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Associate Dean, School of Undergraduate Studies
+1 512 475 7000, +1 512 232 2684
Expertise: Development of web-based tools for biomechanics instruction; analysis of biomechanics and neural correlates of fine motor skill performance and learning; assessment of effects of mild traumatic brain injury on fine motor skill performance and learning.
Professor, Department of History, College of Liberal Arts
+1 512 475 7240
Expertise: American Cultural and Intellectual History; American Jewish History and Culture; History of the Holocaust and Jewish Studies; History of Psychology; History of American Religion; History of Photography; Antebellum America; Psychology, Religion, Photography, American History
Associate Professor, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, College of Education
Expertise: Immigration and early childhood education; Agency and young children; Global, comparative early childhood; Early childhood teacher education; Racial identities and young children; Impact of educational ethnography on teacher education and educational policy
Professor, Department of Geography and the Environment, College of Liberal Arts
+1 512 232 1599, +1 512 471 5116
Expertise: geography of media and communication; technological change; representations of places, landscapes and environments; critical geopolitics; Europe; North America; Technology
Professor and Harry Reasoner Regents Chair in Law, School of Law
+1 512 232 0877
Expertise: David E. Adelman teaches and writes in the areas of environmental law, intellectual property law, and climate change policy. Professor Adelman's research focuses on the many interfaces between law and science. His articles have addressed such topics as the implications of emerging genomic technologies for toxics regulation, the tensions between legal and scientific evidentiary standards in regulatory decision making, and development of effective policies for promoting innovation relevant to addressing climate change.
Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, College of Liberal Arts
+1 512 232 4284
Expertise: Comparative and Historical Sociology; Social Theory; Political Sociology; Media and the Public Sphere Sociology of Culture; Sociology of Law; Sociology of Emotions; Western Europe; Middle East; Qualitative and Historical Methods; Sociology.
Associate Professor, University Extension Division of Continuing Education, College of Liberal Arts
+1 512 475 6400
Expertise: Islamic studies; Shi''''ism; modern Iranian history and modern Middle Eastern history; world history; historiography; religious studies; nationalism; gender studies and economic history
M. K. Hage Centennial Professor in Education, Department of Educational Psychology, College of Education
+1 512 471 0364, +1 512 471 4407
Expertise: Dr. Ricardo Ainslie's work focuses on communities in the United States and Mexico that have experienced significant conflict, violence, and transformation, exploring broader questions about how communities absorb crises and how individuals and cultural groups live within them. A hallmark of his work is his use of media as a critical tool for conveying ideas and human experience.
Associate Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Cockrell School of Engineering
+1 512 471 4345
Expertise: Nanoscale devices, carbon nanotubes and graphene; Plastic nanoelectronics and nanotechnology; High-frequency analog circuit design; Biosensors
Professor, Department of Anthropology, College of Liberal Arts
+1 512 471 7531, +1 512 471 3550
Expertise: Gender; health; development; labor history; political movements (including Islamic groups); Political Economy; post-colonialism; urban social histories, popular culture; historiography; memory; liberalism; Middle East; South Asia
Associate Professor, Department of Educational Psychology, College of Education
+1 512 471 0218
Expertise: The overarching goals of Dr. Greg Allen's research are to use magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and neuropsychological methods to: identify brain systems that are different from normal in autism spectrum disorders (ASD); determine whether and how these differences are related to ASD symptoms; guide the search for ASD causes; guide the search for ASD treatments; and evaluate responses to treatment.
Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, Cockrell School of Engineering
+1 512 471 4417
Expertise: Our group focuses on engineering biology to produce organic molecules of interest such as biofuels, commodity and specialty chemicals and protein pharmaceuticals. Specifically, our lab alters cells and "hijacks" the basic metabolism to convert cellular systems into industrially-relevant biochemical factories. We utilize a variety of host systems including microbial (eg. Eschericia coli), fungal (eg. the yeasts Saccharomyces cerevisiae and Yarrowia lipolytica), and mammalian cells (eg. Chinese Hamster Ovary (CHO) cells and human HEK293). To accomplish these tasks, traditional pathway engineering approaches are merged with novel synthetic biology tools, protein engineering strategies, systems biology paradigms and applied genetic engineering capabilities. Our research group focuses on the integration and implementation of these tools and knowledge for the design, production, and elicitation of phenotypes relevant to biotechnological processes and medical interest. In addition, we are heavily invested in developing novel synthetic biology approaches aimed at increasing our capacity to engineer cells.
Associate Professor, Department of Theatre and Dance, College of Fine Arts
+1 215 983 6383
Expertise: African Diaspora and African American (Black) vernacular and concert dance history, Black dance aesthetics, Afrocentric dance pedagogy, choreography and dance composition, contemporary dance, Afrofuturism, critical race theory in dance, dance, history, ethnic studies.
Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Cockrell School of Engineering
+1 512 471 0536
Expertise: Multiuser wireless networking; Wireless ad hoc networks; Multiuser techniques for code division multiple access, multiple-input multiple-output, and orthogonal frequency-division multiplexing; WiMAX
Research Assistant Professor, Department of Kinesiology and Health Education, College of Education
Expertise: Dr. Atwood has spent more than 15 years working on applied research projects focused on physical activity, obesity, worksite wellness, nutrition education evaluation, diabetes, and HIV prevention and care. She has worked with a number of programs at the Texas Department of State Health Services including the Women, Infants & Children Program (WIC), Obesity, Diabetes and HIV Prevention and Care. Dr. Atwood's contracts focus on providing content and evaluation expertise, capacity building and program development for stakeholders at the federal, state and local level. She is currently working on issues surrounding changes in health care delivery systems impacted by health care reform and capacity building utilizing complexity science, generative leadership and an appreciative approach.
Associate Professor, Department of Educational Psychology, College of Education
+1 512 471 0526
Expertise: Dr. Awad's scholarship is characterized by three interrelated areas of inquiry: prejudice and discrimination, identity and acculturation, and more recently, body image among women of color. She has also written in the area of multicultural research methodology. The majority of her research is guided by the questions "What factors lead to discrimination against ethnic minorities?" and "What impacts perceptions of experienced discrimination?" The two populations that she has primarily focused on are Arab/Middle Eastern Americans and African Americans. Although overt discrimination towards ethnic minorities has decreased over the years, the practice of more covert, subtle forms of prejudice remains. The events of September 11, 2001, however, reintroduced more explicit forms of prejudice towards Arab/Middle Eastern Americans, and those perceived to be Muslim, complicating the dialogue on discrimination in the United States. Dr. Awad is concerned with how prejudicial attitudes and ideology impact attitudes towards ethnic minorities generally and within specific domains such as the workplace and higher education. In addition, she examines how racial/ethnic identity and acculturation impact ethnic minorities' perception of discrimination. Most recently, she has expanded her identity and acculturation research to the study of body image concerns among women of color.
Assistant Professor, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, College of Education
Expertise: My research focuses primarily on theorizing the nature of short- and long-term interests in STEM disciplines, and designing learning environments that are truly engaging to students. This has led me to investigate learning and interest-based participation in settings as diverse as classrooms, after-school programs, and hobby practices (model rocketry and amateurs astronomy). Intersecting with this central research focus, my other research interests include the use and creation of technical representations and the way these mediate knowing and learning; the discourse and practices of engaged participation in STEM classrooms; and social justice issues in STEM education. This work has appeared in publications such as the Journal of the Learning Sciences, Cognition and Instruction, and the Journal of Mathematical Behavior.