Joint Research


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Dr. Alicia Re Cruz from UNT Anthropology Department visits UAEM for the second time, November 23, 2010 / view pictures — Dr. Alicia Re Cruz visited UAEM to work with Dr. Sergio Franco and his team on the seed-fund sponsored project named: "Local Knowledge of Water: The Case-Study of La Peñuela, Nevado De Toluca National Park".

The project is an interdisciplinary effort between UAEM Agiculture, Livestock and Rural Sciences Institute and UNT Department of Anthropology.


UNT Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Warren Burggren, visited UAEM Department of Biology several times, November 19, 2010 / view pictures — UNT Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Warren Burggren, has recently visited UAEM Department of Biology in the College of Sciences 3 times to continue working on their research project sponsored by UNT side of the Seed Fund Program.

The name of the project is: "Developing a Physiological Stress Toolkit for Fish Aquaculture and its Application in Preserving Mexican Native Species".


UAEM and UNT launch the 2nd Annual SEED FUND PROGRAM Call for Proposals, November 4, 2010 / view pictures — After successfully running an innovative joint research Seed Fund Program between UAEM and UNT, where 6 proposals (out of 10 possible) were approved for funding and are generating academic products as we speak, both institutions agreed on launching the second edition of the program.

With this endeavor, UAEM offers 75,000 pesos and UNT 5,000 dollars for projects involving research interaction between similar departments and even multidisciplinary efforts of significant impact from both universities.

The call for proposals for 2011 closed on November 4th, 2010 and we received 7 solid projects which are currently under evaluation from judges on UAEM and UNT. The selected proposals will be announced by the 3rd week of December 2010.


Professor Miguel Acevedo visited UAEM to impart a course, September 1, 2010 / view pictures — UNT Regents Professor of Electrical Engineering Department Miguel Acevedo, who is also a researcher at the Geography and Environmental Science program, visited UAEM to impart a course on "Environmental Modeling" as part of the seed fund project: "Toxicity of industrial effluents and their impacts on treatment systems and the environment.

The course objective was getting to know the bases for environmental science processes modeling particularly related to hydrological and water quality models.

Participants included graduate students, faculty and staff from areas like environmental science and quality, chemistry sciences and water resources. Also, there were several governmental representatives among the attendees.


Dr. Tom LaPoint travels to UAEM to impart the course: "Risk assessment of wastewater treatment processes", May 19-21, 2010 / view pictures — Shortly after Dr. Juan Carlos Sanchez visited the Institute of Applied Science (IAS) at UNT to begin joint research efforts, it was the turn for Dr. Tom Lapoint to continue collaborative tasks in the seed-funded project: "Toxicity of industrial effluents and their impacts on treatment systems and the environment".

The course had a total of 62 participants, all of whom expressed a positive feedback on the material covered by Lapoint. He visited the Department of Chemistry and the Center for Sustainable Chemistry Research and UAEM researchers presented their works about the Lerma River that has similar pollution characteristics with the Trinity river.


Dr. Juan Carlos Sanchez visits UNT initiating a joint Environmental Science project financed by the Seed Funding Program, April 12-16, 2010 / view pictures — Following the academic agenda derived from the seed fund-approved project on: Toxicity of industrial effluents and their impacts on treatment systems and the environment, Juan Carlos Sanchez visited the Institute of Applied Science (IAS) at UNT to begin joint research efforts on the subject.

Sanchez, along with Barney Venables, Bruce Hunter and Tom LaPoint among other professors involved, proposed a joint publication about the preliminary results from industrial effluents' respirometric tests performed at RECICLAGUA AMBIENTAL treatment plant, obtained by Sanchez and other UAEM researchers.

Sanchez had the opportunity to observe several IAS ongoing projects on oxidative stress evaluation, ecotoxicity tests on plants, artificial wetlands as well as the chance to follow-up on already existing studies about the use of pesticides in flower-producing areas.

The next scheduled visit will be by Dr. Tom LaPoint to UAEM this May 19-21, 2010 where he will impart the course: "Risk assessment of wastewater treatment processes".


UAEM Department of Economics pays UNT another visit, September 21-27, 2009 —UAEM faculty members Reyna Vergara Gonzalez and Rafael Juarez Toledo from the Department of Economics visited UNT Economics and Geography departments to further solidify the project: "Exploratory Survey of Microenterprises in Central Mexico with a Focus on Agglomeration Externalities and Benefits of Return Migration."


UAEM-UNT Computer Science PhD student Angel Bravo gets selected to present in Shanghai Conference, July 14, 2009 — UAEM alumni Angel Bravo’s research in Computational Epidemiology Modeling has resulted in an acceptance of his article at an International Society of Intelligent Biological Medicine (ISIBM) conference in Bioinformatics, Systems Biology and Intelligent Computing in Shanghai, China.

Angel Bravo-Salgado and his co-authors Dr. Armin R. Mikler and Courtney D. Corley explained that "computational modeling of infectious diseases enable intelligent Public Health decisions to reduce the impact from epidemic outbreaks, either natural or intentional. In this paper, we outline a modeling paradigm, referred to as the Global Stochastic Contact Model (GSCM), which is a hybrid approach combining agent-based modeling and stochastic simulation, utilizing information on regional demographics, geography, disease specific parameters, and social behavioral factors."


UAEM Master's student Mariana Castro visits UNT for a joint research project, June 30 - August 29, 2009 — UAEM Materials Science master's student Mariana Castro, is taking a 2-month research stay at UNT LAPOM to work on polymer containing composites. Her stay is part of an ongoing project between UNT faculty member Witold Brostow and UAEM researchers Enrique Vigueras and Susana Hernandez, who have visited UNT several times in the past.

The purpose of the study is to obtain solid evidence of polypropylene polymeric composites behavior against scratching and heat so they can determine strength and recovery levels in such materials.


2 UAEM professors in Economics visit UNT to continue a joint research project, June 12 - 19, 2009 — Professors Elsa Rosales and Reyna Vergara visited the Department of Economics at UNT for a short joint research academic stay.

Derived from Conacyt-approved agreement between UAEM and UNT, researchers from both institutions have developed a project called "Analysis of remigration of Mexicans to the US and the effects of remittances on microenterprise creation". Dr. David Molina represents UNT in this project and Dr. Alma Rosa Muñoz Jumilla is the professor responsible for UAEM side.

The main purpose of visiting UNT was to share opinions and results obtained throughout the first stages of the project and to discuss about the next step which will be the reciprocal visit from UNT team to Toluca in July 09.


Dr. Oscar Olea visits the Department of Materials Science for a short joint research stay a year after graduating from UNT, June 8 - 12, 2009 / view pictures — UAEM-UNT's first PhD graduate Oscar Olea, continues to collaborate with UNT Laboratory of Advanced Polymers and Optimized Materials (LAPOM) as he just visited UNT to perform some testing for a joint UAEM-UNT project.

The following are Dr. Olea's activities during his stay:

  • Measurement polypropylene and polyethylene tribological properties.
  • Nylon fibers thermal stability estimation with Gamma 3 rays.
  • Scratch-resistance tests of polymeric composites.

Professors Hook and Martinez seek joint research in indigenous cultures, May 15, 2009 — The Liaison Office met with professor Jonathan Hook, Director of International Indigenous and American Indian Initiatives in order to explore possible joint projects between UNT and UAEM on access to education for indigenous communities in the State of Mexico and Texas.

On the other hand, we also met with professor Judith Martinez Tapia, Chair of UAEM Department of Academic Support for Indigenous Students whose objective is to improve academic quality, rescue and defend cultural diversity and foster and strengthen tolerance and solidarity values across the university.

The Indigenous Academic Initiatives cooperation between UNT and UAEM is expected to begin September 2009.