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Engaging Research

Summer 2020

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AVPR Message

Walter Horton
Dr. Walter E. Horton

The “new normal” is something I hear a lot lately.  From what I see, the new normal means people who are already working hard and accomplishing great things figuring out ways to keep it going during these very challenging times.  Also, it means so many examples of incredible commitment and sacrifice and kindness as everyone tries to balance their own needs with helping others cope and thrive.  

I can’t even begin to express my admiration and gratitude to all of you here at Texas State who are continuing to carry out your research and scholarly activities, support and teach your students, and always answer the call when asked by me or others to participate in a seemingly endless number of important but time-consuming working groups, committees, review panels, and other activities.  You inspire all of us in the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, and we are committed to doing everything we possibly can to support the needs of the research community. 

The stories in this edition of Engaging Research are examples of why it is so important that we continue to focus on sustaining and growing the research mission even as we deal with a global pandemic.  I have often said that when it comes to the most challenging problems facing society, I don’t always know what the answers are, but I know where they are in the laboratories and minds and hearts of all of you who make up the research community at Texas State.  Whether your laboratory focuses on synthetic chemistry, childhood education, business practices, or anything in between, you are making a difference.

Please stay safe, stay healthy, and stay positive; so many people need you, and they need the answers you are providing. 

Faculty Research Spotlight

Daniel Wescott - Department of Anthropology and Forensic Anthropology Center

Using Drones to Locate and Document Outdoor Crime Scenes

"The best practices and protocols produced during this project will provide search and recovery teams with easily understood, flexible recommendations for detecting and documenting outdoor crime scenes."

Faculty Research Spotlight

Li Feng - Finance and Economics

Collaborating for STEM Teacher Recruitment and Retention

New Faculty Research Spotlight

Jie Zhu - Nutrition and Foods

How Genes and Diet Impact Maternal and Fetal Health



Research Program Feature

The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment

Applied Research at Spring Lake: Exploring the Value of Mindfulness in Interpretive Education

by Rob Dussler & Anthony Deringer

Research Coordinator Corner

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

Andrea Hilkovitz

Christopher Larson, web developer