Sustainability Faculty Excellence Awards

2016-2017 Sustainability Faculty Excellence Awardee:

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Dr. Alfonso Mercado
Licensed Psychologist, Associate Professor, UTRGV Multicultural Clinical Lab, Department of Psychological Science, School of Medicine Psychiatry and Neurology Department. 

Dr. Mercado, a National Register Health Service Psychologist, provides psychological services to children, adolescents and adults. He has directed his latest research to documenting the effectiveness of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) within the Latino population. DBT is first-line treatment for Borderline Personality Disorder and other complex clinical disorders. Read more about why he was selected for his award.

 2017-2018 Sustainability Faculty Excellence Awardee:

 no picture availableDr. Amy Hay
 Associate Professor, Department of History. 

Dr. Hay teaches about public health, disasters, and the American environmental history. She also leads faculty development workshops designed to integrate sustainability principles across the curriculum and oversees the Environmental Studies Program which holds an annual symposium; publishes an online journal, Eco Rio; and includes the minor degree program. Watch her award video.


  2018-2019 Sustainability Faculty Excellence Awardee:

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Dr. Noe Vargas 
Assistant Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering. 

Dr. Vargas was integral in the revamping of the Mechanical Engineering Department curricula to promote Sustainable Innovation skills in undergraduate students. He also improved Senior Design Project course experience for mechanical engineering students by including environmental considerations. Dr. Vargas also organized successful innovation challenges for engineering students. These “Innovaqueros” competitions focus on applying engineering skills to solve real community problems with sustainable solutions. Watch his award video.

 2018-2019 Sustainability Faculty Excellence Awardee:

 headshot of Dr. GablerDr. Christopher Gabler
Assistant Professor, School of Earth, Environmental, and Marine Sciences (Joint appointment: Department of Biology).

 Dr. Gabler serves as program director for Bachelor of Science major in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems.Past research projects that provide students with sustainability learning experiences include growing 100,000 seedlings native to Tamaulipan thornscrub, which will be planted in the fall in areas like La Sal Del Rey National Wildlife Refuge in central Hidalgo County, and building a series of structures that will alter the environment in small areas to test physical and biological reactions to changes in rainfall to get a look at what could happen to plant life along the Gulf Coast 20-40 years from now.