Center for U.S.-Mexico Studies
THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT DALLAS
for U.S. - Mexico Studies cordially invites you to its Lecture Series
2004 - 2005.
Center for U.S. - Mexico Studies, seeking to foster greater understanding
between our two nations, is pleased to host lectures on issues of interest
to both Mexico and the U.S. Previous lectures have included such issues
as the implementation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA),
analysis of domestic politics and foreign policy, issues in science
and technology, transborder population, and cultural development in
both countries. The Center has hosted Carlos Fuentes, Ezequiel Padilla,
Andrés Oppenheimer, Elena Poniatowska, Ana María Salazar,
Ana Cervantes, Mónica Verea, Peter M. Ward, among others, under
the frame of this series. Mario Moisés Alvarez, Arexi Urrutia,
Adolfo Aguilar Zinser, Jacqueline Peschard, and José Luís
Castillo are scheduled in this academic year. The University of Texas
at Dallas (UTD) students, faculty, and staff and those interested in
U.S. - Mexico affairs from The University of Texas System (UT) and from
the metropolitan area of Dallas - Fort Worth will benefit from the different
perspectives presented by these scholars, regarding laminar mixing,
human genome, U.S.-Mexico diplomatic relations, Mexican electoral system,
and twentieth century Mexican classical music.
If you have questions or need further information, please contact Gabriela
Carrera, U.S.-Mexico Lecture Series Coordinator.
look forward to seeing you in this series.
Mixing in Bio-Reactors, Mario Moisés Alvarez
Co-sponsored with the School of Natural Sciences and Mathematics.
September 24, 2004, School of Management 2.112, 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Moisés Alvarez is the director of the Center for Biotechnology
at Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) in
México. He is the coordinator of the Biotechnology Graduate Program
at Monterrey Tech, and one of the youngest scientists in México
ranked at high level by the Mexican System of Researchers. Dr. Alvarez
has a Ph.D. from Rutgers University in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering,
a Master on Science in Chemical Engineering from Rutgers University,
another Master on Science in Process Engineering from ITESM, and a Bachelor
Degree in Biochemistry from ITESM. He did a postdoctoral stay at Bristol
Myers Squibb, at the Pharmaceutical Research Institute, working in different
projects related to the design and scale-up of Pharmaceutical Processes,
particularly reactive and crystallization processes.
main area of scientific expertise is laminar mixing (mixing operations
at low speed or in high viscosity conditions). Currently, his group
is working in the application of mixing knowledge on the design of bioreactors.
These includes the design of novel high performance bioreactor systems
for animal cell culture, the diagnosis of mixing performance in bioreactor
by reactive methods, and the study of non-ideal mixing conditions in
Optimization of Human Genome, Araxi Urrutia
Co-sponsored with the Institute of Biomedical Sciences and Technology.
October 18, 2004. Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Building,
South Wing 2.306, 12:00-1:00 p.m.
her undergraduate studies at the National Autonomous University of
Mexico(UNAM). Dr. Urrutia focused her interest in research during
the first years of her degree and collaborated in labs both in Mexico
at the Institute of Cellular Physiology and in Canada at the Montreal
Neurological Institute. After graduating in 1999 she started her doctoral
studies at the University of Bath, England under supervision of Professor
Laurence Hurst. She was supported by the Mexican National Council
of Science and Technology (CONACYT) and the Department of Education
from the United Kingdom. After her graduation she obtained a postdoctoral
position under supervision of Dr. Sudhir Kumar at Arizona State University.
research is in the field of Human Genomics. Through the use of bioinformatics
tools she analyzes the genome to unravel the processes that have shaped
it. Her results, published in Nature Genetics and other journals
of the field, show that the order of genes in the human genome is
not random as was previously thought but rather genes are sorted according
to their levels of activity. For her research during her doctoral
studies, among other awards, Araxi received the Biochemistry's Quayle
and the Ede and Ravenscroft prizes in 2003. Dr. Urrutia was also the
recipient of the L'Oreal - Royal Institution Award to the Science
Graduate Student of the year.
U.S.-Mexico Relations: Subordination or Interdependence? Adolfo Aguilar
Co-sponsored with the McDermott Library.
November 18, 2004. Cecil H. Green Hall 2.302, 12:30-1:45 p.m.
Adolfo Aguilar Zinser completed the studies for an undergraduate degree
on International Relations at El Colegio de Mexico (1973-75) and has
a Master degree from The John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard
Mr. Aguilar has combined his career in the public service with various
academic and research and teaching assignments on international relations
and politics in both Mexico and the United States. He has worked for
various academic institutions including the Center for Third World Studies
(CEESTEM), the Center for International Affairs at Harvard, the Center
for Teaching and Research on Economics (CIDE), the Autonomous Technological
Institute of Mexico (ITAM), the Carnegie Endowment for International
Peace Foundation at Washington, DC, the Research Center for North America
at the UNAM (CISAN), and the Political and Social Science College at
the National Autonomous University at Mexico (UNAM). ). He was also
a visiting professor at American University School of Foreign Service,
Georgetown University, Chicago University and the University of California
Zinser was Communications Coordinator and spokesman for Mr. Cuauhtémoc
Cárdenas Solórzano, presidential candidate of the Democratic
Revolutionary Party (PRD). Later on, he also was the National Security
Adviser and Commissioner in charge of coordinating for the elected President,
Vicente Fox, the implementation of security programs and reforms. He
also served as Foreign Policy Co-coordinator in the Transition Team
put together by President Fox after his electoral victory. From January
2002 to November 2003 he was Permanent Representative of Mexico in the
United Nations, with an Ambassador title, holding a seat as Security
Advisor in the Security Council.
Aguilar Zinser weekly writes for Reforma and other important
newspapers such as Frontera from Tijuana, Diario from
Yucatan, El Siglo from Durango, Noroeste from Culiaca,
El Norte from Monterrey, AM from Leon, El Manana
from Reynosa, Mural from Guadalajara, Palabra from Saltillo,
Crónica from Mexicali, Imparcial from Hermosillo,
La Opinión from Los Ángeles, y Éxito
from Chicago. He has published articles in the following international
newspapers: Los Angles Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street
Journal, The Miami Herald and Le monde Diplomatique. Among
his book publications are: Aun Tiembla; Vamos a Ganar, La Pugna de
Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas por el Poder; and Compromisos
por la Nación. Mr. Aguilar Zinser is currently in charge
of a project at the Research Center for North America at the UNAM, where
they study reforms for the United Nations.
Policy Styles in North America: A Survey of Current Issues
January 27, 2005. School of Management 2.902, 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Raul Pacheco Vega has an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering
from Universidad de Guanajuato in Mexico. He undertook both his Masters
of Technology Management and his PhD in Resource Management and Environmental
Studies at The University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada.
He specializes in domestic, comparative and international environmental
policy, particularly on pollution control.
He has published
extensively on environmental affairs, sustainable development and poverty
reduction. He also has presented numerous papers at conferences in Spain,
Germany, USA and Canada. Currently, his research programme is focused
on three main issues: innovative policy instruments for pollution control,
the role of transnational civil society in addressing environmental
challenges in North America and industrial restructuring under multiple
stressors, including changes in land-use, environmental regulation and
He is currently
a full-time Researcher at the Center for Applied Innovation in Competitive
Technologies (CIATEC), CIATEC belonging to National System of the Mexican
Council for Science and Technology (CONACYT).
The Dilemmas of the Democratic Consolidation in Mexico, Jacqueline Peschard
Co-sponsored with the School of Social Sciences.
February 22, 2005. School of Management 2.902, 12:30-1:45 p.m.
Jacqueline Peschard held a seat as a council member in the Federal Electoral
Institute (IFE), in which she oversaw electoral reforms in Mexico for
over seven years. During her tenure as council member, Dr. Peschard
promoted important reforms which helped ensure the transparency of the
Mexican electoral system. Dr. Peschard is also a prominent journalist
and political analyst who actively give her public opinion. She currently
writes her own biweekly column for El Universal, and is also a member
of the editorial board of the magazine Nexos.
Jacqueline Peschard received her PhD in Social Sciences from the University
of Michoacan and has belonged to the National System of Investigators
since 1998. She is a member of the Social Sciences Committee of the
Mexican Council for Science and Technology (CONACYT). Dr. Peschard has
taught in several prestigious Mexican institutions such as the Autonomous
National University of Mexico (UNAM), Colegio de Mexico, and the Instituto
Jose Maria Luis Mora. She is the author of several books such as The
Democratic Political Culture, The Voice of the Votes, A Critical
Analysis of the 1994 Electiones, Democracy and Political Representation,
among others. Two of her most recent articles are "Political Education:
An Agenda for the Young People" and "Elections 2003. Walking
Away from the Ballot Boxes." In May of 2004, Dr. Peschard was elected
by United Nations as one of the four specialists who will advise about
the design of the electoral council of Iraq.
in Cortex and Basal Ganglia, Jorge Flores Hernandez
2005. Cecil H. Green Hall (GR) 3.402, 12:30 1:30 p.m.
Flores Hernandez has been the director of the laboratory of Cellular
Electrophysiology and Neuromodulation at the Autonomous University of
Puebla since 2001. Dr. Flores Hernandez obtained his Ph.D. from the
University Autonomous of Mexico (UNAM) and undertook his first Postdoctorate
at University of Tennessee, at Memphis, where he conducted research
in the modulation of ionic currents and calcium and Gamma Aminobutyric
Acid (GABA)-activated currents responsible for neuronal inhibition.
He attended his second posdtoc appointment the University of California
at Los Angeles (UCLA) to study the modulation of excitatory neuronal
N-Methyl D-Aspartate (NMDA) activated currents in rats and in
brain tissue from infant patients with cortical displasia. Dr. Flores
Hernandez has done specialized work on basal ganglia and Parkinson?s
Disease, electroencephalography and epilepsy in rats and humans and
published more than 20 papers.
Technology: Ductile Concrete, Konstantin G. Sobolev
International Scientist of the Year, International Biographical Center
(IBC), Cambridge, England, 2004
Wednesday, June 1, 2005. South Engineering and Computer Science Building
(ECSS) 2.203, 10:00 11:00 a.m.
Sobolev has been developing innovative and effective technologies for
manufacturing high-performance cement and concrete for the last 15 years.
The former head of the Civil Engineering Department of the European
University of Lefke, Cyprus, Dr. Sobolev is currently a full-time professor
of the Doctorate Program on Materials and Structures of the Civil Engineering
Faculty at the Autonomous University of Nuevo Leon, Mexico. He is the
author and coauthor of more than 50 scientific and educational articles
in various journals and conference proceedings. His research interests
are in high-performance cement based materials, nano-technology of concrete
and concrete admixtures.
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