(Jan. 27, 2010)--UTSA mathematics professor Manuel P. Berriozabal was honored by the American Society for Cell Biology with the Bruce Alberts Award for Excellence in Science Education. The award recognizes the contributions Berriozabal has made to prepare minority junior high and high school students for careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) though the San Antonio Prefreshman Engineering Program (SAPREP), which he established at UTSA 30 years ago.
PREP evolved into a statewide outreach initiative, TexPREP, which has received more than $40 million in financial aid and in-kind support from public and private entities at the local, state and national levels. In Texas, it operates in 13 cities on 21 college campuses and has served more than 25,000 students, most of whom are Hispanic. In 1996, in collaboration with the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, NASA funded the Proyecto Access PREP program, based on Berriozabal's model. That program operates in four cities outside of Texas.
"The Bruce Alberts award recognizes individuals who have made impactful and sustained contributions to science education," said George Perry, dean of the UTSA College of Sciences and Berriozabal's nominator. "For 30 years, Dr. Berriozabal has been working to improve educational access to underrepresented students interested in pursuing science careers. His work speaks for itself. What started in San Antonio is now a highly successful nationwide program."
"Thanks to the many years of its dedicated and competent faculty and staff support from its benefactors, PREP is recognized as an intellectually challenging, quality educational program which prepares middle school and high school students to excel in college and to successfully pursue careers in science, engineering and other professional areas," Berriozabal said. "I am very proud of our PREP graduates whose leadership and contributions are helping build a better society."
Berriozabal and PREP have garnered wide recognition for providing underrepresented minorities access to careers in science and engineering. Most notably, in 2004, TexPREP was cited by the congressionally mandated BEST (Building Engineering and Science Talent) project as one of 20 programs nationally to increase the diversity of woman, underrepresented minorities and persons with disabilities in the nation's technical talent pool.
PREP also has been recognized by the U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Department of Education, National Latino Children's Institute, Texas Senate (twice) and the 2000 report of the Texas Governor's Special Commission on 21st Century Colleges and Universities, among others. In 2007, Berriozabal received one of three inaugural Innovations in Education awards from the University of Texas System Chancellor's Council.
Founded in 1960, The American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) is a leading professional organization for cell biologists and scientists in related disciplines. Its nearly 10,000 members hail from more than 60 countries, including the United States. Together, they promote scientific research by providing training and development opportunities for students and young researchers. The organization also keeps the Congress and the public informed about the importance of biomedical research.
Bruce Alberts, a noted biochemist, was president of the National Academy of Sciences from 1993 to 2005 and has worked diligently to improve science education. He is editor-in-chief of Science magazine.
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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