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NSF Day Highlights Science, Engineering Research

Edward J. Hackett, NSF director for the Division of Social and Economic Sciences, gave a presentation .
Photo courtesy of Laura Trejo
Edward J. Hackett, NSF director for the,
Division of Social and Economic Sciences,
gave a presentation on the history and
mission of the National Science Foundation
at the UTEP-sponsored NSF Day.
More than 300 researchers, engineers and scientists gathered at UTEP this week to learn about the National Science Foundation and its programs.

NSF selected UTEP to sponsor the one-day event which allowed the agency’s representatives to talk about the NSF’s seven directorates and the future of science and engineering research.

The workshop marks another milestone in UTEP’s relationship with the agency, which is currently funding more than $51 million in research at the university.

Among the recent NSF awards to UTEP is a $5 million grant to create the Cyber-SHARE Center of Excellence that will bring experts together to improve methods for gathering and computing data over the Internet for use in scientific research. Other awards include a $3.46 million grant from NSF’s ADVANCE program to increase the representation of women in academic science and engineering careers and a $700,000 grant to send four faculty and 16 students to Antarctica to conduct field research as part of the International Polar Year program.

The University of Texas at El Paso ranks among the top academic institutions in the University of Texas System and among the top public universities in Texas in research spending, with more than $46 million in 2007. Making the most of our distinctive strengths, UTEP is dedicated to joining the ranks of the nation’s top-tier research universities.

– Laura Cruz Acosta

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