(Oct. 29, 2009)--The UTSA Graduate School announces the recipients of the fall 2009 Presidential Dissertation Fellowships. Six exceptional Ph.D. students will receive dissertation research funding assistance sponsored by the Office of the President.
The awardees are Mary Bollinger, Gatis Dillans, Robert Ebert, Jose Gutierrez, Elizabeth Mac Crossan and Shizhong Yang.
Applications were reviewed by a faculty committee. The committee members found the quality of the applicants' work to be very impressive and the task of selecting fellowship recipients was a difficult one.
Each of the recipients is an outstanding student, conducting important research in their areas of study and also making good progress toward his or her degree.
Recipients of the fall 2009 Presidential Dissertation Fellowships
Mary Bollinger, candidate for the Ph.D. in applied demography, College of Public Policy
Dissertation title: "Obesity and Place: A Study of the South Texas Veterans Health Care System User Population"
Gatis Dillans, candidate for the Ph.D. in culture, literacy and language, College of Education and Human Development
Dissertation title: "Oral Corrective Feedback and Second Language Vocabulary Development: Prompts and Recasts in the Adult ESL Classroom"
Robert Ebert, candidate for the Ph.D. in physics and astronomy, College of Sciences
Dissertation title: "The Composition and Dynamics of the Low Energy Plasma in Jupiter's Magnetotail"
Jose Gutierrez, candidate for the Ph.D. in finance, College of Business
Dissertation title: "Three Essays on International Investments"
Elizabeth Mac Crossan, candidate for the Ph.D. in English, College of Liberal and Fine Arts
Dissertation title: "Discrepant Experiences in the Irish Borderlands: Space, Language and Identity in Free Derry, Northern Ireland"
Shizhong Yang, candidate for the Ph.D. in electrical engineering, College of Engineering
Dissertation title: "Advanced Controls of Highly Nonlinear Systems for Stability and Performance with Applications to Power Plant Systems"
The annual Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) 100K Venture Competition and Exposition will be held on the Main Campus on Dec. 1. Twenty-eight teams from across the university will exhibit their project; six teams will compete for a prize pool of more than $100,000 in funding to launch their new venture / company. More than 650 students have participated in launching new technology ventures.
Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering (BSE 2.102), Main Campus
This concert features 50 community children performing music in the UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert. The children, led by UTSA music students studying to be music teachers, will join together in playing the Theme from Batman at their concert. The Batman of San Antonio, a local celebrity figure, will make an appearance at the concert. This event is free.
Buena Vista Theatre, Downtown Campus
Aspiring doctor hopes to change medical attitudes toward obesity-related ailments
As touch screens and e-books demand more and more attention from both casual readers and scholars, many people say the handwriting is on the wall for the printed page.
At UTSA, the handwriting is on the wall for a library that doesn't have any printed books.
Since March 2010, the bookless library in the Applied Engineering and Technology Building has given UTSA students an innovative way to read, research and work with each other to solve problems.
With ultra-modern furniture and a décor featuring desktop computers, scanners and LCD screens, the AET Library is designed to engage students in an online format. But it also offers group study niches and study rooms with whiteboards and glass walls on which students can write. The space encourages teamwork, communications and problem solving for the next generation of scientists and professional engineers.
Did you know? The UTSA AET Library is the nation's first completely bookless library on a college or university campus. It served as a model for Bexar County's first-in-the-nation public bookless library system and one of its branches, the Dr. Ricardo Romo BiblioTech.
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