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UHV students present biology research at conference

UHV students and faculty pose for a photo Saturday during the Fall 2019 Undergraduate Research Symposium at the University of Texas at Austin, where three students presented cutting-edge research in biology. Standing from left are Gen Kaneko, a UHV assistant professor of biology; Dmitri Sobolev, a UHV associate professor of biology; Noemi Bustamante, a Richmond junior; Terry Harryman, a Victoria senior; Crystal Salinas, a UHV alumna from Brownsville; Hashimul Ehsan, a UHV assistant professor of biology; and Katie Timmins, a Victoria senior. Timmins, Bustamante and Harryman each presented research on topics that included identification of a slime mold species, detecting genes activated through calorie restriction, and testing for fertilizer runoff contamination in the Guadalupe River. In addition, Ehsan served as a moderator for a session of presentations, and Salinas served as a session judge.

The University of Houston-Victoria, located in the heart of the Coastal Bend region since 1973, offers courses leading to 70 bachelor’s, master’s and specialist degree programs and concentrations in the schools of Arts & Sciences; Business Administration; and Education, Health Professions & Human Development. UHV provides face-to-face classes at its Victoria campus, as well as an instructional site in Katy, and online classes that students can take from anywhere. UHV supports the American Association of State Colleges and Universities Opportunities for All initiative to increase awareness about state colleges and universities and the important role they have in providing a high-quality and accessible education to an increasingly diverse student population, as well as contributing to regional and state economic development.