Tuesday, February 09, 2016


UTSA researchers win $9.2 million in stimulus funds in 2009

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(Jan. 19, 2010)--UTSA announced today that it received $9.2 million in stimulus funding for scientific research and university recruitment during 2009. The majority of the funding, which was from the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation, will support researchers in the UTSA College of Sciences and College of Engineering.

"UTSA is in a race with six other schools to reach Tier One research status, so the opportunity to compete for stimulus funding couldn't come at a better time for us," said Robert Gracy, UTSA vice president for research.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, better known as the stimulus bill, is an economic recovery package adopted to help states stabilize budgets and stimulate economic growth. The bill allocates approximately $111 billion toward infrastructure and science including approximately $21.5 billion through the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other federal agencies for scientific research and development projects.


UTSA's 2009 stimulus funding will support the following 22 research and recruitment initiatives:

Conformations and interactions of insect olfactory receptor proteins, $209,630
Research will investigate the purpose and function of four different parts of an insect pheromone receptor's structure. Findings will reveal how pheromones can attract beneficial insects or repel harmful insects to protect the food supply and control insect-borne diseases.

Candida albicans biofilm dispersion as a key step during candidiasis, $216,750
Research will look into how the fungus Candida albicans forms biofilms and causes yeast infections.

CAREER: Contingent static analysis for dynamically composed systems, $425,000
Research is about new static analysis techniques that will result in the development of faster and safer computer programs.

II-New: Enhanced parallelization for high performance computing, $227,178
Research will establish a cluster for high-performance computing to increase the execution performance of scientific applications.

Decarbonoxylative allylic amidation: methods and synthetic application, $390,000
The chemistry research will contribute to the development of more effective medications to treat cancer and HIV.

Post yield behavior vs. bone quality, $330,574
Research will study the mechanism that occurs at the nano/molecular level after bone begins to deform and structurally fails and will aid understanding of how that process causes bones to become increasingly fragile.

Modularly designed organocatalysts for asymmetic reactions, $269,097
The chemistry research will help develop medications that would retain their effectiveness when patients are prescribed only half the regular dosage.

Integrating high performance computing in research and education for simulation, visualization and real-time prediction, $5,000,000
Funding will establish a supercomputing center for interdisciplinary, computer-based research, education and training. The center will help establish a recruitment pipeline for engineering students of all levels from high school to Ph.D.

Plant root templated geotextiles, $354,478
Scientists will inject living plant roots with novel plastic polymers to develop synthetic root systems that reinforce soils.

A combined biochemical, molecular and computational approach to understanding the regulation of gibberellin biosynthesis, $150,000
This funds a study of the genes responsible for the biosynthesis of plant hormones called gibberellins, which affect a plant's life cycle from seed germination to flowering and seed production.

A new strategy for learning highly similar concepts, $125,416
Research will test the effectiveness of a strategy called differential-associative processing to learn pairs of highly similar concepts.

Aging, improving prospective memory, and a formal model, $143,961
Research will focus on improving prospective memory in young and older adults.

Mechanism of steroid resistance in EAE/MS, $105,131
Funding will help develop biomarkers that monitor the effectiveness of glucocorticoid treatment and the development of autoimmune disease resistance.

Bacterial proteins containing novel iron sites, $22,600
The research is about the structure, function and catalytic mechanisms of bacterial iron enzymes that scavenge toxic oxygen and nitric oxide molecules, which are toxic to these microbes.

Computational discovery and analysis of community structures in biology networks, $124,117
Research will develop computer programs to better understand the genetic networks of complex diseases, such as diabetes and cancer.

Recruitment of new stem cell biologist, $316,750
Funds are for a new tenure-track assistant professor specializing in stem cell research to support the UTSA Institute for Cellular and Molecular Primatology and Department of Biology.

Crime Analysis Consortium: Building capacity in Bexar County, Texas, $371,522
Funding will help conduct data-driven crime analyses across a consortium of Bexar County, Texas, law enforcement agencies and produce processes and centralized databases that will better direct law enforcement resources.

Federal work-study, $266,452
A federal work-study student employee will assist in providing need-based financial aid to students.

Additionally, UTSA teamed with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio on four projects. They include:

Cell model for KSHV infection and genetic manipulation, $53,183
Research will define the functions and molecular mechanisms of microRNA in Kaposi's Sarcoma-associated Herpes Virus during replication.

Diabetes: Implant integration, success and benefit, $44,643
Research will analyze pentosidine concentrations in bone samples.

Partnership to address physical activities among low-income Latino adolescent girls, $15,624
Research will identify barriers to physical activities in Latinas and develop effective strategies to promote participation in physical activity.

Partnership to address physical activity among low-income Latino and adolescent girls, $77,619
Work will include the development, deployment and maintenance of the project's cell phone service to promote Latina health and connect youth to community resources.



Feb. 9, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. & 6 - 9 p.m.

Rowdy Gras 2016

The UTSA community is invited to attend the 3rd annual Rowdy Gras celebration! This year Rowdy Gras includes a daytime event from 11 a.m. -1 p.m. with a free food tasting and music on the UC Paseo. The main event takes place from 6 - 9 p.m. in the UC Lawn. The event includes free food, live jazz music, activities and giveaways.
University Center Paseo & Lawn, UTSA Main Campus

Feb. 10, 5:30 p.m.

UTSA College of Architecture, Construction and Planning 2015-16 Speaker Series

The UTSA College of Architecture, Construction and Planning’s 2015-16 Speaker Series continues with Dana Cuff, Ph.D., a professor of architecture and urbanism at the University of California, Los Angeles. In her talk, Cuff will discuss new forms of “studio” and new types of practices. Free and open to the public.
Aula Canaria Lecture Hall (BV 1.328), UTSA Downtown Campus

Feb. 13, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

29th annual Asian Festival - Year of the Monkey

The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures invites Texas and Texans to the Asian Festival. What began as a traditional family reunion for the Chinese New Year has expanded to include other Asian communities and participants, showcasing their unique culture and traditions.
The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures

Feb. 13, 1 p.m.

2016 Interdisciplinary Studies Colloquium

Join the UTSA Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching in celebrating interdisciplinary inquiry at the 2016  Interdisciplinary Studies Colloquium.  The colloquium will include a panel of faculty and recent doctoral graduate and a showcase of the best IDS undergraduate inquiry projects of the year 2015. The event is free and open to the public.
Business Building (BB 2.06.04), UTSA Main Campus

Feb. 17, 5:30 p.m.

CACP Speaker Series continueswith Cesar Pelli

The UTSA College of Architecture, Construction and Planning (CACP) welcomes renowned architect Cesar Pelli as part of the CACP’s 2015-16 Speaker Series. Pelli is founder and Senior Principal of the New Haven, Conn. firm Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects. In his talk, “Becoming an Architect,” Pelli will present and discuss projects that were critical steps in his career.
Buena Vista Theater (BV 1.326), Downtown Campus

Feb. 23, 5:30 p.m.

African-American Social Welfare Pioneers Responding to Community Needs

The UTSA College of Public Policy presents the Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series featuring Dr. Iris Carlton-LaNey, Professor of the School of Social Work at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Dr. Iris Carlton LaNey will speak to the UTSA community about the role and impact of African-Americans in the social work profession.
Buena Vista Theater (BV 1.326), Downtown Campus

Feb. 23, 5:30 p.m.

African-American Social Welfare Pioneers Responding to Community Needs

The UTSA College of Public Policy presents the Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series featuring Dr. Iris Carlton-LaNey, Professor of the School of Social Work at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Dr. Carlton-LaNey will speak to the UTSA community about the role and impact of African-Americans in the social work profession.
Buena Vista Theater (BV 1.326), Downtown Campus

Feb. 23, 7 p.m.

Presentation and Book Signing with Luis Carlos Montalvan

Please join us for a presentation and book signing by Luis Carlos Montalván (Fmr. Capt., USA), author of the New York Times Bestseller Until Tuesday and the international award-winning childrens book Tuesday Tucks Me In. His books will be available for purchase at the UTSA Bookstore. This event is free and open to the public.
Southwest Room (DB 1.124), Downtown Campus

Feb. 25, 6 p.m.

12th Annual Black Heritage Gala

The 12th Annual Black Heritage Gala is a formal event which includes a student performance, keynote remarks by Michael Brown, an award presentation, dinner and dancing. Tickets are $10 for UTSA students and $15 for all other guests. Tickets are on sale now at Roadrunner Express. Contact (210) 458-4770 for more information.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom, Main Campus

Feb. 27, 9 a.m.

Cultural Contrasts in Latin America

The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures will host a free workshop focusing on teaching Latin American culture and geography for students seeking their teacher certification. The workshop includes free resources for teaching Latin American subject matter as well as presentations on language, identity, music, geography, and political and developmental history, and a special educators’ tour of the museum’s Los Tejanos exhibit. Free with registration.
The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures (ITC 3.01.02)

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