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Donovan Fogt named director of UTSA Office of Undergraduate Research

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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Mabry, a defensive tackle from San Antonio's MacArthur High School, was an honorable mention All-Conference USA selection his final two seasons as a Roadrunner and second among the team's defensive linemen with 49 tackles last year. Wade, a defensive back from Tyler, was the most decorated player in school history. He was a semifinalist for the 2014 Jim Thorpe Award – for the nation's top defensive back – a three-time all-conference honoree and two-year team captain who set a school record of 293 tackles in his career. Both men had outstanding college careers that allowed them to make UTSA history.

Did you know? Mabry and Wade both agreed to terms as undrafted free agents with the New Orleans Saints and Seattle Seahawks, respectively, becoming the first UTSA players to move to the professional ranks.

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