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Dr. Damian Valles, Assistant Professor in the Ingram School of Engineering and Dr. Ting Liu, Professor in the Department of Health and Human Performance, have received a grant of $344,029 from the National Science Foundation (NSF). This NSF grant will support a 3-year project to involve undergraduate students at Texas State in research in the emerging areas of Smart and Connected Communities (S&CC) and Smart and Connected Health (SCH) for individuals with disabilities and first responders. The undergraduate students will design and develop concepts, systems, and applications that target aspects of S&CC and SCH on emotion recognition, cognitive and motor function, postural control and hygiene of individuals with disabilities (autism spectrum disorder, multiple sclerosis); and study the use of new engineering data and visual cyber techniques in smart city firefighting autonomous data collection. Drs. Semih Aslan, Yumeng Li, John Farrell, and Maria Resendiz will serve as senior personnel on the grant.
Congratulations to Drs. Minda Lopez and Jim Van Overschelde for receiving a $92,000 sub-award from UT Austin Charles A Dana Center. Texas State University’s Research for EDucator Equity and Excellence (REDEE) Collaborative has received a $92,000 sub-award from the University of Texas at Austin, Charles A. Dana Center. The project, entitled, “Addressing Misalignment at Critical Transition Points in Texas Education” addresses research pertaining to high school graduation in Texas. Using data from the ERC database, we will explore student, teacher, school, and district characteristics associated with successful end-of-course exam performance, high school persistence, and on-time high school graduation. We will also explore how teachers teaching out-of-field impacts student success in high school and what factors lead to successful postsecondary degrees and/or high job earnings.
Kathy Ybanez-Llorente, Associate Professor in the Professional Counseling Program in the Department of Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education and School Psychology and Dr. Maria Resendiz, Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Disorders, have received a grant of $424,761 from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for the Minority Health Research and Education Grant Program- Academic Clinical Partnerships. The grant will fund the ACCESS project (Attaining Culturally sensitive Counseling Education for Speech, linguistic and trauma-informed Services) for two years.
The primary purpose of the ACCESS project is to address the mental health workforce shortage by setting up sustainable academic-clinical partnerships to increase valuable student intern clinical placements in medically underserved communities. The project will increase intern knowledge of multicultural counseling, trauma-informed interventions, and culturally/linguistically diverse services. Additionally, the ACCESS project will support recruitment efforts to increase the number of Hispanic and African American students enrolled in the targeted allied health discipline.
Congratulation to Dr. Stacy Hunter for being awarded a $408,493 grant over a two-year period on behalf of the National Institute of Health National Center for Complementary & Integrative Health to support her research entitled "Yoga Postures and Slow Deep Breathing in Altering Mechanistic Outcomes in Hypertension."
Drs. Maria Haiyasoso and Paulina Flasch, Assistant Professors in the Counseling Program, Department of Counseling, Leadership, Adult Education and School Psychology in the Professional Counseling program, have received a grant of nearly $300,000 from the U.S. Department of Justice's Office on Violence Against Women for the creation of coordinated victim services at Texas State University. The grant will fund the Bobcats REACH (Response, Education, Awareness, Care and Healing) Project, a collaborative effort of community and campus partners and resources to enhance safety for students and enable response in a coordinated and trauma-informed manner when students experience domestic and dating violence, sexual assault, and/or stalking. The REACH Project will comprise victim services and trauma-informed counseling; coordinated campus and community response; education and training for the campus community; and prevention and awareness efforts.
REACH Project partners include the San Marcos Police Department, Hays-Caldwell Women’s Center, Hays County District Attorney’s Office, Texas State Professional Counseling Program, University Police Department, Title IX Office, Clery Act and Campus Security, Student Health Center, Health Promotion Services, the Texas State Counseling Center, Housing and Residential Life, Student Affairs, and Dean of Students Offices including Fraternity & Sorority Life, Student Conduct and Community Standards, Student Emergency Services, and Attorney for Students Office.
Texas State University’s Research for EDucator Equity and Excellence (REDEE) Collaborative has received a $100,000 grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The grant will support research that explores issues associated with the Texas educator pipeline starting with admission into a Texas educator preparation program (EPP), success during the EPP, completion of the EPP, successful testing to become an educator, certification as an educator, employment as an educator, success in educating students, and ending with persistence as an educator. The over-arching goals of this study are (a) to increase the quality of future educators prepared by EPPs, (b) to reduce the loss of potential future educators and existing high-quality and effective educators, and (c) to increase the academic success of the P-12 students taught be these educators.
The Round Rock STEM-for-All Partnership is a public/private initiative that will combine a workforce research initiative with a well-integrated portfolio of STEM engagement and educator professional development opportunities for learners of all ages in the Texas 31st Congressional District. Research data will be collected and analyzed from area employers and education providers concerning current and future workforce needs to identify gaps and to promote collaborative planning to better meet local needs. The STEM engagement and educator professional development collaborative includes summer engineering camps for elementary students, STEM Internship Programs for secondary students, monthly STEM nights at area schools, summer engineering institutes for pre-service teachers from the Texas State Round Rock campus, Saturday teacher professional development sessions for K-12 teachers, a speaker series for the community, and STEM exhibits and interactive activities at area community events.
Congratulations to Drs. Taylor Acee (PI), Russ Hodges (Co-PI), Eric Paulson (Co-PI), and Jim Van Overschelde (Co-PI) for receiving a $315,837 grant on behalf of the Greater Texas Foundation.