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Marine Science Institute

The Marine Science Institute has laboratories and boat facilities on the Gulf of Mexico at Port Aransas, Texas. The resident staff and faculty members conduct basic and applied research and provide 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. An undergraduate program 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 103-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; concrete experimental ponds; isotope facilities; specialized laboratory equipment; shops; a 5.25-acre marina; and a unit of the University 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 Education 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.

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Hogg Foundation for Mental Health

The Hogg Foundation for Mental Health is located at Lake Austin Centre, 3001 Lake Austin Boulevard, three miles west of campus. The foundation is an administrative unit of the University. Established through a bequest by Will C. Hogg, the foundation is also supported by gifts from other members of the Hogg family, including Ima Hogg, and by gifts and grants from other individuals, foundations, and research agencies.

For more than sixty-five years, the foundation has accomplished its mandate through grantmaking to mental health services, research, policy, and public education projects in the state of Texas. The Hogg Foundation for Mental Health also fulfills its benefactors' intent by operating its own programs to the benefit and enrichment of organizations and communities statewide. An advisory committee of state and national experts helps the foundation map its strategic direction.

In accordance with its strategic plan, the foundation distributes grants through a request for proposals process in selected priority areas. Current priority areas include integrated physical and mental health care, culturally and linguistically competent mental health service delivery, and mental health workforce development.

The foundation's Regional Foundation Library houses the Regional Foundation Collection, which contains a wide range of materials related to grantmaking and fundraising. Open to the public, this noncirculating reference library contains the most current and comprehensive information available on private and corporate philanthropy, grantsmanship, and nonprofit management.

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The Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies

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 several departments of the College of Liberal Arts. 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 provided by the Center for Global Educational Opportunities.

LLILAS has four visiting professorships: the Edward Larocque Tinker Chair in Latin American Studies, endowed by the Tinker Foundation, for distinguished Latin American scholars; the Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long Visiting Professorship for distinguished professors on Latin American topics, endowed by Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long; the Rio Branco Professorship, funded by the Brazilian government through the Brazil Center of LLILAS, for distinguished Brazilian scholars; 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 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 languages, 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 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 members and students on campus and links the University to institutions of higher education in Brazil. The division 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, and 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 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-Castañeda 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 LLILAS Web site.

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