6. Libraries and Other Academic Resources
The Marine Science Institute has laboratories and boat facilities on the Gulf of Mexico at Port Aransas, Texas. The resident staff and faculty members are concerned with basic and applied research and with undergraduate and graduate instruction in marine science in cooperation with the Department of Marine Science. Master of Science in Marine Science and Doctor of Philosophy degree programs are available through the department; most thesis or dissertation research is conducted at the institute. Undergraduate study in marine and freshwater biology is offered through the School of Biological Sciences.
Founded in 1941, the institute is located in Port Aransas at the entrance of the main ship channel to Corpus Christi, with access to a wide variety of beach, bay, gulf shelf, and open gulf environments. These represent natural environments ranging from fresh to hypersaline waters, grass and mud flats, shell reefs, sand beaches, dune areas, and the surf zone. Facilities include a laboratory-classroom-office building, laboratory building with running seawater facilities, pier laboratory, physical plant building, dormitories and apartments, library/auditorium building, and dining hall. Special research facilities include a 150-foot research vessel (the R/V Longhorn), a 57-foot trawler (the R/V Katy), an airboat, and inboard/outboard and outboard utility boats; vehicles; walk-in environmental chambers and a cold room; concrete experimental ponds; isotope facilities; specialized laboratory equipment; shops; a 5.25-acre boat basin; and a branch of the University's General Libraries that contains about eight thousand books and forty thousand bound journal volumes in marine science and related fields.
The Marine Science Institute also operates a mariculture research center. This 22,000-square-foot facility was deeded to the University by the National Marine Fisheries Service in 1987. The mariculture program is focused on finfish reproduction, growth, and harvesting. Other universities and state agencies participate in the mariculture research.
A visitor's center is maintained and operated by the Marine Educational Services and offers a visiting-class program for middle school, high school, and college science classes that hosts approximately ten thousand students each year. A series of teacher workshops designed to encourage the introduction of marine science topics and techniques into the curriculum for all subjects, from science to art and history, is organized to improve the proficiency of classroom teachers at all grade levels. The Visitor's Center, open to the public Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, also houses seven aquariums with typical Texas coastal habitats and numerous educational displays. The center is toured by approximately thirty thousand visitors each year. Tours for groups of fewer than thirty are available by request in advance.
Additional information may be obtained from the director, Marine Science Institute, Port Aransas, and at the Marine Science Institute Web site.
The Hogg Foundation for Mental Health is located at Lake Austin Centre, 3001 Lake Austin Boulevard, three miles west of campus. Through its mental health programs, the foundation awards grants to community demonstration projects, funds research, provides communication services, and works with other organizations with similar interests. Established in 1940 through a bequest by Will C. Hogg, the foundation is also supported by gifts from members of the Hogg family and by gifts and grants from other individuals, foundations, and research agencies.
A national and scientific policy advisory committee helps the foundation determine its future direction. In its work, the foundation operates as an integral part of the University, calling on faculty members and other professionals from the medical, behavioral, and social sciences, as well as education, nursing, and social work, to serve as consultants to communities and organizations and to agencies that have received Hogg Foundation grants.
Specific phases of the foundation's work are carried on cooperatively with components of the University and with other universities and statewide organizations interested in the promotion and study of mental health. The foundation accepts proposals for services, research, and policy development in the field of mental health.
The foundation's library houses the Regional Foundation Collection, a collection of materials related to grantsmanship, established through the cooperation of the Foundation Center of New York City. Open to the public, it is a noncirculating reference library containing the most current and comprehensive information available on private and corporate philanthropy, grantsmanship, and nonprofit management.
Widely regarded as the best Latin American studies program in the country, the Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies (LLILAS) is the largest and oldest of the University's interdisciplinary programs. Established in 1940, the institute coordinates an extensive instructional program dealing with Latin American civilization and development at both the undergraduate and graduate levels and supports research on Latin American topics by faculty members and graduate students. Courses related to Latin American studies are offered in the College of Liberal Arts in the Departments of Anthropology, Economics, Government, History, Sociology, and Spanish and Portuguese. Graduate dual degree programs are available to combine Latin American studies with business administration, communication studies, community and regional planning, journalism, law, public affairs, and radio-television-film. Important work related to Latin America is also done by the Population Research Center, the Center for Mexican American Studies, and the Benson Latin American Collection. Latin American research occupies a significant place in several other colleges, particularly in the areas of fine arts, information studies, education, law, and architecture.
The institute has formal relationships with many institutions in Central and South America. Reciprocal exchanges exist between the institute and universities in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Mexico, and Peru. Affiliated agreements are maintained with institutions in Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Panama. The institute also has faculty-led agreements with Belize, Brazil, Guatemala, Mexico/Spain, and Venezuela. More information is given at the C-Geo Web site.
LLILAS has four visiting professorships: the Edward Laroque Tinker Chair in Latin American Studies, endowed by the Tinker Foundation, for distinguished Latin American scholars; the Rio Branco Professorship, funded by the Brazilian government through the Brazil Center of LLILAS, for distinguished Brazilian scholars; the Professorship in Western Hemispheric Trade, established by the United States Treasury, for specialists in hemispheric trade, investment, and development; and the Matias Romero Visiting Chair in Mexican Studies, under an agreement between the University and the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Throughout the year, the institute sponsors symposia and lectures by visiting and resident specialists; maintains a substantial publications program, including a book series copublished with the University of Texas Press; coordinates outreach for kindergarten through grade twelve; and offers public service activities to foster greater knowledge of Latin America around the state and the nation.
LLILAS also includes several area centers. Most recently created are the Argentine Studies Center, to facilitate scholarly exchange between Argentina and the University; the Center for Latin American Social Policy (CLASPO), to strengthen cooperation among all those who study or work for the improvement of social conditions in Latin America; and the Center for Indigenous Languages of Latin America (CILLA), to promote research and training programs about indigenous langauges, which form an important part of the society and culture of Latin America.
The institute also houses the Mexican Center, an office dedicated to developing and coordinating the extensive academic programs and activities focused on Mexico and carried out by University faculty members, students, and visiting Mexican scholars. The Mexican Center regularly organizes binational academic conferences on a variety of themes. Through its C. B. Smith fellowship program, the center offers travel scholarships for Mexican scholars to take advantage of the institute's library resources.
Another division of the institute is the Brazil Center, which coordinates the work of Brazilianist faculty and students on campus and links the University to institutions of higher education in Brazil. The division also sponsors visiting lecturers, film festivals, workshops, and symposia focusing on Brazil and sponsors an annual Brazil Week.
The Center for Environmental Studies in Latin America (CESLA) incorporates all departments, programs, and faculty members involved in teaching, research, and service in areas related to environmental management in Latin America. Its primary functions are outreach, education, and research.
The institute houses the Latin American Network Information Center (LANIC). LANIC's objective is to facilitate access to Internet-based information on, from, or about Latin America. One of the primary functions of LANIC is the creation and maintenance of directories or guides to Internet-based resources in the field of Latin American studies. Since going online in 1992, LANIC has remained the most comprehensive and frequently used information system for Latin American studies on the Internet. Services include directories of resources, hosted databases and publications, joint projects, electronic publications, and special initiatives.
The institute is home to the Latin American Research Review (LARR), an interdisciplinary journal publishing original research and surveys of current research on Latin America and the Caribbean. LARR is the official journal of the Latin American Studies Association and is published by the University of Texas Press. More information is given at the LARR Web site.
The institute is located in Sid Richardson Hall, near the Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection, one of the most comprehensive holdings of its kind in the world. Substantial demographic data pertaining to Latin America are found in the Population Research Center, while other supplementary information resources are located in the Perry-Castaneda Library and the Tarlton Law Library. The University's holdings of modern Latin American art are outstanding, and the Photography Collection also contains photographic documentation of relevance to Latin Americanists. Additional information is available through the institute's LLILAS Web site.
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