Texas Tech Researcher Named Hispanic Education Association Fellow

Jaclyn Cañas will get free registration, hotel accommodations and travel for the AAHHE national conference.

Written by Cory Chandler

The American Association of Hispanics in Higher Education (AAHHE) named a Texas Tech University environmental toxicology researcher one of its 2009 Junior Faculty Fellows for AAHHE’s 2009 national conference.

Jaclyn Cañas, an assistant professor of environmental toxicology in Texas Tech’s Institute of Environmental and Human Health, will get free registration, hotel accommodations and travel for the AAHHE National Conference: Soluciones para el Futuro - Achieving Hispanic Success.

The conference takes place March 5-7 in San Antonio. Participation in the Faculty Fellows Program begins March 3 and continues through March 8.

Fellowship recipients participate in all conference events, including special activities for faculty fellows, provide an unpublished manuscript for review by a senior faculty member and provide staffing support for AAHHE activities.

“I think going to this conference as a fellow will be a great opportunity to network with other Hispanics in higher education from the state and across the country, which I hope will lead to future collaborations,” she said.

Cañas was a Texas Tech Howard Hughes Medical Institute undergraduate researcher in toxicology. She graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in zoology and earned her doctorate in environmental toxicology. Her research focuses toxic agents and their effects on plants, microorganisms and invertebrates.

She also is director of the new Plains Bridges to the Baccalaureate Program, funded by the National Institutes of Health, at Texas Tech University in partnership with South Plains College. The program aims to help underrepresented minorities to succeed in college, transition to a four-year institution, earn a bachelor’s degree in a science-related field and ultimately pursue graduate education.

The AAHHE is a national higher education organization focused on developing Latino and Latina faculty and senior administrators as well as serving as a leading research and advocacy group for Hispanic higher education issues.

Fellowship recipients must demonstrate an ability to contribute to a defined area of scholarship and to contribute to the enhancement of higher education for Latinos and Latinas.

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CONTACT: Jaclyn Cañas, assistant professor, Institute of Environmental and Human Health, Texas Tech University, (806) 885-4567, or jaclyn.e.canas@ttu.edu.