December 18, 2018
ConTex, a joint initiative of The University of Texas System and Mexico’s National Council of Science and Technology (CONACYT), announced the recipients of their 2018 Collaborative Research Grants. This year, nine of the 12 ConTex awards went to UT Austin faculty and researchers, further demonstrating the university’s commitment to academic and research engagement with Mexico.
This year’s recipients represent disciplines from across campus and are researching issues that range from building sustainable cities, to understanding the history of flow through the Florida Straits, to promoting regional entrepreneurship.
“Research collaboration and the partnerships between UT Austin and Mexican institutions creates more opportunities and broadens our impact,” said Maurie McInnis, executive vice president and provost at UT Austin. “The recipients of the ConTex grants are excellent examples of successful collaborations designed to examine issues that are relevant to both Texas and Mexico.”
The ConTex Collaborative Research Grants is a $1 million annual competition. Awards of up to $100,000 are provided for a maximum of 12 months. Proposed projects must be co-directed by a Principal Investigator from a UT System institution and a Principal Investigator from a CONACYT-affiliated Mexican academic institution, and contribute to the economic development and welfare of Mexico and Texas.
In addition to faculty research collaboration, UT Austin had the largest number of Mexican Fulbright Scholars of any U.S. university during the 2017-18 academic year, which was recognized by the board of directors of the U.S. Mexico Fulbright Commission COMEXUS meeting held at UT Austin in early October.
UT Austin Recipients of the 2018 ConTex Collaborative Research Grants
Tan Bui-Thanh, Cockrell School of Engineering, Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics
Marcos Capistrán, CONACYT, Centro de Investigación en Matemáticas
High Resolution Magnetic Resonance Elastography with Uncertainty Quantification
Anthony Di Fiore, College of Liberal Arts, Department of Anthropology
Filippo Aureli, Universidad Veracruzana
An integrated approach to protect endangered species and ecosystems in the face of climate change and increasing anthropogenic impact in the Yucatan peninsula: Combining new tools and well-established techniques
Juan Murcia-Delso, Cockrell School of Engineering, Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering
Sergio M. Alcocer, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México UNAM
Assessment of seismically retrofitted concrete buildings following the 2017 earthquake in Mexico City
Patricia Wilson, School of Architecture
Carlos E. Aparicio Moreno, Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León UANL
Sustainable Cities: Testing the Efficacy of Human-Centric Design for Urban Connectivity
Stephen Walker, College of Natural Sciences, Department of Statistics and Data Sciences and Department of Mathematics
Ramsés Mena, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México UNAM
Bayesian Nonparametric Time Dependent Models
Simon M. Humphrey, College of Natural Sciences, Department of Chemistry
Illich A. Ibarra, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México UNAM
Synthesis and Characterization of Functionalized Metal-Organic Frameworks for the Capture of Airborne Pollutants, and for Clean Energy Applications
Elsie Echeverri-Carroll, Office of the Vice President for Research, IC² Institute
Adrián de León Arias, Universidad de Guadalajara
Building a Database of New and Young Technology Firms and Their Networks with Local Influencers and Institutions as a Learning Tool to Promote Regional Entrepreneurship in Guadalajara Metropolitan Area
Kenneth Greene, College of Liberal Arts, Department of Government
Alberto Simpser, Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México ITAM
How Do Vote-Buying Attempts Influence Voters, Elections, and the Quality of Democracy in Mexico?
James Austin Jr., Jackson School of Geosciences, Institute for Geophysics
Jaime Urrutia Fucugauchi, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México UNAM
A Gateway Revealed: Understanding the History of Flow Through the Florida Straits
For more information about ConTex and the ConTex Collaborative Research Grants, readers can visit: www.contex.utsystem.edu