Award start date: Thu, 03/01/2018
Award end date: Sun, 02/28/2021

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/37282


TRAJECTORIES OF SOCIAL VULNERABILITY AMONG HOUSTON AREA HOUSEHOLDS: A PRE- AND POST-EVENT STUDY OF HURRICANE HARVEY
PI: Timothy Collins
Co-PI: Sara Grineski, Jayajit Chakraborty
Sponsor: NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION
Sociology and Anthropology
Amount awarded: $49,906

This study collects survey data from flood event victims who were in hurricane Harvey to determine whether more socially vulnerable households suffer more adverse flood event experiences and impacts.

Posting date: Fri, 09/22/2017

Award start date: Wed, 09/20/2017
Award end date: Sun, 09/30/2018

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/37283


EXCAVATION HAZARDS PREVENTION TRAINING FOR CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY
PI: Adeeba Raheem
Co-PI: Austin Marshall
Sponsor: US DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Civil Engineering
Amount awarded: $154,595

This project provides excavation hazards prevention training to non-English speaking and vulnerable construction workers in the greater El Paso, Texas area. The project further spreads the safe workplace message and information on freely available OSHA resources for guidance.

Posting date: Fri, 09/22/2017

Award start date: Sat, 09/30/2017
Award end date: Sun, 09/30/2018

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/37284


RESILIENCE, FAITH AND SOCIAL SUPPORTS AMONG MEXICAN AND CENTRAL AMERICAN MIGRANTS AND REFUGEES
PI: Mark Lusk
Sponsor: PROGAMA INVESTIGACION MIGRACION Y SALUD -BERKELEY
Social Work
Amount awarded: 10,600

This mixed methods, exploratory study examines protective factors that mitigate the cumulative trauma experience of migrants who have fled violence and adversity in Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, and Mexico.

Posting date: Wed, 09/20/2017

Award start date: Fri, 09/01/2017
Award end date: Sun, 06/30/2019

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/37280


BRACERO HISTORY SUMMIT
PI: Yolanda Leyva
Sponsor: NATIONAL TRUST FOR HISTORIC PRESERVATION
History
Amount awarded: $5,000

This project coordinates a two-day national summit in El Paso, Texas to commemorate the 75th anniversary of (1) the 1942 U.S. Bracero Program executive order and (2) the first group of braceros who entered the U.S. border through El Paso to work the sugar beet harvest in Stockton, California.

Posting date: Mon, 09/18/2017

Award start date: Thu, 08/24/2017
Award end date: Thu, 08/23/2018

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/37275


IMPLEMENTATION OF MATERIALS AND PERFORMANCE DATA FOR TEXAS FLEXIBLE PAVEMENTS AND OVERLAYS
PI: Imad Abdallah
Co-PI: Soheil Nazarian
Sponsor: TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION THROUGH TEXAS A&M TRANSPORTATION INSTITUTE
Center for Transportation Infrastructure Systems (CTIS)
Amount awarded: $202,000

This project establishes a flexible pavement database of all types of pavements available in the Texas Department of Transportation road network to calculate mechanistic parameters for initial calibration of pavement design models.

Posting date: Mon, 09/18/2017

Award start date: Fri, 09/01/2017
Award end date: Sat, 08/31/2019

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/37276


FY2017 BHWET COMPETITION: UTEP
PI: Candyce Berger
Co-PI: Kathryn Schmidt, Leslie Robbins, Hyejin Jung
Sponsor: DHHS - HEALTH RESOURCES AND SERVICES ADMINISTRATION
Social Work
Amount awarded: $1,854,537

This grant will increase the number of culturally and linguistically competent mental healthcare providers in rural, vulnerable, and medically-underserved communities by expanding internship opportunities in integrated behavioral healthcare settings.

Posting date: Mon, 09/18/2017

Award start date: Fri, 09/01/2017
Award end date: Tue, 08/31/2021

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/37277


PRODUCTION OF HUMAN RECOMBINANT MONOCLONAL RATTLESNAKE TOXIN-NEUTRALIZING ANTIBODY REAGENTS FOR DEVELOPING NOVEL ANTI-VENIN THERAPIES
PI: Jacen Moore
Sponsor: MARSH FOUNDATION
Clinical Lab Science
Amount awarded: $62,000

This project develops fully humanized antibodies to neutralize rattlesnake venom and circumvent the adverse effects of mild and serious reactions to animal-derived anti-venoms, which would halt the effects of envenomation, such as anaphylaxis and hypotension.

Posting date: Mon, 09/18/2017

Award start date: Fri, 09/01/2017
Award end date: Fri, 08/31/2018

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/37278


POST-DOC FELLOWSHIP: PHYTOREMEDIATION OF POLLUTED SOILS FROM THE PASO DEL NORTE; IS THERE ANY SYNERGISTIC ROLE BETWEEN NANOPARTICLES AND HEAVY METALS?
PI: Jorge Gardea-Torresdey
Sponsor: CONACYT THROUGH UT SYSTEM
Chemistry
Amount awarded: $109,306

This project tests polluted areas in the El Paso region resulting from Manufactured Nano-Materials (MNMs) that are dumped by various scientific and technologic manufacturers, causing harmful effects to human and environmental health. The expected outcome is a gain of significant knowledge on the synergistic effect between heavy metals and MNMs.

Posting date: Wed, 09/06/2017

Award start date: Fri, 09/01/2017
Award end date: Sat, 08/31/2019

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/37243


POST-DOC FELLOWSHIP: IDENTIFICATION OF SMALL MOLECULES THAT INHIBIT MET AND NFR2 PROTEINS IN NON-SMALL CELL LUNG CANCER
PI: Rachid Skouta
Sponsor: CONACYT THROUGH UT SYSTEM
Chemistry
Amount awarded: $109,306

Lung cancer continues to be a health problem worldwide that affects both sexes. An estimation of 1.8 million of new cases is reported every year. From the overall of these cases, the 58% were reported in developing countries. Due to the geographical localization of United States and its interaction with Mexico, the populations of Hispanics have been increased in the last years, accounting for 16.3% (50.5 million per 310 million) of the US population. The aim of this study is to identify novel compounds that could act as inhibitors of Met and Nrf2-ARE proteins, to overcome anti-cancer drug resistance.?

Posting date: Wed, 09/06/2017

Award start date: Fri, 09/01/2017
Award end date: Sat, 08/31/2019

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/37244


CONTEXTUAL DETERMINANTS OF POLICE OFFICER STRESS, ANXIETY, AND PTSD
PI: Jeffrey Rojek
Sponsor: NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF JUSTICE THROUGH POLICE FOUNDATION
Center for Law and Human Behavior
Amount awarded: $107,004

High profile incidents in recent years have led to the production of much research on the effects of strained relationships between police and the community they serve. Organized protests against police brutality combined with certain types of media coverage seemingly pitting Black Lives Matter against Blue Lives Matter create turmoil within communities while simultaneously exposing law enforcement to continued stressful stimuli. While the health consequences of police officer stress and trauma have been explored, what is unknown is whether strained relations between citizens and the police have prolonged impacts on officer health and wellness. This study seeks to understand these contextual determinants of stress.

Posting date: Tue, 09/05/2017

Award start date: Sun, 01/01/2017
Award end date: Sun, 09/30/2018

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/37239


INSTRUMENTATION FOR STUDIES ON COMBUSTION AND DECOMPOSITION OF ENERGETIC MATERIALS
PI: Evgeny Shafirovich
Sponsor: ARMY RESEARCH OFFICE
Center for Space Exploration Technology Research (CSETR)
Amount awarded: $509,575

The project's purchase of instrumentation will serve both education and research on energetic materials that will enhance the University's capabilities in materials characterization and combustion experiments.

Posting date: Fri, 09/01/2017

Award start date: Fri, 09/01/2017
Award end date: Fri, 08/31/2018

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/37237


ATLANTIC SPACEPORT COMPLEX
PI: Nathaniel Robinson
Co-PI: Darren Cone, John Olivas
Sponsor: FUNDACAO PARA A CIENCIA E A TECNOLOGIA THROUGH UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN
Vice President for Research
Amount awarded: $85,160

The Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT) commissioned a feasibility study to establish an "open space port" within the Archipelago of the Azores, also known as the Atlantic Spaceport Complex. The UTEP Center for the Advancement of Space Safety and Mission Assurance Research co-leads the effort with UT-Austin Center for Space. The study will assess a full range of pertinent factors to include Portugal′s strategic geographical location, existing space infrastructure, burgeoning entrepreneurial momentum, global reach, and potential of employing its unique corporate and intellectual assets to contribute to, lead, and benefit from the emerging "new space economy" over the next several decades.

Posting date: Fri, 09/01/2017

Award start date: Tue, 08/01/2017
Award end date: Tue, 10/31/2017

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/37238


MINER ASSISTANCE PILOT FOR SURVIVORS (MAPS)
PI: Clifton Walsh
Co-PI: Sandra Vasquez
Sponsor: TX OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR - CRIMINAL JUSTICE DIVISION
Police Department
Amount awarded: $364,183

The Victim Assistance College Campus initiative provides comprehensive support and services to UTEP students who are victims of crime. The initiative coordinates efforts across various UTEP Departments and professionals, and aims to enhance and expand the services and assistance provided directly to victims of crime in order to accelerate their recovery and aid them through the criminal justice process.

Posting date: Thu, 08/31/2017

Award start date: Tue, 08/01/2017
Award end date: Tue, 07/31/2018

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/37235


FELLOWSHIP: HOT SPOTS FOR HEAT RESILIENCE IN BORDER CITIES: A PILOT STUDY IN EL PASO, TX
PI: Adelle Monteblanco
Co-PI: Patricia Juarez-Carrillo
Sponsor: THE UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA FOUNDATION
Sociology and Anthropology
Amount awarded: $8,608

Adelle Monteblanco has been hired as a partner and Principal Investigator for a grant titled "Hot Spots for Heat Resilience in Border Cities: A Pilot Study in El Paso, Texas.” Project activities include telephone conference participation, IRB proposal writing, local field work (participant observation and interviews), developing train-the-trainer curriculum and outreach materials for expectant mothers, and project evaluation.

Posting date: Wed, 08/30/2017

Award start date: Sat, 07/01/2017
Award end date: Mon, 12/31/2018

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/37234


NEW CITIES FUTURE RUINS RESIDENCY, SITE-SPECIFIC COMMISSIONS AND EXHIBITION AT UTEP
PI: Kerry Doyle
Sponsor: NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS
Art Department
Amount awarded: $30,000

This three-part project focuses on the topic of sustainability at the US-Mexico border with particular attention to the cross-border environment in El Paso and Juárez.

Posting date: Mon, 08/28/2017

Award start date: Fri, 09/01/2017
Award end date: Mon, 12/31/2018

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/37231


PROMOTING MENTAL AND EMOTIONAL WELL-BEING IN THE PASO DEL NORTE REGION
PI: John Wiebe
Sponsor: PASO DEL NORTE HEALTH FOUNDATION
Psychology
Amount awarded: $1,697,925

Academic leaders from the greater El Paso region will create a backbone organization for the mental and emotional wellbeing initiatives of the Paso del Norte border region with centers in El Paso, Juárez, and Southern New Mexico.

Posting date: Thu, 08/24/2017

Award start date: Fri, 09/01/2017
Award end date: Mon, 08/31/2020

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/37226


AIR QUALITY MODELING OF THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN SIMULATED PM2.5 IN RESPONSE TO VARYING REDUCTIONS OF AMMONIA EMISSIONS OVER SOUTH COAST AIR BASIN
PI: William Stockwell
Co-PI: Rosa Fitzgerald
Sponsor: COORDINATING RESEARCH COUNCIL
Physics
Amount awarded: $7,000

The objective of this project is to make a limited assessment of the effects of changes in ammonia emissions on secondary PM2.5 concentrations in the South Coast Air Basin (SoCAB). Ammonia reacts with nitric acid to form ammonium nitrate and with sulfuric acid to form ammonium bisulfate and ammonium sulfate — all of which are components of secondary PM2.5. In this project, simulations will be made with different levels of ammonia emissions.

Posting date: Tue, 08/22/2017

Award start date: Wed, 06/21/2017
Award end date: Tue, 10/31/2017

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/37221


STTR I: METAL PRODUCTION AWAY FROM EARTH
PI: Evgeny Shafirovich
Sponsor: NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION THROUGH LYNNTECH, INC
Center for Space Exploration Technology Research (CSETR)
Amount awarded: $32,160

This project investigates development of a process for direct fabrication of complex parts in space using Additive Manufacturing methods. This unique process requires relatively low temperatures, recycles all the reagents, and produces oxygen as a byproduct.

Posting date: Thu, 08/17/2017

Award start date: Fri, 09/01/2017
Award end date: Fri, 06/08/2018

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/37211


LONGITUDINAL DATA FOR EDUCATION POLICY RESEARCH: UNDERSTANDING SCIENCE AND MATH TEACHER LABOR MARKET PIPELINES
PI: David Knight
Co-PI: Sara Grineski, Tom Fullerton, Thomas Fullerton
Sponsor: NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION
Center for Education Research and Policy Studies
Amount awarded: $499,875

This project will explore whether regions in Texas are producing enough math and science teachers (MAST) to meet demand; factors leading to MAST attrition including opportunity wages of external labor markets; and whether historically underserved students have equitable access to high-quality MAST. Previous research in this area is limited by the inability to link data on teacher labor markets to external non-teacher labor markets in the private sector. Analyses utilize a statewide longitudinal student-level dataset covering all students in Texas over a 20-year period.

Posting date: Wed, 08/16/2017

Award start date: Fri, 09/01/2017
Award end date: Mon, 08/31/2020

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/37208


Development and Optimization of Point-of-Care Devices for Meningitis Diagnosis
PI: Xiujin Li
Sponsor: The Philadelphia Foundation
Chemistry
Amount awarded: $6,500

Bacterial meningitis is a deadly disease with high mortality and morbidity rates. Current methods for meningitis diagnosis are time-consuming and costly. Thus, this project develops and optimizes a point of care device for meningitis diagnosis at low-resource settings, which should be more robust than current mechanisms for detection.

Posting date: Tue, 08/15/2017

Award start date: Fri, 09/01/2017
Award end date: Fri, 08/31/2018

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/37206


Computational-Experimental Reactive Wetting of Hf-Ti-Me Alloy Melts with B4C
PI: Arturo Bronson
Co-PI: Vinod Kumar
Sponsor: AIR FORCE OFFICE OF SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH
Center for Transportation Infrastructure Systems (CTIS)
Amount awarded: $449,988

This project’s goal is to improve reactive metals to control the eventual development of the oxide scale.

Posting date: Tue, 08/15/2017

Award start date: Tue, 08/15/2017
Award end date: Fri, 08/14/2020

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/37207


ADVANCING DIGITIZATION OF BIODIVERSITY COLLECTIONS (ADBC)
PI: Eli Greenbaum
Sponsor: NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION
Biological Sciences
Amount awarded: $166,288

The UTEP Biodiversity Collections (UTEP-BC) currently contains invaluable natural history specimens that are mainly focused on the Chihuahuan Desert Ecoregion of Southwestern US and Northern Mexico. In collaboration with the Southwest Collections of Arthropods Network, this project georeferences locality records from specimens collected prior to 2000.

Posting date: Tue, 08/15/2017

Award start date: Fri, 09/01/2017
Award end date: Sat, 08/31/2019

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/37205


EVALUATION OF POWDERED ACTIVATED CARBON FOR CONTROL OF TASTE AND ODORS CAUSED BY GEOSMIN AND MIB
PI: Anthony Tarquin
Sponsor: EL PASO WATER UTILITIES
Center for Inland Desalination Systems (CIDS)
Amount awarded: $39,809

Occasional taste and odor problems in El Paso's surface water supply are usually associated with the presence of geosmin and/or methylisobomeol (MIB) during the hot summer months of July, August, or September. This project (1) evaluates the performance of various brands of powdered activated carbon (PAC) for controlling taste and odor problems associated with geosmin and MIB, (2) determines the PAC dosage required for eliminating said problems, (3) identifies the most effective PAC to use at the Canal Street water treatment plants if/when the need to do so arises, and (4) evaluates the effectiveness of the hydrogen peroxide-UV advanced oxidation process for geosmin destruction.

Posting date: Thu, 08/10/2017

Award start date: Mon, 07/24/2017
Award end date: Fri, 08/24/2018

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/37190


BUILDING PARTNERSHIPS, EXPANDING ACCESS AND INCREASING AWARENESS TO REDUCE ENVIRONMENTAL THREATS TO REPRODUCTIVE AND PEDIATRIC HEALTH
PI: Carla Campbell
Sponsor: AMERICAN COLLEGE OF MEDICAL TOXICOLOGY THROUGH TEXAS TECH UNIV HEALTH SCIENCES CENTER
Department of Public Health
Amount awarded: $21,027

PI Campbell will work with the Pediatric Environmental Health Specialty Units as a subject matter expert in medical toxicology, pediatrics, and environmental health to, in part, develop educational materials for healthcare providers and lay personnel.

Posting date: Thu, 08/10/2017

Award start date: Thu, 06/01/2017
Award end date: Sun, 09/29/2019

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/37191


NIH BRIDGES TO THE BACCALAUREATE (R25) - RISE TO THE CHALLENGE BRIDGE PROGRAM
PI: Delfina Dominguez
Sponsor: NIH - NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF GENENERAL MEDICAL SCIENCES THROUGH EL PASO COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Clinical Lab Science
Amount awarded: $118,193

The goals of the RISE to the Challenge Bridge between EPCC, UTEP and NMSU are 1) to continue providing talented EPCC students with the tools to succeed and excel in their freshman and sophomore-level biology, chemistry and math courses, 2) to continue strengthening the research knowledge and skills of EPCC students and faculty and 3) to increase the number of minority and disadvantaged students that transfer to a four-year institution with the skills necessary to graduate with a baccalaureate degree and eventually a Ph.D in biomedical fields.

Posting date: Thu, 08/10/2017

Award start date: Fri, 09/01/2017
Award end date: Wed, 08/31/2022

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/37193


NEW PLACES AND FACES: EXPANDING SOCIAL WORK AND INTERPROFESSIONAL EDUCATION ON THE US-MEXICO BORDER
PI: Candyce Berger
Co-PI: Celia Pechak, Margie Padilla, Jose Rivera, Jeri Sias, Jessica Shenberger-Trujillo, Alma Armendariz
Sponsor: TEXAS HIGHER EDUCATION COORDINATING BOARD
Social Work
Amount awarded: $387,486

To address the behavioral health shortages, interprofessional education opportunities, and the academic- clinician training needs of far western Texas, the project's major goals and expected outcomes are to: 1) increase student capacity for the Masters of Social Work clinical sites while recruiting African-American and Hispanic students via new PLACES (Placement in Academic- Clinical Education Sites); 2) pilot interprofessional education models in underserved communities in new PLACES with Social Work, Physical Therapy, and Pharmacy students and faculty; and 3) develop a cohort of new FACES (Faculty Acculturation to Clinical Education and Scholarship) focusing on best practices in clinical training and interprofessional education (IPE).

Posting date: Tue, 08/08/2017

Award start date: Fri, 09/01/2017
Award end date: Sat, 08/31/2019

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/37189


LSAMP Summer Research Academy Supplement: Increasing Research Opportunities for Underrepresented STEM Students
PI: Ben Flores
Co-PI: Rodrigo Romero
Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Amount awarded: $47,761

In collaboration with the Army Research Laboratory (ARL) and the UTEP STEM Accelerator program, the University of Texas System Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority participation will enhance its Summer Research Academy with a focus on training female engineering students in an area vital to national security. At ARL facilities, participants will work alongside ARL research engineers and two faculty mentors on the design characterization of fractal antennas for mobile communications, conducting simulations, building antenna prototypes, and conducting measurements. The expected outcome is an increase in the number of underrepresented minorities in STEM.

Posting date: Mon, 08/07/2017

Award start date: Mon, 05/01/2017
Award end date: Tue, 07/31/2018

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/37188


R01: GLYCOGEN IN BACTERIAL VAGINOSIS AND HOW CARBOHYDRATES SHAPE THE VAGINAL MICROBIOME
PI: Igor Almeida
Sponsor: NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF ALLERGY AND INFECTIOUS DISEASES THROUGH WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY IN ST. LOUIS
Biological Sciences
Amount awarded: $98,150

The research team will perform proteomic analysis on human vaginal specimens by high resolution data-dependent LC-MS/MS and then proteome informatics to match MS/MS spectra to predicted proteins from isolate and metagenomes. In particular, we will examine the metaproteomes in search of the bacterial enzymes that break down carbohydrates. Dr. Almeida and his team will provide proteomic data to Dr. Warren Lewis at Washington University St Louis, who will then compare the proteins discovered to human gynecological or obstetric data.

Posting date: Thu, 08/03/2017

Award start date: Tue, 08/01/2017
Award end date: Tue, 05/31/2022

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/37183


JOURNALISM IN JULY
PI: Eraldo Chiecchi
Sponsor: GANNET FOUNDATION
Communication
Amount awarded: $5,000

Journalism in July is an annual one-week program at UTEP for high school juniors and seniors to hone their multimedia journalism skills; gain an appreciation for the regional multi-cultural, bi-national environment; and produce a news feature with multimedia for publication in their web newspaper.

Posting date: Thu, 08/03/2017

Award start date: Sat, 07/01/2017
Award end date: Sat, 09/30/2017

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/37184


COMBUSTION SYNTHESIS OF THERMOELECTRIC MATERIALS FOR DEEP SPACE EXPLORATION: SERGIO CORDOVA
PI: Evgeny Shafirovich
Co-PI: Sergio Cordova
Sponsor: NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMIN
Center for Space Exploration Technology Research (CSETR)
Amount awarded: $65,052

The goal of the project is to create materials with superior thermolelectric properties using combustion synthesis.

Posting date: Thu, 08/03/2017

Award start date: Tue, 08/01/2017
Award end date: Sat, 07/31/2021

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/37185


BRIDGE PRIORITIZATION AND PRESERVATION FOR ROUTE 66
PI: Jeff Weidner
Sponsor: NATIONAL PARK SERVICE
Civil Engineering
Amount awarded: $32,334

On Route 66, historic preservation of structures often takes a backseat to traditional preservation, rehabilitation and replacement options because it is more expensive and more challenging from the engineering viewpoint. The purpose of this project is to put both the engineering and historic preservation perspectives on a level playing field, and explore the challenges of maintaining the structural integrity and historic value of the bridges along Route 66. The result of the effort will be a tool to aid stakeholders in decision-making related to these valuable historic structures that considers both the societal benefits of historic preservation and the engineering challenges that come with those efforts.

Posting date: Mon, 07/31/2017

Award start date: Wed, 07/26/2017
Award end date: Wed, 10/31/2018

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/37178


COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH: ACTIVE LEARNING FOR OUT-OF-CLASS ACTIVITIES TO IMPROVE STUDENT SUCCESS
PI: Monika Akbar
Sponsor: NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION
Computer Science
Amount awarded: $65,232

The goal of this study is to provide students with interactive and motivating out-of-class activities through the design and development of a mobile social learning environment that facilitates interactive out-of-class activities to increase student learning and engagement.

Posting date: Mon, 07/31/2017

Award start date: Fri, 09/15/2017
Award end date: Mon, 08/31/2020

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/37179


CRITICAL LOADS OF N DEPOSITION IN GRASSLANDS AT CARLSBAD CAVERNS NATIONAL PARK
PI: Jennie McLaren
Sponsor: NATIONAL PARK SERVICE
Biological Sciences
Amount awarded: $89,953

Carlsbad Caverns National Park is currently experiencing increased levels of N-deposition resulting from oil and gas wells in the areas immediately adjacent to the park. There have been few studies on the effects of N-deposition in dryland regions, with very little knowledge about the effects in the northern Chihuahuan desert. The research team will use a manipulative fertilization experiment to assess the ecosystem consequences of increased deposition to: 1) determine at what level of N-addition they begin to observe consequences on vegetation composition and coupled biogeochemical cycles (i.e., Critical Load), and 2) determine whether N-addition affects abundance of invasive grasses.

Posting date: Wed, 07/26/2017

Award start date: Thu, 07/27/2017
Award end date: Wed, 06/30/2021

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/37175


AN ACCELERATED CREEP TESTING (ACT) PROGRAM FOR ADVANCED CREEP RESISTANT ALLOYS FOR HIGH TEMPERATURE FOSSIL ENERGY (FE) APPLICATIONS
PI: Calvin Stewart
Co-PI: John Chessa
Sponsor: US DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY
Center for Space Exploration Technology Research (CSETR)
Amount awarded: $400,000

The project’s research objective is to vet, improve, and test the feasibility of Accelerated Creep Tests (ACT) for metallic materials.

Posting date: Wed, 07/19/2017

Award start date: Fri, 09/01/2017
Award end date: Mon, 08/31/2020

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/37171


COMPUTATIONAL DESIGN AND COMBUSTION SYNTHESIS OF NIOBIUM SILICIDE-BASED COMPOSITES
PI: Evgeny Shafirovich
Co-PI: John Chessa
Sponsor: OFFICE OF NAVAL RESEARCH
Center for Space Exploration Technology Research (CSETR)
Amount awarded: $449,754

Using computational design methods, this project identifies the best compositions of niobium silicide-based materials for high temperature structural applications.

Posting date: Tue, 07/18/2017

Award start date: Sat, 07/01/2017
Award end date: Fri, 07/31/2020

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/37168


AUTOMATIC NETWORK PROTOCOL STRUCTURE INFERENCE FOR EFFICIENT SECURITY TESTING
PI: Salamah Salamah
Co-PI: Ann Gates
Sponsor: US ARMY RESEARCH LABORATORY
Computer Science
Amount awarded: $499,455

Over a two-year period of performance, the Army Research Laboratory (ARL) will work with the UTEP faculty and students to undertake a technical project related to the ARL mission. The work will be performed at UTEP and will start in the 2017 summer semester. Objectives are to: (1) develop an infrastructure that leverages local and regional entities to create two summer cybersecurity boot camp trainings, yielding open source, analyst-centric datasets that can be used to address broader-scope research questions related to vulnerability assessment and analysis; and (2) develop algorithms for automatic extraction of network protocol structures into a standardized format and demonstrate that the algorithms can be used to augment widely used assessment tools.

Posting date: Mon, 07/17/2017

Award start date: Thu, 04/27/2017
Award end date: Fri, 05/31/2019

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/37165


CONSORTIUM ON ETHICS INTEGRATION WITHIN COURSE-BASED UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH EXPERIENCES IN THE BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES
PI: Jeffrey Olimpo
Co-PI: Laura Diaz-Martinez, Jay Bhatt
Sponsor: NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION
Biological Sciences
Amount awarded: $49,989

This project will create a network of diverse individuals interested in exploring the role of ethics and Responsible Conduct of Research in course-based undergraduate research contexts to prepare undergraduate students to be ethically responsible citizens in a global STEM landscape.

Posting date: Mon, 07/17/2017

Award start date: Fri, 09/01/2017
Award end date: Fri, 08/31/2018

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/37166


GP-IMPACT: SERVICE LEARNING ACTIVITIES TO ENGAGE STUDENTS IN THE GEOSCIENCES (SLATES)
PI: Diane Doser
Co-PI: Richard Langford, Arturo Olivarez
Sponsor: NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION
Geological Sciences
Amount awarded: $174,701

SLATES is a program to increase and diversify the service learning activities in the geosciences for geoscience majors and for students of any major who are taking introductory geoscience courses at the UTEP and EPCC . The project will help to increase the number of students majoring in the geosciences, build a student cohort that will help serve as a bridge for students transferring from EPCC to UTEP, and provide ways for students to learn professional skills and apply their academic knowledge outside the classroom.

Posting date: Thu, 07/06/2017

Award start date: Tue, 08/01/2017
Award end date: Fri, 07/31/2020

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/37151


Population Genetics and Ecology of Mexican Ducks and Mallards
PI: Philip Lavretsky
Sponsor: SAFARI CLUB INTERNATIONAL - EL PASO CHAPTER
Biological Sciences
Amount awarded: $10,000

This project will fill several knowledge gaps that exist about 1) what is understood about the movement ecology and habitat needs of Mexican ducks, and 2) the extent of hybridization between mallards and Mexican ducks and its possible consequences on the conservation of Mexican ducks. Efforts will be focused in the greater El Paso, Texas and southwestern New Mexico regions.

Posting date: Thu, 07/06/2017

Award start date: Sat, 07/01/2017
Award end date: Sat, 06/30/2018

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/37155


RECOVERY OF SULFURIC AND PHOSPHORIC ACIDS FROM PROCESS WATER BY ELECTRODIALYSIS
PI: Tom Davis
Sponsor: FLORIDA INDUSTRIAL AND PHOSPHATE RESEARCH INSTITUTE
Center for Inland Desalination Systems (CIDS)
Amount awarded: $25,000

The ultimate goal of the research is to utilize the process water as a resource, rather than regard it a waste that requires harsh treatment so that it can be discarded. The best technique for removal of acid from a dilute solution is electrodialysis (ED) with special membranes. The PI has conducted laboratory ED experiments to recover sulfuric and phosphoric acids separately and found that these acids could be concentrated to about 2 molar from very low initial concentrations, the strength required for dissolution of calcium phosphate.

Posting date: Wed, 07/05/2017

Award start date: Wed, 07/12/2017
Award end date: Wed, 10/11/2017

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/37150


Collaborative Research: Photon Funnels - A Fundamentally New Concept for Concentrating Light
PI: Raymond Rumpf
Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Amount awarded: $174,235

This project will investigate spatially-variant photonic crystals for use as light concentrators. Conventional techniques for concentrating light are based on refraction and reflection where the position of the concentration zone changes with position of the input beam and angle of the input beam. In self-collimating photonic crystals, the position of the concentration zone is completely independent of the position and angle of the input beam. This holds great promise to develop a new class of light concentrators based in spatially-variant self-collimating photonic crystals. Applications include sensing, coupling light into and out of waveguides, optical interconnects, and more.

Posting date: Fri, 06/30/2017

Award start date: Sat, 07/15/2017
Award end date: Tue, 06/30/2020

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/37145


ESTABLISHING BEST PRACTICES FOR CONSTRUCTION AND DESIGN OF CEMENT TREATED MATERIALS
PI: Reza Ashtiani
Sponsor: US DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION THROUGH TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
Center for Transportation Infrastructure Systems (CTIS)
Amount awarded: $404,202

This research aims to develop a framework for proper laboratory characterization and field performance evaluation of cement treated pavement structures. The updated framework is required for the Texas Mechanistic-Empirical Thickness Design System.

Posting date: Fri, 06/30/2017

Award start date: Fri, 09/01/2017
Award end date: Mon, 08/31/2020

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/37146


CHARACTERIZATION AND QUANTIFICATION OF TRAFFIC LOAD SPECTRA IN TEXAS OVERWEIGHT CORRIDORS AND ENERGY SECTOR ZONES
PI: Reza Ashtiani
Sponsor: US DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION THROUGH TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
Center for Transportation Infrastructure Systems (CTIS)
Amount awarded: $333,875

This research will undertake a two-fold approach to deploy traffic monitoring and assessment devices to select sites for the determination of the hourly, daily, and seasonal truck traffic activities in impacted zones.

Posting date: Fri, 06/30/2017

Award start date: Fri, 09/01/2017
Award end date: Sat, 08/31/2019

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/37147


COMBINATORICS OF SIMPLICIAL AND CELL COMPLEXES
PI: Art Duval
Sponsor: SIMONS FOUNDATION
Mathematical Sciences
Amount awarded: $42,000

Simplicial and cell complexes can be used as discrete models of complex relationships in three, or more, dimensions. This project explores their spanning trees, which are subcomplexes that are just big enough to reach the whole complex, yet small enough to avoid redundancy. Over the last decade, Dr. Duval has been working with collaborators from Brown University and the University of Kansas on these trees. The grant provides (1) travel support for Dr. Duval to meet with or host collaborators at UTEP; and (2) direct support to enhance the research environment of the UTEP Department of Mathematical Sciences.

Posting date: Fri, 06/23/2017

Award start date: Fri, 09/01/2017
Award end date: Wed, 08/31/2022

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/37131


SUPPLEMENT: UTEP/UCSB PREM: MOLECULAR AND INTERFACIAL PHASE DESIGN FOR IMPROVED PHOTOVOLTAICS
PI: Luis Echegoyen
Co-PI: Ramana Chintalapalle, Juan Noveron, Tunna Baruah, Skye Fortier, Yirong Lin, Chunqiang Li
Sponsor: NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION
Chemistry
Amount awarded: $660,399

The UTEP / University of California, Santa Barbara partnership has received supplementary funding from the National Science Foundation for their “Molecular and Interfacial Phase Design for Improved Photovoltaics” project, which has been underway for the past five years. The supplementary funding will be used to continue the highly productive work centered on fundamental photovoltaic aspects, from new photoactive materials and transparent conducting electrodes to interfacial studies and theoretical aspects of charge transfer.

Posting date: Fri, 06/16/2017

Award start date: Thu, 06/01/2017
Award end date: Fri, 05/31/2019

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/37123


NASA WHITE SANDS TEST FACILITY - NONDESTRUCTIVE EVALUATION TECHNIQUE DEVELOPMENT INTERNSHIP
PI: Darren Cone
Sponsor: NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION - NASA THROUGH JACOBS TECHNOLOGY
CyberShare
Amount awarded: $13,362

The Center for the Advancement of Space Safety and Mission Assurance Research (CASSMAR) is providing technical support to the Materials Technology Group at Jacobs Technology through the National Aeronautics and Space Agency (NASA). Specifically, CASSMAR is providing materials characterization, mechanical testing, nondestructive testing, corrosion evaluation, materials selection, and failure analysis services through analysis of test data and application of non-destructive evaluation techniques such as liquid penetrant, radiography, and ultrasonics.

Posting date: Mon, 06/12/2017

Award start date: Mon, 05/15/2017
Award end date: Thu, 08/24/2017

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/37112


CHILD WELFARE SERVICES SOCIAL WORK TRAINING PROGRAM
PI: Candyce Berger
Co-PI: Kathryn Schmidt, Alma Armendariz
Sponsor: TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF FAMILY AND PROTECTIVE SERVICES
Social Work
Amount awarded: $405,862

The UTEP Social Work Department will assist the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) by operating a staff development and training program that supports the goals and objectives in the Child and Family Services state plan for Title IV-E training in Region 10. Through undergraduate and graduate education in social work, the program is designed to enhance the skills of current and prospective Child Protective Services workers and to provide opportunities for ongoing foster parent and staff training in child welfare practice, investigations, foster parent training, leadership, case planning, case management, permanency planning, child safety, and court preparation and testimony.

Posting date: Thu, 06/08/2017

Award start date: Sat, 07/01/2017
Award end date: Thu, 06/30/2022

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/37109


FIXED: NUCLEAR MATERIALS TESTING FOR NRC PROJECT
PI: Ramana Chintalapalle
Sponsor: US DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY THROUGH LAWRENCE LIVERMORE NATIONAL LABORATORY
Center for Transportation Infrastructure Systems (CTIS)
Amount awarded: $32,000

This project conducts research and development on engineering resolutions to technical problems involving complex materials, material interface, and manufacturing issues. The specific goal of this project is to set up the controls for High Temperature Testing Unit (HTTU), including the installation of control and instrumentation to run the HTTU to be used in materials testing of samples (e.g., sealants, gaskets, and filter media).

Posting date: Wed, 06/07/2017

Award start date: Tue, 05/30/2017
Award end date: Fri, 09/15/2017

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/37107


JNIAS FELLOWSHIP
PI: Jules Simon
Sponsor: JAWAHARIAL NEHRU INSTITUTE OF ADVANCED STUDIES
Philosophy
Amount awarded: $1,964

The Jawaharial Nehru Institute of Advanced Study and the Centre for Philosophy in the College of Social Sciences support the further development of a book manuscript entitled "Phenomenological Ethics," which is a new approach to ethical theories. The theory of phenomenological ethics theorizes the wedding of rigorous theoretical work in normative ethics with interdisciplinary practical applications.

Posting date: Tue, 06/06/2017

Award start date: Sun, 01/01/2017
Award end date: Mon, 05/15/2017

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/37104


HIGH ENERGY CHEMICAL REACTIONS FOR POTENTIAL SPACE POWER
PI: Evgeny Shafirovich
Sponsor: NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMIN THROUGH CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
Center for Space Exploration Technology Research (CSETR)
Amount awarded: $15,000

The objective of this work is to identify the most promising combustible systems for energy storage and power generation in deep space missions with an ability to be stored for long time onboard spacecraft. Upon ignition, the system will generate heat to be converted to electricity and may generate hydrogen for a fuel cell.

Posting date: Tue, 06/06/2017

Award start date: Fri, 06/02/2017
Award end date: Mon, 09/04/2017

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/37105


INVESTIGATING THE ROLE OF THE REGULATOR OF G-PROTEIN SIGNALING 16 IN PLATELET FUNCTION
PI: Fadi Khasawneh
Co-PI: Fatima Alshbool
Sponsor: AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION
Pharmacy
Amount awarded: $154,000

Despite the wealth of information regarding extrinsic regulators of platelet function, considerably much less is known regarding the intrinsic mechanisms designed to avert excessively robust platelet activation after vascular injury. To that end, this research project investigates fundamental and mechanistic concerns regarding the biology, signaling and function of RGS16, in platelets. Results obtained from these studies may lay down the foundation for understanding, and developing novel agents and means for the therapeutic management of thrombosis-based disease states.

Posting date: Tue, 06/06/2017

Award start date: Sat, 07/01/2017
Award end date: Sun, 06/30/2019

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/37106


INTELLIGENCE AND NATIONAL SECURITY STUDIES UNDERGRADUATE SCHOLARSHIP AND GRADUATE FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM
PI: Larry Valero
Sponsor: UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SYSTEM
Intelligence and National Security Studies
Amount awarded: $115,000

The UTEP National Security Studies Institute-An Intelligence Community Center for Academic Excellence- will establish an Intelligence and National Security Studies Undergraduate Scholarship and Graduate Fellowship Fund for UTEP students who are interested in pursuing careers in the Intelligence Community.

Posting date: Mon, 06/05/2017

Award start date: Thu, 06/15/2017
Award end date: Thu, 06/14/2018

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/37103


UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH IN IMMIGRATION POLICY AND U.S.-MEXICO BORDER COMMUNITIES
PI: Jeremy Slack
Sponsor: NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION
Center for Inter-American and Border Studies (CIBS)
Amount awarded: $80,120

This Research Experience for Undergraduates site is designed to teach students about social science research methods using a Community Based Participatory Research framework. Students will collaborate with community organizations to advance understandings of the local impacts of border enforcement.With the tremendous increase in expenditures, personnel, and infrastructure related to border enforcement,little research approaches the local impacts (both positive in terms of economic influx, as well as negative through abuses of civil and human rights) of these programs. Students will spend ten weeks in summer 2017 - 2020 researching, taking methods seminars and traveling along the U.S. Mexico border.

Posting date: Mon, 06/05/2017

Award start date: Fri, 09/01/2017
Award end date: Mon, 08/31/2020

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/37102


IRES: US-MEXICO INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH COLLABORATION FOR SMART CITIES
PI: Natalia Villanueva Rosales
Co-PI: Kelvin Cheu
Sponsor: NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION
CyberShare
Amount awarded: $239,410

This project builds on a partnership with faculty at the Universidad de Guadalajara (UdeG) Smart Cities Living Lab — a growing area of research and development worldwide. The objectives of this International Research Experience for Students are to: 1) engage cohorts of diverse, globally engaged STEM graduate students in Smart Cities research areas each year, in particular those related to resilience of cities (e.g., smart buildings, smart transportation, and internet of things); and 2) foster development of students' skills needed for collaborations across disciplines, borders, and cultures.

Posting date: Fri, 06/02/2017

Award start date: Thu, 06/01/2017
Award end date: Sun, 05/31/2020

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/37095


THE SOCIAL DYNAMICS OF MIGRANT SMUGGLING GROUPS IN WEST TEXAS
PI: Gabriella Sanchez
Sponsor: UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SYSTEM
Intelligence and National Security Studies
Amount awarded: $10,370

Funded through the Texas National Security Network Excellence in the University of Texas System, this qualitative research study examines in situ the nature of human interactions among the men and women who are involved in the smuggling market in West Texas, specifically the El Paso/Juarez area. Data collection includes in-depth interviews, ethnographic observations, and geo-analytic mapping techniques.

Posting date: Thu, 06/01/2017

Award start date: Fri, 05/26/2017
Award end date: Fri, 05/25/2018

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/37093


ADOPTION AND SUPPORT OF UT SYSTEM MENTORING AND TALENT INITIATIVES
PI: Aaron Cervantes
Sponsor: UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SYSTEM
Mike Loya Center for Innovation and Commerce
Amount awarded: $13,500

With funding from the University of Texas System, the Mike Loya Center for Innovation and Commerce will engage student groups at UTEP to promote and market the UT System Talent Exchange, which promotes job opportunities across the state of Texas, including startups. An integral part of this project is an I-Corps regional event to nurture the pipeline for supplying teams/companies to the UT Svstem Mentor Network. The expected outcomes are the development of the entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystems of U.T. System institutions that carry out research to increase access, create efficiencies, diminish redundancies and enhance the scope and quality of entrepreneurship programs.

Posting date: Wed, 05/31/2017

Award start date: Sat, 04/08/2017
Award end date: Sun, 12/31/2017

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/37092


2017 EXCITES
PI: Gabby Gandara
Sponsor: TEXAS HIGHER EDUCATION COORDINATING BOARD
College of Engineering Dean's Office
Amount awarded: $11,727

The UTEP College of Engineering hosts the annual Excellence in Technology, Engineering, and Science (ExciTES) summer camp for youth in the greater El Paso community. Funding from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) will support a minimum of 50 students for summer 2017. El Paso area math and science teachers, who have an existing relationship with the UTEP College of Engineering, nominate students who are then asked to apply on-line for a THECB scholarship to support their participation.

Posting date: Tue, 05/30/2017

Award start date: Thu, 06/01/2017
Award end date: Thu, 08/31/2017

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/37091


YSLETA INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT (YISD) UPWARD BOUND PROJECT
PI: Tita Yanar
Sponsor: US DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
Outreach Programs
Amount awarded: $1,747,810

The UTEP - Ysleta Independent School District Upward Bound (UB) Project will serve 78 students annually from five targeted schools and will provide participants with academic instruction, tutoring and advising; and information on and assistance with financial aid and college programs and applications. Moreover, participants will be provided support for their diverse academic and non-cognitive needs to ensure persistence, success and graduation from high school upon completion of a rigorous program of study; and enrollment in and completion of college.

Posting date: Fri, 05/26/2017

Award start date: Fri, 09/01/2017
Award end date: Wed, 08/31/2022

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/37086


EL PASO INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT (EPISD) UPWARD BOUND PROJECT
PI: Tita Yanar
Sponsor: US DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
Outreach Programs
Amount awarded: $2,054,905

The UTEP - El Paso Independent School District Upward Bound (UB) Project will serve 92 students annually from six targeted high schools and will provide participants with academic instruction, tutoring and advising; and information on and assistance with financial aid and college programs and applications. Moreover, participants will be provided support for their diverse academic and non-cognitive needs to ensure persistence, success and graduation from high school upon completion of a rigorous program of study; and enrollment in and completion of college.

Posting date: Fri, 05/26/2017

Award start date: Fri, 09/01/2017
Award end date: Wed, 08/31/2022

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/37087


R25: RISE OPTION III: RESEARCH SCHOLARS PROGRAM
PI: Renato Aguilera
Co-PI: Liz Walsh, Wen-Yee Lee
Sponsor: NIH - NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF GENERAL MEDICAL SCIENCES
Biological Sciences
Amount awarded: $3,855,303

The primary objective of the RISE Scholars Program at the University of Texas at El Paso is to increase the participation of disadvantaged underrepresented minority students (URM) in biomedical research, specifically undergraduates who participate in research projects and doctoral students. The aims are to: (1) increase access to educational and research biomedical training; (2) increase the number of URM undergraduates who pursue careers in biomedical research; and (3) increase the representation of URM graduate students in the Biology and Chemistry Ph.D. programs to a level equivalent to our URM undergraduate population.

Posting date: Wed, 05/24/2017

Award start date: Thu, 06/01/2017
Award end date: Tue, 05/31/2022

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/37080


DEVELOPING TEACHING COMPETENCIES IN CLINICAL NURSE EDUCATORS USING SIMULATION. A SCOPING REVIEW PROPOSAL
PI: Diane Monsivais
Co-PI: Franchesca Nunez
Sponsor: NATIONAL LEAGUE FOR NURSING
School of Nursing
Amount awarded: $12,000

The purpose of this study is to prepare a scoping review on what is known about the use of simulation to develop teaching competencies in nursing and other health educators, specifically those competencies linked to quality and safety issues. If ample evidence is identified, this scoping review becomes the first step in developing a full proposal for a submission to the Best Evidence Medical Education Collaboration, an international group dedicated to the development of evidence-informed education in medicine and the health professions.

Posting date: Wed, 05/24/2017

Award start date: Sat, 07/01/2017
Award end date: Sat, 06/30/2018

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/37081


IMPLEMENTATION OF IMPROVED OVERLAY TESTER FOR FATIGUE CRACKING RESISTANCE OF ASPHALT MIXTURES
PI: Imad Abdallah
Co-PI: Soheil Nazarian, Jose Garibay, Victor Garcia
Sponsor: US DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION THROUGH TX DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
Center for Transportation Infrastructure Systems (CTIS)
Amount awarded: $591,499

The expected outcome of this research project is tighter guidelines and specification to ensure reliability of crack performance tests on hot mix asphalts (HMA). This has potential to impact the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and, as important, to position Texas as a lead state in characterizing crack tests as the national standard. This implementation focuses on establishing statewide acceptance limits for cracking resistance on mixes, and establishing laboratory testing protocol and training at District labs, both in Austin and San Antonio.

Posting date: Wed, 05/24/2017

Award start date: Tue, 05/23/2017
Award end date: Mon, 08/31/2020

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/37082


FORENSIC ANALYSIS OF BERYLLIUM COPPER TUBING
PI: Darren Cone
Sponsor: NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION - NASA THROUGH JACOBS TECHNOLOGY
Cyber Share
Amount awarded: $2,600

The UTEP Center for the Advancement of Space Safety and Mission Assurance Research is collaborating with Jacobs Technology through NASA to conduct forensic analysis on a section of failed copper tubing system. This system is used to supply air to personnel at the White Sands Test Facility (WSTF) who wear Totally Encapsulated Suits for work done on toxic media systems in propulsion test areas.

Posting date: Wed, 05/24/2017

Award start date: Thu, 06/01/2017
Award end date: Fri, 06/30/2017

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/37083


CAPABLE VOICES: THE PHOTOVOICE OF STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES
PI: Neelam Agarwal
Sponsor: NASPA-STUDENT AFFAIRS ADMINISTRATORS IN HIGHER EDUCATION
Center for Accommodations and Support Services
Amount awarded: $5,000

The project "CapABLE Voices: The Photovoice of Students with Disabilities" is led by the UTEP Center for Accommodations and Support with goals to promote equitable treatment and ensure inclusion and success for students with disabilities. Project objectives include promotion of a helpful environment for full access to educational programs, activities, and university facilities; remove stigma and social isolation surrounding the 'disability' label; and increase the capacity of professionals in student affairs to generate knowledge regarding equity, access, and inclusion.

Posting date: Tue, 05/23/2017

Award start date: Thu, 06/01/2017
Award end date: Fri, 06/15/2018

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/37079


CAUSES AND CONSEQUENCES OF ARCTIC GREENING: THE IMPORTANCE OF PLANT FUNCTIONAL TYPES
PI: Craig Tweedie
Sponsor: NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION - NASA THROUGH UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND
Cyber Share
Amount awarded: $366,054

This collaborative project with the University of Maryland develops algorithms from various optical remote sensing platforms to describe land-atmosphere exchange of component carbon (CO2, CH4), water, and energy fluxes; validate these models; and extrapolate them to satellite-based observing systems. UTSP's contribution will focus on the re-analysis of ground-based remote sensing and plot level flux measurements that span 2002-2016 and include sites throughout northern Alaska, Chukotka, and the Canadian high arctic.

Posting date: Wed, 05/17/2017

Award start date: Thu, 12/01/2016
Award end date: Sat, 11/30/2019

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/37078


STERICALLY ENCUMBERED GUANIDINATES FOR THE KINETIC STABILIZATION AND STUDY OF TERMINAL IRON NITRIDES IN WEAK LIGAND FIELDS
PI: Skye Fortier
Sponsor: NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION
Chemistry
Amount awarded: $383,075

This project expands and improves upon the guanidinate framework, which is a new organic chemistry architecture and scaffold to support metals and guide their reactivity. Guanidinates are highly versatile, easily manipulated, and relatively straightforward to synthesize. It is believed that, by making a small modification to the guanidinate skeleton, access to new metal chemistry can be gained. This project outlines a strategy to utilize "super bulky" guanidinate ligands for the isolation of new and interesting metal complexes.

Posting date: Tue, 05/16/2017

Award start date: Thu, 06/01/2017
Award end date: Sun, 05/31/2020

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/37077


TIER 1 UNIVERSITY TRANSPORTATION CENTER: C2SMART
PI: Kelvin Cheu
Co-PI: Natalia Villanueva Rosales
Sponsor: US DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION THROUGH NEW YORK UNIVERSITY
Center for Transportation Infrastructure Systems (CTIS)
Amount awarded: $140,000

UTEP is partnering with New York University (lead), University of Washington D.C. and Rutgers to establish a Tier 1 University Transportation Center named Connected Cities for Smart Mobility towards Accessible and Resilient Transportation or C2SMART. The Center will adopt a system-of-systems approach that integrates road, transport service, energy grid, financial, information, and other urban networks. C2SMART will address urban mobility problems from multimodal perspective to achieve efficiency, resiliency, accessibility, and sustainability.

Posting date: Mon, 05/15/2017

Award start date: Wed, 03/01/2017
Award end date: Wed, 02/28/2018

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/37070


COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH AGEP TRANSFORMATION ALLIANCE: HISPANIC ALLIANCE FOR GRADUATE EDUCATION AND THE PROFESSORIATE ON ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCES AND ENGINEERING (H-AGEP)
PI: Miguel Velez-Reyes
Co-PI: Ivonne Santiago, Craig Tweedie
Sponsor: CITY COLLEGE OF NY THROUGH NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Amount awarded: $1,137,520

Under the NSF Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) program, the City College of New York (CCNY) and the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) are collaborating on an initiative to increase the number of doctoral students seeking and attaining careers in academia. The project targets underrepresented minority and female students, particularly Hispanics, with interventions to increase their interest in and capability for pursuing professorial careers in Environmental Sciences and Engineering (ESE). The research component of the project will evaluate the success of these interventions in enabling participants to overcome barriers in their pursuit of academic careers.

Posting date: Tue, 05/09/2017

Award start date: Sat, 07/01/2017
Award end date: Thu, 06/30/2022

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/37067


EVALUATION OF EVOQUA PROCESS
PI: Tom Davis
Co-PI: Malynda Cappelle
Sponsor: EVOQUA WATER TECHNOLOGY LLC THROUGH ACCELERATE H2O
Center for Inland Desalination Systems (CIDS)
Amount awarded: $86,534

As part of a project coordinated by Accelerate H2O, the Center for Inland Desalination Systems (CIDS) will carry out a demonstration of Evoqua's NEXED High Flow Electrodesalination System. The proposed site for the demonstration is the Kay Bailey Hutchison (KBH) Desalination Plant operated by El Paso Water. The NEXED technology is a novel configuration of electrodialysis reversal that was developed in Singapore and shows potential of reducing the amount of energy required for desalination of both seawater and brackish groundwater. The demonstration will involve UTEP staff and students and will lead to publications and possibly future collaborations.

Posting date: Mon, 05/01/2017

Award start date: Fri, 04/21/2017
Award end date: Sat, 09/30/2017

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/37056


FEASIBILITY OF USING THE SINGLE-PASS CERRO PROCESS FOR TREATING QUENCH TOWER WATER FROM CERAMIC TILE PRODUCTION
PI: Anthony Tarquin
Sponsor: INDUSTRIAL WATER SERVICES
Center for Inland Desalination Systems (CIDS)
Amount awarded: $1,500

This project will be carried out at the Dal-Tile manufacturing site at 12001 Railroad Dr. in El Paso, TX. Water will be collected from the tile quenching operation and passed through an ultra-filtration cartridge filter prior to batch treatment via a single-pass seawater reverse osmosis system. The chemical characteristics of the feed water, permeate, and concentrate will be determined as part of the evaluation process

Posting date: Mon, 05/01/2017

Award start date: Thu, 04/20/2017
Award end date: Fri, 06/30/2017

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/37057


CERRO PILOTING FOR HIGH-RECOVERY TREATMENT OF INDUSTRIAL
PI: Anthony Tarquin
Co-PI: Shane Walker
Sponsor: OLIN CHLOR ALKALI PRODUCTS
Civil Engineering
Amount awarded: $7,686

UTEP will collaborate with Industrial Water Services to conduct a pilot-scale demonstration of the Concentrate Enhanced Recover Reverse Osmosis (CERRO) process for high recovery treatment of industrial process water.

Posting date: Mon, 05/01/2017

Award start date: Tue, 05/02/2017
Award end date: Tue, 05/01/2018

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/37058


GRADUATE RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM
PI: Jacqueline Lechuga
Sponsor: NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION
Graduate School
Amount awarded: $138,000

The purpose of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) is to help ensure the vitality and diversity of the scientific and engineering workforce in the United States. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees in fields within NSF's mission. The GRFP provides three years of support for the graduate education of individuals who have demonstrated their potential for significant achievements in science and engineering research. The recipient of this fellowship is Jacqueline Lechuga.

Posting date: Fri, 04/28/2017

Award start date: Fri, 09/01/2017
Award end date: Wed, 08/31/2022

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/37048


DRONE COLLISION AVOIDANCE
PI: Virgilio Gonzalez
Co-PI: John Moya, Rodrigo Romero
Sponsor: LOCKHEED MARTIN AERONAUTICS
Research Institute for Manufacturing and Engineering Systems (RIMES)
Amount awarded: $160,441

The proposal is the development of a system collision avoidance model in which the UAV acts as an "elastic bubble", interacting with its surroundings and the inspected AS. This safety bubble mechanism works as a Sense and Avoid (SAA) control that forces the UAV to maintain a safe distance from the inspected AS. That control is enabled by passive non-cooperative sensor arrays that function as a robust and enhanced collision avoidance agent. The scope of the task order is to create a proof of concept UAV inspection system that can safely navigate through the AS without causing further damage to it.

Posting date: Fri, 04/28/2017

Award start date: Sat, 04/01/2017
Award end date: Fri, 12/15/2017

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/37049


GRADUATE RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM
PI: Beu Oropeza
Sponsor: NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION
Graduate School
Amount awarded: $138,000

The purpose of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) is to help ensure the vitality and diversity of the scientific and engineering workforce in the United States. The program recognizes and supports outstanding Graduate students who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees in fields within NSF's mission.The GRFP provides three years of support for the graduate education of individuals who have demonstrated their potential for significant achievements in science and engineering research. The recipient of this fellowship is Beu Oropeza.

Posting date: Fri, 04/28/2017

Award start date: Fri, 09/01/2017
Award end date: Wed, 08/31/2022

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/37050


TALENT SEARCH
PI: Myrna Avalos
Sponsor: US DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
Student Affairs
Amount awarded: $1,485,600

The Educational Talent Search program at The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) will serve two high schools, Bowie and Jefferson High School and their corresponding feeder middle schools, Guillen and Henderson Middle School.This federally funded TRIO program is designed to create, promote and support a college-going culture in the Segundo Barrio (Second Ward) of the El Paso community, in which 96 percent of the residents are Hispanic and where 89.1 percent qualify for the federal government's free lunch program.

Posting date: Tue, 04/25/2017

Award start date: Fri, 09/01/2017
Award end date: Wed, 08/31/2022

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/37046


3D PRINTED MICROWAVE CIRCUITS AND STRUCTURES
PI: Raymond Rumpf
Sponsor: AIR FORCE RESEARCH LABORATORY
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Amount awarded: $199,965

The EM Lab at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) will conduct a two-year research effort to investigate how 3D printing can be used to advance RF Sensor System technology. The objectives of the research are: (1) to develop concepts and best practices for 3D printed RF circuits, (2) to develop a methodology to manufacture periodic structures onto curved surfaces, and (3) to explore new 3D printable materials and hybrid 3D printing processes for 3D printed RF sensors.

Posting date: Fri, 04/21/2017

Award start date: Tue, 04/11/2017
Award end date: Wed, 07/10/2019

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/37040


ROBOTIC CRAWLER INTEGRATED WITH AUGMENTED REALITY (AR) FOR INSPECTION AND NON-DESTRUCTIVE TESTING
PI: Tzu-Liang Tseng
Co-PI: Oscar Salcedo
Sponsor: LOCKHEED MARTIN AERONAUTICS
Research Institute for Manufacturing and Engineering Systems (RIMES)
Amount awarded: $106,611

This statement of work outlines analysis research and development to be performed during 2017 by UTEP's Department of Industrial, Manufacturing & Systems Engineering. Phase 1 of the project will focus on the demonstration of using robotics for inspection such as in-pipe inspection. Phase 2 of the project will focus on the integration of robotics with the AR for quality assurance and NDT.

Posting date: Thu, 04/20/2017

Award start date: Sat, 04/01/2017
Award end date: Fri, 12/15/2017

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/37036


INTERFACE AND PROCESS ANALYSIS FOR METALS ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING TECHNOLOGIES
PI: Ryan Wicker
Sponsor: ARMY RESEARCH LABORATORY
W.M. Keck Center for 3-D Innovation
Amount awarded: $2,000,000

This research proposes to adapt the fabrication technique of PBF AM technologies to enable the incorporation of sensors within the structure of an energy system component (using the Stop-and-Go process and achieve sensing capabilities in the final construct. The research will also focus on characterization of the micro-structure and the mechanical properties to determine reliability of such "smart part" in real life applications.

Posting date: Wed, 04/19/2017

Award start date: Tue, 03/29/2016
Award end date: Sun, 03/28/2021

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/37034


IRES: US - CANADA COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH ON COMBUSTION OF METALS AS CLEAN ENERGY CARRIERS
PI: Evgeny Shafirovich
Co-PI: Ahsan Choudhuri
Sponsor: NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION
Center for Space Exploration Technology Research (CSETR)
Amount awarded: $249,965

The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) will collaboratively conduct research with McGill University (Montreal, Canada) on combustion of metals as recyclable zero-carbon fuels. The goals of the program are to (1) achieve a better understanding of processes occurring during combustion of metal fuels that could be used for effective energy storage in solar and wind power plants as well as for propulsion with no CO2 emissions; and (2) involve UTEP students in summer research experiences at McGill University to develop globally-engaged STEM professionals capable of performing in an international research environment. Establishing a long-term, sustainable collaboration between UTEP and McGill will potentially lead to new projects, student exchanges, and scientific publications in the area of combustion for clean energy applications.

Posting date: Wed, 04/19/2017

Award start date: Tue, 08/15/2017
Award end date: Fri, 07/31/2020

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/37035


COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH: HETEROGENEOUS CHLORINE ACTIVATION FROM SALINE PLAYAS
PI: Thomas Gill
Sponsor: NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION
Geological Sciences
Amount awarded: $18,822

In collaboration with the University of Miami, Dr. Gill will investigate the reactivity and halogen forming potential of saline dusts emitted from playa (dried lake bed) sediments. The aim of this work is to develop a mechanistic framework of predicting the production of chloro-nitrate to improve the accuracy of models predicting halogen chemistry impacts on tropospheric ozone concentrations and the lifetime of methane.

Posting date: Tue, 04/18/2017

Award start date: Mon, 05/01/2017
Award end date: Thu, 04/30/2020

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/37033


BROADENING PARTICIPATION IN ENGINEERING: UNDERSTANDING LATINA/O PERSISTENCE IN AND BEYOND THE DEGREE
PI: Alberto Esquinca
Co-PI: Elsa Villa, Erika Mein
Sponsor: NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION
Center for Education Research and Policy Studies
Amount awarded: $456,076

A diverse and well-prepared engineering workforce, one that includes Hispanics/Latino/as, can potentially advance the engineering field. Thus, it is imperative to understand the role Hispanic Serving Institutions play and the potential for broadening participation of Hispanics in STEM since prior research suggests that these institutions are key access points for Hispanic students in STEM. The overarching goal of this grant is to understand Latina/o undergraduate engineering students’ experiences toward and through their engineering undergraduate studies as they transition into either the workforce or graduate studies.

Posting date: Mon, 04/17/2017

Award start date: Fri, 09/01/2017
Award end date: Mon, 08/31/2020

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/37027


KEEPING SECRETS: A SYSTEMATIC SURVEY OF SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH ON THE CAUSES OF DISCRETION
PI: Damien Van Puyvelde
Co-PI: Dan Jones
Sponsor: UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SYSTEM
Intelligence and National Security Studies
Amount awarded: $60,000

The project surveys literature in social, behavioral and economic sciences to identify factors affecting discretion, or the ability to keep secrets; and will establish an accessible evidence base of research to improve professionals’ ability to understand how to maintain secrecy within their respective organizations. The project will develop a conceptual framework on the causes and effects of discretion; obtain a generalizable sample of existing literature; evaluate the quality and analyze the outcomes of sampled studies; and disseminate results.

Posting date: Thu, 04/13/2017

Award start date: Tue, 08/01/2017
Award end date: Tue, 07/31/2018

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/37018


R25: SMART MINDS
PI: Laura O'Dell
Co-PI: Manuel Miranda-Arango, Laura Diaz-Martinez
Sponsor: NIH - NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON DRUG ABUSE
COURI - Campus Office of Undergraduate Research Initiatives
Amount awarded: $517,055

A shortage of minority representation among neuroscience researchers contributes to a lack of scientists and educators who can effectively reach out to minority communities. The Summer Mentoring and Research Training: Methodologies in Neuroscience of Drug-abuse (SMART-MIND) Program has been successfully implemented at the University of Texas at El Paso every summer for the past four years. Based on previous years' success, SMART-MIND is applying to renew the program for another five years. Our goal is to continue to offer outstanding opportunities to engage minority students and teachers in research projects that study different aspects of the neuroscience of drug addiction; and to inspire and enable more minority students to pursue careers in the biomedical sciences.

Posting date: Thu, 04/13/2017

Award start date: Mon, 05/01/2017
Award end date: Sat, 04/30/2022

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/37020


NEW VISTAS IN EARLY ACTINIDE CHEMISTRY
PI: Skye Fortier
Sponsor: THE WELCH FOUNDATION
Chemistry
Amount awarded: $195,000

This proposal presents new and innovative areas of actinide science. Specifically, our group is exploring the synthetic, molecular chemistry of novel uranium compounds to better understand its chemical properties. While uranium and the actinides are technologically important elements, much remains unknown about their reactivity and potential applications in chemistry. This project will provide fundamental and valuable knowledge about the 5f-elements.

Posting date: Tue, 04/11/2017

Award start date: Thu, 06/01/2017
Award end date: Sun, 05/31/2020

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/37010


KTEP FY 16-18
PI: Patrick Piotrowski
Sponsor: CORPORATION FOR PUBLIC BROADCASTING
KTEP
Amount awarded: $147,798

KTEP's yearly Federal grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting is used for general operations of a public radio station. Specifically, KTEP will use this grant to pay for a one-year of salary for a Radio/TV Specialist and programming from networks including National Public Radio, Public Radio International, and American Public Media.

Posting date: Thu, 03/30/2017

Award start date: Sat, 10/01/2016
Award end date: Sun, 09/30/2018

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36990


PRECLINICAL MODELS OF CIRCULATING COLON CANCER CELLS TO EVALUATE ANTI-CANCER THERAPIES
PI: Giulio Francia
Sponsor: NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON MINORITY HEALTH AND HEALTH DISPARITIES THROUGH TUSKEGEE UNIVERSITY
Biological Sciences
Amount awarded: $20,000

This project will establish preclinical models of metastatic colorectal cancer that closely represents the clinical progression of the disease. Orthotopic models of colon cancer metastasis will be developed using patient-derived circulating tumor cells and reporter cell lines to ultimately develop therapeutics for advanced stage colorectal cancer.

Posting date: Wed, 03/29/2017

Award start date: Fri, 07/01/2016
Award end date: Fri, 06/30/2017

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36984


REMOTE SENSING AND IMAGING PHYSICS: DEVELOPING NEW METRICS FOR DEEP TURBULENCE EFFECTS ON LASER PROPAGATION THROUGH LONG PATH
PI: Vinod Kumar
Sponsor: AIR FORCE OFFICE OF SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH
Mechanical Engineering
Amount awarded: $149,963

Dr. Kumar will develop directed energy technologies with high-energy laser propagation and low intensity illuminators to engage and destroy ballistic missiles and track enemy satellites. Air-borne and ground-based laser beam propagation play an important role in maintaining the Air Force's superiority in directed energy technologies.

Posting date: Wed, 03/29/2017

Award start date: Sun, 01/01/2017
Award end date: Tue, 01/14/2020

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36983


EVALUATION OF METRONOMIC CHEMOTHERAPY REGIMENS IN OVARIAN CANCER MODELS
PI: Giulio Francia
Sponsor: NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON MINORITY HEALTH AND HEALTH DISPARITIES THROUGH UNIVERSITY OF HAWAII
Biological Sciences
Amount awarded: $25,000

This project utilizes a combination of established and new preclinical models of ovarian cancer to evaluate the therapeutic efficacy of continuous low-dose chemotherapy. The role of Snail protein in rendering ovarian cancers less responsive chemotherapeutic agents will also be examined.

Posting date: Wed, 03/29/2017

Award start date: Fri, 07/01/2016
Award end date: Fri, 06/30/2017

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36985


SC1: MEMBRANE INTERACTION OF MYCOBACTERIUM TUBERCULOSIS VIRULENCE FACTORS
PI: Jianjun Sun
Sponsor: NIH - NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF GENERAL MEDICAL SCIENCES
Biological Sciences
Amount awarded: $1,359,000

In the present project, Dr. Sun will probe the dynamic process of tuberculosis MtbESAT-6 pore formation and pore complex structures. Studies will fill the critical gap in understanding of the MtbESAT-6-dependent molecular events during tuberculosis infection in alveolar macrophages. Knowledge obtained from the project will facilitate development of novel therapeutics and vaccines against tuberculosis.

Posting date: Wed, 03/29/2017

Award start date: Sat, 04/01/2017
Award end date: Wed, 03/31/2021

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36986


SCREENING AND BRIEF MOTIVATIONAL INTERVENTION IN THE PASO DEL NORTE REGION
PI: Craig Field
Sponsor: PASO DEL NORTE HEALTH FOUNDATION
Psychology
Amount awarded: $374,676

The Latino Alcohol & Health Disparities Research Center aims to reduce binge drinking for all ages in the Paso Del Norte Region. Building upon the Center's previous training efforts in this region, this project will use a broadened recruitment approach with numerous information and training sessions to recruit individuals interested in joining a community of learning.

Posting date: Wed, 03/29/2017

Award start date: Sat, 04/01/2017
Award end date: Sat, 03/31/2018

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36987


LTER. BEAUFORT SEA LAGOONS: AN ARCTIC COASTAL ECOSYSTEM IN TRANSITION
PI: Vanessa Lougheed
Co-PI: Craig Tweedie
Sponsor: NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION THROUGH UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN
Biological Sciences
Amount awarded: $589,834

Drs. Loughheed and Tweedie will study the Arctic lagoon ecosystems for variations in terrestrial inputs, local production, and exchange between lagoon and ocean waters over a variety of timeframes. These variations affect Arctic food web structures via carbon and nitrogen cycling, microbial and metazoan community composition, and trophic linkages. Sensors will be deployed for continuous measurements of key parameters.

Posting date: Tue, 03/28/2017

Award start date: Fri, 09/01/2017
Award end date: Thu, 08/31/2023

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36979


ADVANCED HPC MODELING AND SIMULATION FOR COMPUTATIONAL SCIENCE
PI: Martine Ceberio
Co-PI: Miguel Argaez
Sponsor: STANFORD UNIVERSITY
Computational Science
Amount awarded: $61,207

This project will implement general computational methodologies for solving multidimensional problems via interaction of different physical aspects such as imposing inequality and equality constraints directly into the model. Modeling and model-reduction approaches capable of optimizing a complex physical model will be developed, along with parameter estimation strategies with constraint solving schemes to obtain feasible solutions.

Posting date: Tue, 03/28/2017

Award start date: Sun, 01/01/2017
Award end date: Sun, 12/31/2017

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36981


EVIDENCE-BASED SCREENING FOR OBESITY, CARDIORESPIRATORY DISEASE, AND ENVIRONMENTAL EXPOSURES IN LOW-INCOME EL PASO HOUSEHOLDS
PI: Joao Ferreira-Pinto
Sponsor: CITY OF EL PASO
Department of Public Health
Amount awarded: $100,000

This project will collect data from 900 subjects for immunizations, breast, cervical, and colon cancer screening, and blood pressure monitoring in the Paso del Norte Region. This data will be shared with the Border Health Interest Group to compile a socio-demographic database for further investigation.

Posting date: Tue, 03/28/2017

Award start date: Tue, 10/18/2016
Award end date: Wed, 01/31/2018

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36982


OCCVIZ: PLATFORM TO MANAGE AND SHARE WATER RESOURCES DATA
PI: Saurav Kumar
Sponsor: VIRGINIA POLYTECHNIC INSTITUTE AND STATE UNIVERSITY
Civil Engineering
Amount awarded: $21,200

Dr. Kumar will improve methods to store, organize, interpret, and disseminate water research data. OCCVIZ is an open-source platform to prove easy access to water research data. The platform is also beneficial for data curation, discovery beyond local region, and water management.

Posting date: Mon, 03/27/2017

Award start date: Tue, 11/15/2016
Award end date: Tue, 11/14/2017

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36978


ELECTROMAGNETIC MATERIALS AND SVAMS FOR 3D PRINTING
PI: Raymond Rumpf
Sponsor: ROGERS CORPORATION
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Amount awarded: $84,004

In collaboration with Rogers Corporation, Dr. Rumpf will develop and demonstrate a multiple-input and multiple-output antenna configuration with spatially-variant anisotropic metamaterials (SVAMs) incorporated to reduce the mutual coupling between the antenna elements. Tasks include simulating the antenna configuration in realistic settings, such as smart phone components, around human body parts like hands and head. UTEP patents pending.

Posting date: Fri, 03/24/2017

Award start date: Tue, 11/01/2016
Award end date: Tue, 10/31/2017

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36952


TESTOSTERONE AND CORTISOL LEVELS IN INFANT HEALTH AND DEVELOPMENT
PI: Xiaogang Su
Sponsor: NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF CHILD HEALTH AND HUMAN DEVELOPMENT THROUGH DUKE UNIVERSITY
Mathematical Sciences
Amount awarded: $39,181

Dr. Su will assess the associative effects of neonate and infant testosterone and cortisol levels on health outcomes, mother-infant interactions, and cognitive development. Longitudinal observational data will be collected from the study, together with multivariate outcomes, time-varying treatments and covariates to better understand infant health and development.

Posting date: Fri, 03/24/2017

Award start date: Mon, 08/01/2016
Award end date: Fri, 05/31/2019

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36953


WATER RECOVERY FROM FILTER BACKWASHING AND REWASHING OPERATIONS
PI: Anthony Tarquin
Sponsor: US BUREAU OF RECLAMATION THROUGH EL PASO WATER UTILITIES PSB
Center for Inland Desalination Systems (CIDS)
Amount awarded: $38,906

This project will investigate water recovery for filter backwashing and rewashing operations at EPWU's surface water treatment plants. Water analysis includes bacterial content, turbidity, and an economic evaluation of viable options for treating the recovered water, including recycling to the head end of the treatment plant, membrane treatment via ultrafiltration or microfiltration, and disinfection via UV light.

Posting date: Fri, 03/24/2017

Award start date: Wed, 11/16/2016
Award end date: Tue, 10/31/2017

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36954


EVALUATION OF CERRO PROCESS FOR TREATING QUENCH TOWER WATER FROM CERAMIC TILE PRODUCTION
PI: Anthony Tarquin
Sponsor: INDUSTRIAL WATER SERVICES
Center for Inland Desalination Systems (CIDS)
Amount awarded: $1,499

This project will investigate the applicability of the concentrate enhanced recovery reverse osmosis (CERRO) process for reduced disposal volume of wastewater during tile quenching operations. Wastewater will be collected from a local tile quenching operation and passed through an ultrafiltration cartridge filter prior to batch treatment via a seawater reverse osmosis system.

Posting date: Fri, 03/24/2017

Award start date: Tue, 11/15/2016
Award end date: Sat, 12/31/2016

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36955


FABRICATION OF NIOBIUM COMPONENTS USING SELECTIVE LASER MELTING ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING TECHNOLOGY
PI: Ryan Wicker
Sponsor: LAWRENCE LIVERMORE NATIONAL LABORATORY
W.M. Keck Center for 3-D Innovation
Amount awarded: $15,296

Dr. Wicker will complete a feasibility study on the use of selective laser melting as the additive manufacturing technology to produce niobium components and cavities in monolithic form. Utilizing selective laser melting will greatly reduce post-processing by welding and optimize the performance of radio frequency cavities in complex niobium structures.

Posting date: Fri, 03/24/2017

Award start date: Sun, 01/15/2017
Award end date: Sun, 04/30/2017

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36956


EXPLORING THE USE OF EARTHQUAKE DETECTORS AND ADVANCE WAVELETS TECHNIQUES FOR IDENTIFYING ILLICIT TUNNELING CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITIES
PI: Maria Mariani
Co-PI: Hector Gonzalez-Huizar
Sponsor: US DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY THROUGH UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON SYSTEM
Center for Law and Human Behavior
Amount awarded: $499,603

This project addresses the threat to border security from illicit cross-border tunnels along the U.S.-Mexico border. Earthquake research data from existing seismic stations will be collected with advanced wavelets methods applied to those data in order to identify activities related to tunnel construction and tunneling activities.

Posting date: Fri, 03/24/2017

Award start date: Wed, 05/18/2016
Award end date: Fri, 05/17/2019

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36957


THERAPEUTIC STRATEGIES TO TREAT HIGH-RISK RELAPSE CHILDHOOD CANCERS
PI: Robert Kirken
Co-PI: Georgialina Rodriguez
Sponsor: MARSH FOUNDATION
Biological Sciences
Amount awarded: $56,135

With support from the Marsh Foundation, Dr. Kirken's team continues to make significant advances in the fight against cancer through partnerships with El Paso oncologists by promoting "personalized medicine" for some of the most difficult cancers plaguing El Paso's children. His team will continue developing small molecule drugs for their potential effectiveness in cancers of the blood, as well as solid tumors.

Posting date: Thu, 03/23/2017

Award start date: Thu, 12/01/2016
Award end date: Tue, 10/31/2017

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36950


EDTECH-HPV: A COMMUNITY APPROACH USING EDUCATION AND TECHNOLOGY TO INCREASE HPV VACCINATION
PI: Eva Moya
Sponsor: NIH-NATIONAL CANCER INSTITUTE THROUGH MEMORIAL SLOAN KETTERING CANCER CENTER
Social Work
Amount awarded: $468,503

Dr. Moya will coordinate efforts of two Community Health Outreach Specialists to increase HPV vaccinations throughout the El Paso border region through a community-based education program texting messaging reminder system (EdTech-HPV Intervention). Over the course of five years, the Specialists will gather participant recruitment data, administer the educational component of the intervention, and perform outcome evaluations to ensure program efficacy. The project focuses on parents of Mexican American children across four Ventanillas de Salud in El Paso, New York, Las Vegas, and Chicago.

Posting date: Thu, 03/23/2017

Award start date: Wed, 09/28/2016
Award end date: Mon, 05/31/2021

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36951


FACILITIES DEVELOPMENT OPERATIONS CONTRACT (FDOC)
PI: Cesar Carrasco
Sponsor: NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION THROUGH LEIDOS INNOVATIONS
Future Aerospace Science and Technology Center (FAST)
Amount awarded: $225,274

This project will support NASA’s Mission Systems, including the International Space Station Program, the Space Launch System Program, and the Commercial Crew Program. UTEP will provide a variety of services, from planning to vehicle development, to the MSOC team led by Leidos, a global leader in the integration and application of information technology, engineering, and science.

Posting date: Wed, 03/22/2017

Award start date: Thu, 09/01/2016
Award end date: Sat, 09/30/2017

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36943


SANDIA ED PROJECT
PI: Tom Davis
Sponsor: SANDIA NATIONAL LABS
Center for Inland Desalination Systems (CIDS)
Amount awarded: $59,924

Dr. Davis will develop bio-inspired, ion-selective membranes for water desalination by electrodialysis. Biological membranes will greatly improve ion permeability and selectivity as compared with best-in-class commercially available electrodialysis membranes.

Posting date: Wed, 03/22/2017

Award start date: Wed, 11/23/2016
Award end date: Wed, 08/30/2017

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36944


SUPPORT FOR REGION XIX ACCELERATED ECHS STUDENTS TO BACCALAUREATE COMPLETION AND GRADUATE SCHOOL
PI: Ivette Savina
Sponsor: GREATER TEXAS FOUNDATION
Student Affairs
Amount awarded: $529,767

This scholarship grant supports UTEP tuition/fees and access to high impact practices for early college high school students who graduated with their Associate’s Degree prior to high school graduation.

Posting date: Wed, 03/22/2017

Award start date: Thu, 09/01/2016
Award end date: Mon, 08/31/2020

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36947


SC2: FUNCTIONAL STUDIES OF ANTIDEPRESSANT EXPOSURE DURING ADOLESCENCE ON THE BRAIN
PI: Sergio Iniguez
Sponsor: NIH - NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF GENERAL MEDICAL SCIENCES
Psychology
Amount awarded: $233,929

This project will examine pediatric depression and the long-term behavioral consequences of early life exposure to fluoxetine, a selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor. Antidepressant exposure during adolescence may alter responses to stress, drug-rewarded behaviors, and memory, thus providing evidence on the potential risks of antidepressant exposure during adolescence.

Posting date: Wed, 03/22/2017

Award start date: Thu, 09/01/2016
Award end date: Wed, 01/31/2018

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36949


TIER 1 UTC: CENTER FOR TRANSPORTATION, ENVIRONMENT AND COMMUNITY HEALTH (CTECH)
PI: Kelvin Cheu
Co-PI: Wen-Whai Li, Carlos Chang
Sponsor: FEDERAL HIGHWAY ADMINISTRATION - US DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION THROUGH CORNELL UNIVERSITY
Center for Transportation Infrastructure Systems (CTIS)
Amount awarded: $465,699

Cornell University will lead a consortium of institutions, including UTEP, UC-Davis, and the University of South Florida for a Tier 1 University Transportation Center. The synergistic and multidisciplinary research Center will focus on the FAST Act research initiative for preserving the environment.

Posting date: Tue, 03/21/2017

Award start date: Wed, 11/30/2016
Award end date: Fri, 09/30/2022

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36931


MEXICAN INDIGENOUS KNOWLEDGE, CHICANA IDENTITY AND PHILOSOPHY FOR CHILDREN
PI: Amy Reed-Sandoval
Sponsor: AMERICAN PHILOSOPHICAL ASSOCIATION
Philosophy
Amount awarded: $900

This project aims to explore the connections between Mexican Indigenous Knowledge, Chicana Identity, and Philosophy for Children through teaching, learning and collaborative scholarship. To this end, we will hold an interactive, one-day workshop on these themes for approximately 40 undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) who are involved in the UTEP Philosophy for Children in the Borderlands program.

Posting date: Tue, 03/21/2017

Award start date: Tue, 03/21/2017
Award end date: Mon, 03/19/2018

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36934


SEXUAL HEALTH HAZARDS AND BORDER SECURITY IN INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL
PI: Yok-Fong Paat
Sponsor: US DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY THROUGH OAK RIDGE INSTITUTE FOR SCIENCE AND EDUCATION
Social Work
Amount awarded: $69,378

This quantitative study will investigate contextual ecological and life course factors linked to bidirectional disease transmission for international travelers. It will also identify typologies of risk-taking behaviors amid recent critical socio-demographic trends.

Posting date: Mon, 03/20/2017

Award start date: Sun, 01/01/2017
Award end date: Sun, 12/31/2017

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36926


ASSESSING THE IMPACT OF TEXAS SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING, AND MATHEMATICS ACADEMIES ON STUDENTS' LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS, EDUCATIONAL OUTCOMES, AND CAREER PATH DECISIONS
PI: David Knight
Co-PI: David Carrejo, Stephen Kotok
Sponsor: NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION
Center for Education Research and Policy Studies
Amount awarded: $589,407

This study examines the impact of Texas-Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (T-STEM) academies on STEM teacher labor markets and students' educational and workforce outcomes.

Posting date: Fri, 03/17/2017

Award start date: Sat, 04/01/2017
Award end date: Tue, 03/31/2020

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36924


DEFEATING THE DARK TRIAD IN CYBERSECURITY USING GAME THEORY
PI: Chris Kiekintveld
Co-PI: Dan Jones
Sponsor: ARMY RESEARCH LABORATORY THROUGH PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY
Computer Science
Amount awarded: $945,698

This cybersecurity improvement project focuses on behaviors and scenarios using computational game theory. Investigators will model interactions between multiple decision-makers and solution concepts to predict likely outcomes and evaluate effective courses of action.

Posting date: Tue, 03/14/2017

Award start date: Tue, 11/08/2016
Award end date: Wed, 09/19/2018

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36921


CLEAN WATER 3-REDUCE, REMEDIATE, ALTERNATIVE WATER RESOURCES AVAILABILITY AND USE TO INCREASE PROFITABILITY IN SPECIALTY CROPS
PI: Saurav Kumar
Sponsor: US DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE THROUGH VIRGINIA POLYTECHNIC INSTITUTE AND STATE UNIVERSITY
Civil Engineering
Amount awarded: $14,345

This project will develop a model nursery production systems for long-term profitability and sustainability of specialty crops. Models will provide growers with an efficient way to assess current and future management practices for water use savings and reduced environmental impact.

Posting date: Tue, 03/14/2017

Award start date: Tue, 11/01/2016
Award end date: Mon, 07/31/2017

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36923


ECHS GREATER TEXAS FOUNDATION SCHOLARS 2.0
PI: Ivette Savina
Sponsor: GREATER TEXAS FOUNDATION
Student Affairs
Amount awarded: $1,233,322

A new School within a School Early College High School model will be designed in response to increased demand for early college high schools. The model develops college confidence and a sense of belonging for low-income, first-generation, and historically undeserved students.

Posting date: Mon, 03/13/2017

Award start date: Wed, 03/01/2017
Award end date: Wed, 12/31/2025

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36920


PHARMACY RESIDENCY EXPANSION GRANT
PI: Jeri Sias
Co-PI: Jacquelyn Navarrete, Liliana Lunares
Sponsor: AMERICAN SOCIETY OF HEALTH-SYSTEM PHARMACISTS (ASHP)
Pharmacy
Amount awarded: $56,640

This project expands UTEP’s pharmacy residency program with a broad base of faculty preceptors and clinic pharmacy leadership. Two reimbursement strategies, shared medical visit model and diabetes education accreditation, will provide sustainability for the residency expansion after 2018.

Posting date: Thu, 03/09/2017

Award start date: Sat, 07/01/2017
Award end date: Sat, 06/30/2018

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36918


TRANSPORTATION AND ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH
PI: Wen-Whai Li
Co-PI: Bill Hargrove, Leah Whigham, Joan Staniswalis
Sponsor: US DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION - FEDERAL HIGHWAY ADMINISTRATION THROUGH TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY
Civil Engineering
Amount awarded: $210,329

This project will quantify air pollution exposures for vulnerable populations of underserved communities near busy roadways. Guidelines for healthy living in these roadside communities will be developed. The team will investigate the relationships between physical activity, active transportation, and air pollution.

Posting date: Thu, 02/23/2017

Award start date: Wed, 11/30/2016
Award end date: Fri, 09/30/2022

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36903


OFFICER-CITIZEN INTERACTIONS AND DE-ESCALATION OF FORCE
PI: Jeffrey Rojek
Sponsor: NATIONAL INSITUTE OF JUSTICE THROUGH THE UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA
Center for Law and Human Behavior
Amount awarded: $237,951

This project evaluates the T3 training program of Polis Solutions, used for building the social interaction skill sets of police officers to reduce conflict and the use of force in police-citizen encounters. The proposed study will be jointly conducted by researchers from UTEP, the University of South Carolina, and a partnership with the Tucson, Arizona Police Department, and Fayetteville, North Carolina Police Department.

Posting date: Thu, 02/23/2017

Award start date: Sun, 01/01/2017
Award end date: Sun, 03/31/2019

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36904


DIRECT TARGETING OF THE FKBP52 COCHAPERONE FOR THE TREATMENT OF CASTRATION-RESISTANT PROSTATE CANCER
PI: Marc Cox
Sponsor: CONGRESSIONALLY DIRECTED MEDICAL RESEARCH PROGRAM
Biological Sciences
Amount awarded: $502,819

Dr. Cox’s novel prostate cancer drugs developed during this project are anticipated to offer positive properties of anti-androgen drugs while preventing undesirable side effects. The unique mechanism of action of these drugs will lead to more potent and effective drugs for the treatment of castration-resistant prostate cancer, thereby filling a major unmet need in prostate cancer therapy.

Posting date: Thu, 02/23/2017

Award start date: Sat, 07/01/2017
Award end date: Tue, 06/30/2020

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36905


UNCOVER: UNDERSTANDING NETWORK DATA FOR CONQUEST AGAINST ADVERSARIES
PI: Michael McGarry
Sponsor: ARMY RESEARCH LABORATORY THROUGH STANFORD UNIVERSITY
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Amount awarded: $39,438

This project will uncover multi-level network data analytics to identify communicating entities, types of data being exchanged, intrusions, and configuration errors. Network data will be collected by communicating hosts, switching devices, and stand-alone measurement devices that tap transmission links.

Posting date: Thu, 02/23/2017

Award start date: Sun, 01/01/2017
Award end date: Sun, 12/31/2017

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36906


COMMUNICATION AMONG LOW-CARBON ENERGY TCHNOLOGY SCIENTISTS AND ENGINEERS
PI: Tarla Peterson
Sponsor: NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION
Communication
Amount awarded: $6,000

In Dr. Peterson’s project undergraduate students will study rhetorical practices of scientists and engineers related to Low Carbon Energy Technology. The students will learn how scientists and engineers compose forms of reasoning between themselves and contribute to policy-oriented findings.

Posting date: Tue, 02/21/2017

Award start date: Tue, 07/19/2016
Award end date: Thu, 08/31/2017

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36888


SOUTHERN PLAINS UNIVERSITY TRANSPORTATION CENTER
PI: Soheil Nazarian
Co-PI: Cesar Carrasco, Vivek Tandon, Kelvin Cheu, Carlos Chang, Salvador Hernandez
Sponsor: FEDERAL HIGHWAY ADMINISTRATION - US DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION THROUGH UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA
Center for Transportation Infrastructure Systems (CTIS)
Amount awarded: $653,129

RITA plans to make grants of approximately $3 million each to eligible nonprofit institutions of higher learning located in the United States or territories selected to establish and operate ten Regional University Transportation Centers. The ten Regional Centers are to be located in each of the ten standard federal regions to address regional needs. Each Regional Center must serve as a focal point within its respective region to help coordinate UTC transportation research and education programs with regional needs and initiatives. UTEP is teaming up with the University of Oklahoma (lead institution), Oklahoma State University, University of New Mexico, University of Arkansas, Texas and LATech to compete for this project.

Posting date: Tue, 02/21/2017

Award start date: Tue, 10/01/2013
Award end date: Sun, 09/30/2018

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36887


STARTALK AT UTEP
PI: Maissa Khatib
Sponsor: NATIONAL SECURITY AGENCY
Women`s Studies
Amount awarded: $43,112

Startalk AT UTEP is a four-week summer language program designed to introduce 40 high school students to Arabic and Portuguese. Selected students will participate in 90 hours of language instruction, along with participation in virtual language and cultural awareness sessions.

Posting date: Thu, 02/16/2017

Award start date: Mon, 04/24/2017
Award end date: Sat, 03/31/2018

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36883


E.2 HOMELAND SECURITY SYMPOSIUM SERIES
PI: Vic Manjarrez
Sponsor: US DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY
Center for Law and Human Behavior
Amount awarded: $85,461

The symposium series addresses educational and supplemental training needs identified by DHS and other homeland security enterprise stakeholders. The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) will develop a symposium series on topical issues related to border security, immigration, and legitimate trade and travel.

Posting date: Thu, 02/16/2017

Award start date: Fri, 07/01/2016
Award end date: Fri, 06/30/2017

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/34985


A NOVEL APPROACH FOR THE CHARACTERIZATION OF THE RUTTING PERFORMANCE OF PAVEMENT FOUNDATIONS
PI: Reza Ashtiani
Co-PI: Tzu-Liang Tseng
Sponsor: FEDERAL HIGHWAY ADMINISTRATION – US DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION THROUGH UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA
Center for Transportation Infrastructure Systems (CTIS)
Amount awarded: $90,000

The project utilizes a mechanistic approach to simulate the dynamic nature of the traffic loads based on Variable Confining Pressure (VCP) stress path tests in the laboratory.

Posting date: Thu, 02/16/2017

Award start date: Wed, 12/16/2015
Award end date: Fri, 12/15/2017

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/34988


QUANTIFYING THERMOMECHANICAL FATIGUE OF HOT MIX ASPHALT: A FEASIBILITY STUDY
PI: Calvin Stewart
Co-PI: Imad Abdallah
Sponsor: FEDERAL HIGHWAY ADMINISTRATION – US DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION THROUGH UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA
Center for Transportation Infrastructure Systems (CTIS)
Amount awarded: $90,000

The project objective is to study hot mixed asphalt (HMA) subject to thermomechanical fatigue to better understand how stress, deformation, and microstructure evolve both temporally and spatially. The outcome will be a 3D multiscale material characterization database and a multiscale stochastic damage model for HMA subjected to thermomechanical fatigue.

Posting date: Thu, 02/16/2017

Award start date: Sat, 01/16/2016
Award end date: Mon, 01/15/2018

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/34993


UNDERSTANDING IMPACT OF CLIMATE CHANGE ON HIGHWAY HYDRAULIC DESIGN PROCEDURES
PI: Vivek Tandon
Sponsor: FEDERAL HIGHWAY ADMINISTRATION – US DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION THROUGH UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA
Center for Transportation Infrastructure Systems (CTIS)
Amount awarded: $90,000

To mitigate the impact of flooding due to climate change, engineers are expected to modify highway hydraulic designs. Overestimating climate change will result in costly over sizing of infrastructure, while underestimating may leave infrastructure vulnerable and their resultant flooding impacts on surrounding lands and structures inadequately addressed.  Therefore, objectives of this study is to identify current resiliency of highway drainage infrastructure and to identify cost-effective adoption solution that extend service life despite not having been designed for climate change.

Posting date: Thu, 02/16/2017

Award start date: Sat, 01/16/2016
Award end date: Mon, 01/15/2018

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/34994


KEEPING TIME
PI: Nicole Mirra
Sponsor: FORD FOUNDATION THROUGH UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, LOS ANGELES
English
Amount awarded: $12,000

“Keeping Time” is a multiyear study and school engagement process exploring learning time across California public schools. The study aims to inform policy and practice on school and community factors that shape the amount and quality of learning time students experience and the relationship between learning time and student outcomes.

Posting date: Mon, 02/13/2017

Award start date: Sat, 08/01/2015
Award end date: Sun, 07/31/2016

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/34982


PHILOSOPHY FOR CHILDREN IN THE BORDERLANDS
PI: Amy Reed-Sandoval
Sponsor: AMERICAN PHILOSOPHICAL ASSOCIATION
Philosophy
Amount awarded: $8,000

This project is designed to promote the bilingual University of Texas at El Paso Philosophy for Children program in the border cities of El Paso, Texas and Ciudad Juárez, Mexico. Our goal is to celebrate and represent, in a publicly accessible way, the unique philosophical perspectives of children of this region. ​

Posting date: Mon, 02/13/2017

Award start date: Mon, 12/14/2015
Award end date: Tue, 01/31/2017

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/34984


HISPANIC SERVING INSTITUTIONS: PATHWAYS TO THE PROFESSORIATE
PI: Lorenzo Candelaria
Sponsor: ANDREW W. MELLON FOUNDATION THROUGH TRUSTEES OF THE UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA AND ANDREW W. MELLON FOUNDATION
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Amount awarded: $298,935

Pathways to the Professoriate is a five-year, $5.1 million program funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation that aims to prepare undergraduate students for professional academic careers in the humanities and related fields through engaged mentoring and focused research opportunities.​

Posting date: Mon, 02/13/2017

Award start date: Fri, 01/01/2016
Award end date: Thu, 12/31/2020

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/34986


IDENTIFY PROJECT CRITERIA FOR ITS DEPLOYMENT IN WORK ZONES
PI: Kelvin Cheu
Sponsor: TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
Center for Transportation Infrastructure Systems (CTIS)
Amount awarded: $45,000

This project is to investigate technologies that can be deployed at TxDOT’s work zones to guide traffic, and to develop guidelines for statewide implementation.

Posting date: Mon, 02/13/2017

Award start date: Tue, 02/09/2016
Award end date: Tue, 02/28/2017

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/34990


SUPPLEMENT: CREST PHASE II: CYBER-SHARE CENTER OF EXCELLENCE
PI: Ann Gates
Co-PI: Monika Akbar
Sponsor: NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION
CyberShare
Amount awarded: $99,997

The project is investigating recommendation systems and the management of essential metadata and relationships needed to integrate and analyze information collected from disparate sources. This project extends CyberShARE’s research capacity in information management of data through a strong partnership with the Digital Library Research Laboratory at Virginia Tech.

Posting date: Mon, 02/13/2017

Award start date: Sat, 09/01/2012
Award end date: Fri, 08/31/2018

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/34991


BUILDING E-TEAMS THROUGH A COURSE IN INNOVATION TECHNOLOGY
PI: David Novick
Sponsor: VENTURE WELL
Mike Loya Center for Innovation and Commerce
Amount awarded: $28,087

This proposal for a Course & Program faculty grant seeks to extend a previously piloted course in Innovation in Technology so that the course more explicitly supports the formation of e-teams capable of competing in venture competitions and going on to create real start-up enterprises.

Posting date: Mon, 02/13/2017

Award start date: Sun, 01/12/2014
Award end date: Wed, 11/30/2016

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/34992


ASSESS DEFLECTION-BASED FIELD TESTING FOR PROJECT ACCEPTANCE
PI: Soheil Nazarian
Co-PI: Jose Garibay, Cesar Tirado
Sponsor: TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
Center for Transportation Infrastructure Systems (CTIS)
Amount awarded: $323,500

Our primary goal is to improve the process of design verification of compacted materials to ensure quality, performance and durability using a combination of proof rolling (with or without intelligent compaction) and modulus-based devices. In close collaboration with our TxDOT partners, the research team will utilize our current expertise gained from several recent and ongoing intelligent compaction projects and our NCHRP project on the effective use of the modulus-based devices to develop practical test protocols and specifications to improve the design verification during construction.

Posting date: Mon, 02/13/2017

Award start date: Sat, 01/16/2016
Award end date: Fri, 08/31/2018

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/34995


ARCTIC RESEARCH MAPPING APPLICATION 2016
PI: Craig Tweedie
Sponsor: NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION THROUGH CH2MHILL CONSTRUCTORS, INC.
CyberShare
Amount awarded: $334,825

Dr. Tweedie’s Arctic mapping project tracks climate change indicators with 24/7 data collection and prompt transfer of collected data. As the Earth’s temperature warms, sea levels will rise, precipitation cycles will change, affecting where people can grow crops, hurricanes will intensify, and diseases like malaria and yellow fever can spread to new habitats. This project explores global implications of climate change in the Arctic.

Posting date: Mon, 02/13/2017

Award start date: Mon, 02/01/2016
Award end date: Tue, 01/31/2017

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/34996


RESEARCH AND ENGINEERING APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM (REAP) AT UTEP
PI: Jorge Gardea-Torresdey
Co-PI: Mahesh Narayan, Geoffrey Saupe
Sponsor: ARMY RESEARCH OFFICE THROUGH ACADEMY OF APPLIED SCIENCE
Chemistry
Amount awarded: $11,500

The Research & Engineering Apprenticeship Program (REAP) is a summer STEM program that places talented high school students in research apprenticeships at area college and universities. REAP apprentices work under the direct supervision of a mentor on a hands-on research project. REAP apprentices are exposed to the real world of research, they gain valuable mentorship, and they learn about education and career opportunities in STEM. REAP apprenticeships are 5-8 weeks in length and apprentices receive a stipend ($1,500).

Posting date: Mon, 02/13/2017

Award start date: Fri, 04/01/2016
Award end date: Wed, 08/31/2016

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/34997


INVESTIGATION OF SALT RELATED DEFORMATION AND DIAGENESIS
PI: Katherine Giles
Sponsor: EXXON MOBIL UPSTREAM RESEARCH COMPANY
Geological Sciences
Amount awarded: $50,000

This project seeks to leverage the expertise of the UTEP Institute of Tectonic Studies research group to collect outcrop data and analyses in order to interpret the structural, sedimentological and geochemical controls on trap sealing mechanisms in order to improve predictions of subsurface seal behavior in the near-salt region.

Posting date: Mon, 02/13/2017

Award start date: Tue, 12/22/2015
Award end date: Sun, 12/31/2017

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/34998


COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH: TOWARD A UNIFIED MODEL FOR FHY NANOPARTICLES BEHAVIOR IN THE ENVIRONMENT: A MULTIPRONGED INVESTIGATION OF SURFACE STRUCTURE AND REACTIVITY
PI: James Kubicki
Sponsor: NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION THROUGH GEORGIA STATE UNIVERSITY
Geological Sciences
Amount awarded: $26,022

The proposed project will involve scientists from several chemistry-based disciplines (soil physical chemistry, computational chemistry, surface chemistry and environmental chemistry) to investigate the following essential aspects. Are energetic constraints on existing SCMs adequate and in agreement with spectroscopic observations and computational predictions?

Posting date: Mon, 02/13/2017

Award start date: Sun, 11/01/2015
Award end date: Tue, 10/31/2017

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/34999


IN SITU SYNCHROTRON X-RAY DIFFRACTION OF FE OXIDE TRANSFORMATIONS IN AQUEOUS SOLUTIONS
PI: James Kubicki
Sponsor: NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION THROUGH PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY
Geological Sciences
Amount awarded: $36,195

In addition to pinpointing the evolution of hematite growth at the atomic scale, the experiments will yield kinetic models from which they can extract robust activation energies for the nucleation and growth of Fe (hydr)oxides as a function of pH. The investigators will couple these experiments with detailed microscopic and spectroscopic examinations of natural and historic specimens of “hydrohematite.”

Posting date: Mon, 02/13/2017

Award start date: Mon, 02/15/2016
Award end date: Wed, 10/31/2018

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/35000


REU SUPPLEMENT: INTEGRATING GENETICS, LIFE HISTORY AND MORPHOLOGY TO UNDERSTAND THE DIVERSIFICATION OF AN ENIGMATIC METAZOAN LINEAGE
PI: Liz Walsh
Sponsor: NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION
Biological Sciences
Amount awarded: $13,980

The goals of our currently funded NSF project are to increase phylogenetic and taxonomic resolution within phylum Rotifera by investigating phylogenetics of Superorder Gnesiotrocha at broad and fine scales. In addition, this work will be instrumental in resolving relationships among rotifer families. Further it will allow for exploring rates of molecular evolution, as well as the rates and drivers of cryptic speciation.

Posting date: Mon, 02/13/2017

Award start date: Thu, 01/14/2016
Award end date: Sun, 04/30/2017

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/35001


COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH: TESTING THE FUNGAL LOOP HYPOTHESIS FOR N CYCLING IN DRYLAND ECOSYSTEMS
PI: Anthony Darrouzet-Nardi
Sponsor: NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION
Biological Sciences
Amount awarded: $769,702

Darrouzet-Nardi and his collaborators at the University of New Mexico will study subterranean fungal connections between biological soil crusts and plants in three different deserts: the Chihuahuan desert near El Paso, the Sevilleta National Wildlife Refuge near Albuquerque, and the Colorado Plateau near Moab, Utah.

Posting date: Mon, 02/13/2017

Award start date: Fri, 04/01/2016
Award end date: Sun, 03/31/2019

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/35002


ACHIEVE CAREER SUCCESS IN SCIENCE THROUGH EXCELLENCE (ACSSELLENCE)
PI: Lourdes Echegoyen
Co-PI: Laura Diaz-Martinez, Jeffrey Olimpo
Sponsor: NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION
Chemistry
Amount awarded: $999,614

This project provides 15 scholarships per year to undergraduate students pursuing science degrees and engages them in research participation, mentoring by faculty and industrial scientists, and training on Research2Innovation provided by an external consultant. The project also involves a study on the impact of these activities on student development and career choice.

Posting date: Mon, 02/13/2017

Award start date: Mon, 08/01/2016
Award end date: Fri, 07/31/2020

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/35003


SC1: FUNCTIONAL INVESTIGATION OF NEURAL ELEMENTS LOCATED IN A KEY BRAINSTEM CIRCUIT THAT CONTROLS ATTENTION
PI: Karine Fenelon
Sponsor: NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF NEUROLOGICAL DISORDERS AND STROKE
Biological Sciences
Amount awarded: $1,200,350

Our goal is to better understand the brain circuits that help us focus attention. Attention is impaired in individuals suffering from psychiatric or neurological disorders affecting worldwide populations. We will use mice, and state-of-the-art neuronal labelling and recording techniques to study key neuronal circuits representing promising therapeutic targets.

Posting date: Mon, 02/13/2017

Award start date: Fri, 04/01/2016
Award end date: Tue, 03/31/2020

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/35004


NANOSCALE MICRONUTRIENTS SUPPRESS CROP DISEASE, ENHANCE MICRONUTRIENT USE EFFICIENCY, AND INCREASE FOOD PRODUCTION
PI: Jorge Gardea-Torresdey
Sponsor: US DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
Chemistry
Amount awarded: $143,357

The primary goal is use nanoscale micronutrients as a comprehensive agricultural amendment strategy to suppress crop disease, promote nutritional content, and enhance overall yield. Based on preliminary data and a recent critical review of the literature, our central hypothesis is that NP micronutrients can be used to strategically suppress disease, promote nutritional status and enhance crop growth and yield.

Posting date: Mon, 02/13/2017

Award start date: Tue, 03/01/2016
Award end date: Thu, 02/28/2019

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/35005


THE GENETIC BASIS OF SOCIAL-CONTEXT SENSITIVE RESPONSE INHIBITION
PI: Kyung-An Han
Sponsor: BRAIN AND BEHAVIOR RESEARCH FOUNDATION
Biological Sciences
Amount awarded: $100,000

The overarching goal of the proposed study is to identify the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying response inhibition in Drosophila. The preliminary data point to dopamine as an important neuromodulator for response inhibition. The flies with enhanced dopamine signaling or with deficient dopamine transporter display abnormal response inhibition. By taking advantage of powerful genetic tools and resources available in Drosophila the proposed research aims to uncover additional molecules and signaling pathways that regulate response inhibition. This will provide a baseline to further delineate comprehensive neural, cellular and molecular mechanisms.

Posting date: Mon, 02/13/2017

Award start date: Sat, 10/01/2016
Award end date: Sun, 09/30/2018

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/35006


SC1: ROLE OF PARP-1 IN HIV-1 LATENT INFECTION
PI: Manuel Llano
Sponsor: NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF ALLERGY AND INFECTIOUS DISEASES
Biological Sciences
Amount awarded: $1,496,740

HIV-1 escapes cure by establishing a dormant infection. The NIH awarded funds will support research from my laboratory to understand better the latency process. We expect that our discoveries will significantly contribute to the eradication of this infection.

Posting date: Mon, 02/13/2017

Award start date: Mon, 02/01/2016
Award end date: Fri, 01/31/2020

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/35008


REU-SITE: UTEP SUMMER PROGRAM IN CHIHUAHUAN DESERT ECOSYSTEMS ECOLOGY AND BIODIVERSITY
PI: Michael Moody
Co-PI: Jerry Johnson
Sponsor: NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION
Biological Sciences
Amount awarded: $221,666

This NSF REU Site award is for $221,666. This REU program will support the training of 8 students for 10 weeks during the summers of 2016-2018. Research will be conducted at UTEP and the Indio Mountains Research Station along with other Chihuahuan Desert sites in Texas and New Mexico.

Posting date: Mon, 02/13/2017

Award start date: Tue, 03/01/2016
Award end date: Thu, 02/28/2019

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/35009


INTEGRATED MIDDLE SCHOOL MATH AND SCIENCE IN EL PASO
PI: Laura Serpa
Sponsor: TEXAS HIGHER EDUCATION COORDINATING BOARD
Geological Sciences
Amount awarded: $150,000

A UTEP interdisciplinary team of faculty, in collaboration with local high-need public schools (El Paso Independent School District), is proposing to provide professional development to middle-school math and science teachers to strengthen the integration of math and science in their classrooms and to build problem-solving skills based on local issues. We will work with the teachers to increase their content knowledge in algebra and both earth and life sciences with specific targets in each area.

Posting date: Fri, 02/10/2017

Award start date: Mon, 02/01/2016
Award end date: Sun, 04/30/2017

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/35010


INNOVATIVE COMPACT ADDITIVELY MANUFACTURED ELECTRIC MOTOR
PI: Ryan Wicker
Co-PI: David Roberson, David Espalin
Sponsor: NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION
W.M. Keck Center for 3-D Innovation
Amount awarded: $860,000

The goal of this project is to design and manufacture electric motor components via Multi 3D manufacturing technology at UTEP’s W.M. Keck Center for 3D Innovation. Electric motor components will be fabricated with embedded conductive wires into a thermoplastic substrate to improve motor performance.

Posting date: Thu, 02/09/2017

Award start date: Wed, 02/01/2017
Award end date: Sun, 03/31/2019

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36878


LET'S TALK ABOUT WATER (LTAW) CHALLENGE
PI: Ali Mirchi
Co-PI: Jennifer Clifton
Sponsor: CONSORTIUM OF UNIVERSITY FOR ADVANCEMENT HYDROLOGIC SCIENCE
Center for Environmental Resource Management (CERM)
Amount awarded: $6,000

Sustainable management of scarce water resources in our arid region is challenging. Specific objectives of this project include: improve understanding of water as a scarce resource, develop a better system for water resource management, and encourage students to pursue majors and careers in water-related fields in our region and beyond.

Posting date: Thu, 02/09/2017

Award start date: Sun, 01/01/2017
Award end date: Sun, 12/31/2017

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36879


HYPOTHESES OF ELEVATIONAL SPECIES RICHNESS IN TREEFROGS OF THE ALBERTINE RIFT, WITH UPDATED ASSESSMENTS FOR THEIR CONSERVATION
PI: Eli Greenbaum
Sponsor: NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY
Biological Sciences
Amount awarded: $19,744

Dr. Greenbaum will conduct a biodiversity and conservation assessment of the treefrogs and other herpetofauna living in transitional forests between the Congo Basin lowland rainforests and montane forests. Hypotheses will be tested to explain mid-elevation peaks for species diversity in these forests with next-generation and Sanger DNA sequence data.

Posting date: Thu, 02/09/2017

Award start date: Mon, 05/22/2017
Award end date: Wed, 01/31/2018

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36880


ARCTIC RESEARCH MAPPING APPLICATION MAINTENANCE AND DEVELOPMENT 2017
PI: Craig Tweedie
Sponsor: NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION THROUGH CH2MHILL CONSTRUCTORS, INC.
Biological Sciences
Amount awarded: $334,825

This award will support ongoing maintenance of the Arctic Research Mapping Application (www.armap.org) and the Arctic Observing Viewer (www.arct icobservingviewer.org). ARMAP provides users access to an interactive mapping application that hosts information on historic, current, and future arctic research logistics operations. AOV provides users access to an interactive mapping application that hosts information on arctic environmental observing act ivities. This project will enhance information addition and improved functionality.

Posting date: Tue, 02/07/2017

Award start date: Wed, 02/01/2017
Award end date: Wed, 01/31/2018

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36874


JAMP FY17
PI: Kristine Garza
Sponsor: UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS SYSTEM - JOINT ADMISSION MEDICAL PROGRAM
Undergraduate Studies
Amount awarded: $15,455

The annual Joint Admissions Medical Program (JAMP) assists in the development and support of eligible UTEP undergraduates who wish to become physicians. The funding further supports the Medical Professions Institute in their efforts to assist UTEP pre-med students.

Posting date: Fri, 02/03/2017

Award start date: Thu, 09/01/2016
Award end date: Thu, 08/31/2017

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36852


A STUDY OF THE ENVIRONMENTAL AND GENETIC FACTORS AFFECTING ANTIBIOTIC RESISTANCE OF BACTERIA FROM THE RIO GRANDE RIVER
PI: Delfina Dominguez
Co-PI: Wen-Yee Lee
Sponsor: MARSH FOUNDATION
Clinical Lab Science
Amount awarded: $56,135

This project will study the effect of poor wastewater management in the overall increase in antibiotic resistance in the region. The Rio Grande carries antibiotic resistant bacteria, which could lead to serious health consequences for those who ingest this water. The team will analyze the water in the Rio Grande and propose viable solutions to this challenge.

Posting date: Thu, 02/02/2017

Award start date: Thu, 12/01/2016
Award end date: Thu, 11/30/2017

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36850


CURRICULUM INNOVATION: BRINGING I-CORPS TO THE UNDERGRADUATE EXPERIENCE
PI: Meagan Kendall
Sponsor: VENTURE WELL
Engineering Education and Leadership
Amount awarded: $30,000

During the third year of the Bachelor of Science in Engineering Leadership degree plan, the curriculum focuses on developing students' capacity for product design in an entrepreneurial context. With an emphasis on experiential learning, design, and entrepreneurship, this project implements the Innovation Corps (iCorps) innovation model at the undergraduate level.

Posting date: Fri, 01/27/2017

Award start date: Wed, 03/01/2017
Award end date: Mon, 08/31/2020

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36845


STTR I: HARDNESS SENSOR USING CATION EXCHANGE FIBERS
PI: Shane Walker
Sponsor: NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION THROUGH ATLAS REGENERATION TECHNOLOGIES
Center for Inland Desalination Systems (CIDS)
Amount awarded: $103,409

This Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) project via NSF involves commercial development of a sensor for measuring the hardness of product water from a water softener. The signal from the sensor triggers the regeneration cycle of the softener. Dr. Walker will develop cation-exchange fibers for testing and use in the hardness sensor.

Posting date: Thu, 01/19/2017

Award start date: Thu, 12/15/2016
Award end date: Thu, 11/30/2017

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36833


LINKAGE FELLOWS AWARD
PI: Kristine Garza
Sponsor: NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF GENERAL MEDICAL SCIENCES THROUGH AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR CELL BIOLOGY
Biological Sciences
Amount awarded: $5,000

The program will support initiatives of American Society of Cell Biology-Minorities Affairs Committee by engaging students at different levels in cell biology and encouraging them to apply for research opportunities at the undergraduate level. This project will assist graduate students with identifying training and postdoctoral opportunities in the field.

Posting date: Thu, 01/19/2017

Award start date: Thu, 12/01/2016
Award end date: Wed, 05/31/2017

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36834


SKOV ETHICS COMPETITION ON BUSINESS ETHICS 2016-2017
PI: Fernanda Wagstaff
Sponsor: FRIENDS OF TEXAS HOLOCAUST & GENOCIDE COMMISSION
Marketing and Management
Amount awarded: $400

The Skov Essay Competition on Business Ethics is an annual essay writing contest for senior high school students from private and public schools in the El Paso region. The goals are to continuously interact with the community and positively influence the ethical climate in the El Paso region and to facilitate access to our educational initiatives for the promotion of ethical business practices in order to further the achievement of excellence in business.

Posting date: Fri, 01/13/2017

Award start date: Tue, 11/01/2016
Award end date: Fri, 06/30/2017

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36827


RECOVERY OF BLOWDOWN WATER AT EP ELECTRIC POWER GENERATION FACILITIES
PI: Anthony Tarquin
Sponsor: EL PASO WATER UTILITIES PSB
Center for Inland Desalination Systems (CIDS)
Amount awarded: $47,794

This project is directed toward cost-effectively recovering 70% to 90% of the water that is discharged as blowdown from El Paso Electric's Newman Power Plant using the Concentrate Enhanced Recovery Reverse Osmosis (CERRO) process. UTEP patents pending.

Posting date: Fri, 01/13/2017

Award start date: Thu, 12/15/2016
Award end date: Sun, 12/31/2017

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36828


Literacies in Engineering for Access and Participation Conference
PI: Alberto Esquinca
Sponsor: NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION THROUGH TERC
Teacher Education
Amount awarded: $16,116

The Literacy for Engineering Access and Participation (LEAP) Conference will bring together experts in the fields of literacy education, engineering, and education to broaden participation of underrepresented minorities in engineering. The conference includes scholars from four institutions, including Technical Education Research Centers (TERC), Utah State University, Angelo State University, and UTEP.

Posting date: Tue, 01/03/2017

Award start date: Thu, 09/15/2016
Award end date: Fri, 09/14/2018

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36812


BUILDING CAPACITY FOR ELEMENTARY ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING EDUCATION
PI: David Carrejo
Sponsor: THE BOEING COMPANY
Teacher Education
Amount awarded: $27,000

The goal of this project is to broaden student and teacher participation in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) by increasing awareness, interest, and competency in environmental education. Research shows that children who are exposed to engineering and science at an early age are more likely to pursue baccalaureate degrees in those fields.

Posting date: Tue, 01/03/2017

Award start date: Sat, 10/01/2016
Award end date: Tue, 05/30/2017

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36813


START NOW: STUDENT TRAINING IN AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH TECHNIQUES BY NOVEL OCCUPATIONAL WORKSHOPS
PI: Heidi Taboada Jimenez
Co-PI: Jose Espiritu Nolasco
Sponsor: US DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE THROUGH TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY - KINGSVILLE
Industrial, Manufacturing and Systems Engineering
Amount awarded: $332,000

In concert with Texas A&M University-Kingsville, Dr. Taboada’s project provides student training for an underrepresented labor force in high-tech agricultural careers. Student participants receive summer research-related training through international workshops and USDA-career focused internships. Students who receive this training will meet the minimum qualifications for employment with USDA agencies upon graduation.

Posting date: Wed, 12/21/2016

Award start date: Thu, 09/01/2016
Award end date: Mon, 08/31/2020

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36806


LECTURE HOUR AND Q&A WITH PLAYWRIGHT OCTAVIO SOLIS
PI: Kim McKean
Sponsor: HUMANITIES TEXAS
English
Amount awarded: $2,000

Kim McKean will lead a community discussion with Octavio Solis, an El Paso native and award-winning playwright. Mr. Solis will discuss his life in the theater and El Paso’s influence on his work, including an interactive Q&A with the audience.

Posting date: Wed, 12/21/2016

Award start date: Sun, 01/01/2017
Award end date: Sun, 04/30/2017

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36807


A HOLISTIC APPROACH TO ENVIRONMENTAL AND WATER CHALLENGES IN THE MEXICO CITY METROPOLITAN REGION
PI: Irasema Coronado
Sponsor: US DEPARTMENT OF STATE THROUGH PARTNERS OF THE AMERICAS FOUNDATION
Political Science
Amount awarded: $25,000

This project will establish a transnational and interdisciplinary environmental sciences research network for study abroad experiences for nontraditional minority students. The network will offer participants a holistic overview of the water management challenges facing the Mexico City metropolitan area and Paso del Norte region.

Posting date: Wed, 12/21/2016

Award start date: Thu, 12/01/2016
Award end date: Thu, 11/30/2017

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36808


THE NOTEBOOK OF NANCY LEA
PI: Maribel Villalva
Sponsor: NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE HUMANITIES THROUGH HUMANITIES TEXAS
Museum
Amount awarded: $3,475

In honor of Tom Lea Month, which is observed every October, the Centennial Museum and Chihuahuan Desert Gardens (a part of The University of Texas at El Paso) will create the exhibit “The Notebook of Nancy Lea.” This exhibit is of particular importance because, while much is known on the legendary artist Tom Lea, very little is known about his first wife, Nancy, who died of an illness in 1936. A year later, Tom Lea, along with his friend Carl Hertzog, published 25 copies of her notebook, which gave a very select group of readers an insight into her life, personal thoughts and wishes. Nancy (Taylor) Lea was an artist and writer in her own right and some credit her with encouraging Tom to boldly pursue his dreams. The Centennial Museum is also the appropriate venue for this exhibit as we have a gallery named after Tom Lea.

Posting date: Wed, 12/21/2016

Award start date: Mon, 08/01/2016
Award end date: Sat, 12/31/2016

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36809


CENTER FOR LIGNOCELLULOSE STRUCTURE AND FORMATION
PI: James Kubicki
Sponsor: US DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY THROUGH PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY
Geological Sciences
Amount awarded: $32,822

In this project, Dr. Kubicki will develop estimates of plant cell wall component interaction energies for coarse-grain modeling. Interaction enthalpies are often difficult to obtain experimentally, and density functional theory calculations provide reasonable input estimates for larger scale models. These calculations help inform further studies by providing molecular-level models of short-range structures.

Posting date: Tue, 12/20/2016

Award start date: Mon, 08/01/2016
Award end date: Tue, 07/31/2018

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36803


EVALUATION OF SMARTPHONE TECHNOLOGIES FOR USE AS A GEOLOGIC COMPASS
PI: Terry Pavlis
Sponsor: NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION THROUGH JAMES MADISON UNIVERSITY
Geological Sciences
Amount awarded: $9,560

Dr. Pavlis will statistically evaluate the accuracy of orientation measurements using digital compasses on mobile devices. Incorporating a digital compass into smart phone hardware revolutionizes geoscientists’ approach fieldwork.

Posting date: Mon, 12/12/2016

Award start date: Sun, 01/01/2017
Award end date: Thu, 11/30/2017

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36799


HEALTHY MINER SEXPOSITIVE PEER EDUCATION PROGRAM
PI: Thenral Mangadu
Sponsor: PASO DEL NORTE HEALTH FOUNDATION
Center for Interdisciplinary Health Research and Evaluation
Amount awarded: $278,163

This grant will implement a sustainability plan for the Healthy Miner Sex Positive Peer Educator Program. The program's premise is that health conscious, educated, and healthy individuals will become more effective employees and students. This program will become a model for other educational institutions and community organizations, thereby improving the health of an entire region.

Posting date: Fri, 12/09/2016

Award start date: Thu, 12/01/2016
Award end date: Thu, 11/30/2017

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36796


FORMATION MECHANISMS, CRYSTAL STRUCTURE, AND INTERFACIAL REACTIVITY OF (MIXED) METAL SULFIDE NANOPARTICLES PRODUCED VIA BIOLOGICAL VERSUS ABIOTIC SYSTEMS
PI: Jie Xu
Sponsor: US DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY THROUGH VIRGINIA POLYTECHNIC INSTITUTE AND STATE UNIVERSITY
Geological Sciences
Amount awarded: $272,882

Dr. Xu’s project provides new information regarding the origin and reactivity of several mix-metal sulfide nanophases via measurement of redox activity and photocatalysis efficiency. The lab-based results correspond to the field discoveries and aid in understanding the nanophases’ role in nature.

Posting date: Fri, 12/09/2016

Award start date: Wed, 02/01/2017
Award end date: Sat, 09/14/2019

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36797


HIGH VOLTAGE PULSE GENERATOR WITH VARIABLE PULSE WIDTH
PI: Valentin Bolborici
Sponsor: US ARMY WHITE SANDS MISSILE RANGE
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Amount awarded: $168,646

In his collaboration with White Sands Missile Range, Dr. Bolborici will modify a Marx generator to generate high power microwave voltage pulses with variable pulse width.

Posting date: Fri, 12/09/2016

Award start date: Thu, 12/01/2016
Award end date: Fri, 11/30/2018

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36798


MODELING AND EXPERIMENTS OF ADVANCED MEMBRANE PROCESSES TO MINIMIZE CONCENTRATE VOLUME IN INLAND BRACKISH WATER DESALINATION
PI: Shane Walker
Sponsor: US BUREAU OF RECLAMATION THROUGH ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY
Civil Engineering
Amount awarded: $19,314

Dr. Shane Walker (Civil Engineering) is collaborating with Dr. Lind at Arizona State University on a research project funded by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation to model and demonstrate pervaporation technology for enhanced recovery and concentrate minimization of inland brackish groundwater desalination. Dr. Walker and Dr. Lind are both members of the NSF-funded Nanotechnology-Enabled Water Treatment (NEWT) Nanosystems Engineering Research Center.

Posting date: Tue, 11/29/2016

Award start date: Tue, 11/29/2016
Award end date: Tue, 11/29/2016

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36783


AIR MODELING
PI: Wen-Whai Li
Sponsor: TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
Civil Engineering
Amount awarded: $110,000

This project will evaluate the AERMOD atmospheric dispersion modeling system with near-road air quality monitoring data to study the differences between modeling results and monitoring estimates. Dr. Li will develop efficient and accurate project level air quality models and explore the strengths and weaknesses of selected air dispersion models.

Posting date: Tue, 11/29/2016

Award start date: Tue, 11/15/2016
Award end date: Wed, 02/28/2018

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36784


NURSING INNOVATION GRANT PROGRAM
PI: Ronnie Stout
Co-PI: Hector Olvera Alvarez
Sponsor: TEXAS HIGHER EDUCATION COORDINATING BOARD
School of Nursing
Amount awarded: $114,702

This project will expand UTEP School of Nursing’s clinical training capacity by developing new simulation training programs in three areas of practice including: Mental Health, Community, and Maternal/Newborn.

Posting date: Tue, 11/29/2016

Award start date: Sun, 01/01/2017
Award end date: Mon, 12/31/2018

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36785


TEXAS CPS PARENT PARTNERS FY2017
PI: Candyce Berger
Sponsor: TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF FAMILY AND PROTECTIVE SERVICES
Social Work
Amount awarded: $125,000

Peer parent mentors provide a unique resource for parents currently involved with Child Protective Services (CPS), providing information, support and advocacy to families as they enter a new and potentially frightening system.

Posting date: Mon, 11/14/2016

Award start date: Thu, 09/01/2016
Award end date: Thu, 08/31/2017

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36746


MULTI-FUNCTIONAL BAAM: BIG AREA ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING WITH MULTI-PURPOSE WIRE EMBEDDING
PI: Ryan Wicker
Co-PI: Eric MacDonald, David Espalin
Sponsor: AIR FORCE RESEARCH LABORATORY THROUGH NATIONAL CENTER FOR DEFENSE MANUFACTURING AND MACHINING
W.M. Keck Center for 3-D Innovation
Amount awarded: $1,000,000

To surpass conventional plastic processing technologies, UTEP has partnered with Cincinnati Incorporated (CI) to introduce wire embedding capabilities into CI’s Big Area Additive Manufacturing (BAAM) machine to offer a new level of 3D printing with multifunctionality. The team also includes Autodesk with supporting members Lockheed Martin Aeronautics and GE Appliances. Specifically, the project 1) integrates UTEP's wire embedding technology into the BAAM-100 machine, 2) develops a software solution for 3D wire pattern fabrication, and 3) creates a graduate certificate program in Additive Manufacturing.

Posting date: Mon, 11/14/2016

Award start date: Thu, 09/01/2016
Award end date: Thu, 04/05/2018

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36747


STEM GROW PROGRAM
PI: Peter Golding
Co-PI: Vanessa Lougheed, Scott Starks, Liz Walsh
Sponsor: US DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
Engineering Education and Leadership
Amount awarded: $5,412,165

Our goal in the STEM RISE (Raising Inclusiveness in STEM Education) Program is to significantly increase student interest, performance, persistence, and STEM graduation, and then for our students to proceed into STEM careers, including graduate programs. Our STEM RISE Program strongly aligns with our institutions Quality Enhancement Plans (QEPs) designed to capitalize on our talented, asset rich students, who are ready to succeed in the classroom, the world of work, and the global community.

Posting date: Mon, 11/14/2016

Award start date: Sat, 10/01/2016
Award end date: Thu, 09/30/2021

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36748


NARRATIVE ENHANCEMENT AND COGNITIVE THERAPY (NECT) TO ADDRESS SELF-STIGMA OF MENTAL ILLNESS
PI: Kristin Kosyluk
Sponsor: CITY UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK
Rehabilitative Science
Amount awarded: $600

The NECT manual is not currently available in Spanish language and this Sponsored Project supports the translation of the manual. Her research interests include stigma, empowerment, and service engagement among individuals with mental illnesses and/or psychiatric disabilities.

Posting date: Thu, 11/10/2016

Award start date: Mon, 08/01/2016
Award end date: Fri, 09/30/2016

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36732


HISTORY DEPARTMENT CAREER DIVERSITY
PI: Jeffrey Shepherd
Sponsor: AMERICAN HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION
History
Amount awarded: $2,975

Efforts such as this Career Diversity Grant contribute directly to the mission of the University of Texas at El Paso, a Hispanic Serving Institution, which stands as a model of “access and excellence” for a Research University with a 21st century demographic. Since its inauguration in 1999, our PhD Program has graduated 28 students, of which 60% are students of color, and 29% are women of color. Alumni who have entered academia are teaching at institutions across the U.S and Mexico, and several have chosen non-academic career paths. We presently have 39 doctoral students, of which 74% are students of color and 33% are women of color. By 2020 we will have graduated nearly 40 students of color. Thus, we are uniquely poised to prepare students of color for the professoriate and careers beyond the classroom.

Posting date: Thu, 11/10/2016

Award start date: Fri, 08/19/2016
Award end date: Fri, 08/18/2017

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36733


CENTER FOR THE COMPUTATIONAL DESIGN OF FUNCTIONAL LAYERED MATERIALS
PI: Jianwei Sun
Sponsor: US DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY THROUGH TEMPLE UNIVERSITY
Physics
Amount awarded: $240,496

This project will validate functional layered materials by synergistically collaborating with experimentalists, computationalists, and theorists. Dr. Sun will study the origin of the charge density waves appearing in two dimensional systems, along with computationally designing layered materials for catalytic applications by defect engineering.

Posting date: Thu, 11/10/2016

Award start date: Mon, 08/01/2016
Award end date: Tue, 07/31/2018

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36734


FY16 SUSAN HARWOOD TRAINING GRANT
PI: Austin Marshall
Co-PI: Adeeba Raheem
Sponsor: US DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
Civil Engineering
Amount awarded: $139,556

The University of Texas at El Paso is proposing to provide Targeted Topic Training for Confined space Safety to non - English speaking and vulnerable construction workers in the greater El Paso, Texas area. Training will be conducted in both a classroom format as well as in hands - on training at residential and commercial construction work sites.

Posting date: Thu, 11/10/2016

Award start date: Fri, 09/30/2016
Award end date: Fri, 09/29/2017

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36735


EVALUATION OF TECHNIQUES TO ENHANCE THE WATER INFILTRATION RATE AT WATER RETENTION PONDS
PI: Vivek Tandon
Sponsor: EL PASO WATER UTILITIES PSB
Civil Engineering
Amount awarded: $27,500

El Paso Water Utilities uses water retention ponds to mitigate flooding. Lower infiltration rates in the ponds reduce the effectiveness of ponds and provides an amicable breeding environment for mosquitoes. This project will evaluate the effectiveness of various techniques to enhance the rate of infiltration in retention ponds, thus, mitigating problems associated with standing water.

Posting date: Thu, 11/10/2016

Award start date: Thu, 09/01/2016
Award end date: Tue, 02/28/2017

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36736


BAA: ESMR ENTERPRISE TESTBED: A JOINT COMMUNICATION AND RADAR SPECTRUM ALLOCATION SOLUTION
PI: Virgilio Gonzalez
Co-PI: Ben Flores
Sponsor: ARMY RESEARCH LABORATORY THROUGH US ARMY WHITE SANDS MISSILE RANGE
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Amount awarded: $704,362

The goal of this project is to define a high-level architecture for the WSMR enterprise testbed that will coordinate the joint usage of the radio spectrum for communications and radar system applications among others. For this purpose we will define the methodology to (1) identify and classify spectral users, and (2) optimally assign and reassign spectral resource allocations. We will also consider different scenario models to test the effectiveness of the proposed architecture. Finally the proposal will recommend a high level network architecture and tools to create a backbone similar to telecom service providers allowing the leverage of existing technologies.

Posting date: Thu, 11/10/2016

Award start date: Tue, 09/01/2015
Award end date: Fri, 08/31/2018

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36737


WORKSHOP FOR APPLYING GIS-COMMUNITY BASED MAPPING FOR THE IDENTIFICATION OF ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH DISPARITIES IN THE EL PASO DEL NORTE REGION
PI: Gabriel Ibarra-Mejia
Sponsor: NIH-NATIONAL LIBRARY OF MEDICINE
Department of Public Health
Amount awarded: $7,475

The purpose of this project is to design, pilot and conduct a training workshop based on the training received from the NLM titled “Community Health Maps” during the past month of June. This workshop highly motivated the author of this proposal to further disseminate the methods and techniques of using low-cost mapping tools to enhance and enrich graduate students of the Masters in Public Health program at the University of Texas at El Paso, who are already engaged in community health data collection.

Posting date: Thu, 11/10/2016

Award start date: Sat, 10/01/2016
Award end date: Sat, 09/30/2017

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36738


CONSORTIUM FOR INTEGRATING ENERGY SYSTEMS IN ENGINEERING AND SCIENCE EDUCATION
PI: Lourdes Echegoyen
Co-PI: Norman Love, Yirong Lin
Sponsor: US DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY THROUGH UNIVERSIDAD DEL TURABO
COURI - Campus Office of Undergraduate Research Initiatives
Amount awarded: $360,000

Universidad del Turabo in Puerto Rico, in collaboration with UTEP, will form a consortium to improve the pipeline of graduates pursuing careers in DOE-related fields. Focused on embedding Energy Systems curricula, the consortium will establish changes in the curriculum of engineering and science, integrate research experiences with STEM education, and prepare educational modules and practical experiences for K-12 education.

Posting date: Thu, 11/10/2016

Award start date: Thu, 09/01/2016
Award end date: Sat, 08/31/2019

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36739


BPC-A: COMPUTING ALLIANCE OF HISPANIC-SERVING INSTITUTIONS -BUILDING A RESILIENT, SUSTAINABLE, AND ADAPTABLE CAHSI ECOSYSTEM
PI: Ann Gates
Sponsor: NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION
Computer Science
Amount awarded: $3,841,960

Over the last ten years, the Computing Alliance of Hispanic-Serving Institutions (CAHSI) established successful strategies for recruitment, retention and advancement of Hispanics in computing. In this project, CAHSI defines a unique ecosystem with four essential elements to ensure its sustainability, resilience and adaptability to change. These elements include: (1) support structures to enhance the career prospects of students and faculty, (2) resources to facilitate implementation and deployment of the field-tested interventions, (3) balance to ensure the total health of the ecosystem through engagement of leaders from diverse sectors, and (4) inclusive environment.

Posting date: Thu, 11/10/2016

Award start date: Sat, 10/01/2016
Award end date: Thu, 09/30/2021

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36740


I-CORPS
PI: Tom Davis
Sponsor: NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION
Center for Inland Desalination Systems (CIDS)
Amount awarded: $50,000

This commercialization grant will help locate a customer base for a water hardness sensor. The sensor detects regeneration timing for water softener. Atlas Technologies, a local start-up company, will partner with Dr. Davis to locate potential customers for this technology.

Posting date: Thu, 11/10/2016

Award start date: Sun, 01/01/2017
Award end date: Sun, 12/31/2017

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36741


CENTER FOR EARTH SYSTEMS SCIENCES AND REMOTE SENSING TECHNOLOGIES
PI: Miguel Velez-Reyes
Co-PI: Craig Tweedie
Sponsor: NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION THROUGH CITY COLLEGE OF NEW YORK
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Amount awarded: $638,760

The main goal of the project is to partner with The City College of New York in the establishment of the NOAA Cooperative Science Center (CSC) on Earth System Sciences and Remote Sensing Technology. In this project, UTEP will participate in recruiting, educating, graduating, and advancing NOAA sciences with a set of diverse students from UTEP.

Posting date: Thu, 11/10/2016

Award start date: Thu, 09/01/2016
Award end date: Sat, 08/31/2019

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36742


NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION CENTER (NOAA) FOR ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCES (NCAS) RESUBMISSION
PI: Rosa Fitzgerald
Sponsor: NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION THROUGH HOWARD UNIVERSITY
Physics
Amount awarded: $775,505

This cooperative agreement between UTEP and Howard University is aimed at ensuring “the production of high-quality students through high-quality research and collaborative discovery”. NCAS is dedicated to producing a diverse group of highly-trained professionals for NOAA and the broader atmospheric and environmental sciences workforce.

Posting date: Thu, 11/10/2016

Award start date: Thu, 09/01/2016
Award end date: Sat, 08/31/2019

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36743


I-CORPS
PI: Thomas Boland
Sponsor: NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION
Metallurgical, Materials and Biomedical Engineering
Amount awarded: $50,000

This commercialization grant will help locate a customer base for a point of care (POC) device to detect Zika and other arbovirus infections. The device will improve upon currently used POC devices by using a molecularly imprinted polymer. The polymer is synthesized in an environment where the template can subsist for duration of the imprint. The device will effectively function in low resource settings.

Posting date: Wed, 11/09/2016

Award start date: Fri, 07/15/2016
Award end date: Fri, 07/14/2017

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36729


COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH: TOWARD AN ALLIANCE TO PREPARE A NATIONAL FACULTY FOR BROADENING SUCCESS OF UNDERREPRESENTED 2-YEAR AND 4-YEAR STEM STUDENTS
PI: Ben Flores
Sponsor: NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Amount awarded: $9,999

This project will form a national alliance to prepare a new national STEM faculty, spanning all sectors of post-secondary education. Evidence-based inclusive teaching methods will be used for mentoring and advising practices. The goals of the projects include improved learning, persistence, and completion of undergraduates in STEM.

Posting date: Wed, 11/09/2016

Award start date: Sat, 10/01/2016
Award end date: Sat, 03/31/2018

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36731


NSF NANOYSTEMS ENGINEERING RESEARCH CENTER FOR OFF-GRID NANOTECHNOLOGY ENABLED WATER TREATMENT SYSTEMS
PI: Jorge Gardea-Torresdey
Co-PI: Juan Noveron, Dino Villagran
Sponsor: NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION THROUGH RICE UNIVERSITY
Chemistry
Amount awarded: $1,597,176

This Nanosystems Engineering Research Center for Nanotechnology Enabled Water Treatment (NEWT) will facilitate access to clean water and enable wastewater reuse almost anywhere in the world. NEWT will develop efficient, easy-to-deploy compact and modular water treatment systems that minimize energy requirements and chemical consumption, and decrease waste residuals and environmental impact.

Posting date: Tue, 11/01/2016

Award start date: Thu, 01/01/2015
Award end date: Tue, 12/31/2019

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36721


THE FY17 DWIGHT DAVID EISENHOWER TRANSPORTATION FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM LOCAL COMPETITION
PI: Imad Abdallah
Sponsor: FEDERAL HIGHWAY ADMINISTRATION - US DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
Center for Transportation Infrastructure Systems (CTIS)
Amount awarded: $43,500

This project will stimulate interest among students attending Hispanic-serving institutions and historically black colleges and universities to: Conduct transportation-related research, pursue transportation-related degrees, enter the transportation industry workforce, and enhance the scope of knowledge for the U.S. transportation community.

Posting date: Tue, 11/01/2016

Award start date: Thu, 09/29/2016
Award end date: Thu, 09/28/2017

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36722


TECHNOLOGY DEMONSTRATION OF A HIGH PRESSURE SWIRL OXY-COAL COMBUSTOR
PI: Ahsan Choudhuri
Co-PI: Norman Love
Sponsor: US DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY
Center for Space Exploration Technology Research (CSETR)
Amount awarded: $1,501,559

In this project, UTEP PIs will design, construct, and perform systems configuration analysis of a pressurized oxy-coal swirl combustor. Advanced additive manufacturing using direct metal laser sintering and electron beam melting will be utilized to fabricate the burner modules. The use of the additive manufacturing techniques provides complex burner geometry and a shorter manufacturing lead time.

Posting date: Tue, 11/01/2016

Award start date: Sat, 10/01/2016
Award end date: Mon, 09/30/2019

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36723


A VERSATILE EARLY-METAL PLATFORM FOR THE ACTIVATION AND DEHYDROGENATION OF C-H BONDS
PI: Skye Fortier
Sponsor: AMERICAN CHEMICAL SOCIETY
Chemistry
Amount awarded: $110,000

We have recently developed an electron-rich titanium complex that is highly reactive. Our titanium compound readily performs two-electron reduction chemistry and has been shown to reduce a wide array of organic substrates. As a testament to its reactivity, the complex slowly undergoes C-H bond activation with itself to eliminate dihydrogen and give a new, isolable titanium compound. This transformation is remarkable and a rare example of dehydrogenation chemistry performed by an early metal. We intend to exploit this feature to produce a low-cost, non-toxic catalyst for the dehydrogenation of hydrocarbons.

Posting date: Tue, 11/01/2016

Award start date: Thu, 09/01/2016
Award end date: Fri, 08/31/2018

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36724


PREPARING NEW PHDS FOR ACADEMIC CAREERS: EFFICACY OF HOLISTIC FACULTY DEVELOPMENT
PI: Louis Everett
Sponsor: NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION
Mechanical Engineering
Amount awarded: $49,622

A PhD-level course will be developed that is easily replicated for PhD granting institutions. The course prepares graduates for roles as tenure track faculty. This project will also demonstrate the feasibility of producing a faculty development process over a full year. Attendees will develop a better understanding of how to perform educational research.

Posting date: Wed, 10/26/2016

Award start date: Thu, 09/01/2016
Award end date: Thu, 08/31/2017

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36719


COMPARISON OF THE EFFECTIVENESS OF TREADMILL VS. OVERGROUND SPRINT TRAINING
PI: Sandor Dorgo
Sponsor: NATIONAL STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING ASSOCIATION
Kinesiology
Amount awarded: $5,193

The project investigate optimal training methods to better improve sprint performance. Most team and individual sports require not only explosive movements such as throwing, jumping and kicking, but sprinting as well.

Posting date: Tue, 10/25/2016

Award start date: Thu, 09/01/2016
Award end date: Thu, 08/31/2017

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36705


IMPROVED TEST METHODS AND PRACTICES FOR CHARACTERIZING STEEL CORROSION POTENTIAL OF EARTHEN MATERIALS
PI: Soheil Nazarian
Co-PI: Shane Walker, Arturo Bronson
Sponsor: MCMAHON AND MANN CONSULTING ENGINEERS THROUGH NATIONAL COOPERATIVE HIGHWAY RESEARCH PROGRAM
Center for Transportation Infrastructure Systems (CTIS)
Amount awarded: $264,999

The objective of this research is to develop new or improved laboratory and field test methods to measure the electrochemical properties of earthen materials surrounding buried or embedded steel elements. The methods shall be representative of field conditions, and provide acceptable calibration, repeatability, and reproducibility.

Posting date: Tue, 10/25/2016

Award start date: Fri, 04/01/2016
Award end date: Sun, 09/30/2018

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36706


R21: HIV-SPECIFIC CTL EXHAUSTION AT IMMUNOLOGICAL SYNAPSE
PI: June Kan-Mitchell
Sponsor: NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF ALLERGY AND INFECTIOUS DISEASES THROUGH BAYLOR UNIVERSITY
Biological Sciences
Amount awarded: $129,189

For in vitro immunized HIV epitope-specific CD8+T cells, preliminary data demonstrates that cultures propagated for longer periods of time (>60 days) express high levels of PD-1. In contrast, early cultures express little or lower levels of PD-1. For this project, Dr. Kan-Mitchell's group will deliver at least 3 million each of PD-1 hi and PD-2 lo tetramer-binding CD8+T cells from 3 or more donors.

Posting date: Tue, 10/25/2016

Award start date: Fri, 04/01/2016
Award end date: Sat, 03/31/2018

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36707


SCALING UP OR WATERING DOWN? EXPLORING DIFFERENT APPROACHES TO EARLY COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL IMPLEMENTATION
PI: Julia Duncheon
Sponsor: SPENCER FOUNDATION
Teacher Education
Amount awarded: $50,000

This three-year project examines the early college high school initiative in El Paso, with the primary focus on a high-needs student population. The study is a mixed-methods comparative case study that explores the implementation of three types of early colleges: those located on community campuses, those located on stand-alone campuses, and those established within comprehensive high schools.

Posting date: Tue, 10/25/2016

Award start date: Thu, 09/01/2016
Award end date: Thu, 08/31/2017

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36708


EDUCATING THE ENEMY: TEACHING NAZIS AND MEXICANS IN COLD WAR AMERICA
PI: Jonna Perrillo
Sponsor: SPENCER FOUNDATION
English
Amount awarded: $12,491

Educating the Enemy charts the story of how two groups of immigrant students both considered enemies of a sort-children of Nazi scientists and Mexican children-fared in Cold War El Paso schools and what their experiences reveal about American schooling and political culture. In so doing, it uncovers the central role schools played in defining “foreignness” in a postwar international order, the Cold War dissonances between international tolerance and domestic segregation, and the influence of the military on American public schools.

Posting date: Tue, 10/25/2016

Award start date: Thu, 12/01/2016
Award end date: Wed, 05/31/2017

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36709


ARTS RESPOND: UTEP AND EPISD-A VISIT WITH EMERGING WOMEN ARTISTS
PI: Melissa Barba
Sponsor: TEXAS COMMISSION ON THE ARTS
Art Department
Amount awarded: $8,000

The Rubin Center will provide appropriate trainings for the individual artists to prepare them to teach a TEKS-aligned lesson and also hands-on strategies for creating a successful workshop for youth. All of the aforementioned programming is free and open to the public, and will be overseen by Assistant Director Melissa Barba, who brings 12 years of experience in curriculum development and arts education.

Posting date: Tue, 10/25/2016

Award start date: Sat, 10/01/2016
Award end date: Sat, 09/30/2017

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36710


TALES FROM THE CHIHUAHUAN DESERT: BORDERLANDS NARRATIVES ABOUT IDENTITY AND BINATIONALISM
PI: R. Joseph Rodriguez
Co-PI: Ignacio Martinez
Sponsor: NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE HUMANITIES
English
Amount awarded: $142,006

The UTEP departments of English and History, Center for Inter-American and Border Studies, and Institute of Oral History will be hosting a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Summer Institute for School Teachers, from July 16th to July 30th, 2017. Named “Tales from the Chihuahuan Desert: Borderland Narratives about Identity and Binationalism,” the NEH Summer Institute will provide 25 Summer Scholars (teachers in grades 6–12) a guided exploration of borderlands histories and narratives from the Paso del Norte Region. Participants will gain instructional methods with the aim of benefiting teaching and scholarship in the humanities.

Posting date: Tue, 10/25/2016

Award start date: Sat, 10/01/2016
Award end date: Sat, 09/30/2017

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36711


TARGETED SUBSTANCE USE DISORDER (SUD) TREATMENT CAPACITY EXPANSION FOR MINORITY WOMEN AT HIGH RISK FOR HIV/AIDS IN VULNERABLE U.S.-MEXICO BORDER COMMUNITIES
PI: Thenral Mangadu
Sponsor: SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES ADMINISTRATION
Department of Public Health
Amount awarded: $1,479,820

This project will educate hundred of women over three years to reduce risks related to unsafe sex practices. The educational component includes culturally and regionally appropriate, women-centered, evidence-based peer outreach education intervention. Improving access to culturally appropriate HIV and Hepatitis testing is a critical portion of this project.

Posting date: Tue, 10/25/2016

Award start date: Thu, 09/01/2016
Award end date: Sat, 08/31/2019

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36712


COMBUSTION JOINING OF REGOLITH TILES FOR THE IN-SITU FABRICATION OF LANDING/LAUNCHING PADS
PI: Evgeny Shafirovich
Sponsor: NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION
Center for Space Exploration Technology Research (CSETR)
Amount awarded: $100,000

The project will develop an effective pathway for joining regolith tiles into landing/launching pads on the lunar or Martian surface. The proposed project will generate data on the optimal compositions and amounts of exothermic mixtures that could be used for combustion joining of the regolith tiles. The experimental results will be validated by modeling of t he combustion wave propagation over the mixture placed in the gap between the two regolith tiles.

Posting date: Tue, 10/25/2016

Award start date: Thu, 09/01/2016
Award end date: Fri, 08/31/2018

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36713


FORENSIC, TESTING, AND ENGINEERING SUPPORT FOR THE GEOTECHNICAL, SOILS AND AGGREGATES BRANCH
PI: Soheil Nazarian
Sponsor: TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
Center for Transportation Infrastructure Systems (CTIS)
Amount awarded: $299,999

UTEP will provide forensics and technical support to TXDOT for Forensic, Testing and Engineering Support for the Geotechnical, Soils and Aggregates Branch. UTEP will provide technical guidance and recommendations with regard to highway material inspection, material testing for construction and design activities along with related highway infrastructure procurement, design and construction activities.

Posting date: Tue, 10/25/2016

Award start date: Thu, 09/01/2016
Award end date: Sat, 08/31/2019

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36714


THE CAHSI-SW2 NETWORKED COMMUNITY FOR BROADENING STEM PARTICIPATION OF HISPANICS IN GRADUATE STUDIES
PI: Ann Gates
Co-PI: Aaron Velasco
Sponsor: NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION
Computer Science
Amount awarded: $299,903

This project will achieve parity in the number of Hispanics who complete computation-based graduate studies through expanded partnerships with 2-year college feeders. This vision will expand nationwide through networked partnerships in areas with significant Hispanic populations. The partnerships will collectively adapt and adopt proven practices and apply them throughout the higher education system of 2-year colleges and baccalaureate-, masters-, and doctorate-granting universities.

Posting date: Tue, 10/25/2016

Award start date: Sun, 01/01/2017
Award end date: Mon, 12/31/2018

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36715


THE ROLE OF NON-COGNITIVE AND AFFECTIVE (NCA) FACTORS IN ENGINEERING AND COMPUTING STUDENT ACADEMIC PERFORMANCE
PI: Ann Gates
Sponsor: NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION THROUGH PURDUE UNIVERSITY
Computer Science
Amount awarded: $440,793

The central intellectual contribution of this research-to-practice project is the development, implementation, and evaluation of NCA-based interventions for diverse STEM students in multiple settings. 

Posting date: Tue, 10/25/2016

Award start date: Thu, 09/01/2016
Award end date: Sat, 08/31/2019

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36716


IDENTIFICATION OF NOVEL FERROPTOSIS INDUCERS TARGETING SQUALENE SYNTHASE AS POTENTIAL CHEMOTHERAPY FOR NON-SMALL-CELL-LUNG CANCER
PI: Rachid Skouta
Sponsor: LUNG CANCER RESEARCH FOUNDATION
Chemistry
Amount awarded: $129,344

Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death among both men and women in the United States. Non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) represents more than 85% of lung cancer cases. The predicted 5 year survival rate of the NSCLC case is around 16 % due to a lack of understanding of the dynamic interactions between the tumor microenvironment and drug resistance. Therefore, there is still a need to discover anti-NSCLC drug candidates acting through new complementary mechanisms of cell death and therapeutic targets. The proposed studies are designed to discover novel specific ferroptosis inducers of well-defined cell death and uncover their target for disease treatments. In addition, these studies will improve possible resistance that increases towards agents activating a known apoptosis cell death. Thus, completion of these studies may provide knowledge that can be used to increase drug efficiency against NSCLC.

Posting date: Mon, 10/24/2016

Award start date: Tue, 11/01/2016
Award end date: Wed, 10/31/2018

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36703


USING EVIDENCE-BASED EDUCATIONAL PRACTICES TO PREPARE AND SUPPORT HIGHLY QUALIFIED STUDENTS WITH FINANCIAL NEED FOR CAREERS IN COMPUTING AND CYBER-SECURITY
PI: Salamah Salamah
Co-PI: Ann Gates
Sponsor: NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION
Computer Science
Amount awarded: $3,279,626

The project will fund 60 Scholars, 24 of which will spend at least a year at a two -year institution. The project includes a study focusing on the factors that facilitate the adoption and sustainability of evidence-based reforms to serve high qualified students in computing with financial needs, in particular Hispanics.

Posting date: Tue, 10/18/2016

Award start date: Thu, 09/15/2016
Award end date: Sat, 08/31/2019

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36702


COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH: NRT-IGE: EMPLOYING MODEL-BASED REASONING IN ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE (EMBERS)
PI: Deana Pennington
Sponsor: NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION
CyberShare
Amount awarded: $34,950

This project will provide an enhanced professional development experience to UTEP Ph.D. students majoring in environmental science and engineering. An internship will be provided with the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at UT Austin. During the internship, the students will develop new outreach curricula focused on learning computing and data science competencies for earth and environmental sciences.

Posting date: Mon, 10/17/2016

Award start date: Mon, 09/12/2016
Award end date: Fri, 08/31/2018

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36699


SURFACE CHARACTERIZATION OF METALS AND PHOTOVOLTAIC FILMS
PI: Jorge Lopez
Sponsor: ARMY RESEARCH OFFICE
Physics
Amount awarded: $404,514

The project “Surface Characterization of Materials” will study a variety of materials by means of sophisticated spectroscopic techniques. The University of Texas at El Paso will purchase an x-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) instrument and a thin-film sputtering instrument for research and instruction in science and engineering. The thin films to be produced are of interest in the study of photovoltaic materials; the XPS technique will study a plethora of surfaces of interest to geology, electrical engineering, chemistry and physics.

Posting date: Tue, 10/11/2016

Award start date: Thu, 09/01/2016
Award end date: Thu, 08/31/2017

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36690


HISTORY DEPARTMENT CAREER DIVERSITY
PI: Jeffrey Shepherd
Sponsor: AMERICAN HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION
History
Amount awarded: $3,000

This Career Diversity Grant will contribute directly to UTEP’s mission of “access and excellence” for a Research University with a 21st century demographic by preparing diverse students for the professoriate and careers beyond the classroom. Since 1999, the History PhD Program has graduated 28 students, of which 60% are diverse students, and 29% are women with diverse backgrounds.

Posting date: Tue, 10/11/2016

Award start date: Fri, 08/19/2016
Award end date: Fri, 08/18/2017

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36691


SUPPLEMENT: BORDER BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH CENTER
PI: Robert Kirken
Co-PI: Igor Almeida
Sponsor: NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON MINORITY HEALTH AND HEALTH DISPARITIES
Border Biomedical Research Center (BBRC)
Amount awarded: $153,400

The administrative supplement will allow us to acquire a new high-resolution Orbitrap mass spectrometer needed for the Biomolecule Analysis Core. The overall goal of the Border Biomedical Research Center (BBRC) is to enable high quality research on health-related problems prevalent on the U.S. - Mexico border through provision of a strong research infrastructure that also provides seminal support for the doctoral program in Biological Scien ces at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), a program that serves as a major point of entry for Hispanics and other underrepresented minorities into the nation's biomedical research mainstream.

Posting date: Tue, 10/11/2016

Award start date: Fri, 04/01/2016
Award end date: Sun, 03/31/2019

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36692


REDUCING INEQUALITY DISTRIBUTION OF QUALIFIED TEACHERS AND PRINCIPALS DISTRICT FUNDING AND EDUCATOR QUALITY GAPS
PI: David Knight
Sponsor: WILLIAM T GRANT FOUNDATION
Center for Education Research and Policy Studies
Amount awarded: $24,983

Disparities in access to high quality educators prevent historically marginalized students from receiving adequate opportunities to learn. The federal government has made equitable access to effective teachers a key component of the Every Student Succeeds Act and several recent state-level court cases have centered on the issue of “teacher quality gaps.” Unfortunately, policymakers have little evidence about what factors affect the inequitable distribution of qualified teachers and principals, or about the characteristics of districts that have successfully narrowed educator quality gaps. The proposed study will address this gap in the literature through use of longitudinal statewide student level data fro m Texas. The study investigates the factors associated with disparities in access to high quality teachers and principals across districts in Texas over a 20-year period.

Posting date: Tue, 10/11/2016

Award start date: Mon, 08/01/2016
Award end date: Mon, 07/31/2017

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36693


VULNERABILITY ISSUES IN DRUG ABUSE: CAREER AND RESEARCH TRANS-DISCIPLINARY TRAINING PROGRAM
PI: Laura O'Dell
Co-PI: Eddie Castañeda
Sponsor: NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON DRUG ABUSE
Center for Law and Human Behavior
Amount awarded: $1,930,847

The proposed post-doctoral training program entitled “Vulnerability Issues In Drug Abuse: Career And Research Trans-disciplinary Training Program (VIDA: CARTT)” is intended to provide a comprehensive diversity training program for 4 post-doctoral fellows from diverse backgrounds. We will have 2 fellows in Years 1-2 and 2 additional fellows in Years 3-4. The goal of our program will be to increase diversity in the workforce with early career scientists that come out of UTEP.

Posting date: Tue, 10/11/2016

Award start date: Fri, 09/30/2016
Award end date: Sun, 09/29/2019

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36694


MRI ACQUISITION OF FLOW CYTOMETRIC SORTER
PI: Charles Spencer
Sponsor: NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION
Biological Sciences
Amount awarded: $613,910

For this project, a flow cytometric sorter will be acquired and housed in the Cytometry, Screening and Imaging Core Facility at UTEP. The sorter will allow for both multiparametric analysis and high speed sorting of multiple cell populations into as few as a single cell per well. The 10 color parameters detected by the sorter will elevate UTEP’s Core Facility with national research intensive universities.

Posting date: Tue, 10/11/2016

Award start date: Thu, 09/01/2016
Award end date: Sat, 08/31/2019

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36695


COMBATING DYNAPENIA IN DIVERSE ETHNIC GROUPS OF OLDER ADULTS
PI: Sandor Dorgo
Sponsor: NATIONAL STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING ASSOCIATION
Kinesiology
Amount awarded: $40,542

Through combining data collected in two different aims, the ultimate aim of the proposed study is to develop a DXA prediction model to predict IMAT in older adults and to assess how two different multi-modal exercise programs impact sarcopenic obesity or dynapenic obesity in older adults.

Posting date: Mon, 09/26/2016

Award start date: Fri, 07/01/2016
Award end date: Fri, 06/30/2017

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36604


COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH: TESTING BETWEEN INCOMPATIBLE MODELS FOR EXTENSION IN THE RIO GRANDE RIFT-BASIN AND RANGE TRANSITION OF SOUTHERN NEW MEXICO
PI: Jason Ricketts
Sponsor: NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION
Geological Sciences
Amount awarded: $166,905

Specific questions to be addressed in this project include, 1) When was the main phase of extension in the Basin and Range of southeastern Arizona and southwestern New Mexico? 2) When was the main phase of extension in the southern Rio Grande rift of southern New Mexico and western Texas? 3) What is the nature of the boundary between the southern Rio Grande rift and adjacent Basin and Range? 4) What was the main driver of extension in the southern Rio Grande rift? To answer these questions, samples from thirteen separate locations will be “triple dated” using apatite (U-Th)/He (AHe), apatite fission-track (AFT), and zircon (U-Th)/He (ZHe) thermochronologic methods.

Posting date: Mon, 09/26/2016

Award start date: Mon, 08/15/2016
Award end date: Tue, 07/31/2018

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36636


AFRL COLLABORATION PROGRAM-MATERIALS AND MANUFACTURING RESEARCH
PI: Ryan Wicker
Co-PI: Eric MacDonald
Sponsor: CLARKSON AEROSPACE CORPORATION
W.M. Keck Center for 3-D Innovation
Amount awarded: $75,000

Funding will be used to conduct discovery, development, and integration of war-fighting technologies focused on the use of sensors and of materials and manufacturing techniques that support current Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) research.

Posting date: Mon, 09/26/2016

Award start date: Wed, 06/01/2016
Award end date: Sat, 09/30/2017

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36642


STARTALK AT UTEP
PI: Maissa Khatib
Co-PI: Guillermina Nunez-Mchiri
Sponsor: NATIONAL SECURITY AGENCY AND NATIONAL FOREIGN LANGUAGE CENTER
Languages and Linguistics
Amount awarded: $90,000

STARTALK at UTEP is a three-week summer language immersion program, carefully crafted to provide Arabic and Portuguese learning spaces on the UTEP campus. Upon completion of the program, students will acquire linguistic preparation and be familiar with the cultures of the Arabic countries and Brazil. Research will evaluate the efficacy of the program.

Posting date: Fri, 09/23/2016

Award start date: Thu, 04/21/2016
Award end date: Tue, 02/28/2017

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/34981


AGAINST TRANSLATION: THE FORM OF RENAISSANCE EPIC
PI: Joseph Ortiz
Sponsor: AMERICAN COUNCIL OF LEARNED SOCIETIES
English
Amount awarded: $75,000

Fellowship funds will be used in residence at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC to develop the "Against Translation" project. This comparative, interdisciplinary project will examine epic's representation of translation in the context of Renaissance humanism. It addresses classical Greek and Roman epics, as well as Renaissance Italian, Spanish, and English writing.  

Posting date: Fri, 09/23/2016

Award start date: Fri, 07/01/2016
Award end date: Thu, 08/31/2017

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/34983


IMPROVED STEM EDUCATION FOR 21ST CENTURY ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENTISTS THROUGH STRATIFIED MENTORING AND PROFESSIONAL NETWORKING
PI: Lixin Jin
Co-PI: Liz Walsh, Diane Doser, Vanessa Lougheed
Sponsor: NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION
Geological Sciences
Amount awarded: $298,431

This project will establish and implement an interdisciplinary stratified mentoring model to enhance recruitment, retention and training of Hispanic students in the Environmental Sciences program, and to better prepare the 21st century environmental scientists for job markets. We hypothesize that interdisciplinary stratified mentoring model is an effective instructional practice that can be readily adapted to serve other urban, minority serving institutions.

Posting date: Fri, 09/23/2016

Award start date: Mon, 08/01/2016
Award end date: Wed, 07/31/2019

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/35007


A RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL OF THE EFFECTIVENESS OF THE NAMI PEER-TO-PEER PROGRAM
PI: Kristin Kosyluk
Sponsor: HOGG FOUNDATION FOR MENTAL HEALTH
Rehabilitative Science
Amount awarded: $21,985

The proposed research aims to recruit and train two NAMI Peer-to-Peer facilitators in El Paso, Texas and to conduct a randomized controlled trial using a waitlist control group to examine the effectiveness of the program in promoting recovery-oriented outcomes. The research will test the hypotheses that individuals participating in the NAMI Peer-to-Peer program experience an increased sense of empowerment, social support, and greater social functioning, a greater sense of empathy and acceptance, a reduction in the perception of stigma as a barrier, an increased sense of hope, and increased knowledge about mental illness compared to the control group.

Posting date: Fri, 09/23/2016

Award start date: Fri, 07/01/2016
Award end date: Sat, 06/30/2018

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36489


THE EFFECT OF CULTURAL BARRIERS IN THE PERCEPTION OF OCCUPATIONAL RISK IN MEXICAN MIGRANT WORKERS
PI: Gabriel Ibarra-Mejia
Sponsor: UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY
Department of Public Health
Amount awarded: $29,947

The research will identify the impact of cultural barriers on perceived occupational risk in Mexican migrant workers. The two-phase qualitative and quantitative research design includes a sample of Hispanic construction workers in the Paso del Norte region. The research project is expected to generate information for designing interventions that allow the reduction of occupational risk behaviors and modifications of public policies related to health and safety at work.

Posting date: Fri, 09/23/2016

Award start date: Thu, 09/01/2016
Award end date: Wed, 02/28/2018

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36500


SC2 PACLITAXEL DIRECTED DRUG SCREENING: A NEW STRATEGY TO IDENTIFY ANTI-CANCER DRUGS
PI: Giulio Francia
Sponsor: NATIONAL CANCER INSTITUTE
Biological Sciences
Amount awarded: $453,000

This project will identify compounds that can improve the efficacy of clinically used chemotherapy, which should ultimately lead to an increase in the overall survival for those breast cancer patients receiving paclitaxel based therapies. It proposes a novel approach to drug screening; one that evaluates drug libraries on breast cancer cells that have just been exposed to clinically used chemotherapy (specifically the chemotherapeutic drug paclitaxel).

Posting date: Fri, 09/23/2016

Award start date: Tue, 08/16/2016
Award end date: Wed, 07/31/2019

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36501


DHS CENTER OF EXCELLENCE: ARCTIC DOMAIN AWARENESS CENTER (ADAC)
PI: Craig Tweedie
Sponsor: UNIVERSITY OF ALASKA ANCHORAGE THROUGH US DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY
CyberShare
Amount awarded: $81,995

UTEP will support access and transmission of near real time climatic data collected on UTEP's wireless meteorological station network to ADAC. In addition, the project will characterize erosion rates and topobathy of the Barrow area coastline by developing algorithms that describe the environmental state from coastal camera stations.

Posting date: Fri, 09/23/2016

Award start date: Fri, 07/01/2016
Award end date: Fri, 06/30/2017

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36502


ADDITIVE MANUFACTURING OF ENERGY HARVESTING MATERIAL SYSTEM FOR ACTIVE WIRELESS MEMS SENSORS
PI: Yirong Lin
Co-PI: Norman Love, Ryan Wicker
Sponsor: US DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY
Center for Space Exploration Technology Research (CSETR)
Amount awarded: $250,000

This work will focus on the development of an energy harvesting material system capable of working up to 1000ºC to extract both vibrational and thermal energy. The multidisciplinary effort includes investigators with expertise in energy harvesting materials, 3D printing, and energy systems. The goal is to study modified binder jetting based 3D printing technique to fabricate an engineered ceramic/graphene composites with tuning properties for vibration and thermal energy harvesting.

Posting date: Fri, 09/23/2016

Award start date: Thu, 09/01/2016
Award end date: Sat, 08/31/2019

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36508


DEVELOPMENT OF A WEB MAPPING APPLICATION FOR THE FORT BLISS DIRECTORATE OF PUBLIC WORKS
PI: Craig Tweedie
Sponsor: DOD-ARMY ARMAMENT RESEARCH D AND EC THROUGH CHEROKEE NATION MANAGEMENT AND CONSULTING
CyberShare
Amount awarded: $59,962

Funding will be used to develop and deliver an intra-net based web mapping and information system to enhance geospatial data and information access, interrogation, and retrieval for the Fort Bliss Directorate of Public Works. This application will be developed utilizing an AGILE development strategy with regular and iterative feedback with CNMC. End-user functionality will include features suche as zoom in/out, toggle layers on/off, go to place, coordinate, feature, point, basic and advanced (multi-criteria) search, print to pdf, measure distance, area, perimeter, buffer selected features, links to metadata, and disclaimer information (as provided by the contractor).

Posting date: Fri, 09/23/2016

Award start date: Mon, 08/01/2016
Award end date: Sat, 12/31/2016

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36510


PREPARING HUMANITIES PROFESSIONALS IN PH.D. PROGRAMS AT AN HISPANIC SERVING INSTITUTION
PI: Charles Ambler
Sponsor: NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE HUMANITIES
Graduate School
Amount awarded: $17,731

The project will develop and pilot activities that will prepare doctoral students for alternative, non-academic, career paths; focusing on preparation of students for discipline-specific non-academic careers, such as public history, as well as careers that would draw on the particular skills and talents that humanities student's develop in the course of their programs.

Posting date: Fri, 09/23/2016

Award start date: Mon, 08/01/2016
Award end date: Mon, 07/31/2017

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36511


INFUSING AUTHENTIC RESEARCH INTO THE INTRODUCTORY BIOLOGY CURRICULUM-A MULTI-INSTITUTIONAL STUDY
PI: Jeffrey Olimpo
Sponsor: NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION
Biological Sciences
Amount awarded: $320,599

In an effort to promote students' development of experimental design skills and science affect, this project will implement novel course-based undergraduate research experiences (CUREs) in several large, majors introductory organismal biology courses across a diversity array of institutions. These institutions include a research-intensive HSI university, community college, and a small liberal arts college identified as an MSI.

Posting date: Fri, 09/23/2016

Award start date: Thu, 09/01/2016
Award end date: Sat, 08/31/2019

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36514


SCHOLARSHIPS FOR DISADVANTAGED STUDENTS
PI: Candyce Berger
Sponsor: DHHS - HEALTH RESOURCES AND SERVICES ADMINISTRATION
Social Work
Amount awarded: $2,548,404

The purpose of this grant is to support the education of full-time disadvantaged and underrepresented minority students attending the Master of Social Work Program (MSW) at The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), College of Health Sciences.

Posting date: Fri, 09/23/2016

Award start date: Fri, 07/01/2016
Award end date: Sun, 06/30/2019

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36537


VALIDITY OF PCR AND OTHER BIOMARKERS FOR ASSESSING PARASITOLOGICAL CURE IN CHAGAS DISEASE
PI: Igor Almeida
Sponsor: DRUGS FOR NEGLECTED DISEASES INITIATIVE
Biological Sciences
Amount awarded: $33,065

Funding for this project will be used for the analysis of lytic antibodies against T. cruzi in non-human primates serum samples provided by the Texas Biomedical Research Institute. Previous and current studies of Dr. Almeida’s group and of others have shown that tGPI-mucin/CL-ELISA can accurately diagnose Chagas disease and follow-up the cure in benznidazole-treated Chagasic patients.

Posting date: Fri, 09/23/2016

Award start date: Sun, 05/15/2016
Award end date: Mon, 08/15/2016

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36598


BE THE CHANGE: UNDERSTANDING SOCIAL JUSTICE THROUGH THE ARTS' SUMMER CAMPS
PI: Melissa Barba
Sponsor: TEXAS COMMISSION ON THE ARTS
Art Department
Amount awarded: $4,675

Four separate week-long summer camps entitled, 'Be the Change: Understanding Social Justice through the Arts' will use contemporary art to teach local, economically disadvantaged middle and high school students -focusing on Title One middle and high schools- about social justice issues important to our region. 8 Texas-certified visual arts teachers (2 per camp) will create an age-appropriate curriculum and create studio projects relating to the topic using a variety of media. Additionally, we will host 10 Wonder Wednesday workshops focused on Building STEAM in Contemporary Art throughout the summer months and focus on introducing students to STEAM concepts and contemporary arts and crafts through various media.

Posting date: Fri, 09/23/2016

Award start date: Sun, 05/01/2016
Award end date: Wed, 08/31/2016

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36599


DECIPHERING THE STRUCTURAL AND FUNCTIONAL BASIS FOR RING SEPARATION IN CHAPERONINS
PI: Ricardo Bernal
Sponsor: WELCH FOUNDATION
Chemistry
Amount awarded: $195,000

This proposal will build on previous Welch funded results and aims to determine both the structural and functional basis for a single-ring conformational intermediates. Using both X-ray crystallography and high resolution cryo-Electron Microscopy, we will expand our investigations to include chaperonins from various organisms.

Posting date: Fri, 09/23/2016

Award start date:
Award end date:

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36600


GUIDANCE ON PAVEMENT MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS PROCEDURES
PI: Carlos Chang
Sponsor: NICHOLS CONSULTING ENGINEERS, CHTD.
Center for Transportation Infrastructure Systems (CTIS)
Amount awarded: $37,000

The project will consist on the development of a Pavement Management System (PMS) software of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission - StreetSaver. Activities include assisting with statistical analysis of distress data, as well as reviewing and revising pavement condition projection model parameters.

Posting date: Fri, 09/23/2016

Award start date: Fri, 01/15/2016
Award end date: Sat, 12/31/2016

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36601


SCALAR IMPLICATURES IN BILINGUAL CHILD LANGUAGE ACQUISITION
PI: Carla Contemori
Sponsor: LANGUAGE LEARNING
Languages and Linguistics
Amount awarded: $9,480

The research will focus on the development of pragmatic language and its relation to general cognitive development in monolingual and bilingual children. The study will address whether bilingualism has an advantage on children's understanding of the implications of messages as intended by speakers in conversation.

Posting date: Fri, 09/23/2016

Award start date: Sun, 05/01/2016
Award end date: Thu, 08/31/2017

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36603


SC2: PACLITAXEL DIRECTED DRUG SCREENING: A NEW STRATEGY TO IDENTIFY ANTI-CANCER DRUGS
PI: Giulio Francia
Sponsor: NIH - NATIONAL CANCER INSTITUTE
Biological Sciences
Amount awarded: $453,000

This project will identify compounds that can improve the efficacy of clinically used chemotherapy, which should ultimately lead to an increase in the overall survival for those breast cancer patients receiving paclitaxel based therapies.Our hypothesis is that drugs that inhibit the recovery of breast cancer cells exposed to paclitaxel are ideally suited for maximizing the anti-cancer benefit of this chemotherapy.

Posting date: Fri, 09/23/2016

Award start date:
Award end date:

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36605


MSEIP: DEVELOPING EVIDENCE-BASED LEARNING COMMUNITIES IN STEM GATEWAY COURSES: INCREASING PERSISTENCE AND TIMELY COMPLETION OF STEM
PI: Elsa Villa
Co-PI: Erika Mein, Maria Mariani, Christina Convertino, Alberto Esquinca
Sponsor: US DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
Teacher Education
Amount awarded: $689,243

This interdisciplinary collaboration among faculty from the UTEP Colleges of Science, Engineering, and Education builds on the current MSEIP program Developing Metacognitive Learners to Persist and Achieve Timely Completion of Engineering, to increase its impact at UTEP. The project aims to provide a model for transforming first-year “gatekeeping” courses to “gateway” courses through the development of student learning communities by integrating cooperative learning and metacognitive strategies into pre-calculus workshops, where students become producers and disseminators of knowledge rather than solely consumers of knowledge.

Posting date: Fri, 09/23/2016

Award start date: Sat, 10/01/2016
Award end date: Mon, 09/30/2019

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36611


WAYTOSERVE ESPANOL: A CULTURALLY-APPROPRIATE ONLINE RESPONSIBLE BEVERAGE SERVICE TRAINING FOR SPANISH-SPEAKING SERVERS
PI: Frank Perez
Co-PI: Areli Chacon Silva
Sponsor: KLEIN BUENDEL
Communication
Amount awarded: $90,832

The project will translate, in a culturally-appropriate manner, an existing online training program into a relevant and culturally-appropriate Spanish-language program. Specifically, the WayToServe (waytoserve.org) website trains servers and bartenders how to provide customers with responsible alcohol service. Dr. Pérez (PI) and Dr. Areli Chacón Silva (Co-PI) will use focus-groups and identify businesses with Spanish-speaking servers and clients to measure its effectiveness.

Posting date: Fri, 09/23/2016

Award start date: Mon, 08/15/2016
Award end date: Tue, 07/31/2018

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36613


HEALTH IMPACT ASSESSMENT OF 1998 LOWER VALLEY WATER DISTRICT WATER AND WASTEWATER PROJECT
PI: Bill Hargrove
Sponsor: BORDER ENVIRONMENTAL COOPERATION COMMISSION
Center for Environmental Resource Management (CERM)
Amount awarded: $21,960

Research will allow assessment of the health and quality of life impacts of the water and wastewater project completed in 1998 in Socorro and San Elizario by EPWU and the Lower Valley Water District with funding from BECC. We will conduct this assessment using the tools of Health Impact Assessment (HIA) as a “Retrospective HIA," as defined by the World Health Organization.

Posting date: Fri, 09/23/2016

Award start date: Mon, 08/15/2016
Award end date: Wed, 02/15/2017

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36615


COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH: OPTIMAL GRID INTEGRATED DISTRIBUTED ENERGY MANAGEMENT ARCHITECTURE FOR PROSUMER-BASED SMART GRID COMMUNITY
PI: Meagan Kendall
Sponsor: NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION
Engineering Education and Leadership
Amount awarded: $21,642

Although identity is emerging as an attractive explanation for who persists in engineering, few studies have directly linked identity to retention. This project will examine the predictors and factors that work to shape engineering identity and its impact on retention for individuals at different educational stage,-high school students enrolled in engineering courses, undergraduate engineering majors, graduate students, and recent BS engineering graduates. It will build on the limited work on math and science identity, as well as research from engineering education on the importance of professional experiences.

Posting date: Fri, 09/23/2016

Award start date: Mon, 08/01/2016
Award end date: Wed, 07/31/2019

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36616


I-CORPS TEAMS: APERTURE PROSTHETIC TECHNOLOGIES
PI: Meagan Kendall
Co-PI: David Novick
Sponsor: NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION
Engineering Education and Leadership
Amount awarded: $50,000

The Amputee Coalition estimates that there are 185,000 new lower-limb amputees every year. To restore mobility, these amputees are fitted with an artificial limb, and the interface between the remainder of the limb and the artificial limb is a medical device called the socket. For the artificial limb to work in harmony with the user, the quality of the limb-socket fit is critical. A proper fit greatly reduces the risk of blisters or infections that ultimately injure the amputee and reduce their ability to continue using the prosthetic limb. The team is developing a reusable, in-socket sensor array to help clinicians obtain accurate feedback to provide a quality, comfortable fit for patients.

Posting date: Fri, 09/23/2016

Award start date: Wed, 06/01/2016
Award end date: Tue, 01/31/2017

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36617


R01: SYMPATHETIC NEURAL REGULATION AND AGING: MEDULLARY MECHANISMS AND STRATEGIES
PI: Michael Kenney
Sponsor: NIH - NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON AGING
Biological Sciences
Amount awarded: $627,252

The objective of the present research plan is to determine how advancing age, and the transition from a healthy aged state to senescence, alters central neural mechanisms regulating SND under basal conditions and in response to acute physical stress. These findings will exert a sustained and powerful influence on the field by establishing new frontiers relating the effect of advancing age on mechanisms regulating the SNS, and by providing insight and direction for determining relationships between chronic disease development and age-associated changes in SNS function.

Posting date: Fri, 09/23/2016

Award start date: Wed, 06/01/2016
Award end date: Wed, 05/31/2017

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36618


CHARACTERIZATION OF 3D-PRINTED ARTIFICIAL BONE FOR BIOMEDICAL APPLICATIONS
PI: Namsoo Kim
Sponsor: NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
Metallurgical, Materials and Biomedical Engineering
Amount awarded: $190,253

UTEP’s Printing Nano Engineering (PNE) team will characterize 3D printed artificial bone for practical biomedical. The goal of the project is to design and print cortical bone with Magnesium and trabecular bone with PLA/PCL/TiO2 composite. Extra cellular matrix (ECM) is introduced to enhance biodegradable and biocompatibility properties.

Posting date: Fri, 09/23/2016

Award start date: Fri, 10/16/2015
Award end date: Mon, 10/15/2018

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36619


SCHOLARSHIPS FOR DISADVANTAGED DPT STUDENTS
PI: Celia Pechak
Co-PI: Loretta Dillon
Sponsor: DHHS - HEALTH RESOURCES AND SERVICES ADMINISTRATION
Physical Therapy
Amount awarded: $2,600,000

The purpose of this project is to support educationally/environmentally/economically disadvantaged students in the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Program at The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) College of Health Sciences (CHS) Department of Rehabilitation Sciences. The UTEP DPT Program is well-positioned to make an important contribution to increasing the diversity of the physical therapy workforce.

Posting date: Fri, 09/23/2016

Award start date: Fri, 07/01/2016
Award end date: Sun, 06/30/2019

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36621


MODULATED REFLECTIVE METASURFACE
PI: Raymond Rumpf
Sponsor: LOCKHEED MARTIN AERONAUTICS
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Amount awarded: $79,386

UTEP will perform an exploratory study of metamaterial inspired modulated surfaces for Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company (LM Aero). The tasks to be performed (unclassified non-proprietary material) include analysis to explore metamaterial inspired surfaces that can modulate reflections, determining key characteristics of the surfaces and provide resulting analysis, and iteration of surface designs based on feedback provided by LM Aero.

Posting date: Fri, 09/23/2016

Award start date: Wed, 06/01/2016
Award end date: Thu, 12/15/2016

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36622


DEPORTING YOUTH: THE EMOTIONAL AND PHYSICAL AFFECTS OF VIOLENCE AND TRAUMA IN CONTEMPORARY UNDOCUMENTED MIGRATION
PI: Jeremy Slack
Sponsor: PROGAMA DE INVESTIGACION EN MIGRACION Y SALUD
Sociology and Anthropology
Amount awarded: $40,000

This project will help fill in gaps about our knowledge of the treatment of, and services available to youths while in custody, as well as the different types of violence present in distinct regions of the U.S. Mexico border. As a multi-site project, our systematic, semi-structured interviews will provide an important comparative analysis that has never been done with repatriated youths. We hope to identify problem areas where abuses are occurring within both Mexican and U.S. custody.

Posting date: Fri, 09/23/2016

Award start date: Tue, 03/01/2016
Award end date: Thu, 08/31/2017

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36625


ADVANCED RESEARCH WORKSHOP: TERRORISM AT THE BORDERS
PI: Damien Van Puyvelde
Sponsor: NORTH ATLANTIC TREATY ORGANIZATION
Intelligence and National Security Studies
Amount awarded: $45,180

NATO will sponsor a workshop to bring together over 20 scholars from its member countries and partners to examine the specific challenges posed by the terrorist threat along borders. They will compare the issues faced, identify common challenges and share perceptions and expertise on the most effective responses. Participants will focus on four key dimensions of counter-terrorism at the borders: human, technological, economic, and political.

Posting date: Fri, 09/23/2016

Award start date: Thu, 09/01/2016
Award end date: Fri, 06/09/2017

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36626


TITLE IV-E FY 17
PI: Candyce Berger
Sponsor: TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF FAMILY AND PROTECTIVE SERVICES
Social Work
Amount awarded: $397,552

The UTEP Social Work Department will provide MSW student training for Region 10 employees and non-CPS employees who have been admitted to the UTEP Master of Social Work Program. In addition, a staff development program will be developed and offered to train DFPS line employees and supervisors in child welfare practice, investigations, foster parent training, leadership, case planning, case management, permanency planning, cultural competence with Hispanic, African American, Native American families and other regional cultural groups. Staff development will also cover child safety, trauma theory and practice, domestic violence, court preparation and testimony, and other topics, through a mutually agreed-upon a staff development plan.

Posting date: Fri, 09/23/2016

Award start date: Fri, 07/01/2016
Award end date: Fri, 06/30/2017

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36628


SUN CITY STRING PROJECT AT UTEP
PI: Stephanie Meyers
Sponsor: NATIONAL STRING PROJECT CONSORTIUM
Music
Amount awarded: $10,000

The String Project at UTEP is a viable music education initiative for 1st-4th grade students who wish to learn a stringed instrument before 5th grade. Children of many diverse socioeconomic levels have the opportunity to interact with music educators at UTEP. The project is designed as a multi-decade program, created with guidance from the NSPC. The startup stage has been implemented with participation of 55 elementary school students and eleven carefully selected UTEP student teachers. These teachers benefit from the unique experience of teaching in a "live" learning lab, while impacting young students in the surrounding borderland community. The project will undergo continuous assessment and impact evaluation.

Posting date: Fri, 09/23/2016

Award start date: Thu, 09/01/2016
Award end date: Thu, 08/31/2017

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36629


ORNL BES/GEOSCIENCE RENEWAL
PI: James Kubicki
Sponsor: UT-BATTELLE, LLC
Geological Sciences
Amount awarded: $155,000

Dr. Kubicki’s group will perform density functional theory and classical molecular dynamics simulations of quartz and amorphous silica surfaces to determine thermodynamics, structure and dynamics of the silica-water interface that will supply information on silicate dissolution mechanisms and help interpret experimental data.

Posting date: Fri, 09/23/2016

Award start date: Thu, 09/22/2016
Award end date: Thu, 09/22/2016

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36631


SAFEPLACE TRAINER TRAINER
PI: Kristin Kosyluk
Sponsor: TRAVIS COUNTY DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND SEX ASSAULT CENTER
Rehabilitative Science
Amount awarded: $1,500

SafePlace received an award from the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health to work collaboratively the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) to develop a train-the-trainer toolkit on Supporting Children with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) Who Have Experienced Trauma and to provide train-the-trainer, community-wide, and other educational events across Texas to stakeholders in the lives of children with co-occurring intellectual and/or developmental disabilities and mental health needs. SafePlace's overarching goal is to increase awareness of the effects of trauma and promote trauma-informed care for children with IDD and co-occurring mental health conditions.

Posting date: Fri, 09/23/2016

Award start date: Sun, 05/01/2016
Award end date: Sun, 02/26/2017

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36632


TEST SHOTS FOR THE OKLAHOMA EARTHQUAKE ARRAYS
PI: Steven Harder
Sponsor: ARMY RESEARCH LABORATORY
Geological Sciences
Amount awarded: $106,700

Drs. Harder and Kaip, members of the National Seismic Source Facility, will permit, install and shoot four seismic shots in each of three locations in the State of Oklahoma with the goal generating geophysical seismic data that would allow the study the State’s state’s increase in earthquakes.

Posting date: Fri, 09/23/2016

Award start date: Mon, 06/27/2016
Award end date: Tue, 09/27/2016

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36635


SC2: BIOPRINTING OF HUMAN IPSC TO FACILITATE THEIR DIFFERENTIATION, RECRUITMENT AND STRATEGIC ASSEMBLY TO FORM ENGINEERED CARDIAC PATCHES IN VITRO
PI: Binata Joddar
Sponsor: NIH - NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF GENERAL MEDICAL SCIENCES
Metallurgical, Materials and Biomedical Engineering
Amount awarded: $437,700

This project seeks to tissue engineer a customized, cardiac patch to repair damaged heart tissue. Human-induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs) will be transformed into specific heart tissue cell types, include cardiomyocytes (CMs), endothelial cells (ECs) and smooth muscle cells (SMCs). These different cells will then be printed in various ratios and in specific arrangements to optimize the repair patch, and the patch will be tested for functionality and in-vivo integration into native heart tissue.

Posting date: Fri, 09/23/2016

Award start date: Fri, 04/01/2016
Award end date: Thu, 02/28/2019

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36637


PROJECT NAMASTE II
PI: Marianne Karplus
Co-PI: Aaron Velasco
Sponsor: NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION
Geological Sciences
Amount awarded: $213,221

In response to the April 2015 earthquake in Nepal, scientists from UTEP and Stanford were urgently deployed by NSF to deploy a seismometers array across eastern Nepal (NAMASTE array). This project provides funds to continue the NAMASTE array operational for additional 6 to 12 months. In this project, the team will analyze newly collected data set specifically to study the geometry of faults (including the Main Himalayan Thrust), composition of the crust and upper mantle, rupture process, and broader geotectonic setting in the Himalaya and southern Tibet.

Posting date: Fri, 09/23/2016

Award start date: Mon, 08/01/2016
Award end date: Tue, 07/31/2018

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36638


THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN GRAIN STRUCTURE AND DEFORMATION BEHAVIOR TO THE FRACTURE MECHANISM IN HIGH STRENGTH-HIGH DUCTILITY COMBINATION NANOSTRUCTURED
PI: Devesh Misra
Sponsor: NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION
Metallurgical, Materials and Biomedical Engineering
Amount awarded: $430,084

The objective of the project is to fundamentally understand the dependence between grain structure and deformation behavior on the fracture mechanism of Nanograined (NG) materials to Coarse-grained (CG) materials in a single austenitic alloy. Dr. Misra’s laboratory has discovered exciting evidence that the concept of phase reversion-induced NG structure enables high strength-high ductility combination.

Posting date: Fri, 09/23/2016

Award start date: Thu, 09/01/2016
Award end date: Sat, 08/31/2019

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36639


ACQUISITION OF AN ADVANCED THERMAL ANALYSIS AND IMAGING SYSTEM FOR INTEGRATION WITH INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH AND EDUCATION IN LOW DENSITY ORGANIC-INORGANIC MATERIALS
PI: Devesh Misra
Sponsor: ARMY RESEARCH OFFICE
Metallurgical, Materials and Biomedical Engineering
Amount awarded: $494,532

The objective of this DoD Research and Education Program for HBCU/MIs proposal is to integrate the proposed acquisition of thermal analysis and imaging system with teaching and research in polymer science and engineering in the Colleges of Engineering and Science.

Posting date: Fri, 09/23/2016

Award start date: Thu, 08/18/2016
Award end date: Thu, 08/17/2017

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36640


UNDERSTANDING STRUCTURE-PROPERTY-PROCESS PARADIGM IN THIN SLAB CASTING OF HIGH STRENGTH NIOBIUM-MICROALLOYED STEELS
PI: Devesh Misra
Sponsor: CBMM NORTH AMERICA
Metallurgical, Materials and Biomedical Engineering
Amount awarded: $224,998

The research relates to understanding structure-property paradigm during thin slab casting of high strength niobium-microalloyed structural steels. The primary focus will be elucidation of fundamental principles on the determining role of niobium in dictating structure-property relationship. The project is a step toward advancing the current understanding of niobium in steels and expanding the knowledge-base.

Posting date: Fri, 09/23/2016

Award start date: Mon, 02/01/2016
Award end date: Tue, 01/31/2017

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36641


DEVELOPMENT OF COPPER WIRE EMBEDDING TOOL FOR LULZBOT TAZ 5
PI: Ryan Wicker
Sponsor: DRAPER LABORATORY
W.M. Keck Center for 3-D Innovation
Amount awarded: $50,000

The project will develop an attachment tool that embeds copper wire of gages 28-32. The wire embedding tool will be attached to an existing system (Lulzbot Taz 5). The tool will embed wire by conducting thermal energy to the thermoplastic resulting in melting of the surface and embedding the wire. Outputs from the original Lulzbot Taz 5 motion control will control all of the electrical components of the tool for embedding wire. Production of this tool head will lead to fast prototyping and manufacturing of functional parts for desktop 3D printers.

Posting date: Fri, 09/23/2016

Award start date: Mon, 02/01/2016
Award end date: Fri, 12/30/2016

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36643


PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PARTNERSHIP: PATHWAY TO CALCULUS
PI: Mourat Tchoshanov
Co-PI: Helmut Knaust
Sponsor: EL PASO INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT
Mathematical Sciences
Amount awarded: $65,062

The project will focus on identifying and aligning Calculus concepts across high school mathematics curriculum by building teams of teachers (communities of teaching practice) from Alegebra-1 to Calculus. The project will also enhance teaching practice and improve student achievement among selected participants. The instructional format of the project will include summer institute and follow-up coaching with 45 or more contact hours per teacher.

Posting date: Fri, 09/23/2016

Award start date: Wed, 06/01/2016
Award end date: Fri, 09/30/2016

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36644


SUPPLY CHAIN MANAGEMENT-IT INFRASTRUCTURE
PI: Tzu-Liang Tseng
Co-PI: Oscar Mondragon
Sponsor: LOCKHEED MARTIN AERONAUTICS
Research Institute for Manufacturing and Engineering Systems (RIMES)
Amount awarded: $132,833

The research will provide recommendations and optimal solutions for future-state IT Infrastructure that stems logically from needs assessment, benchmarking, and analysis of alternatives. The recommendation should also eliminate or reduce the requirement for system transactions which are believed to be unsustainable at full ramp rate.

Posting date: Fri, 09/23/2016

Award start date: Mon, 04/11/2016
Award end date: Sat, 12/31/2016

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36645


GAMMA ENGINEERING-MARKETING
PI: Tzu-Liang Tseng
Co-PI: Luis Contreras Sapien
Sponsor: LOCKHEED MARTIN AERONAUTICS
Research Institute for Manufacturing and Engineering Systems (RIMES)
Amount awarded: $166,712

UTEP will form a strategic alliance and technical exchange partnership involving LM Aero to mentor, train, coach, and transfer knowledge to Gamma Engineering. LM Aero will employ UTEP's unique capabilities in manufacturing engineering to enhance Gamma's production and manufacturing capabilities.

Posting date: Fri, 09/23/2016

Award start date: Fri, 01/01/2016
Award end date: Sun, 09/30/2018

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36646


DEVELOP GUIDELINES AND DESIGN PROGRAM FOR HOT-MIX ASPHALTS CONTAINING RAP, RAS AND OTHER ADDITIVES THROUGH A BALANCED MIX-DESIGN PROCESS
PI: Soheil Nazarian
Co-PI: Imad Abdallah
Sponsor: TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
Civil Engineering
Amount awarded: $523,750

This project will give TxDOT pavement designers and engineers a better idea of what to specify for mixes, and provide guidelines for better design of HMAs being placed on Texas roadways. The issue of the use of RAP and RAS and balanced mix design for HMAC is one of the most important areas in construction at this time. It has a direct impact in every area of the state and is integral to the core mission of TxDOT.

Posting date: Fri, 09/23/2016

Award start date: Wed, 06/22/2016
Award end date: Wed, 08/31/2016

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36649


UTEP INTERNSHIP SHOCAP EVALUATION
PI: Jennifer Eno Louden
Co-PI: James Wood
Sponsor: EL PASO COUNTY JUVENILE JUSTICE CENTER
Psychology
Amount awarded: $14,000

The project funds internships in the El Paso Juvenile Justice Center stemming from an agreement with El Paso County on behalf of El Paso Juvenile Probation Department. Internship funding will be available during Spring 2016 and Summer 2016.

Posting date: Fri, 09/23/2016

Award start date: Tue, 01/12/2016
Award end date: Wed, 08/31/2016

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36650


INCREASING REGIONAL DUAL CREDIT ENROLLMENT IN EL PASO PHASE II
PI: Donna Ekal
Sponsor: MEADOWS FOUNDATION
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
Amount awarded: $112,500

Phase II of the El Paso Region Dual Credit Initiative provides scholarship funds to support El Paso, Ysleta, Canutillo, Socorro, and Clint ISDs area teachers with tuition and fee reimbursements for graduate courses required to earn their Dual Credit credentialing.

Posting date: Fri, 09/23/2016

Award start date: Tue, 05/10/2016
Award end date: Thu, 03/30/2017

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36652


R01: INHALATION OF CONTAMINATED MINE WASTE DUSTS AS A ROUTE FOR SYSTEMATIC METAL TOXICITY
PI: Hector Olvera Alvarez
Sponsor: NIH-NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF ENVIROMENTAL HEALTH SCIENCES
School of Nursing
Amount awarded: $225,768

This project will model Particle Matter (PM) 10 emissions and atmospheric dispersion across the Navajo Nation to help estimate chronic exposure to a cohort of 279 participants. The modeling efforts will produce annually averaged ambient PM concentrations across the study site and will be compared against data from three receptor locations. 

Posting date: Fri, 09/23/2016

Award start date: Fri, 04/01/2016
Award end date: Sun, 03/31/2019

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36653


EVALUATION OF CORROSION INHIBITORS FOR EL PASO
PI: Anthony Tarquin
Sponsor: EL PASO WATER UTILITIES PSB
Civil Engineering
Amount awarded: $17,059

This project is directed toward evaluating the effectiveness of corrosion inhibitors in water distributed by El Paso Water Utilities during the surface water treatment season.

Posting date: Fri, 09/23/2016

Award start date: Wed, 06/15/2016
Award end date: Mon, 10/31/2016

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36655


EVALUATION OF CATIONIC POLYMERS FOR EPWU RFQ12-16
PI: Anthony Tarquin
Sponsor: EL PASO WATER UTILITIES PSB
Civil Engineering
Amount awarded: $6,877

The purpose of this project is to evaluate the effectiveness of three different polymers with respect to turbidity removal from secondary-settled water at the W.E. Robertson Water Treatment Plant. EPWU currently adds a cationic polymer to the secondary-settled water at its surface water treatment plants for the purpose of improving the performance of its granular activated carbon filters.

Posting date: Fri, 09/23/2016

Award start date: Fri, 04/15/2016
Award end date: Sun, 03/31/2019

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36656


ARCTIC OBSERVING NETWORKS: COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH: ITEX AON-UNDERSTANDING THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN VEGETATION CHANGE, PLANT, PHENOLOGY, AND ECOSYSTEMS
PI: Craig Tweedie
Sponsor: NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION
Biological Sciences
Amount awarded: $281,350

This project will help answer key research questions related to tundra plants. Do tundra plants exhibit differences in their responsiveness to warming? What are the current trajectories of vegetation change across soil moisture and large-scale temperature gradients? How are changes in the permafrost integrity driving changes in vegetation? How does the shifting seasonality of tundra plant phenology alter the ecosystem a in Low vs. High Arctic? How do responses of individual species and specific ecosystem types scale from plot to region to pan-arctic and from high frequency temporal data (daily) to biweekly and seasonally?

Posting date: Fri, 09/23/2016

Award start date: Fri, 04/15/2016
Award end date: Sun, 03/31/2019

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36658


UTEP-ARL SUMMER RESEARCH ACADEMY
PI: Ben Flores
Sponsor: NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION
LSAMP
Amount awarded: $44,902

The main objective of this effort is to train undergraduate electrical engineering students from UTEP, a Hispanic Serving Institution, through guided research projects in the areas of electromagnetics. Dr. Benjamin Flores, Director of the UT System LSAMP, will serve as the faculty mentor and Drs. Patrick Debroux and Berenice Verdin, both ARL research engineers, will facilitate use of facilities. This blended mentoring approach will benefit the cohort of undergraduate researchers as they design and conduct experiments at ARL, analyze the collected data at UTEP, and prepare posters and conference papers for publication.

Posting date: Fri, 09/23/2016

Award start date: Tue, 04/12/2016
Award end date: Mon, 07/31/2017

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36660


IMPROVING WORD PRODUCTION THROUGH COMPREHENSION EXPOSURE
PI: Wendy Francis
Sponsor: NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION
Psychology
Amount awarded: $299,999

The project will be conducted with Spanish-English bilingual and English-speaking non-bilingual UTEP students to examine how exposures to words elicit faster and more accurate spoken production of those words. Repetition-priming experiments will compare the effects of visual and auditory comprehension exposures on production, test whether repeated articulation is facilitated in bilinguals, and explore and compare the dynamics of these effects.

Posting date: Thu, 09/22/2016

Award start date: Fri, 07/15/2016
Award end date: Sat, 08/31/2019

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36612


SCHOLARSHIPS FOR DISADVANTAGED MASTER OF SOCIAL WORK STUDENTS
PI: Candyce Berger
Sponsor: DHHS - HEALTH RESOURCES AND SERVICES ADMINISTRATION
Social Work
Amount awarded: $2,548,404

The purpose of this grant application is to support the education of full-time disadvantaged (educational environmental or economically) and underrepresented minority students attending the Master of Social Work Program (MSW) at The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), College of Health Sciences.

Posting date: Thu, 09/22/2016

Award start date: Fri, 07/01/2016
Award end date: Sun, 06/30/2019

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36627


FORD FELLOWSHIP AT CORNELL
PI: Aurelia Murga
Sponsor: THE NATIONALL ACADEMIES OF SCIENCE, ENGENEERING AND MEDICINE
Sociology and Anthropology
Amount awarded: $45,000

Using a multidisciplinary approach, my general objective is to examine how undocumented immigrant Latino workers to the U.S. have both historically and contemporarily been racialized and framed as “disposable” labor. My work addresses the continuing struggles faced by these workers as their experiences remain contextualized by the environmental, structural, and social disaster that followed in the various responses to Hurricane Katrina.

Posting date: Thu, 09/22/2016

Award start date: Mon, 06/20/2016
Award end date: Thu, 08/31/2017

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36630


RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES IN ARCTIC DATA SCIENCE FOR MINORITIES (ROAM2): CAUSES AND CONSEQUENCES OF LAND COVER CHANGE IN THE ARCTIC
PI: Vanessa Lougheed
Co-PI: Jeffrey Olimpo, Craig Tweedie
Sponsor: NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION
Biological Sciences
Amount awarded: $298,981

The program will center on the infusion of quantitative skills development in course-based undergraduate research experiences (CUREs) spanning an undergraduate curriculum that addresses novel and data intensive challenges in Arctic ecosystem ecology.

Posting date: Thu, 09/22/2016

Award start date: Mon, 08/01/2016
Award end date: Wed, 07/31/2019

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36634


VASCULAR CONSEQUENCES OF GAS AND PARTICULATE PHASES OF NEAR-ROADWAY POLLUTION
PI: Hector Olvera Alvarez
Sponsor: NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH SCIENCES
Health Promotion/Public Health Science
Amount awarded: $413,729

This project focuses on the assessment of air quality in outdoor and indoor areas adjacent to roadways. Dr. Olvera will design, implement, and analyze airborne contaminants, including assessment of Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) exposure, using gas chromatography/mass spectroscopy, and small particle content and distribution, using Scanning Mobility Particle Sizer (SMPS). He will explore potential impacts of VOC/particle interactions and will characterize ambient, school, and residential indoor contaminant levels. 

Posting date: Thu, 09/22/2016

Award start date: Fri, 04/01/2016
Award end date: Sun, 03/31/2019

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36647


AGAINST TRANSLATION: THE FORM OF RENAISSANCE EPIC
PI: Joseph Ortiz
Sponsor: AMERICAN COUNCIL OF LEARNED SOCIETIES
English
Amount awarded: $75,000

This project examines the representation of translation in Renaissance epic. Focusing on texts from Virgil to Milton, the book analyzes passages that figure translation in material terms, and it argues that these passages reveal evidence of a counter-strain of Renaissance humanist thought. While traditional humanist theory sees linguistic and philological study as tools that enable communication between the past and present, the epic writers covered in this book suggest a bleaker view in which true translation is ultimately possible. The book traces this examined tradition of intellectual thought about translation through individual chapters on Virgil, Ariosto, Spenser, Marlowe, Harington, Villagra, Milton, and Behn.

Posting date: Thu, 09/22/2016

Award start date: Fri, 07/01/2016
Award end date: Thu, 08/31/2017

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36648


IMPROVING QUALITY AND DIVERSITY IN OT WORK FORCE IN THE SOUTHWEST TEXAS REGION
PI: Christine Chen
Sponsor: DHHS - HEALTH RESOURCES AND SERVICES ADMINISTRATION
Occupational Therapy
Amount awarded: $2,564,516

The purpose of this grant application is to request continual funding from HRSA to support disadvantaged (educational/environmental or economically) students attending The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) College of Health Sciences (CHS) Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) Program, Department of Rehabilitation Sciences in completing their health professions education in pursuit of their careers by offering them SDS scholarship support.

Posting date: Thu, 09/22/2016

Award start date: Fri, 07/01/2016
Award end date: Sun, 06/30/2019

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36651


IUSE/PFE:RED: PREPARING A NEW GENERATION TO PRACTICE COMPUTER SCIENCE
PI: Ann Gates
Co-PI: Martine Ceberio, Christina Convertino, Salamah Salamah, Natalia Villanueva Rosales
Sponsor: NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION
Computer Science
Amount awarded: $1,919,843

The project objectives are to (1) transform UTEP's CS curriculum (i.e., content, pedagogical principles, social interaction, and faculty beliefs) to one that builds students' CS identities and considers societal and global contexts in problem solving; and (2) develop a climate of connectedness through a shared sense of purpose among faculty focused on establishing cultural competence and inclusive environments.

Posting date: Thu, 09/22/2016

Award start date: Fri, 07/01/2016
Award end date: Mon, 09/30/2019

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36654


COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH: ENGINEERING IDENTITY, ITS PREDICTORS AND ITS IMPACT ON RETENTION ACROSS EDUCATIONAL STAGES
PI: Meagan Kendall
Sponsor: NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION
Engineering Education and Leadership
Amount awarded: $21,642

We propose to examine the predictors of engineering identity as well as its impact on retention for individuals at different educational stages. Although identity is emerging as an attractive explanation for who persists in engineering, few studies have directly linked identity to retention, as well as thoroughly examined the host of factors that work to shape identity. We build on the limited work on math and science identity, as well as research from engineering education on the importance of professional experiences, to examine these issues.

Posting date: Thu, 09/22/2016

Award start date: Mon, 08/01/2016
Award end date: Wed, 07/31/2019

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36657


BNL LSAMP INTERNSHIP: HYBRID ORGANIC-INORGANIC PEROVSKITE HALIDES THIN-FILM PHOTOVOLTAICS
PI: Ben Flores
Co-PI: Deidra Hodges
Sponsor: NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION
LSAMP
Amount awarded: $46,268

This project will investigate promising solar cell materials, hybrid organic/inorganic perovskites as the next generation of thin film photovoltaics (PV), on flexible substrates.

Posting date: Thu, 09/22/2016

Award start date: Tue, 04/12/2016
Award end date: Mon, 07/31/2017

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36659


The U.S. WAR WITH MEXICO SYMPOSIUM AND LESSON PLAN CONTEST
PI: Brad Cartwright
Sponsor: HUMANITIES TEXAS
History
Amount awarded: $1,353

With help from a grant from Humanities Texas, UTEP’s Center for History Teaching and Learning is offered local area teachers a lesson plan contest on the U.S. War with Mexico. The event culminated in a one-day symposium that included a lecture by Dr. Sam Haynes from the University of Texas at Arlington and an awards ceremony.   

Posting date: Wed, 09/21/2016

Award start date: Mon, 02/01/2016
Award end date: Sat, 04/30/2016

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/34979


SCREENING AND BRIEF INTERVENTION 2016
PI: Craig Field
Sponsor: TEXAS STANDING TALL
Psychology
Amount awarded: $5,000

Undergraduate students from The University of Texas at El Paso will be recruited to participate at a booth outside of the campus student center. Advertising prior to the event will include campus wide electronic announcements and posters. Advertising the day of the even will include complimentary concessions and taking of applications for their participation. Screening will be conducted electronically.

Posting date: Wed, 09/21/2016

Award start date: Wed, 01/20/2016
Award end date: Fri, 09/30/2016

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/34980


SC3: UNDERSTANDING PDI-RELATED NEUROTOXICITY AND ADVANCING PREVENTATIVE APPROACHES
PI: Mahesh Narayan
Sponsor: NIH - NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON AGING
Chemistry
Amount awarded: $453,000

A gap exists in studies designed to determine whether other neurotoxicity-related biomarkers accumulate as a function of SNO-PDI formation.The overall objective of this project it to lay the foundation for long-term work involving the development of pharmacologically relevant small molecule therapies that are neuroprotective by mitigating the effects of oxidative and nitrosative stress.

Posting date: Wed, 09/21/2016

Award start date: Fri, 07/08/2016
Award end date: Thu, 04/30/2020

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36447


SCHOLARSHIPS FOR DISADVANTAGED STUDENTS
PI: Christine Chen
Sponsor: DHHS - HEALTH RESOURCES AND SERVICES ADMINISTRATION
Occupational Therapy
Amount awarded: $632,772

This grant will support disadvantaged students attending UTEP's Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT) Program, in completing their health professions education. Funds from HRSA will allow us to offer them SDS scholarship support. Past support has allowed us to achieve a 100% graduation rate achieved in Class 2015. 90% of Class 2013 and Class 2014 passed the national license exam within 12 months after graduation. Seventy-five percent (75%) of SDS recipients work in primary care settings, and 90% local students stay and work in El Paso County region.

Posting date: Wed, 09/21/2016

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Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36449


ENHANCE NCA DUST INDICATOR WITH NASA EARTH SCIENCE DATA AND USDA WIND EROSION ASSESSMENT
PI: Thomas Gill
Sponsor: GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY
Geological Sciences
Amount awarded: $112,394

The UTEP team will collaborate with NASA and other government and university researchers to improve the modeling and assessment of dust emissions from rangelands, which currently cannot be accurately predicted. UTEP researchers will serve as a bridge between USDA land-based wind erosion prediction research and NASA remote sensing and modeling investigations. Ultimately, these results will be used for cross-validating a USDA soil-based rangeland dust model and NASA dust atmospheric transport models, and serve as a “proof of concept” for “upscaling” USDA wind erosion assessments to inform the National Climate Assessment.

Posting date: Wed, 09/21/2016

Award start date: Wed, 06/01/2016
Award end date: Sun, 03/17/2019

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36614


R01 DIVERSITY SUPPLEMENT: SEX DIFFERENCES IN THE MECHANISMS THAT PROMOTE NICOTINE REWARD AND WITHDRAWAL
PI: Laura O'Dell
Sponsor: NIH - NATIONAL INSTITUTE ON DRUG ABUSE
Psychology
Amount awarded: $42,280

This funding supplement will allow Mr. Kevin Uribe to conduct studies examining the role of ovarian hormones (estradiol and progesterone) in promoting the strong stress response elicited by nicotine withdrawal in female rats. Specifically, he will examine whether estradiol and progesterone promote anxiety-like behavior elicited by nicotine withdrawal. 

Posting date: Wed, 09/21/2016

Award start date: Sun, 05/01/2016
Award end date: Sun, 04/30/2017

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36620


3D AND CONFORMAL METAOPTICS
PI: Raymond Rumpf
Sponsor: UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA-CHARLOTTE
Electrical and Computer Engineering
Amount awarded: $34,946

In this project, UTEP will collaborate with the University of North Carolina at Charlotte (UNCC) in the area of 3D Conformal Meta-Optics (3D COMET). UTEP will adapt its numerical algorithms for generating spatially-variant lattices to put periodic structures into curved surfaces as well as provide simulation expertise for the devices. The work will entail modifying the algorithms for curved surfaces, exporting the results in file formats suitable for nanofabrication by other members of the UNCC team, and simulating the devices.

Posting date: Wed, 09/21/2016

Award start date: Wed, 04/06/2016
Award end date: Tue, 09/13/2016

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36623


ABERDEEN 3D PRINTING RESEARCH
PI: Raymond Rumpf
Sponsor: ARMY RESEARCH LABORATORY
W.M. Keck Center for 3-D Innovation
Amount awarded: $50,000

This research effort will focus on the process, materials and applications development of Hybrid Additive Manufacturing in the context of ARL mission requirements. The technical projects will benefit the Army with emphasis on the creation and qualification of materials, processes that are robust and versatile enough for future Army implementation while also decreasing the life-cycle costs of a component; significantly reducing the weight of a component and improving component structural performance.

Posting date: Wed, 09/21/2016

Award start date: Wed, 09/21/2016
Award end date: Wed, 09/21/2016

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36624


THE IMPACT OF MIGRATION ON AGING IN PLACE AMONG ELDERLY PEOPLE MIGRATING
PI: Candyce Berger
Sponsor: UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY
Social Work
Amount awarded: $28,200

This project will study the barriers to accessing health services for elderly individuals who migrate from Mexico to the U.S. This research has the potential to identify innovative approaches and policies to improve quality and efficiency of health services, such as extending health insurance programs in both the U.S. and Mexico across border boundaries.

Posting date: Tue, 09/06/2016

Award start date: Thu, 09/01/2016
Award end date: Wed, 02/28/2018

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36509


RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES IN ARCTIC DATA SCIENCE FOR MINORITIES (ROAM2): ELUCIDATING DRIVERS OF ARCTIC ECOSYSTEM RESPONSES TO GLOBAL CHANGE
PI: Vanessa Lougheed
Co-PI: Craig Tweedie, Jeffrey Olimpo
Sponsor: NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION
Biological Sciences
Amount awarded: $298,981

In order to address current data intensive challenges and needs in Arctic and global change science, we will train a minority-majority cohort of students to be data-savvy professionals, strong collaborators, and effective scientific communicators. The program will center on inquiry-based labs and course-based undergraduate research experiences (CUREs) to study data intensive challenges using Arctic data science resources.

Posting date: Tue, 08/23/2016

Award start date: Mon, 08/01/2016
Award end date: Wed, 07/31/2019

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36466


ENHANCE NCA DUST INDICATOR WITH NASA EARTH SCIENCE DATA AND USDA WIND EROSION ASSESSMENT
PI: Thomas Gill
Sponsor: NATIONAL AERONAUTICS AND SPACE ADMINISTRATION
Geological Sciences
Amount awarded: $122,394

The UTEP team will collaborate with NASA and other government and university researchers to improve the modeling and assessment of dust emissions from rangelands, which currently cannot be accurately predicted. UTEP researchers will serve as a bridge between USDA land-based wind erosion prediction research and NASA remote sensing and modeling investigations. Ultimately, these results will be used for cross-validating a USDA soil-based rangeland dust model and NASA dust atmospheric transport models, and serve as a “proof of concept” for “upscaling” USDA wind erosion assessments to inform the National Climate Assessment.

Posting date: Tue, 08/23/2016

Award start date: Wed, 06/01/2016
Award end date: Sun, 03/17/2019

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36467


IUSE/PFE:RED: PREPARING A NEW GENERATION TO PRACTICE COMPUTER SCIENCE
PI: Ann Gates
Co-PI: Christina Convertino, Salamah Salamah, Martine Ceberio, Natalia Villanueva Rosales
Sponsor: NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION
Computer Science
Amount awarded: $1,919,843

The overarching goal is to cultivate socially conscious connectedness among students, faculty, and industry by expanding a curriculum centered on heightened social interaction driven by an understanding and appreciation for the cultural contributions of diverse students to CS in a globalized world. The project objectives are to (1) transform UTEP's CS curriculum (i.e., content, pedagogical principles, social interaction, and faculty beliefs) to one that builds students' CS identities and considers societal and global contexts in problem solving; and (2) develop a climate of connectedness through a shared sense of purpose among faculty focused on establishing cultural competence and inclusive environments.

Posting date: Tue, 08/23/2016

Award start date: Fri, 07/01/2016
Award end date: Mon, 09/30/2019

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36468


UTEP'S COLLEGE ASSISTANCE MIGRANT PROGRAM (CAMP)
PI: Dorothy Ward
Sponsor: US DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
Entering Student Program
Amount awarded: $2,104,733

CAMP will provide academic support and services to ensure that participating students finish their freshman year in good academic standing and continue their enrollment at an institution of higher education after the first hear of college. The project includes a diverse array of activities, including recruitment campaigns, summer programs, advising, learning communities, tutoring, Graduation Maps i; special career workshops, tours, STEM focused field trips and seminars; and activities to tie students to the university community and develop their leadership skills.

Posting date: Tue, 08/23/2016

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Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36469


SOCIAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL INFLUENCES ON RESPONSE INHIBITION
PI: Kyung-An Han
Sponsor: NIH - NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF MENTAL HEALTH
Biological Sciences
Amount awarded: $415,250

The study will elucidating the neurobiological mechanism by which genetic, environmental and social factors impinge on response inhibition. The preliminary data point to dopamine as a key neuromodulator for response inhibition. In the proposed study, we will identify the dopamine neurons, dopamine receptors and their neural substrates, and intracellular signals involved in response inhibition. This establishes a baseline to further map comprehensive neural circuits as well as cellular and molecular mechanisms.

Posting date: Tue, 08/16/2016

Award start date: Mon, 08/01/2016
Award end date: Mon, 07/30/2018

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36459


A NOVEL APPROACH TO ENHANCING UPPER EXTREMITY COORDINATION IN CHILDREN WITH AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER
PI: Jason Boyle
Sponsor: ORGANIZATION FOR AUTISM RESEARCH
Kinesiology
Amount awarded: $910

Dr. Boyle will study muscle coordination patterns in children with Autistic Spectrum Disorders by measuring kinematic components of elbow movement. Dr. Boyle will investigate the applicability of a novel sine wave tracking task and its potential impact on movement composition enhancement, thus providing an innovative direction in therapeutic practices.

Posting date: Fri, 08/12/2016

Award start date: Fri, 07/01/2016
Award end date: Sun, 12/31/2017

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36457


A GUIDELINE FOR THE ASSESSMENT OF UNIAXIAL CREEP AND CREEP-FATIGUE DATA MODELS
PI: Calvin Stewart
Co-PI: John Chessa
Sponsor: US DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY
Center for Space Exploration Technology Research (CSETR)
Amount awarded: $250,000

The first research objective (RO1) is to develop an aggregated database of creep and creep-fatigue validation data from existing datasets for P91 steel and 316 stainless steel. An extensive database of creep, stress relaxation, monotonic tensile, fatigue , and creep-fatigue experimental data will be collected. The second research objective is to employ the RO1 database to benchmark existing creep and creep-fatigue models in a variety of finite element models. RO2 will involve the investigation into the data fitting and parameter extraction using both analytical as well as a novel multi-objective optimization approach (MACHO). Using the guidelines resulting from RO1 and RO2, a component designer will be able to easily select the best constitutive model(s) and experimental datasets for an intended design.

Posting date: Thu, 08/11/2016

Award start date: Thu, 09/01/2016
Award end date: Sat, 08/31/2019

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36453


REU SITE: UTEP-ROCCS (UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT EL PASO-RESEARCH FOR COMMUNITY COLLEGE STUDENTS)
PI: Diane Doser
Sponsor: NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION
Geological Sciences
Amount awarded: $330,532

This project will provide research opportunities for 2-year college students focusing on a variety of geologic problems within 50 km of the UTEP campus. The research projects will be directed by a combination of UTEP and EPCC faculty and will include field-based experiences in structural geology, environmental geochemistry, geophysics, sedimentology and mineralogy, as well as lab-based experiences such as computer modeling and development of geoscience education materials.

Posting date: Wed, 08/03/2016

Award start date: Thu, 09/01/2016
Award end date: Sat, 08/31/2019

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36451


LSAMP INTERNATIONAL UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH: ORGANIC SAMPLING OF THE HONDURAN CORAL REEF
PI: Ben Flores
Co-PI: Keith Pannell
Sponsor: NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION
LSAMP
Amount awarded: $12,037

UTEP and its UT System LSAMP partner, Midland College, will conduct in-situ research on the coral reef off Roatan, Honduras. A team of academic researchers from these partnering institutions will converge in Honduras with the primary goal of providing an international research experience in marine science to one UTEP and two Midland College students. The students will collect data enabling the marine environment of the corals to be assessed, and inform efforts to halt the decline of corals in the 21st century, an issue of much current attention.

Posting date: Tue, 08/02/2016

Award start date: Wed, 06/01/2016
Award end date: Mon, 07/31/2017

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36446


ADDING ANIMALS TO THE EQUATION: LINKING OBSERVATIONAL, EXPERIMENTAL, AND MODELING APPROACHES TO ASSESS HERBIVORE IMPACTS ON C CYCLING IN NORTHERN ALASKA
PI: Jennie McLaren
Sponsor: NATIONAL SCIENCE FOUNDATION
Biological Sciences
Amount awarded: $621,488

We plan to use observations, experiments and models to understand how fluctuations in the numbers of small mammal herbivores on the tundra affect ecosystem function (such as the abundance of different types of plants, the quality of plant litter and nutrient cycling). We will conduct experiments in three different Alaska tundra ecosystems (North Slopes, Northern Coast, Eastern Coast) where we will both determine natural changes in small mammal population sizes and also use experiments where we increase or decrease the number of small mammals that have access to areas of the tundra to determine how this affects tundra functioning, and ultimately carbon cycling in arctic ecosystems.

Posting date: Tue, 08/02/2016

Award start date: Sat, 10/01/2016
Award end date: Mon, 09/30/2019

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/36448


PRESIDENT AND FELLOWS OF HARVARD COLLEGE ON BEHALF OF HARVARD T.H. CHAN SCHOOL OF PUBLIC HEALTH: NURSES ENGAGEMENT AND WELLNESS STUDY
PI: Hector Olvera Alvarez
Sponsor: HARVARD UNIVERSITY
School of Nursing
Amount awarded: $48,000

A cornerstone collaborative initiative between UTEP’s School of Nursing and Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health, this prospective study will determine the impact of life stress on the health, performance and well-being of nurses and offer insight of the role of stress in the development of multiple chronic illnesses.

Posting date: Wed, 07/27/2016

Award start date: Tue, 03/01/2016
Award end date: Tue, 02/28/2017

Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/34976


R01: THE ASSOCIATION OF CHRONIC EXPOSURE TO PARTICULATE MATTER AIR POLLUTANTS, INFLAMMATION, AND ATHEROGENIS IN AT-RISK EL PASO CHILDREN
PI: Hector Olvera Alvarez
Sponsor: NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH SCIENCES
School of Nursing
Amount awarded: $8,000

This study will show that early signs of cardiovascular risk induced by chronic exposure to traffic-related air pollution can be detected among children as young as 10 years old living in communities of low socioeconomic status across El Paso.

Posting date: Wed, 07/27/2016

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Link to the announcement: http://expertise.utep.edu/node/34977