UTPA's authors, grantees receive recognition and praise at annual reception
Posted: 04/24/2014
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Pictured at the UTPA Authors and Grantees Recognition reception held recently at the UTPA Ballroom are left to right Dr. Cynthia Brown, vice provost for Graduate Studies and principal investigator of two U.S. Department of Education grants; Robert S. Nelsen, UTPA president; Dr. Jessica Lavariega-Monforti, associate professor of political science and author of three book chapters; Dr. Farzaneh Razzaghi, dean of the UTPA Library; and Dr. Havidán Rodríguez, UTPA provost and vice president for Academic Affairs. The authors and grantees were honored for their 2013-14 academic year accomplishments.
In their book "Hispanic Entrepreneurship in the 2000s," published in 2013 by Stanford University Press, Economics Professors Dr. Alberto Davila and Dr. Marie Mora examined the growth of Hispanic entrepreneurship in the United States over that time period.

"You would expect that there would be growth because there is a growing population. What's interesting is the intensity of that growth. That means that the share of Hispanics choosing entrepreneurship has grown also, or grew also during that period," Davila said.

The authors of the book that presents their significant research regarding entrepreneurship among Hispanics are among 44 faculty or staff members at The University of Texas Pan American who published a book or book chapter during the 2013-14 academic year. They were joined by other successful faculty and staff grant writers at the third annual Authors and Grantees reception April 15 held during National Library Week to honor their accomplishments. Seventy-one individuals at the University received grants totaling more than $29 million.

"We had 34 authors recognized last year. So we have had a 29 percent increase since then," said Dr. Farzaneh Razzaghi, dean of the UTPA Library. "This is a celebration of your accomplishments."

UTPA President Robert S. Nelsen called the authors and grantees the secret lifeblood of academia.

"You are why we began getting involved, why we teach, why we want to spread knowledge to everyone else, why, ultimately, we come to a university and stay there," he said. "We always think of you as teaching, teaching, teaching but at the same time, somehow or another even with your heavy loads you found a way to publish or write and submit a grant. You extend our reputation throughout the world and we are grateful."

This year's honorees will be added soon to the UTPA Library's recognition list.

Learn more about Davila and Mora's book in this video: