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Centers of Excellence

UTB is leading change through its Centers of Excellence, which allows our students, faculty and staff to collaborate with outside institutions and innovators conducting research, raising awareness and creating change of regional and global impact.

UTB HAS TEN CENTERS OF EXCELLENCE:

Biomedical
The Center for
Biomedical Studies

Dr. Luis Colom
luis.colom@utb.edu
956-882-7676 | WEBSITE

Border
The Center for Border
and Transnational Studies

956-882-7313 | WEBSITE

Civic
The Center for
Civic Engagement

Dr. Maria N. Hodgson
Maria.Hodgson@utb.edu
956-882-8852 | WEBSITE

Promotes and conducts research and education on health issues affecting out community, including diabetes, Alzheimer's, neurodegeneration, cancer and nutrition.

Researches pressing border issues through specific areas of study, including transmigration and identity development, epidemiology, physical and mental health, the politicization and victimization of women and children of the border and borderland heritage and ecotourism.

Encourages civic participation and builds social capital by connecting university faculty, staff and students and external partners with the larger community through service learning, volunteering and community-based scholarships in teaching and research.

Educational
The Center for Educational
Development and Innovation

Dr. Miguel A. Escotet
miguel.escotet@utb.edu
956-882-7220 | WEBSITE

Gravitational
The Center for Gravitational
Wave Astronomy

Dr. Mario Diaz
mario.diaz@utb.edu
956-882-6690 | WEBSITE

Sustainable
The Center for
Sustainable Communities

Irv Downing
irv.downing@utb.edu
956-882-4238

Promotes and conducts basic and applied research in education and related disciplines, and develops innovative and best educational practices in national and international contexts.

Develops excellence in research and education in gravitational wave astronomy and related fields.

Encourages civic participation and builds social capital by connecting university faculty, staff and students and external partners with the larger community through service learning, volunteering and community-based scholarships in teaching and research.

Teaching
The Center for
Teaching and Learning

Betsy Price
betsy.price@utb.edu
956-882-7334 | WEBSITE

Service
The Institute for
Public Service

Michael Putegnat
infoips@utb.edu
956-882-4361 | WEBSITE

Field
Field Station
Program

Larry Lof
lawrence.lof@utb.edu
956-882-5050

Helps shape and sustain a university environment focusing on effective teaching practices that lead to student success and faculty professional development.

Promotes the common good, enhances the quality of life and safety for all by providing effective, efficient and responsive governance.

Offers a unique opportunity to study the flora and fauna of El Cielo Biosphere in northern Mexico.

Music
Center of Excellence for Latin
American and Iberian Music

Dr. Susan Hurley-Glowa
Susan.hurley@utb.edu
956-882-5787 | WEBSITE

The Center of Excellence for Latin American and Iberian Music fosters the research, performance, and the study of art music, popular music, and traditional music from the Spanish and Portuguese speaking world.

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