UTEP Community Engagement and Research in COVID-19
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This community connects UTEP faculty and professional staff who are involved in community engagement activities or research related to COVID-19.
The goal of this community is to connect and support interaction among members and related community stakeholders. The efforts of this community provide a snapshot of the various ways that UTEP is responding to COVID-19 in the community and beyond. For information on research issues related to UTEP and COVID-19 visit the ORSP website.



  1. Community Engagement
  2. coronavirus
  3. COVID-19
  4. pandemic


Curry, Todd
Associate Professor
Liberal Arts - Political Science and Public Administration
Judicial Politics, State Courts, Quantitative Methodology, COVID-19
Featured: Awards

Science - Biological Sciences
Anti-viral and anti-parasitic drug repurposing, Giardia, COVID-19, Entamoeba, Breast cancer, Colon cancer, Phospholipids, Sphingolipids, Fatty acids, Microbial Physiology, Molecular parasitology, Cell biology, Biochemistry Molecular Biology
Featured: Awards

Engineering - Engineering (College of)
Engineering, Student Success, Student Services, Customer Service, Professional Development, Pre-Professional Experiences, Student Organizations, Guiding/Advising/Coaching/Mentoring, Service/Service-Learning, Orientation, UNIV 1301, Pre-Engineering, Engineering & STEM Education, K-12 Outreach, Civic and Community Engagement, Summer Programs, Recruitment, Retention, Relationship Building, Cooperative Learning, Learning Community, COVID-19
Featured: Awards

Health Sciences - Physical Therapy and Movement Sciences
Exercise Intensity, Endothelial Function, Blood Lactate, Arterial Stiffness, Oxidative Stress, Flow Mediated Dilation, COVID-19
Featured: Awards

Assistant Professor
Business Administration - Marketing, Management, and Supply Chain
Leadership, Workplace social exchanges, Gender and diversity, International human resource management, COVID-19

Related Efforts

UTEP Music Students Collaborate in Confinement
UTEP Related Effort
Contact: Candyce Berger

Ever since New York City native Chris Beroes-Haigis moved to El Paso two years ago to study cello as a graduate student at The University of Texas at El Paso, he has sought opportunities to share his love of music.
He has played as a soloist, in duets and as part of ensembles at venues as varied as cafes, medical facilities and performance halls. He loves playing music, but just as importantly, he loves that others could be part of the musical experience.

UTEP to manufacture protective face shields for healthcare workers
UTEP Related Effort
Contact: Francisco Medina

UTEP additive manufacturing facilities supported the medical community by manufacturing protective face shields for healthcare workers.

UTEP evaluating modified multi-patient ventilator design
UTEP Related Effort

UTEP Contact: Ronnie Stout, Nursing
UTEP is evaluating a modified multi-patient ventilator design to connect more than one patient per machine; 1 machine for 5 vents. Testing at UTEP Simulation Lab.

UTEP to purchase disinfection system to decontaminate and re-use N95 respirators
UTEP Related Effort

UTEP Contact: Robert Moss, Environmental Health and Safety
UTEP is purchasing Bioquell hydrogen peroxide disinfection system normally used for BSL-3 decontamination but that can be used to decontaminate and re-use N95 respirators up to 50 times. The equipment has been ordered. When it arrives, we will validate procedures and use for N95 respirator decontamination, if needed.

Border Biomedical Research Center (BBRC) website
UTEP Resource
Related Effort: Collaboration between Texas Tech and UTEP to become test sites
Robert Kirken

The overall goal of the BBRC is to develop, grow and sustain the extant infrastructure and programs, as well as to recruit, train, and develop cancer scientists and health practitioners to promote high quality cancer research and to translate meaningful findings back to the community. Through mentoring, pilot programs, and enhanced research infrastructure we seek to promote investigator competitiveness in acquiring extramural funding to address regional disease disparities.

Responding to COVID-19: A Science-Based Approach
External Resource

Brought to you by the American Public Health Association and the National Academy of Medicine, this webinar series is exploring the state of the science surrounding the current outbreak of COVID-19 in the United States and globally, with a focus on the emerging evidence on how to best mitigate its impact. Hear from trusted experts in such fields as public health, infectious disease, risk communication, and crisis standards of care.

NASEM Forum on Postsecondary Response to COVID-19

The Board on Higher Education of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine will be hosting a series of conversations to bring together academic, industry, government, and civic leaders across the country to understand the varied facets of what has happened so far, what is currently happening, and what is expected to happen in the weeks and months ahead. Each conversation will focus on a specific topic related to how the 4,000+ colleges and universities—and the researchers who work there—are supporting the response efforts.


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