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CAMPUS: TAMIU launches outdoor digital kiosks
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CAMPUS: TAMIU launches outdoor digital kiosks

CAMPUS: TAMIU launches outdoor digital kiosks By Emily GuerreroBridge contributing writerPublished Tuesday, April 9, 2024 In an ongoing effort to improve campus communication, TAMIU installed a pair of outdoor digital kiosks around campus just ahead of the Spring 2024 semester. The initiative was led by the Office of Information Technology and overseen by Miguel Munoa, associate vice president. However, the Office of Public Relations Marketing and Information Systems is in charge of managing placement and content. Juan Carlos Puente | BridgeOne of the new digital information boards on campus informs students of a March 6 event titled "The 'Social' in AI" by University of Virginia Assistant Professor of data science and media studies Mona Sloane in this photo taken Feb. 7 outsi...
ENVIRONMENT: Master Plan: A hope for preservation
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ENVIRONMENT: Master Plan: A hope for preservation

ENVIRONMENT: Master Plan: A hope for preservation By Yessica HernandezBridge contributing writerPublished Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2024 The high pitch of cicadas sound through the air, birds sing, grasshoppers leap about and lizards crawl upon the dry grass. Those are the sounds students and faculty of the biology department at Texas A&M International University fear may be lost with the Master Plan.  “We can have growth and opportunities for students … and also that hands-on experience that I think is really beautiful,” Instructional Assistant Professor of biology Amede Rubio said. Carlos Andres Mounetou | BridgeTrees along Loop 20 are now removed near the TAMIU campus entrances, as seen on Feb. 9. The undeveloped land that surrounds TAMIU houses a variety of plants, i...
CAMPUS: Director offers educational experience for community at Planetarium
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CAMPUS: Director offers educational experience for community at Planetarium

CAMPUS: Director offers educational experience for community at Planetarium By Cristian CordovaBridge Staff WriterPublished Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2023 During the Fall 2023 semester the TAMIU Lamar Bruni Vergara Planetarium offers several educational videos, mostly featuring STEM-related themes. Texas A&M International University’s Planetarium works like a dome where anyone can go inside, simulating the sky, space or different educational themes. The topics back on Sept.15 included “A Starry Tale” and “Extreme Planets” and more by the end of the month. Later, on Oct. 14, a solar eclipse event was scheduled for the community but the weather didn’t cooperate. One focus of “A Starry Tale” is the early mythology associated with some constellations about zodiacs. This tale includes ...
NEWS: USTEM aims to lower statistics of first-year dropouts, STEM major switches
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NEWS: USTEM aims to lower statistics of first-year dropouts, STEM major switches

NEWS: USTEM aims to lower statistics of first-year dropouts, STEM major switches By Mireilly GonzalezManaging EditorPublished Thursday, March 23, 2023 TAMIU plans to offer a learning opportunity soon for incoming freshmen with a declared STEM major. The USTEM program offers accepted students a stipend of $3,500, along with opportunities to research and network with different people. In the USTEM program, students research their interested topics and work in teams. Students also have an out-of-town trip every year. This year, freshmen expect to visit the Southwest Research Institute. Program manager Leonela Preciado said these out-of-town trips help students network because they can meet various researchers, scientists and engineers. Preciado added that students also benefit fr...
CAMPUS: TAMIU pond cleanup ‘destructive’ says ecology professor
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CAMPUS: TAMIU pond cleanup ‘destructive’ says ecology professor

CAMPUS: TAMIU pond cleanup ‘destructive’ says ecology professor By Jaime GurrolaBridge Contributing WriterPublished Thursday, March 9, 2023 The number of native wildlife normally found at the pond near the University Village at TAMIU declined recently. The cleanup and beautification efforts may be to blame, one professor claims. The pond near the UV is one of the first sights many people see when they visit TAMIU. Over the years, many volunteers cleaned and beautified the pond. These volunteer efforts included the removal of trash, clearing trees, removing large logs and branches from the pond, and releasing chlorinated water into the pond. Joy Davis | BridgeThe sun reflects off the water of the biology pond on campus, on Feb. 21. “I would say that what they’ve done hasn’t ...
CAMPUS: Building up Women in STEM
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CAMPUS: Building up Women in STEM

CAMPUS: Building up Women in STEM By Krystal A. CorderoBridge contributing writerPublished Monday, Nov. 7, 2022 [Editor's Note: The writer of this article is also a member and the treasurer of Women in STEM. We believe in full transparency to you the readers and we ask our writers to not be part of the organizations they write about as it is a conflict of interest. The author did not self-disclose their membership in the organization to the newspaper.] Although there are a variety of campus organizations, few have grown as quickly as Women in STEM. Beginning in Spring 2022, the TAMIU organization began with six and currently boasts more than 60 active members. Texas A&M International University biology major Sajal Gill, founder and president of Women in STEM, promoted the ...
SCIENCE: TAMIU Planetarium promotes scientific literacy
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SCIENCE: TAMIU Planetarium promotes scientific literacy

SCIENCE: TAMIU Planetarium promotes scientific literacy By Jaime GurrolaBridge contributing writerPublished Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2022 Students and the public alike can learn about complex scientific concepts through shows presented at TAMIU’s Planetarium. Astronomy, nature and hard sciences fill up much of the public show schedules at the Lamar Bruni Vergara Planetarium.  Karla De Leon | BridgeThe Lamar Bruni Vergara Science Center and Planetarium, as seen on Oct. 28, 2022. “We have a variety of shows, not only astronomy, but we [offer] a lot of other science-related shows,” Planetarium Director Peter Davis said. “We have shows on pandas, humpback whales … we have shows on migration and different things that will help the schools when they come.” Davis said producing sh...
SCIENCE: Asteroid lecture impacts TAMIU
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SCIENCE: Asteroid lecture impacts TAMIU

SCIENCE: Asteroid lecture impacts TAMIU  By Alexia RodriguezBridge contributing writerPublished Wednesday, May 18, 2022 TAMIU received a special lecture on the Chicxulub asteroid that might have caused the death of the dinosaurs. The special lecture occurred on March 30, at the Center for the Fine and Performing Arts Recital Hall, presented by Sean Gulick, who is a co-chair of the Jackson School of Geosciences at the University of Texas–Austin. Joy Davis | BridgeCo-chair of the Jackson School of Geosciences at the University of Texas–Austin Sean Gulick speaks about the asteroid impact which allegedly killed the dinosaurs during his March 30 lecture in TAMIU's Center for the Fine and Performing Arts Recital Hall. “In 2016, Dr. Gulick and his team of researchers drilled ...
RESEARCH: Improved intergenerational communication key to preventing misinformation, local study shows
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RESEARCH: Improved intergenerational communication key to preventing misinformation, local study shows

RESEARCH: Improved intergenerational communication key to preventing misinformation, local study shows By Mireilly Gonzalez Bridge Staff InternPublished Thursday, May 5, 2022 Two TAMIU professors discovered a possible key to battle local misinformation. Texas A&M International University Assistant Professor of communication Arthur Soto-Vásquez and Assistant Professor of social sciences Wanzhu Shi worked together on a research article on COVID-19 misinformation. “We found a lot of interesting stuff,” Soto-Vásquez recalled of their joint research. Karla De Leon | Bridge Assistant Professor of communication Arthur Soto-Vásquez looks at the computer screen in his office in the Academic Innovation Center on Apr. 27. One of their key findings revolves around the idea ...
SCIENCE: Lecture examines asteroid impact on dinosaurs
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SCIENCE: Lecture examines asteroid impact on dinosaurs

SCIENCE: Lecture examines asteroid impact on dinosaurs From Staff ReportsPublished Tuesday, March 29, 2022Updated Monday, April 11, 2022, with photos from the event Tomorrow's special lecture proposes a look at the asteroid that scientists say ended the last era of dinosaurs about 65 million years ago. Image credit: NASA/JPL-CaltechThis NASA artist's concept shows a broken asteroid. Scientists believe a giant asteroid, which may have originated in the Main Asteroid Belt of the Sol System, made its way to Earth and possibly brought about the end of the dinosaurs. NASA's WISE mission ruled out the leading suspect, a member of the Baptistina family of asteroids. Scheduled for 7 p.m. tomorrow in the Texas A&M International University Center for the Fine and Performing Arts Rec...
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