UTEP professor’s new book recounts adventures in the Congo and work on species extinction

With his shaved head and graying goatee and loads of adventures to relate, UTEP professor and geneticist Eli Greenbaum resembles a modern-day Indiana Jones. He has survived two major expeditions to the Congo, several bouts of malaria and been confronted by machine-gun totting tribal villagers. His work over the last 10 years has been focused on researching how to repopulate the decreasing amphibian and reptilian population of the African nation. “There was this one area (of the Congo) where I went to a really remote place and the local tribe thought I had come to drink their blood,” said the 6-foot-tall professor who is in his late 30’s. His experiences in the field are soon to be public knowledge with an about-to-be released book about his work and experiences in the Congo.

Elite Fort Bliss soldiers risk their lives facing chemical and other weapons

FORT BLISS, TEXAS – An elite team of soldiers in the 22nd Chemical Battalion, specialize in defending the country against chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear weapons threatening our safety, normally called a CBRN threat. Members of this Battalion risk their lives daily, something they do with great honor in an effort to defend the country they love, they said. Training conducted for CBRN protection, is normally conducted on Fort Leonard Wood, located in Missouri. However, Fort Bliss soldier have recently received the opportunity to train locally. Team members now normally train in a special training field called “Biggs Field,” which is a training facility located along the Texas and New Mexico border.