KTEP - El Paso, Texas

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.


  The research of Ahsan R. Choudhuri, Professor and Chair of the UTEP Department of Mechanical Engineering.  He is also the Director of cSETR (Center for Space Exploration Technology Research).  Ahsan is working with NASA to develop rocket engines that use methane as rocket fuel.  http://research.utep.edu/Default.aspx?alias=research.utep.edu/csetr

Aired May 22, 2014.

  The research of Maria Amaya, Professor at the UTEP School of Nursing.  Maria and the students in the Graduate Nursing Program are researching the effects of the Affordable Care Act in El Paso and across the nation.  

Aired May 20, 2014.

  The research of Hideaki Tsutsui, lighting designer and assistant professor at the Department of Theatre & Dance at the University of Texas at El Paso.  Hideaki has implemented "green" technology in the lighting design of several productions at UTEP.  http://www.hideakitsutsui.com/

Aired May 15, 2014.


  The research of Dr. Arvind Singhal, the Samuel Shirley & Edna Holt Marston Endowed Professor of Communication at UTEP, the Director of the Social Justice Initiative, and the William J. Clinton Distinguished Fellow at the Clinton School of Public Service.  Arvind's research focuses on using communication methods to improve the health of society and individuals.  He has worked on global polio eradication, and is involved in heightening awareness of women's issues in India via a soap opera.  http://utminers.utep.edu/asinghal/

Aired May 13, 2014.

  The research of Andrea Shaheen, Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology at the University of Texas at El Paso's Department of Music.  Andrea researches contemporary performance practices of musicians in Syria, with a focus on the oboe and related instruments.  http://faculty.utep.edu/Default.aspx?alias=faculty.utep.edu/alshaheen

Aired May 8, 2014.

  The research of Dr. Elizabeth Walsh.  Liz studies the ecology & evolution of fresh water invertebrates, namely rotifers, the smallest multi-celled animal on the planet.  These fresh water creatures are found across the El Paso region.  http://orspprofile.utep.edu/profilesystem/editprofile.php?pid=1028&onlyview=1

Aired May 6, 2014.

  The research of Gaspare Genna, Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at UTEP.  Gaspare is interested in researching regional integration among countries wishing to create political & economic ties.  Gaspare has found that similarities within countries' institutions and a system of fairness can build trust between them.  http://academics.utep.edu/Default.aspx?tabid=32681

Aired May 1, 2014.

  The research of Katja Michael, Associate Professor in the UTEP Department of Chemistry.  Katja is researching photochemical methodology development, research which could lead to improvements in drug delivery to diseased cells.  http://orspprofile.utep.edu/profilesystem/editprofile.php?pid=1110

Aired April 29, 2014.

  The research of Dr. Maceo Crenshaw Dailey from the Department of History, and Director of the UTEP African American Studies Program.  Dr. Dailey talks about El Paso's special place in history for being ahead of its time during and before the Civil Rights movement.  https://academics.utep.edu/Default.aspx?tabid=24311, African American Studies Program http://academics.utep.edu/Default.aspx?alias=academics.utep.edu/aasp

Aired April 24, 2014.

  The research of Tom Fullerton, Professor of Economics & Finance at UTEP's College of Business Administration.  Fullerton studies the border economy and is researching how to predict when business cycle downturns will occur.  http://business.utep.edu/faculty/profiles/fullerton/

Aired April 22, 2014.

Systems Ecology Laboratory

  The research of Craig Tweedy of the Systems Ecology Laboratory with the UTEP Department of Biological Sciences.  Tweedy studies how ecosystems function and interface with the atmosphere.  He talks about the gradual transformation of the Paso del Norte region from grasslands to shrublands over the past few centuries.  http://faculty.utep.edu/Default.aspx?alias=faculty.utep.edu/ctweedie

Aired April 17, 2014.

  The research of Nigel Ward, professor of Computer Science at UTEP.  Nigel has been studying prosody - the inflections, stresses, and intonations of speech - and he is looking on how to make the human voice "searchable" on the web.  http://www.cs.utep.edu/nigel/

Aired April 15, 2014.

  The research of Rosa Fitzgerald, Associate Professor of Physics at UTEP. Rosa has been studying aerosols and how they affect and exist in the atmosphere.  http://orspprofile.utep.edu/profilesystem/editprofile.php?pid=1156&onlyview=1

Aired April 10, 2014.


  The research of Jorge Gardea-Torresdey, Dudley Professor of Chemistry and Environmental Science and Engineering at UTEP.  He discusses the impact of nanoparticles in the environment and how phytoremediation and phytomining are removing harmful heavy metals from the soil.  http://www.ssslogic.com/gardea/

Aired April 8, 2014.

  The research of Vladik Kreinovich, Professor of Computer Science at UTEP.  Vladik specializes in the calculation of uncertainty and predicting the accuracy of data. 

Aired April 3, 2014.


  The research of Charles Martin, UTEP Department of History.  Martin has been researching race & ethnicity in the history of American sports, in particular, the integration of college sports.  http://academics.utep.edu/Default.aspx?tabid=54916

Aired April 1, 2014.

Eli Greenbaum

  The research of Eli Greenbaum, Associate Professor of Evolutionary Genetics in the Department of Biological Sciences at UTEP.  Eli has been studying how African frog species are related to each other and where the species boundaries lie.  http://eligreenbaum.iss.utep.edu

Aired March 27, 2014.


  The research of Tony Stafford, UTEP Department of English.  Dr. Stafford has looked into the consumption of wine by the characters in Macbeth, and why these lines are disputed by some Shakespearean scholars as NOT having been written by Shakespeare.  He also talks about the fascination of libraries and gardens in the writings of George Bernard Shaw.

Aired March 25, 2014.

  The research of Stephen Crites of the UTEP Psychology Department.  Stephen studies brain function and how we activate "stereotypes" in the brain.  Why do some of those stereotypes process incorrectly in some individuals?  http://academics.utep.edu/Default.aspx?tabid=6915

Aired March 20, 2014.


  The research of Louie Saenz, KTEP's News Director and lecturer at the University of Texas at El Paso.  Louie talks about the research behind his upcoming Summer course, "It was 50 Years Ago Today: How the Beatles Changed Media Image and American Pop Culture."

Aired March 18, 2014.


  The research of Dr. Wen-Yee Lee, Associate Professor of Chemistry at UTEP.  Dr. Lee, who is an analytical chemist, talks about compounds of emerging concern, or endocrine disrupters that are more and more commonly found in our drinking and waste water supplies.  https://orspprofile.utep.edu/profilesystem/editprofile.php?pid=1119&onlyview=1

Aired March 13, 2014.

  The research of Kathryn Smith-McGlynn.  Kathryn is a visiting professor in the UTEP Department of Theatre & Dance, and she talks about UTEP's collaboration with the Frontera Rep Theatre Co. in researching & presenting "Highway 47," a one-woman show by New York City writer, KJ Sanchez.  http://www.fronterarep.org/

Aired March 11, 2014.

  The research of Edward  Castañeda, professor in the Department of Psychology at UTEP.  Eddie talks about the plasticity of the brain, the way dopamine levels affect drug addiction and Parkinson's Disease, and how the brain changes when we learn.  http://academics.utep.edu/Default.aspx?tabid=45897

Aired March 6, 2014.

  The research of Matthew Desing, Assistant Professor of Medieval and Early Modern Spanish Literature in the Department Languages & Linguistics at UTEP.  Matthew's interest lies in 13th century Spanish literature and how extraordinary women were portrayed in those works.  http://academics.utep.edu/Default.aspx?tabid=67500

Aired March 4, 2014.

  The research of Soheil Nazarian, Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering at UTEP, and Director of the Center for Transportation Infrastructure Systems.  Soheil explains how UTEP has been instrumental in developing ultrasonics to find defects in bridges and roads before they are even detectable.  He also is researching & developing "intelligent construction" for the federal government.  http://ce.utep.edu/facultynazarian.htmhttp://ctis.utep.edu/

Aired Feb. 27, 2014.

  The research of Renato Aguilera, Professor of Biological Sciences at UTEP.  Renato is looking for enzymes that can kill specific cancer cells.  He is also trying to determine whether there are specific cancer cell lines for Hispanics.  http://orspprofile.utep.edu/profilesystem/editprofile.php?pid=1031&onlyview=1

Aired Feb. 25, 2014.

Constraint Research and Reading Group


   The research of Luciana Garbayo, Assistant Professor of Philosphy at UTEP.  Luciana is an MD and PhD, and she studies the philosophy of science...more specifically, the philosophy of network medicine.  This allows for new approaches to understanding disease from a network-based perspective. 

Aired Feb. 20, 2014.

  The research of Aurolyn Luykx of the UTEP Department of Sociology & Anthropology.  Luykx is researching endangered languages, specifically the language of the southern Tigua.  http://faculty.utep.edu/Default.aspx?alias=faculty.utep.edu/aluykx

Aired Feb. 18, 2014.

  The research of Dr. Stacey Sowards, Chair of the UTEP Department of Communication.  Dr. Sowards has been involved in conservation and environmental campaigns in Indonesia.  http://academics.utep.edu/Default.aspx?tabid=67102

Aired Feb. 13, 2014.

UTEP College of Health Sciences e-newsletter

  The research of Oralia Loza, Assistant Professor in the UTEP Department of Public Health Sciences.  Oralia is currently working on the health needs of  the transgender community, in particular, transgender women.

Aired Feb. 11, 2014.