Creating New Knowledge
improving health for rural communities inspires learning
“Because of her passion for demography and teaching, her dedication to her students and her overall commitment to excellence in scholarship, I am inspired.”
- Mary Bollinger Ph.D. ’10
Johnelle Sparks, assistant professor in the Department of Demography and Organization Studies, is conducting research to save the lives of infants in rural Texas and beyond. “The whole point of my research is to help people who may not know how to help themselves,” she says. Sparks uses demography to identify risk factors that cause low birth weight variations among racial and ethnic groups. Finding answers to the health disparity will result in better prevention efforts.
Her passion to seek answers has ignited research interest among her students. She encourages them to publish their findings and promotes their participation at professional conferences. “It is wonderful to share my educational journey with Dr. Sparks,” says Mary Bollinger Ph.D. ’10, a UTSA alumna who published with Sparks. “Because of her passion for demography and teaching, her dedication to her students and her overall commitment to excellence in scholarship, I am inspired.”
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