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100 @ 100: Research for Our Next Century

Tuesday and Thursday at 8:59am

As part of the celebration of the 100th year birthday of the University of Texas at El Paso, Dr. Keith Pannell will take a look at 100 individuals on the UTEP campus who represent a broad selection of the top research faculty members.  

The series will cover the entire UTEP campus, from Chemistry to Theatre Arts, with stops in the College of Business, the College of Health Sciences, the School of Nursing, and more.  The series demonstrates the wonderful variety of active minds and imaginations of the faculty on the UTEP campus.

  100@100: Research for Our Next Century comes to a close with a bonus 101st episode with Roberto Osegueda, Vice President for Research at the University of Texas at El Paso.  Osegueda will give us an overview of the research highlighted on the program over the last 100 shows.  

Thanks for listening!

Aired Dec. 18, 2014.


  This is the 100th episode of 100@100!  This episode describes the research of the program's host, Keith Pannell, of the UTEP Department of Chemistry.  http://kpannell.utep.edu/

Aired Dec. 16, 2014.

  This is episode 99 of 100@100.  This episode follows the research of Tony Kruszewski of the UTEP Department of Political Science.  Kruszewski is comparing borders across the world.  Borders are blurring in the countries in the European Union while northern & southern borders along the United States are being more fortified and secured.

Aired Dec. 11, 2014.

  The research of Elsa Villa, Co-Director of the Center for Research in Engineering & Technology Education, and Research Assistant Professor in the UTEP College of Education.   Villa is researching the disparity of Latinas in computer science and engineering and how creating "affinity spaces" could inspire more confidence in women pursuing these careers.

Aired Dec. 9, 2014.


  The research of Roger V. Gonzalez of the UTEP Department of Mechanical Engineering.  Gonzalez is Director of the new Leadership Engineering Program in the UTEP College of Engineering which is help shaping the 21st century engineer with training in entrepreneurship and business acumen.  Gonzalez also talks about his research into the loading conditions of the human knee.

Aired Dec. 4, 2014.

  The research of Benjamin C. Flores, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, and former Dean of the Graduate School at UTEP.  Flores is researching next-generation radar systems that will be used in automobiles in the future to make them more autonomous.

Aired Dec. 2, 2014.

  The research of Lorenzo Candelaria of the UTEP Department of Music.  Candelaria researches litergical musicology with an emphasis on 16th century liturgical music.  He studies how people "pray" through music, for example, through Gregorial chant.

Aired Nov. 27, 2014.

  The research of Erika Mein from the UTEP College of Education, Departmetn of Teacher Education.  Mein discusses the research that goes into literacy/biliteracy studies, and explains why writing is crucial in understanding and learning.  

Aired Nov. 25, 2014.

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  The research of Philip C. Goodell of the UTEP Department of Geological Sciences.  Goodell talks about the entrepreneurial efforts put forth in helping companies search for and mine uranium and precious metals.  Learn about the Center for Entrepreneurial Geosciences at http://science.utep.edu/cegs/.

Aired Nov. 20, 2014.

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  The research of Chintalapalle Ramana, Associate Professor in the UTEP Department of Mechanical Engineering.  Ramana is researching the need for better materials, i.e. coatings and nanomaterials, that can efficiently withstand radiation.

Aired Nov. 18, 2014.

  The research of Art Duval, Professor in the UTEP Department of Mathematical Sciences.  Duval is studying higher dimensions which are difficult to observe but can be described.  The algorithms that determine higher dimensions can also help determine the best possible solutions for real world problems in our 3-dimensional world.

Aired Nov. 13, 2014.


  The research of Michael Zarate, Professor in the Department of Psychology at UTEP.  Zarate is researching memory consolidation, which explores how ideas and opinions about people are often processed over time in one's sleep.  The processed information becomes integrated with what is already known about the person in question.

Aired Nov. 11, 2014.

  The research of Mary-Margaret Weigel, Professor in the Department of Public Health at UTEP.  Weigel is investigating household food insecurities in low-income households in Quito, Ecuador, and comparing it to similar low-income households in El Paso.  She is trying to determine whether food insecurity is a risk for obesity and stunted growth in children.

Aired Nov. 6, 2014.

  The research of John Hadjimarcou, Department Chair of the UTEP Department of Marketing & Management in the College of Business.  Hadjimarcou is researching international marketing strategy and how emerging market firms in developing markets can learn to compete in larger markets.

Aired Nov. 4, 2014.

  The research of Jon Amastae of the UTEP Department of Languages & Linguistics.  Amastae has been studying the Caribbean region of Nicaragua and their bilingual tradition of Spanish and Creole English.  Amastae has been drawing comparisons between their bilingual tradition and ours on the US/Mexico border.

Aired Oct 30, 2014.

  The research of Michelle Armstrong-Partida, Assistant Professor in the Department of History at UTEP.  Michelle is researching priestly masculinity in medieval Spain.  Priestly concubinage was a marriage-like relationship that priests had with women in their churches at the time.

Aired Oct. 28, 2014.

  The research of Norman Love, Jr., Assistant Professor, UTEP Department of Mechanical Engineering.  Love is researching clean coal power. By converting solid coal to its gas form, the cleaner gas can be used to generate electricity.  

Aired Oct. 23, 2014.


  The research of Eric Freudenthal, Associate Professor, UTEP Department of Computer Sciences.  Freudenthal is a systems researcher who is looking into improving the "garbage collectors" running in the background while cell phones and other portable devices are running without interrupting or disrupting the program.

Aired Oct. 21, 2014.


  The research of Benjamin Alire Saenz, poet, novelist, and member of the UTEP Creative Writing Department.  Saenz explains the research that goes into writing his poems.

Aired Oct. 16, 2014.

  The research of Cristian Botez, Associate Professor, UTEP Department of Physics.  Botez studies the crystal structure of materials and correlates their microscopic properties, research which could improve the performance of fuel cells.

Aired Oct. 14, 2014.

  The research of Maria Duarte-Gardea, Chair of the UTEP Department of Public Health Sciences.  Duarte-Gardea researches how to combine physical activity with nutrition intervention to result in a healthier community.

Aired Oct. 9, 2014.

  The research of Christina Sobin, Associate Professor in the UTEP Department of Psychology.  Sobin is researching the effects of early, chronic, low-level lead exposure on the brain.

Aired Oct. 7, 2014.

  The research of George Di Giovanni, Professor, Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences, Center for Infectious Diseases, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Public Health, El Paso regional campus.  Di Giovanni is an environmental microbiologist studying water-borne pathogens.  

Aired Oct. 2, 2014.


  The research of Bill Robertson, aka "Dr Skateboard," Associate Provost in the UTEP Provost's Office, and Associate Professor in the Teacher Education Department.  An avid skateboarder, Bill applies math and physics to skateboarding, a technique which makes him very relatable to students.  http://www.drskateboard.com/index.htm

Aired Sept. 30, 2014.

  The research of Carl Dirk, a computational chemist with the UTEP Department of Chemistry.  Dirk is working on ways to protect artwork in museums from light photochemical damage with a process that can "tune" the light spectrum.  

Aired Sept. 25, 2014.