Tag: Texas State University

$2.5 million NSF grant aims to improve introductory STEM courses

Texas State University has received a $2.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation’s Division of Undergraduate Education to support research into improving undergraduate Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education in a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI). Heather Galloway, dean of the Honors College, will serve as principal investigator for the 5-year grant. The project aims to advance STEM education research by analyzing the… Read more »

NASA extends research program with $6 million grant to Texas State

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has extended the NASA Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Engagement and Educator Professional Development Collaborative (NASA STEM EPDC) at Texas State University through 2021 with a $6 million grant. Araceli Martinez Ortiz and Leslie Huling with the LBJ Institute for STEM Education and Research at Texas State will oversee the grant. This is a continuation of the previously… Read more »

Invasive parasite robs fish of ability to swim, poses potential threat to endangered species

Researchers at Texas State University have identified an increasingly severe invasive parasite problem in the San Marcos and Comal Rivers that could impact native fish—including endangered species unique to Texas springs.             One parasite has been under study since 1996, but in 2013, a student in the lab of David Huffman, a parasitologist in the Department of Biology at Texas State, discovered a new… Read more »

Research on exotic form of carbon could open new insight into fundamental chemistry

Todd Hudnall, an associate professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Texas State University, has been awarded a three-year, $195,000 grant from the Welch Foundation to develop methods to synthesize and prepare diborylcarbenes, an exotic form of carbon. Carbenes are highly reactive molecules and generally unstable outside of laboratory conditions. Diborylcarbenes are a particularly intriguing class of carbenes for researchers, as they… Read more »

Brian and Wetonnah McCoy of San Marcos have donated $1 million to Texas State University to establish an endowed chair in the McCoy College of Business Administration

Brian and Wetonnah McCoy of San Marcos have donated $1 million to Texas State University to establish an endowed chair in the McCoy College of Business Administration. At the McCoys’ request, the endowed chair will be named in honor of Denise T. Smart, current dean of the McCoy College of Business Administration, in recognition of her leadership and service to the college. The first… Read more »

Christina Conlee, professor in Texas State University’s Department of Anthropology, has received a $240,000 grant from National Science Foundation (NSF)

Christina Conlee, professor in Texas State University’s Department of Anthropology, has received a $240,000 grant from National Science Foundation (NSF) to examine the development, expansion and collapse of complex societies during the Middle Horizon Period of Peru. The three-year grant was awarded by the Division of Behavioral and Cognitive Sciences and will fund Conlee’s research project, “The Cyclic Rise and Fall of Complex Societies.”… Read more »

Department of Education grant to strengthen transfer infrastructure

University College at Texas State University has received a $2.4 million Developing Hispanic Serving Institutions (DHSI) grant from the U.S. Department of Education to support Project Maestros, with the goal of improving the transfer pipeline for community college students. In addition to strengthening relationships with area community college students, the grant will help Texas State increase matriculation and success rates for new and continuing… Read more »

NIJ grant aims to improve forensic dental age estimates of youth

Nicholas Herrmann, an associate professor in the Department of Anthropology at Texas State University, has received a National Institute of Justice award to improve the accuracy of age estimates for unidentified remains of children and adolescents. The project titled, “Investigation of subadult dental age-at-death estimation using transitional analysis and machine learning methods,” was funded for approximately $900,000. Joseph Hefner, an assistant professor in the Department of… Read more »

Summerlee Foundation Will Fund the 2018 Match

Summerlee Foundation Will Fund the 2018 Match SEPTEMBER 2018   We can barely contain our excitement! The incredible Summerlee Foundation has committed to match all 2018 individual donations to Shumla up to $100,000!   The Summerlee Foundation is a very special organization. Their philosophy is simple: Make grant distributions to organizations that make a measurable difference to animals and Texas history. Their stated goal is to… Read more »

900K NIJ grant aims to improve forensic dental age estimates of youth

Nicholas Herrmann, an associate professor in the Department of Anthropology at Texas State University, has received a National Institute of Justice award to improve the accuracy of age estimates for unidentified remains of children and adolescents. The project titled, “Investigation of subadult dental age-at-death estimation using transitional analysis and machine learning methods,” was funded for approximately $900,000. Joseph Hefner, an assistant professor in the Department of… Read more »

Mathematics researchers land 300K NFS grant to study proof-based courses

A team of researchers from the Department of Mathematics at Texas State University has received a National Science Foundation grant to study the instructor and student activity involved in promoting productive discussions in proof-based courses. The three year project titled, “Orchestrating Discussion Around Proof (ODAP),” was funded for approximately $300,000. The Texas State team consists of Kate Melhuish, principal investigator, Robert Sigley, co-PI, and Kristen Lew, co-PI.… Read more »

Texas State endowment achieves milestone, exceeds $200 million

The Total University Endowment at Texas State University has surpassed $200 million President Denise M. Trauth announced during the annual Convocation on August 24. The milestone was achieved in May of this year, spurred by a series of gifts to the university. “Endowment funds help us attract and retain the best and brightest students and faculty, expand our academic programs and pursue research activities,”… Read more »

Astronaut José Hernandez to deliver LBJ Distinguished Lecture

Astronaut and engineer José Hernandez will deliver the LBJ Distinguished Lecture at Texas State University September 25 during Innovation Week. The free public speech will be held at 7 p.m. in Evans Auditorium. It is presented in conjunction with the Common Experience at Texas State. Seating is limited, and advance tickets to the event may be obtained at txstatepresents.universitytickets.com/w/event.aspx?id=2449&p=1. Hernández, a former migrant farmworker,… Read more »

Jazz legend Dan Morgenstern subject of NEA Art:Works grant

Texas State University’s Hank Hehmsoth, associate professor in the School of Music, and Keith Winking, professor in the School of Music, have received a National Endowment for the Arts 2018-19 Art:Works grant. The $25,000 grant will support a “Reminiscences of NEA Jazz Master Dan Morgenstern” event. The project will capture Morgenstern’s first-hand recollections and decades-spanning scholarly research on early jazz and bands, as well… Read more »

NASA award seeks to encourage STEM study among minority youth

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has awarded Texas State University a $324,000 grant to help build the interest, skills and knowledge necessary for K-12 students to pursue science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers. The NASA Future Aerospace Engineers and Mathematicians Academy (FAMA) Central Texas Minority Youth is a two-year research project at Texas State with Araceli Ortiz, an associate research professor… Read more »

USDA grant to enhance student awareness of global ag opportunity

Texas State University has been awarded a $300,00 grant by the United States Department of Agriculture for the development of leadership and global competency of minority students. In addition to instilling a broader understanding of international opportunities in the agricultural industry, the innovative program will also work to improve recruitment and retention of minority students in the undergraduate and graduate programs, focusing on those… Read more »

THE Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board approves innovative new Ph.D. in Applied Anthropology

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board has authorized Texas State University to offer an innovative new Ph.D. in Applied Anthropology. The program—focusing on practical applications for anthropology in non-academic settings—will be the first of its kind in the state of Texas and one of only three such programs in the nation.             The degree program was approved by the Texas State University System Board… Read more »

Very exciting news: Evidence of an early projectile point technology in North America at the Gault Site in Central Texas – research pushes back date of earliest North Americans in the Ice Age

The Gault archaeological site is an extensive, multicomponent site located in central Texas, United States, about 40 miles north of Austin. It bears evidence of almost continuous human occupation, starting at least 16,000 years ago—making it one of the few but growing number of archaeological sites in the Americas at which compelling evidence has been found for human occupation dating to before the appearance of the Clovis culture.

NEWS FROM TEXAS STATE: Meadows Center hosts Independence Day celebration at Spring Lake

The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment at Texas State University will host a Fourth of July tour and fireworks viewing party at Spring Lake for guests of all ages to enjoy a unique, fun-filled celebration of American independence. The program will include: Sunset Glass-Bottom Boat Cruises | July 4, 7:30-8:30 p.m. Spring Lake is even more majestic when experienced at sunset. Hop… Read more »

Announcing 2018 Ima Hogg Scholarship Recipients

Each year, the Hogg Foundation awards Ima Hogg Scholarships to graduate social work students who have committed to joining the mental health workforce. An investment in their post-graduate careers is an investment in improving the quality of mental health services across Texas where the mental health workforce is in critical condition. Reports from 2015 revealed that more than 70 percent of counties across the state… Read more »