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Research Newsletter

Engaging Research

Spring 2020

Old Main at Texas State University

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Walter Horton
Dr. Walter E. Horton

Did anyone watch the Academy Awards? You know that moment when the envelope is opened and you hear, “and the best picture goes to…”? There is so much excitement and anticipation—just like waiting for the next edition of Engaging Research, right? Well, it’s time to open the envelope and find out who earned a spot. And just like choosing the best picture from so many amazing possibilities (I was pulling for Once Upon a Time in Hollywood), it is not easy for editorial staff to pick who makes it in from so many amazing examples of research and scholarly programs happening around the university.

I certainly cannot disagree with the selections. The stories and people we highlight demonstrate that the research and scholarly mission at Texas State is focused on solving the biggest problems facing all of us in Texas and across the nation. The stories also represent the diversity of our research enterprise and how we make a difference for individuals facing challenges and for young people trying to make good decisions in a complex world.

So, if your favorite project or program didn’t make it into this edition, the good news is that, unlike the academy awards, we will be back in less than a year with more great stories highlighting amazing research and innovation happening every day at Texas State.


Research Program Feature

Jennifer Steele - Texas School Safety Center

Texas State Center Empowers Youth Voice For Tobacco Prevention

"The SAY WHAT! program is built on a foundation of youth leadership and engagement with an emphasis on fostering youth-adult partnerships."

Faculty Research Spotlight

Sandra Vanegas - School of Social Work

Autism Program Addresses Disparities by Training Parents

Jesus Jimenez - Ingram School of Engineering

Digital Twins Improve Health, Safety, and Productivity of Workers

New Faculty Research Spotlight

Mark E. Lester - Department of Physical Therapy

Using 360 Video to Study Postural Control in a Virtual Environment (VE)



Career Development Opportunity

Calling all Health Disparities Early Stage Investigators!

Xi Pan and Cassandra Johnson Share Experience as Participants

About ORSP

Exciting research happens every day in every department of Texas State University. Our faculty generate new knowledge and catalyze ideas into reality, combining creativity and determination to achieve innovation.

Each semester, we feature some of these accomplished researchers in our newsletter, where they share their work and advice about funding, managing teams, and more. The newsletter also includes practical tips for finding collaborators, mentoring students, and using ORSP’s resources to the fullest.

Remember, ORSP is here to support your research from start to finish.    

Editorial Team

Kay Hetherly, editor

Evy Gonzales

Jessica Schneider

Christopher Larson, web developer