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UHV Discovers


Join us for UHV Discovers, an ongoing discussion about research at UHV.

Dr. Mike Wiblishauser and Dr. Sharon de Marin from the College of Education and Health Professions will share their research.

Dr. Michael Wiblishauser will present 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.

Dr. Sharon de Marin, a 2022 Junior Faculty Summer Research Grant recipient, will discuss her findings from her study entitled Examining the Perceptions of Preparedness and Discrete Skills among Educational Diagnosticians in Four States. The purpose of the study was to examine the perceptions of special education diagnostician candidates and diagnosticians in Arkansas, Texas, New Mexico, and Louisiana of preparedness on specific skills, including knowledge of math disabilities, math interventions, and math assessments, set forth by the Council for Exceptional Children’s (CEC). The anticipated results of this study were twofold: (a) provide university faculty insight into areas that need to be addressed, modified, improved, and/or strengthened, and (b) increase graduate students’ level of preparedness going into the field.

Their presentations will take place on Thursday, February 16, 2023, from 1:00 – 2:00 PM in University North 111 in person or online via Teams: Click here to join the meeting.

Previous Presentations

December 1, 2022

Dr. 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.

Dr. 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, Dr. 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

Dr. 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

Dr. Joann Olson and Dr. 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. 

Dr. 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:

Dr. 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.

Dr. 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:
Dr. Hardik Gohel, assistant professor of computer science showcased "Applied AI for accessible healthcare and energy security transition.” And Pavithra Sivashanmugam, a computer science student, presented “AI in rainfall prediction.”

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October 22, 2021:
Dr. 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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