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UHV Discovers

Join us for UHV Discovers, an ongoing conversation about the research at UHV. The next event will highlight student research. Three students will present the exciting research they are conducting, supervised by Dr. Ehsan and Dr. Kaneko, Associate Professors of Biology. 

Targeting New Metabolites with Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) 
By: Samual Joe-Ibekwe, Biomedical Biology Student

Heat Shock Protein (HSP70) in Rotifers
By: Tamang Jyoti, Biomedical Biology Student

Hunting Metabolites from Fruits Analyzed by Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR)
By: Kai Martinez, Undergraduate Student

The presentations will be held from 12:30 – 1:30 PM, Thursday, October 26, 2023, in University North Room 111. Unable to attend in person? Please join us via Teams. Click here to join the meeting

Previous Presentations

April 20, 2023

Kwan Seung Lee, an Assistant Professor of Management, discussed findings from his research on noncompete agreements (NCAs) that focused on the less known varying impacts of NCAs on different employees and whether NCAs would either increase or reduce employee compensation. The title of his paper is Trapped In Golden Shackles? 

The Impacts of Noncompete Agreements on CEO Compensation.

The author collected 423 NCAs from 1,097 Standard & Poor’s 500 CEOs appointed during 1996 – 2015 and investigated a relation between signing an NCA and CEO compensation. His findings reveal that firms offer higher levels of cash and equity to CEOs after they agree to an NCA, consistent with the compensating differentials theory and the reciprocity of contractual obligations. Moreover, the author explored how such NCA impacts on compensation increase could vary depending on CEOs of different characteristics.

Yuan Wang, an Associate Professor of Operations and Supply Chain Management, shared her research work entitled Linking Government Interventions to Firm Performance: The Influence of Stringency and Support During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Her study uncovered how government interventions, in terms of stringency and support, shaped COVID-19’s detrimental impact on the organization’s performance. Specifically, the complementary or substitutive roles of stringency and support in lowering COVID-19’s impact on the organization’s performance.

The results showed that the stringency approach increased the detrimental impact on both operationally and financially while economic support to households and fiscal spending to organizations worked differently on lowering the impacts of COVID-19. Additionally, their combinative effects only influenced a firm’s operational performance, albeit in opposite directions.

March 30, 2023

Sharon de Marin, from the College of Education and Health Professions, Assistant Professor (rescheduled) and Wahidah Binti Hashim, a visiting Fulbright Scholar, will share their research.

February 16, 2023

Teresa LeSage-Clements, a Professor in the College of Education and Health Professions shared her research from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s B-Wet grant entitled Gulf Coast Guadalupe River Watershed Teacher and Student Environmental Education. She related project results that indicated an increase of teacher and student knowledge and skills on watershed ecology, and enhanced watershed environmental awareness through stewardship.

Michael Wiblishauser, presented information about the 2019 Victoria Alliance Against Chronic Kidney Disease program, a community health program funded by The Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Texas, that targeted the reduction in chronic kidney disease in Victoria County. The program was comprised of educational, nutritional, physical activity, and health screenings components, and was able to reach 90 participants from Victoria County. The final assessment of the program indicated that it made modest improvements on the overall health of participants.

December 1, 2022

Ashley Fansher, a 2022 Junior Faculty Summer Research Grant recipient, presented her findings from the research she conducted with Victoria Police Department to identify trends in sexual assault reports. The data gathered from 2014-2021 included types of reports made, who reported, victim/offender demographics, and suggestions for policy.

Mark Ward gave an overview of his research on communication in religious contexts. To date, his research program has produced seven books and more than 40 scholarly articles and essays. He began with the basics of communication models and research methodologies to provide a framework for his own choices as an ethnographer of religious communication. Together with the family and the state, religion is one of three institutions that transmit a society’s culture. As an ethnographer of communication, Ward studies how religious communities use language to construct their own distinct cultures. He believes understanding religions as cultures can improve interfaith dialogue and civic discourse.

October 20, 2022

UHV biology graduate student research in three different realms.

Alisha Merchant’s research was published in the book entitled “Computational approaches for novel therapeutic and diagnostic designing to mitigate SARS-COV-2 infection”. She co-authored the chapter “Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2: An era of struggle and discovery leading to the emergency use authorization of treatment and prevention measures based on computational analysis”.

Noemi Bustamante discussed her research work with “Hunting for Cell Cycle Genes in Rotifers”. The purpose of this project was to analyze and identify whether the monogonont rotifer species being studying, Brachionus plicatilis is a viable model organism for cell cycle studies, particularly studies on the regulation of the cell cycle. Rotifers are an important and promising organism for cell cycle studies because of its short life span and easiness to culture.

Qetia Noufe presented her internship work “Simulation on the Patterns of Point Mutations,” where the substitution of one nucleotide for another during the course of evolution is a fundamental mechanism in the evolution of DNA sequences. Changes in nucleotide sequences are employed in molecular evolutionary research to estimate the pace of evolution and to recreate the evolutionary history of organisms, therefore the process merits careful examination.

April 21, 2022

Tong Kang explained how he established theoretical predictions regarding when a "strategic" bankruptcy will help a company emerge from bankruptcy and continue operating as a separate entity.

March 10, 2022

Joann Olson and Yun Wan discussed findings from administering an NSF S-STEM grant. The presentation is You might as well make a job out of it": Career development in undergraduate STEM majors discussed elements that influence students' program selection and success.

Sharon de Marin presented her article, the review of reviews over reading interventions used with English learners with learning disabilities, plus provided insight to a writing project in Africa.

February 9, 2022:

Esther Cuenca will discuss the work she completed on a monograph tentatively titled, The Making of Urban Law in Medieval Britain, it is the first in-depth, cross-regional investigation into the history of law in British towns during the Middle Ages in over a century.

Laura Mammina will address her manuscript for a book-length project, Wars of Invasion: Union Soldiers, Southern Women, and Intimate Space during the American Civil War. It argues that wartime interactions between soldiers and women were bitter conflicts over the meaning of freedom, the rights of U.S. residents, and the boundaries of citizenship.

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November 18, 2021:
Pavithra Sivashanmugam, a computer science student, presented “AI in rainfall prediction.”

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October 22, 2021:
Humberto Hernandez, an assistant professor of biology, demonstrated “Dietary Fiber for the Treatment of Ocular Diseases.” In addition, Thanh Le, a sophomore biology student, presented her research, “The Use of Mouse Cells for the Study of Ocular Diseases.”

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