(Dec. 16, 2009)--Congressman Ciro Rodriguez hosted a roundtable discussion with San Antonio area network experts on Saturday, Dec. 12 co-sponsored by The University of Texas at San Antonio, the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce and the Cyber Innovation and Research Consortium.
Special guests included Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez, vice chair of the House Homeland Security Committee; Richard Perez, president of the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce; and Maj. Gen. Richard E. Webber, commander of the 24th Air Force in San Antonio.
Presentations included an overview of the strengths of San Antonio as a "Cyber City," a cyber consortium update and a presentation on the UTSA Information Security Community by Lynda de la Vina, dean of the College of Business. According to de la Vina, UTSA is committed to advancing information security through its educational, research and outreach programming. The UTSA Information Security Community includes the UTSA College of Business, College of Engineering, College of Sciences, Institute of Cyber Security and Office of Information Technology.
Following the roundtable, the participants were given a special preview tour of the new UTSA College of Business Advanced Laboratories for Information Assurance and Security (ALIAS). Nicole Beebe, assistant professor of information systems, demonstrated the capabilities of the lab and conducted a computer forensics exercise.
ALIAS supports a broad spectrum of security-centric activities within the College of Business. The lab's secure server area supports faculty research in network intrusion detection, development of forensic search algorithms and security modeling. The lab includes two advanced technology classroom areas that support student coursework in digital forensics, network and telecommunications security, secure operating system development, secure code development and biometrics. A formal dedication of the lab will be next spring.
A leader in the field of infrastructure assurance education, UTSA has been designated a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Research and a Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security.
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
Graduate student uses storytelling to highlight important issues facing children
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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