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Dr. Jeff Wilson

Jeff Wilson, Ph.D.
Dean, University College

Dr. Jeff Wilson is Dean of the University College, Interim Dean of Enrollment Management (Admission/Recruiting) and Associate Professor of Biological Sciences at Huston-Tillotson University in Austin, Texas. As Dean, he leads HT’s efforts in retention, graduation rates, recruiting and admission. Prior to HT, Dr. Wilson held positions at UT-BrownsvilleHarvardIBM and Ernst & Young. Dr. Wilson is recipient of the University of Texas Systems’ most competitive teaching honor and one of the largest teaching honors in the United States, the Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award. Dr. Wilson has authored dozens of publications in the environmental science field and has received funding from the National Science Foundation and various foundations such as Ford Motor Company and Home Depot. Dr. Wilson did his post-doctoral work at the Harvard School of Public Health and holds a PhD in Environmental Science from the University of Canterbury.

Dr. Wilson is also Executive Director of The Dumpster Project, a non-profit based in Austin, Texas that is transforming a trash dumpster into a home with a focus on K-12 STEM and sustainability education. As part of the educational mission of The Dumpster Project, Dr. Wilson plays a character named ‘Professor Dumpster‘ in a role similar to ‘Bill Nye the Science Guy’. Dr. Wilson and The Dumpster Project have been featured in hundreds of local, national, and international news sources including NPR, Fast Company, Yahoo! News, and ABC News. In his spare time, Dr. Wilson enjoys traveling – he has lived, worked and ‘couch surfed’ through over 60 countries on six continents and there is a forthcoming film from New Line Cinemas on one of his travel experiments. 


Dumpster 101; Fundamentals of GIS; Management and Implementation of GIS; The Restless City; Geography, Health and Welfare; Global Environmental Change; Environmental Hazards and Management; Quantitative Methods; Earth Science (Physical Geography); Conservation of Natural Resources; Research Problems in Environmental Science; World Regional Geography; Field Methods and Data Analysis in Environmental Science; First Year Seminar.


HBCU-UP Targeted Infusion Project: Transforming STEM Education at Huston-Tillotson University with Green BioInnovations Laboratories. 2014-2016. PI: Wilson. National Science Foundation. (USD$400,000: under review).

Über Sustainable On Campus Housing Grant. 2014-2015. PI: Wilson. HBCU Retool Your School Challenge. Home Depot ($10,000: awarded)

DUMPSTER: Developing Underutilized Methods for Promoting Sustainable, Transformative Education & Research. 2014-2015. PI: Wilson. HBCU Community Challenge. Ford Motor Corporation (USD$74,129: awarded).

The Rio Grande Valley Initiative: Resource Stewardship STARS for Sustainability of the Rio Grande Valley. 2013-2015. Wilson: Principal Grant Author (no official/recognized PI on this project). The University of Texas System. (USD$5,000,000: funded).

AUGMENTS: Advancing Undergraduate to Geoenvironmental Masters for Engaged Needs-based Talented Students. 2011-2014. Principal Investigator: Andrew Hunt (UT – Arlington). Co-PI: Wilson. National Science Foundation S-STEM program. (USD$600,000: funded).

*Graduate Student  **Undergraduate Student

31. Zou, Bin, Fen Peng, Neng Wang, J. Gaines Wilson, Ying Xiong. 2014 (in press). Sulfur dioxide exposure and environmental justice: a multi-scale and source-specific perspective. 2014 (in press).  

30. Zou, Bin, Fen Peng, Neng Wan, Keita Mamady, and J. Gaines Wilson. 2014 (in press). Spatial Cluster Detection of Air Pollution Exposure Inequities Across the United States. PLOS one

28. Wan, Neng, J. Gaines Wilson, F.B. Zhan, B. Zou and J. Gaines Wilson. 2013. Spatial Access to Healthcare Services and Disparities in Colorectal Cancer Stage at Diagnosis in Texas. The Professional Geographer: 2, No. 23: 527-541.

27. Tian, Nancy*, Pierre Goovaerts, F. Benjamin Zhan, Edwin Chow, and J. Gaines Wilson. 2013 (in press). Racial and geographic disparities in female breast cancer mortality in Texas: Does proximity to mammography facilities matter? Women’s Health Issues:

26. Salinas, J.J., B. Adelbary*, J. Gaines Wilson, J. McCormick, and S. Fisher-Hoch. 2012. Using the Framingham Risk Score to Evaluate Cardiovascular Disease Risk in Poor Mexican Americans on the Texas-Mexico Border. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved: 23, No. 2.

25. Salinas, J.J., B. Adelbary*, J .Brinkworth**, M. Hossain, S. Fisher-Hoch, A. Rentfro, J. McCormick, and J. Gaines Wilson. 2012. Mexican Cultural Neighborhood Environment and Diabetes Risk in Mexican Americans. Hispanic Health Care International. 10, No. 3: 146-58.

24. Zou, B*, Y. Zeng, F.B. Zhan, J. Gaines Wilson, K. Wu, and F. Peng. 2011. Spatial-temporal variations of regional ambient sulfur dioxide concentration and its source contribution analysis: a dispersion modeling approach. Atmospheric Environment (Online): 1-9.

23. Tian, N*, J. Gaines Wilson and F.B. Zhan. Spatial association of racial/ethnic disparities between late-stage diagnosis and mortality for female breast cancer: where to intervene? 2011. International Journal of Health Geographics 10:24.

22. Wilson, J. Gaines, J. Benavides, K. Engle, A. Reisinger**, D. Gilman, J. Spangler**, and J. Lemen**. 2010. Due diligence and demographic disparities: effects of the planning or the U.S.-Mexico border fence planning on marginalized populations. Southwestern Geographer 14: 41-55.

21. Wilson, J. Gaines, J. Ballou*, C. Yan*, S. P. Fisher-Hoch, B. Reininger, J. Gay, J. Salinas, P. Sanchez, Y. Salinas, L. Lopez, F. Calvillo, I. P. deLima, and J. B. McCormick. 2010. Utilizing spatiotemporal analysis of influenza-like illness and rapid tests to focus swine-origin influenza virus intervention. Health and Place 16: 1230-9.

20. Wilson, J. Gaines, S. Kingham and J. Pearce. 2010. Air pollution and restricted activity days among New Zealand school children. International Journal of Environment and Pollution 41: 140-154.

19. Tian, N., P*. Goovaerts, F. B. Zhan, and J. Gaines Wilson. 2010. Identification of racial disparities in breast cancer mortality: does scale matter? International Journal of Health Geographics 9:35.

18. Zou, B.*, F. B. Zhan, J. Gaines Wilson, and Y. Zeng. 2010. Performance of AERMOD at different temporal scales. Simulation Modeling Practice and Theory 18: 612-23.

17. Fisher-Hoch, Susan, A.R. Rentfro, J.J. Salinas, A. Perez, H.S. Brown, B.M. Reininger, B.I. Restrapo, J. Gaines Wilson, M.M. Hossain, M.H. Rahbar, C.M. Hanis, J.B. McCormick. 2010. Socioeconomic status and prevalence of obesity and diabetes in a Mexican American community, Cameron County, Texas. Preventing Chronic Diseases 7(3): 1-10.

16. Tian, Nancy*, J. Gaines Wilson, and F. B. Zhan. 2010. Female breast cancer mortality clusters within racial groups in the United States. Health and Place 16: 209-18.

15. McCormick, J. B., C. Yan*, J. Ballou*, Y. Salinas, B. Reininger, J. Gay, F. Cavillo, J. Gaines Wilson, L. Lopez, and S. P. Fisher-Hoch. 2010. Local response to H1N1 in a US Mexico border community: local experience with the national preparedness plan. Biosecurity and Bioterrorism: Biodefense Strategy, Practice, and Science 8(3): 1-10.

14. Zou, B.*, J. Gaines Wilson, F. B. Zhan, and Y. Zeng. 2009. Spatially differentiated and source specific population exposure to ambient urban air pollution. Atmospheric Environment 43: 3981 – 3988.

13. Zou, B.*, J. Gaines Wilson, F.B. Zhan and Y. Zeng. 2009. Air pollution exposure assessment methods utilized in epidemiological studies. Journal of Environmental Monitoring 11: 475-490.

12. Zou, B.*, J. Gaines Wilson and F.B. Zhan. 2009.  An emission-weighted proximity model for air pollution exposure assessment. Science of the Total Environment 407: 4939-4945.

11. Cavanaugh, J., P. Zawar-Reza and J. Gaines Wilson.  2009. Spatial attenuation of ambient particulate matter air pollution within an urbanised native forest patch.  Urban Forestry and Urban Greening 8: 21-30.

10. Arku, Raphael E.*, J. Vallarino, K. L. Dionisio, H. Choi, R. Willis, J. Gaines Wilson, C. Hemphill, A. Quaye, S. Agyei-Mensah, J. Spengler, and M. Ezzati. 2008.  Characterizing air pollution in two low-income neighborhoods in Accra, Ghana. Science of the Total Environment 402: 217-31.

9. Sabel, C. E., J. Gaines Wilson, S. Kingham, C. Tisch, and M. Epton. 2007. Spatial implications of covariate adjustment on patterns of risk: Respiratory hospital admissions in Christchurch, New Zealand. Social Science and Medicine 65: 43-59.

8. Wilson, J. Gaines and P. Zawar-Reza. 2006. Intraurban-scale dispersion modelling of particulate matter concentrations: Applications for exposure estimates in cohort studies. In Harmonisation within Atmospheric Dispersion Modelling for Regulatory Purposes.

7. Wilson, J. Gaines, S. Kingham, and A. Sturman. 2006. Intraurban variations of particulate matter air pollution in Christchurch, New Zealand: Implications for epidemiological studies. Science of the Total Environment 367: 559-72.

6. Wilson, J. Gaines and P. Zawar-Reza. 2006. Intraurban-scale dispersion modelling of particulate   matter concentrations: Applications for exposure estimates in cohort studies. Atmospheric Environment 40: 1053-63.

5. Durand, M. and J. Gaines Wilson. 2006. Spatial analysis of respiratory disease clusters on an urbanized geothermal field. Environmental Research 101: 238-45.

4. Kingham, Simon, M. Durand, J. Harrison, J. Gaines Wilson, and M. Epton. 2006. Winter comparison of TEOM, MiniVol and DustTrak PM10 monitors in a wood smoke environment.  Atmospheric Environment 40: 338-47.

 3. Durand, M. and J. Gaines Wilson. 2006. Ball lightning and fireballs during volcanic air pollution. Weather 61: 40-3.

 2. Wilson, J. Gaines, S. Kingham, J. Pearce, and A. Sturman. 2005. Intraurban particulate air pollution and restricted activity days in New Zealand school children. Epidemiology 16: S136.

 1. Wilson, J. Gaines, S. Kingham, J. Pearce, and A. Sturman. 2005. A review of intraurban variations in particulate air pollution: Implications for epidemiological research. Atmospheric Environment 39: 6444–62. *cited >150 times.




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