Research News

Lewis is the Quest Scholar of the Week

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Jioni Lewis, assistant professor of psychology, was recently named the recipient of the nationally competitive 2015 Carolyn Payton Early Career Professional Award from Division 35 of the American Psychological Association. Quest, the campus’s comprehensive research initiative, has selected Lewis as its Scholar of the Week.

San Antonio Express-News Features Bruce Tonn’s Research on Sustainable Energy

The San Antonio Express-News recently featured the research of Bruce Tonn, professor of political science, in a story examining what the future of cities would be like if climate change and sustainability issues were tackled by the year 2050. Read the story here. Tonn was the lead researcher on a paper about a sustainable energy system

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UK Daily Mail: Now That’s Crocodile Rock!

The UK Daily Mail featured Vladimir Dinets, research assistant professor of psychology, in a story about predatory reptiles like crocodiles and alligators that sing to each other like birds do. The publication highlighted Dinets’ research that shows crocodiles and alligators have a talent for climbing trees. He observed crocodile species climbing trees on three continents–Australia, Africa

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Partnerships That Make a Difference: Agricultural Field Work with International Partners

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International field work provides a platform for faculty and students to engage in cutting-edge research on global challenges integral to our agricultural and food systems, as well as experiential learning opportunities throughout the world that often combine academic activities with hands-on engagement during the summer, mini-term, an entire semester or academic year.

Science Websites Highlight Sarah Lebeis Research on Plant Microbial Communities

Sarah Lebeis, assistant professor in the Department of Microbiology, has co-authored a paper that gives scientists a glimpse into how defense hormones shape plant health above and below the soil. Several leading science outlets have published stories about the research. They include: IFL Science: Plant Defense Hormones Build Healthy Microbiomes for Roots Science Daily: Unearthing cornerstones in root

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NIMBioS Students Create Tool to Stop Invasive Pests

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Invasive species—from plants like the kudzu vine to animals like the red scale insect that chomps through citrus crops— threaten the health of vital agricultural and natural lands. Three undergraduate students have developed a new tool to help fight these pests. Their work was done with UT faculty mentors during a summer research program at NIMBioS.