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Associate 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.
Research Assistant Professor (Affiliated), 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.
Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Cockrell School of Engineering
+1 512 471 5879
Expertise: Analysis of restructured electricity markets and electric transmission; Electricity system analysis, operations, and planning; Vulnerability of electric grids to terrorist attack; Very large-scale integration circuit analysis
Professor, Department of Chemistry, College of Natural Sciences
+1 512 471 3761
Expertise: Using electrochemistry to elucidate the behavior and properties of novel organic and inorganic species; interaction of light and electrochemical systems; utilization of light in photoelectrochemical cells with semiconductor electrodes or particles for the generation of electricity and chemicals.
Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Administration, College of Education
+1 512 232 4419
Expertise: My research focuses explicitly on issues of social justice, equity, and diversity. In particular, it centers on the persistence and success of underrepresented students, the experiences of underrepresented faculty, and leadership across the P-20 pipeline. I employ qualitative methods such as narrative and discourse analysis, phenomenology, and case study, and I often utilize critical epistemologies and theories.
Associate Professor, Department of Educational Psychology, College of Education
+1 512 471 0378
Expertise: Dr. Cawthon's research focuses on access and equity in education. Her interests lie in the areas of instruction, assessment, and policy issues that affect those students who have been traditionally underserved. More specifically, Dr. Cawthon has an expertise in assessment accommodations, test development, and assessment policy related to standards-based and accountability reforms. Dr. Cawthon utilizes mixed methods approach to research, including secondary analysis of large-scale datasets, quasi-experimental design, arts-based methods, and qualitative designs.
Professor and Director, Department of Communication Studies, College of Communication
+1 512 471 1939
Expertise: Argumentation (in a variety of settings); rhetoric; creating academic/community partnerships; inter- and cross-disciplinary education; diversity in higher education; academic entrepreneurship; the role of public research universities in society; reforming undergraduate and graduate education; citizen scholars; and accountability in higher education.
Professor, Department of Educational Psychology, College of Education
+1 512 471 0188
Expertise: Dr. Dodd's research examines the application of classical mental test theory and item response theory to attitude scaling, academic placement, adaptive testing, and standard settings.
Professor, Department of Information, Risk and Operations Management, Red McCombs School of Business
+1 512 471 5278, +1 512 471 3322
Expertise: His research and teaching interests include risk management, multiple criteria decision making, and capital budgeting. Decision and risk analysis with applications in oil and gas; exploration and production; electric utilities; project managment; environment & earth science.
Associate Professor, Department of Special Education, College of Education
Expertise: Dr. Falcomata's research focuses on developing early childhood assessments and interventions for children with Austism Spectrum Disorder and other development disabilities.
Professor, Department of Kinesiology and Health Education, College of Education
+1 512 471 8621, +1 512 471 1273
Expertise: Skeletal muscular atrophy; muscle regeneration; exercise physiology; cardiac health and exercise; cardiovascular health and fitness in the elderly
Director, Center for Electromechanics
+1 512 232 1628
Expertise: Microgrid performance; electrical process in algal biofuels production; electrical insulation; Electricity generation and storage; space power; electric energy; standards; technology policy; university-industry-government collaboration in technology; technology and economic development; electric guns; hybrid electric vehicles; electric locomotives; flywheel batteries; electric generators and motors; high voltage; environment & earth science.
Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, Cockrell School of Engineering
+1 512 471 4617
Expertise: We utilize fundamental concepts in colloid and interface science, materials chemistry, nanotechnology, and polymer science to design, synthesize, and characterize materials for advanced performance in energy, pharmaceutical, and biomedical applications. We focus on Advanced Functional Nanomaterials: functionalization of metals and metal oxide/polymer systems Nanoparticle Interactions with Liquid and Solid Interfaces: engineered interfacial interactions in solids and oil/water and gas/water systems Nanocluster Self Assembly Platform for Enhanced Properties: protein nanoclusters, photonic NIR gold nanoclusters, metal oxides for subsurface imaging and catalysis
Professor Emeritus, Department of Educational Administration, College of Education
+1 512 471 7551
Expertise: Scholarly work has concentrated on understanding the processes related to the supervision of instruction and school personnel; (1) explore the instructional needs of teachers and their professional development within higher education; in such work to analyze approaches to inservice education as well as faculty needs; (2) processes of instructional supervision, including instructional modules, feedback, instructional assessment and the evaluation of teachers; explore the post-observation processes utilized to improve instruction.
Professor and Donald J. Douglass Centennial Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Cockrell School of Engineering
+1 512 471 3118, +1 512 471 6902
Expertise: Industrial electrotechnology applications and economics; Industrial energy management and conservation; Project-based engineering instruction
Associate Professor, Department of Geological Sciences, Jackson School of Geosciences
+1 512 232 7051
Expertise: Paleoclimatology, paleoceanography, paleolimnology, sedimentary geology and geochemistry, organic geochemistry, isotope geochemistry, compound-specific stable isotope analysis
Professor, Department of Economics, College of Liberal Arts
+1 512 475 8545
Expertise: Vertical restrictions, including bundling and tying; vertical and horizontal mergers; public utility pricing and regulatory policy; equilibrium constraints on tests of single firm conduct under Section 2 of the Sherman Act.
Professor, Business, Government and Society, Red McCombs School of Business
+1 512 471 0778, +1 512 471 3322
Expertise: David Spence is a professor in the Department of Business, Government and Society at The University of Texas at Austin. Professor Spence's research and teaching focuses on business-government relations and the regulation of business, particularly energy and environmental regulation. Before coming to academia, he was a practicing attorney representing public utilities, energy companies and others in connection with a wide variety of environmental and energy regulatory matters.
Professor, Department of Kinesiology and Health Education, College of Education
+1 512 232 4801, +1 512 471 1273
Expertise: Physiological mechanisms and consequences of vascular aging Influence of lifestyle modifications (particularly habitual exercise) on vascular dysfunction and increased disease risk that occur with aging Masters athletes and changes in athletic performance with aging Utility of swimming exercise for disease prevention Myths and misconceptions in sports medicine and exercise science
Professor, Department of Geography and the Environment, College of Liberal Arts
+1 512 232 8311, +1 512 471 5116
Expertise: Biogeography; Landscape Ecology; Climate Change; Sustainability; Tropical Environments; linking biogeography to environmental conservation at local to landscape to global scales, with emphasis in developing countries, tropical ecosystems, Latin America, biodiversity, climate change, and landscape change