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Discover what makes us an emerging research university. From biochemistry to athletics, healthcare to humanities, faculty and students across Texas State are contributing new knowledge to the world. Here, they briefly explain their work and why it matters.


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Fighting Fire with Better DataTexas State English Professor Aimee Roundtree is using text mining to analyze large volumes of fire department records to find patterns and insights that can make Texas communities safer.
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Striving for Equity in EducationWe are all stakeholders in the education system — as families, taxpayers or community members. Dr. Melissa A. Martinez wants to ensure that it’s working for everyone.
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Violence at  Work:  The Untold Risk of NursingHealthcare workers have been struggling for years against a troubling increase in patient violence. Dr. Son Chae Kim is working toward a remedy.
Dr. Semih Aslan cleans a solar panel with a rag and water
Deciphering Signals, Engineering SolutionsThe world is full of signals — changes in temperature, pressure, frequency — and Texas State's Dr. Semih Aslan, associate professor of engineering, can read them.
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Charting a Course Through the Human ExperienceDr. Robert T. Tally Jr., English professor, is a leading scholar in spatial literary studies. He interprets maps made of words rather than lines and shapes.
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Combating Cancer with Genetic ResearchResearch with a unique tropical fish is shining new light in the fight against cancer at Texas State University’s Xiphophorus Genetic Stock Center (XGSC), a rare biomedical science resource.