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Dr. Matthew Alexander, Associate Professor, Department of Chemical and Natural Gas Engineering

Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering, 1990, Purdue University
M.S. in Chemical Engineering, 1986, Georgia Institute of Technology
B.S. in Engineering Science and Chemistry, 1984, Trinity University

Research Specialties:
Renewable and biofuel production processes, sustainable energy production using chemical/biochemical processes, remediation of hazardous wastes in soil and groundwater, concentrating on bioremediation processes, industrial wastewater treatment, and chemical process simulation/modeling. 

Professional Experience:
TAMUK, Department of Chemical and Natural Gas Engineering, Associate Professor, 2015
Leidos, Inc. (formerly SAIC of Science Applications International Corporation), Chemical Engineer, 2001-Current.
Trinity University, Department of Engineering Science, Adjunct Professor, 2006-2010.
Operational Technologies Corporation, Environmental Technology Department, Manager of Environmental Technology Development, 1993-2001. 
Southwest Research Institute, Research Engineer, 1990-1993

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Dr. Steven Lukefahr, Professor, Department of Animal Science and Veterinary Technology

Ph.D. Degree: 1982, Oregon State University, Corvallis Animal Breeding & Genetics
M.S. Degree: 1980, Oregon State University, Corvallis Animal Breeding & Genetics
B.S. Degree: 1978, Texas A&I University, Kingsville Animal Science (Summa Cum Laude)

International Experience:
Worked in over thirty countries where he has assisted world hunger organizations and governments to develop viable meat rabbit and other small livestock projects. 

Sample Publications:
Lukefahr, S.D.  2010. Planning Sustainable Rabbit Projects (2nd Ed.). Heifer International Publishers. Little Rock, Arkansas. 
S.D. Lukefahr, P.R. Cheeke, and N.M. Patton. 2013. Rabbit Production (9th Ed.). CABI International, UK.  
Lukefahr, S.D., and S.O. Oseni. 2020. Vertical rabbit farming integrative systems for cities: models and opportunities - A bibliographic review. Proc. 12 th World Rabbit Congress, July 1-3, 2020. Nantes, France. 

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Dr. Mauro Castro, Professor, Department of Chemistry

Ph.D in Chemistry, Texas A&M University

Current Research:
Analysis of inter-national pharmaceuticals for quantity and quality of active ingredient. Identification of organic compounds in South Texas Mesquite wood. Development of analytical methods for determination of added products to street drugs. Active in outreach programs to encourage students to study science. 

Best Advice Ever Received:

Flying airplanes, flight instructor, and commercial pilot. 

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Ms. Christina Loftin, Instructional Veterinary Nurse I, Department of Animal Science and Veterinary Technology

Mississippi State University, Master of Science, November 2020
Mississippi State University, Bachelor of Science, August 2019
Colorado Mountain College, Associate of Applied Science, May 2008

Woodruff, K.; Smith, D.; Cain, C.; Loftin, Christina M. The Number of Dogs Entering Sheltering in Five States, and Factors that Affect Their Outcomes: A Study of the Sheltering System.  Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science. December 2020;
Cain, C.; Woodruff, K.; Loftin, Christina M.; Smith. D. Factors associated with rabies vaccination of dog shelter staff in the United States.  Journal of Zoonoses and Public Health. 2020; 00:1-5
Brookshire, W.C.; Dykstra, A.; Loftin, Christina M.; Lashley, M. Wildlife Baiting Is Associated with an Increased Parasite Intensity in Raccoons (Procyon lotor) in Mississippi, USA.  Journal of Wildlife Diseases In-Press. 2020: 56(3), 724-726
Loftin, Christina M.; Donnett, Uri B.; Schneider, Liesel G.; Varela-Stokes, Andrea S. Prevalence of endoparasites in norther Mississippi shelter cats. In Veterinary Parasitology: Regional Studies and Reports. December 2019: 100322.

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Dr. Cristelia Hinojosa, Lecturer, Department of Management, Marketing and Information Systems
Ph.D., Nova Southeastern University's College of Engineering and Computing
MBA, Texas A&M University-Kingsville
B.A. in Computer Science, Texas A&M University-Kingsville
Teaching Interests:
Project Management, Programming, Business Analytics, Data Visualization, and Predictive Analytics
Research Areas:
Information policy, Human Computer Interaction, Systems Development
Areas of Expertise:
Business Intelligence, Business Analytics, Knowledge Management, and Human Resources
Dr. Norma Guzmán, Professor, Department of Teacher and Bilingual Education
Ph.D. in Culture, Literacy & Language, The University of Texas at San Antonio (2008)
M.A. in School Psychology, University of Texas Pan American (1995). 60 hour specialty program. Trained as a Bilingual assessment specialist (English and Spanish).
B.A. in Psychology, Minor: History; Southwest Texas State University (1992)
Professional Membership/National Service
Selected to serve on American Association of Colleges of Teacher Educators (AACTE) Educator Diversity Advisory Council (3 Year term)
American Educational Research Association (AERA), Elected Positions: Professors of Educational Research-SIG (Current: Secretary/Treasurer); Hispanic Research Issues-SIG; Program Chair (2 yrs)
Selected A&M Kingsville/Texas Leadership and Service:
Current Coordinator for the EdD in Bilingual Education program (2018-Present)
Participated in the Inaugural Javelina Leadership Academy (2019-2020)
Texas Association of Students for Bilingual Education (TASBE) Faculty Advisory (2009-Current)
Texas Association for Bilingual Education (TABE) Conference Co-Chair (2018-2019) for Conference in Corpus Christi, TX
Selected Publications:
Espinoza, K.,  Guzmán, N., and Salazar, M. (2021, October 11). " So it takes extra time and effort, pero, vale la pena": A bilingual teacher's testimonio revealing pedagogical clarity.  The Urban Review.
Guzmán, N., and Guzman, A. (2017). English language learners and literacy development.  Journal of Case Studies in Education, 8, 1-9. 
Guzmán, N. (2016). Re-made in America: Silencing history.  Journal of South Texas, 29(2), 52-63.
Dr. Cariann Galloway, Assistant Professor of Practice, Department of Animal Science and Veterinary Technology
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Texas A&M University - College Station. May 2009 (Magna cum laude);
Bachelor of Science, Biology, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. May 2005 (Summa cum laud). 
Professional Memberships:
Association of Veterinary Technician Educators, 2019-present
American Veterinary Medical Association, 2009-present
Texas Veterinary Medical Association, 2009-2014, 2021-present
Costal Bend Veterinary Medical Association, 2009-2014, 2016-present
Professional Conferences:
Association of Veterinary Technician Educators Symposium, St. Louis, MO, August 5-8, 2021.
American Veterinary Technician Educators Symposium. New Orleans, LA, July 26-28, 2019.
Dr. Benjamin L. Turner, Associate Professor, Department of Agriculture, Agribusiness and Environmental Sciences
Ph.D. Degree: 2014, South Dakota State University, Natural Resource Management
M.S. Degree: 2011, TAMUK, Agribusiness (em. ranch management)
B.S. Degree: 2009, Sam Houston State University, Agriculture (Cum Laude)
Most Recent Publications:
Turner, B.L. 2021. Soil as an Archetype of Complexity: A Systems Approach to Improve Insights, Learning, and Management of Coupled Biogeochemical Processes and Environmental Externalities. Soil Systems 5(3), doi: 10.3390/soilsystems50300
Turner, B.L., Wuellner, M., Cortus, E., Chumbley, S. 2021. A novel approach to teaching complex systems problem-solving using interdisciplinary system dynamics and a multi-university cohort model. System Research and Behavioral Science,
Turner, B.L., Goodman, M., Machen, R., Mathis, C., Rhoades, R., Dunn, B. 2020. Results of Beer Game Trials Played by Natural Resource Managers Versus Students: Does Age Influence Ordering Decisions? Systems 8(4):37,
Turner, B.L. 2020. Model laboratories: a quick-start guide for design of simulation experiments for dynamic systems models. Ecological Modeling 434:109246
Dr. Michelle R. Garcia. Professor, Department of Animal Science and Veterinary Technology
Texas A&M University; Doctor of Philosophy Sept. 1997-May 2003
University of Missouri-Columbia; Mater of Science Jan. 1996-Dec. 1997
University of Missouri-Columbia; Bachelor of Science Sept. 1990-Aug. 1995
Professional Membership:
2010-present The American Physiology Society; Member
2003-present The Endocrine Society; Member
1999-2004 The Honor Society of PHI KAPPA PHI; Member
1998-present Society for the Study of Reproduction; Member
1996-1999, 2002-present American Society of Animal Science; Member
Ramirez, M.A., A.A. Arellano, F. Xie, E.A. Benavides, R.A. Katchko, L. Ayala, A. Calderon, R.A. Flores, J.M. Escudero, D.H. Keisler, R.L. Stanko, M.R. Garcia. 2017. Role of Leptin in the Development of the Corpus Luteum, In: Leptin: Production, Regulation and Functions. Nova Science Publishers. pg 74-105.
M.R. Garcia. 2017. Leptin contributes to the development of the corpus luteum. Cell Develop. Biol. 6:3.
Dr. Jacob Galan, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry
Postdoc; MGH/Harvard Medical School; 2015-2018; Cancer Biology
Postdoc; University of Montreal Cancer Center; 2011-2015; Proteomics/Signal
Ph.D.; Purdue University; May 2010; Biochemistry
M.S.; Texas A&M University-Kingsville; August 2005; Chemistry
B.S.; Texas A&M University-Kingsville; August 2002; Biology
Research Interest:
Venom-Omics and Next Generation Antivenom: From Toxin to Therapy: My academic and research interest are the application of high-throughput technologies for the discovery of venom toxins as potential diagnostic and therapeutic, the discovery of novel biologicals (antibody and peptides) for the development of new generation antivenom in the treatment of snakebites. 
Selected Publications:
  • Willard N.K., Salazar, E., Wiebe C.S., Ocheltree J.O., Cortez M., Oyervides F.A., Perez P.R., Iluik A.B., Suntravat M., Sánchez E.E., and Galan J.A. (2021). Proteomic identification and quantification of snake venom biomarkers in plasma extracellular vesicles.  13(9), 654
  • Szteiter S.S., Diego I.N., Ortegon J., Sanchez O., Suntravat M., Salazar E., Sanchez E.E. and Galan J.A. (2021). Examination of the Efficacy and Cross-Reactivity of a Novel Polyclonal Antibody Targeting the Disintegrin Domain in SVMPs to Neutralize Snake  Toxins. 13 (4) 254

Grant Funding:

  • NIH/ZGM11/1/2020 - 01/01/2023 ($414,000)  Evaluation of Toxicity Score and Precise Snake Venom Analytics for Next Generation Antivenom Development. The major goals of this project are to understand the toxicity and biochemistry of snake venom toxins using precision analytics, develop recombinant toxins, and identify snake venom biomarkers. Role: Principle Investigator
  • NIH/NIAID-01/01/2021 - 12/31/2022 ($400,883)  Structure-Based Design of Broad Neutralizing Humanized svMP mAbs. The major goals of this project are to develop monoclonal human antibodies to specifically neutralized toxic snake enzymes and test their protective functions in animal models. Role: Multi-Principle Investigator: Drs. Galan, Sanchez and Ge

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Liz Kim, Lecturer, Department of Art, Communication and Theatre
Ph.D., Art History, Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London. January 2017.
M.A., Art History, Leiden University. July 2010.
B.A., Economics, University of California, San Diego. June 2004.
Professional Membership:
College Art Association, 2016-present 
SECAC, 2019-present
Association of Historians of American Art, 2019-2020
Texas Association of Schools of Art, 2020-present
Professional Conferences:
College Art Association Conference, February/March 2022, Chicago, IL. 
Texas Association of Schools of Art, Virtual, October 22, 2021.
Dr. Thomas Krueger, Department of Accounting and Finance
DBA Finance, University of Kentucky 
MBA, Minnesota State University
BS, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
Financial Ranch Management, Global Finances, Portfolio Management, Financial Planning & Capital Budgeting, Business Finance and Personal Finance
Research Interest:
Financial Market Efficiency, Stock and Bond Selection, Financial Management, Scholarly Research Process
Areas of Expertise:
Personal Financial Planning, Financial Security Pricing, Capital Budgeting, Corporate Financial Planning, Regional Economic Analysis, Not-for-Profit Management
Randy DeYoung
Dr. Randy DeYoung, Department of Rangeland and Wildlife Sciences and Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute
Texas A&I University, B.S. Agriculture, 1993
Texas A&M University-Kingsville, M.S. Wildlife Management, 1997
Mississippi State University, Ph.D. Wildlife Ecology, 2004
Wildlife research methods; large mammal ecology and management; & Problems in range and wildlife management
Research Interests:
Select Funded Projects: 2020; USDA APHIS WS National Wildlife Research Center; R. W. DeYoung, H. Perotto-Baldivieso, M. Cherry; initial: $120,000, amended to $286,500; Feral Swine Damage Management; 3/10/20-3/9/221; & 2020; East Foundation; M. Cherry, R. DeYoung, A. Foley, A. Ortega; $331,816; White-tailed Deer Population Parameters and Large Mammal Surveys on East Foundation Properties; 9/1/20-8/31/223
Select Publications: Foley, A., J. Lewis, O. Cortez, M. Hellickson, D. Hewitt, R. DeYoung. C. DeYoung, and M. Schnupp. 2021. Accuracies and biases of ageing white-tailed deer in semi-arid environments. Wildlife Research
Educator of the Month - December