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Introduction

Dr. Dameron, Vice President for Academic AffairsIn addition to their primary role in the classroom and their professional service activities, the faculty at The University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College is committed to scholarship and research. As the topics in this collection indicate, faculty members are engaged in a wide range of research activities. Through their publications, they share their findings with specialists in their fields as well as the general public. They also bring their research into their undergraduate and graduate classrooms and model for students the best practices of scholars and creative artists in their fields. Some staff members of our university are also engaged in significant research activities, and their publications are represented in this collection as well.

I welcome you to look through the titles in this collection and then explore more deeply those that interest you. Most of these publications can be found at the campus bookstore, the university libraries or through major booksellers on the Internet. They embody many of the scholarly and creative accomplishments of our faculty and staff, and we are pleased to present them to the public.

Alan Artibise
Vice President of Academic Affairs and Provost

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