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Donovan Fogt named director of UTSA Office of Undergraduate Research

Donovan Fogt

Donovan Fogt

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(April 24, 2013) -- The University of Texas at San Antonio announces the selection of Donovan Fogt, associate professor in the Department of Health and Kinesiology, to serve as director of the Office of Undergraduate Research. The newly created office will promote the visibility and breadth of research opportunities for undergraduate students in all academic disciplines.

In his new duties, Fogt will:

  • Provide leadership in the development, implementation and evaluation of undergraduate research opportunities at UTSA,
  • Promote and facilitate the inclusion of UTSA undergraduates in faculty research,
  • Develop a program to apprentice undergraduates to faculty researchers,
  • Expand the breadth of UTSA research opportunities for undergraduates and
  • Enhance student internship and cooperative learning opportunities.

Upon joining the UTSA faculty in 2005, Fogt established the UTSA Exercise Biochemistry and Metabolism Laboratory (EBML), where he has studied the factors contributing to the development of fatigue and progression of diseases associated with low levels of activity such as cardiovascular disease, obesity and non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus. His research group recently secured a patent for a mathematical model to evaluate fatigue level using heart rate variability measurements.

The EBML doubles as a teaching facility, where undergraduate students and graduate student researchers gain a better understanding of the development and application of knowledge associated with health and kinesiology. To date, Fogt has directly supervised more than 50 student researchers in the laboratory and/or in the field.

In addition to managing an outstanding research program, Fogt has been honored with seven teaching and service awards since 2001, many from students. Notably, Fogt is a 2013 recipient of the UTSA Richard S. Howe Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award. In April 2012, he received an award for Excellence in Promoting Academic Integrity, Intelligent Living and Meaningful Learning from the UTSA Honors Alliance. He was awarded the Alumni Association Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award at the 2011 University Life Awards.

Fogt earned his doctoral degree in kinesiology from UT Austin and master's and bachelor's degrees in exercise science and nutritional science, respectively, from the University of Arizona.

"Dr. Fogt has an outstanding reputation for excellence in teaching and research," said Bernard Arulanandam, assistant vice president for research support. "I have every expectation that he will expand and enhance our existing undergraduate research program to help UTSA achieve its Tier One aspirations."

 

 

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For acclaimed UTSA writer, poetry rhymes with life

Robert Penn Warren said: “How do poems grow? They grow out of your life.” That is certainly true for Carmen Tafolla. An associate professor of practice with the UTSA College of Education and Human Development, Tafolla has authored more than 20 acclaimed books of poetry and prose, including "The Holy Tortilla and a Pot of Beans." It won the Tom´s Rivera Children’s Book Award in 2009.

Tafolla is a San Antonio native who grew up on the West Side. Attending a private high school, she realized that the literature did not positively portray her community or the people who lived there. She determined to change that in her writing. In published works for both adults and children — more than 200 anthologies, magazines, journals, textbooks and readers in four languages — Tafolla reflects on the rich Mexican-American culture of San Antonio in which she grew up.

Did you know? Tafolla was San Antonio's first Poet Laureate, from 2012 to 2014, and currently serves as the Poet Laureate of Texas.

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