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Research and Minority Serving Institutions meet at UTPA
By Office of Public Affairs
Posted: 03/02/2012
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Almost 100 representatives from 21 institutions of higher learning — some from as far as Puerto Rico — came to The University of Texas-Pan American Feb. 20 and 21 to network and find ways for their universities to collaborate on research projects.

With the help of funding from the Army Research Office and the Minority Serving Institutions Research Partnership Consortium (MSIRPC), UTPA’s Office of Research and Sponsored Projects hosted the two-day symposium to bring together researchers from minority-serving schools as disparate as Clark-Atlanta University, California State University-Fullerton and the University System of Ana G. Mendez in Puerto Rico with those from other higher education institutions to share information on their current research projects in hopes of finding schools with which to partner.

Presentations included one given by Dr. Harlan Jerro of Southern University in Louisiana on the integrated IT research currently underway at his school, as well as on other topics, including biodefense, engineered materials for efficient molecular transformations, fuel cell and battery technologies, the social dimensions of disaster research, and biomedical research.

Dr. Theresa Bailey, director UTPA’s Office of Research and Sponsored Projects, also serves as the current chair of the MSIRPC. It was through her initiative that the symposium was held at UTPA this year.

“Each symposium brings new projects and new collaborations to our member schools," Bailey said. "This year was no different and I am sure we will see fruitful collaborations in the near future that came out of this meeting.”

UTPA President Robert S. Nelsen and Provost Havidán Rodríguez welcomed the group. Nelsen expressed his desire that the schools do more than talk, rather truly establish working relationships that benefit their institutions, students and faculty alike. Read more.