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Associate Professor, Department of Government, College of Liberal Arts
+1 512 232 7276
Expertise: Bethany Albertson is an Associate Professor in the Government Department at UT Austin. She received her PhD in political science and a graduate certificate in social psychology from the University of Chicago. She is a political psychologist and her research interests include American public opinion, emotion, and experimental methods. She researches and writes on elections, democratic norms, and campaigns.
Director, Microelectronics Research Center, Chandra Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
+1 512 471 6730, +1 512 924 4799
Expertise: Ultra-high vacuum and remote plasma-enhanced chemical vapor deposition; Silicon-germanium-carbon heterostructure MOSFETs and nanostructures; Ultra-shallow junction technology; Semiconductor device modeling
Research Affiliate - Research Fellow, McDonald Observatory, College of Natural Sciences
+1 512 471 1301
Expertise: Astronomy; variable stars; stellar distance scales; Cepheid variable stars; observatory management; National Science Foundation; optical and infrared astronomy; extraterrestrial life
Professor, Department of Educational Leadership and Policy, College of Education
+1 512 232 2288
Expertise: Researches how early childhood stakeholders respond to and conceptualize policies affecting the the complex educational, cultural, and individual goals and aspirations of teachers, children, and their families.
Associate Professor, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Jackson School of Geosciences
+1 512 471 4762
Expertise: Can also see https://www.catlos.work/ My primary research focus is <strong>geochemistry</strong>, and how the fundamentals of chemistry (mineral reactions, radiogenic and stable isotopes, major and trace elements) can be and are used to understand what the Earth was like in the past. In this, I have interests that span a broad range of range of plate boundary processes and laboratory approaches. Many ancient fault systems are clues to determine the evolution and migration of Earth's continents in the past, identify important economic resources that formed during specific times in Earth's history, and/or to assess geological hazards that result due to reactivation of older faults or mass movement of rocks. They are used to understand how plate tectonics operates today and how it operated in the past. I am interested in constraining the evolution of a number of fault systems and mountain ranges that formed during the closure of ancient ocean systems primarily across Asia, the Middle East, and Europe. <br> <br>For example, a major portion of my <strong>Himalayan research </strong> agenda involves constraining past motion on the Main Central Thrust, a large-scale shear zone that worked to create the highest mountains on the planet. I currently use novel geochemical and geochronological approaches that take advantage of modern-day technology to understand how <strong> garnet-bearing rocks </strong> moved at a high-resolution scale within that structure. Garnets are chemical tape recorders, and their chemical elements can be used to ascertain the pressures and temperatures they experienced. They also enclose radioactive minerals, such as monazite, that can be dated to time their history. Data from numerous garnet-bearing rocks across the Main Central Thrust can be used to inform us regarding how and when the Himalayas uplifted in the past, and lend insight into the motion that affects it today. To this end, I collaborate and learn from other researchers, such as geophysicists and modelers. <br> <br>I apply similar approaches to garnet-bearing rocks found in extensional systems in western <strong>Turkey</strong>. In this region, the plate boundary experienced a major switch in the geological past from compression to extension. Again, I apply new approaches in the thermodynamic modeling and geochronology to garnets in this locale to understand why and how this plate tectonic transition occurred. <br> <br>In this portion of my research, I also include the study of <strong>granites</strong>, as these igneous bodies emplaced during the extensional phase. The timing of their formation is key pieces of information regarding how extension occurred in western Turkey, both in time and space. To this end, I pioneered new imaging approaches to their study, and collaborate with economic geologists in Turkey who are interested in how heat and fluid flow around these granite bodies are intricately involved in the formation of ore resources. Their research sparked my interest in granite petrology, and I also study this rock type in China and Slovakia. Some of these granites formed at ancient plate boundaries as continents collided, and their ages and chemistry constrain when and what types of geological processes operated during their formation. <br> <br>The approaches I apply (geochemistry and geochronology) are of interest to a wide variety of researchers, so I collaborate and involve students in projects that include other geologists. An example of this is the dating of radioactive minerals from <strong>ancient meteorite impact craters and massive volcanic eruptions</strong>, events that are key for shaping how life evolved in Earth's history. These projects involve the use of modern and ever-evolving <strong>technological advances in geochemistry</strong>, such as the laser ablation of tiny zircon crystals, or the use of instruments that do not require minerals to be separated from rocks, such as secondary ion mass spectrometry (SIMS). <br> <br>I am interested in <strong>accessory minerals</strong>, such as zircon and monazite, and what controls their appearance in metamorphic and igneous rocks. Monazite, in particular, has been a focus of my research and I have key expertise in its formation, composition, geochronology, and its use as a rare earth resource. <br> <br>Although my research primarily involves compressional and extensional plate boundaries and igneous and metamorphic rocks, I recently delved into understanding sedimentary rocks from along the North Anatolian Fault, a major strike-slip system in north-central Turkey. In this research, we obtained oxygen isotopes across transects along calcite-filled fractures in limestones using SIMS. These calcite-filled fractures have the potential to record their source and provide key insight into the history of the limestones as well as their use for recording modern day fluid flow driven by seismic activity along the active fault system. <br> <br>Fundamentally, my research is <strong>field-based</strong> and involves the mapping and collection of rocks and understanding their importance in addressing research questions regarding what the Earth was like in the past. The research is <strong>laboratory-based</strong>, and I take advantage of modern advances in technology applied to geosciences, including numerous facilities at UT Austin and elsewhere.
Associate Professor, Department of Mexican American and Latino/a Studies, College of Liberal Arts
Expertise: Afro-Latino politics and identity, Black politics in the Spanish speaking Caribbean and the United States, group consciousness, Black and Latino public opinion and racial inequality. Cuba. Puerto Rico.
Professor, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, College of Education
Expertise: Examines ethnographic language and literacy practices in K-12 classrooms, specifically focusing on how Latinx critical race theory explains the relationship between heritage language and culture and the evolving identities of future teachers.
Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, School of Journalism and Media, Moody College of Communication
Expertise: Historical and contemporary issues related to media in the U.S.-Mexico borderlands, Mexico, and other parts of Latin America
Assistant Dean, Lyndon B Johnson School of Public Affairs
+1 512 471 8324, +1 512 656 6592
Expertise: A member of the Texas House of Representatives from 1991-2001, Greenberg?s areas of expertise include state and local government, public finance and budgeting, education, health care, transportation, and campaigns and elections in the state of Texas.
Associate Professor, Department of Government, College of Liberal Arts
+1 512 232 7206
Expertise: Mexican and Latin American politics; political parties and elections in Mexico and the rest of Latin America; authoritarianism and democratization; research method; campaigns
Research Professor Emeritus, McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering
Expertise: Dr. Heller's study of the physical chemistry of inorganic oxyhalide solutions resulted in the first neodymium liquid lasers (1964-1967) and in the lithium thionyl chloride battery (1973), one of the earliest lithium batteries, remaining in use in medical and defense systems where 20 year shelf life, high energy density and a broad operating temperature range are required. His studies of photoelectrochemical solar cells resulted in 11.5 percent efficient solar cells (1980) and in 11 percent efficient hydrogen evolving photoelectrodes. His related studies of photoelectrocatalysis established that the rate of photo-assisted oxidation of organic matter on photocatalytic titanium dioxide particles was controlled by the rate of reduction of adsorbed oxygen by trapped electrons. He established the field the electrical wiring of enzymes (1988-2005), the electrical connection of their catalytic redox centers to electrodes, and built with wired enzymes the subcutaneously implanted miniature glucose sensors. His wired enzymes became the core technology of the FreeStyle NavigatorTM system of Abbott Diabetes Care; it continuously and accurately monitors subcutaneous glucose levels in diabetic people.
Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus, Sarah and Ernest Butler School of Music, College of Fine Arts
Expertise: Group piano; piano pedagogy; career goals and management; dedicated web sites created for both non-music major and music major group piano classes.
Professor, School of Law
+1 512 232 1373
Expertise: Law and economics of corporate and international finance; swaps; derivatives; securities; banking; corporate governance; hedge funds; mutual funds; new financial products and financial innovation; corporate hedging; investment and risk management; business, economics & labor
Professor and Matthew Van Winkle Regents Professorship in Chemical Engineering, Department of Chemical Engineering, Cockrell School of Engineering
+1 512 471 5633
Expertise: Brian A. Korgel is the Director of The University of Texas at Austin Energy Institute and the Rashid Engineering Regents Chair Professor in the McKetta Department of Chemical Engineering. He also directs the Industry/University Cooperative Research Center (IUCRC) for a Solar Powered Future (SPF2050), the Nanotechnologies area of the UT Austin Portugal Program at UT, and serves as Associate Editor of the journal, Chemistry of Materials. He is a former Fulbright Fellow and has been Visiting Professor at the University of Alicante in Spain, the Université Josef Fourier in France and the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing.
Research Professor, Bureau of Economic Geology, Jackson School of Geosciences
+1 512 471 1534, +1 512 471 6303
Expertise: Structural diagenesis, structural geology, fracture analysis, fluid inclusion and cathodoluminescence studies, rock mechanics, mechanical and fracture stratigraphy, hydrocarbon exploration and development in deep and/or structurally complex areas, tight gas sandstone, coalbed methane, shale gas; geothermal, geologic aspects of hydraulic fracturing, application of borehole-imaging geophysical logs to stress and fracture evaluation, structural evolution of North American Cordillera, fracture history of NW Scotland, regional fracture studies Argentina.
F. J. Heyne Centennial Professor Emerita in Communication, Stan Richards School of Advertising and Public Relations, Moody College of Communication
Expertise: diversity in advertising; education; practice; communication process; how culture influences consumer response to communication; personal factors; message design; psychological response); communicating philanthropy and corporate social responsibility (CSR); overcoming skepticism
Professor and Ernest Cockrell, Sr. Chair in Engineering, Department of Chemical Engineering, Cockrell School of Engineering
Expertise: Interests include the broad areas of polymer science and engineering and chemical engineering. Current research involves various aspects of polymeric materials including polymer blends; membranes for separations, drug delivery, packaging, etc.; and polymer processing. The blend research deals with the thermodynamics of polymer-polymer interactions (miscibility, phase diagrams, interfaces), reactive compatibilization of multiphase mixtures, rubber toughening, the control of phase morphology during processing by both chemical and physical means, and polymeric nanocomposites. The research on diffusion in polymers involves investigation of structure-property relationships to design better membranes for separation processes and improved barrier materials plus an interest in theories and models for describing sorption and permeation of small molecule penetrants in polymers including the rubbery, glassy, semi-crystalline, and liquid crystalline states of these materials. The research on nanocomposites involves devising chemical and processing strategies for exfoliating layered silicates in polymer matrices for improvement of performance using nanoscale reinforcement. Synthesis, characterization, and performance of polymers are an integral part of the research in all these areas.
Professor, School of Journalism and Media, Moody College of Communication
+1 512 695 6879
Expertise: Newspaper and television journalism, including audience, content and diversity in coverage, and leadership and management in the industry; the relationship African-Americans, women and youth have with the news; ethics in research methodologies in the media; media framing; polling, specifically the validity and interpretation of election polls; news coverage of presidential elections; women and young voters; millennials; social media
Professor (Retired), Hildebrand Department of Petroleum and Geosystems Engineering
+1 512 471 3161, +1 512 471 3235
Expertise: Enhanced oil recovery; Reservoir engineering; Fluid flow in porous media; Numerical simulation; Phase behavior and fluid properties; Water soluble polymers; Surfactants; Surfactant enhanced aquifer remediation; Characterization of NAPLs in groundwater; Use of tracers for characterization of aquifers
David Allen Cockrell Chair in Engineering, Cockrell Family Regents Chair in Engineering #7, Joe C. Walter, Jr. Chair in Engineering, Walker Department of Mechanical Engineering, Cockrell School of Engineering
+1 512 471 6546
Expertise: Nano-resolution lithography; Flexure-based micro- and nano-precision machines; Precision optical systems; Real-time nano-resolution optical sensor architectures
Professor, Department of Sociology, College of Liberal Arts
+1 512 232 6330
Expertise: Population Health ( Structural Determinants of Mental and Physical Health; Stress and Social Support; Health Behavior; Health Disparities; Sexual Minority Health); Family and Gender (Gender and Relationships; Same-Sex Couples; Marital Status and Health; Relationship Quality and Health; Family Status and Health; Intergenerational Relationships; Family and Bereavement); Aging and the Life Course (Psychosocial Epidemiology across the Life Course; Aging and the Family; Death and Dying; Marriage and Intimate Partnerships).