(Jan. 14, 2010)--According to various news services, desperately needed aid from around the world began arriving Thursday in quake-stunned Haiti, while rescuers struggled to save the trapped and injured. The death toll from the earthquake could be between 45,000 and 50,000 with an estimated three million people hurt or homeless, a senior Haitian Red Cross official said Thursday. University records indicate several UTSA students are from Haiti.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone in Haiti and with those reaching out to them as the country deals with this catastrophic earthquake," said UTSA President Ricardo Romo. "We hope that our Haitian students' families are well and that they can be in contact with them soon."
>> Cash donations are the most efficient and effective way to help the relief effort in Haiti right now. To help immediately, contribute online to the American Red Cross or simply text "HAITI" to "90999" and a donation of $10 will be given automatically to the Red Cross to help with relief efforts, charged to your cell phone bill. Standard texting rates may apply. A confirmation message will arrive within a few minutes to which the customer should reply "yes" to complete the donation. (Read more about AT&T Inc. initiatives to assist Haiti.)
On Wednesday, President Barack Obama offered to Haiti "the deep condolences and unwavering support of the American people following yesterday's terrible earthquake" and ordered "a swift, coordinated and aggressive effort to save lives? A top priority is accounting for the thousands of American citizens who are currently in Haiti." Additionally, Obama pledged that the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Department of State and the Department of Defense will work closely with U.S. partners in Haiti, the region and around the world.
Families of Americans living in Haiti who are trying to determine the status of loved ones are encouraged to contact the State Department at 1-888-407-4747. Because the line is experiencing a high volume of calls at this time, patience is requested.
>> For additional updated information, monitor the White House Haiti Earthquake Web site.
UTSA researchers are exploring matter at the atomic level with Helenita. It's one of the most powerful microscopes in the world, with the ability to operate near the theoretical limit of resolution. At 9 feet, 2 inches tall and weighing more than two tons, Helenita can dissect almost anything. With Helenita's resolution, researchers can study particles atom by atom to see how they behave.
That's critical in developing nanotechnology that will help diagnosis early-stage breast cancer or make helmets that are uber strong. Moreover, the detail that Helenita provides will allow nanotechnology researchers to create new therapies and treatments to fight a wide range of human diseases.
Did you know? Helenita can magnify a sample 20 million times its size, which would make a strand of human hair the size of San Antonio.
Join AIA San Antonio’s Women in Architecture group for their networking and happy hour event, where all design professionals are welcome.
Liberty Bar, 1111 S. Alamo St.
This documentary, presented by the San Antonio Film Festival, documents the experience of re-entry after incarceration. The film features Michael Gilbert, associate professor in the department of criminal justice and director of the Office of Community and Restorative Justice program at UTSA.
Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, 100 Auditorium Circle
Discover resources and strategies for teaching Tejano history and culture and get a special educator's tour of the new long-term exhibit, Los Tejanos.
Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 E. César E. Chávez Blvd.
This cowboy-themed programming, offered in conjunction with Our Kids Magazine's Kidcation Week, gives families the opportunity to visit with cowboy docents, enjoy readings and visit activity tables.
Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd.
The UTSA Alumni Association hosts this annual gala honoring the Alumna of the Year, Alumnus of the Year and the Alumnus of the Year Lifetime Achievement award winners.
Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort & Spa, 9800 Hyatt Resort Dr.
Victor Cyrus, Jr will see his first book of poetry published this fall
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