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Two UTSA staff members become Certified Research Administrators

Juliet Ray
Angela Cooke

Juliet Ray (top) and Angela Cooke

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(Feb. 16, 2010)--The UTSA Office of the Senior Associate Vice President for Research Administration announces the certification of two UTSA staff members as Certified Research Administrators (CRAs): Juliet Ray, senior grants development coordinator in the College of Education and Human Development, and Angela Cooke, grants and contracts specialist in the Office of Sponsored Programs. The certification places them at the top of their field.

Ray and Cooke bring UTSA's total to five active CRA-certified staff, which include Jennifer Silver and Angelika Rocha, grants and contracts specialists in the Office of Sponsored Programs, as well as Michael Findeisen, senior grants and contracts coordinator in the College of Sciences Department of Chemistry.

CRA certification is a national certification acknowledging a comprehensive understanding of the basics of research administration. Individuals are eligible to take the exam if they have a bachelor's degree and a minimum number of years of experience. They also must pass an extensive examination of their competencies in a broad body of knowledge relative to research and sponsored program management.

Among national research administrators, the CRA credential signifies professionals are qualified to function as research administrators with a high degree of efficiency and knowledge in the industry. This achievement demonstrates the breadth and depth of understanding of the complexities of research administration on a broad array of topics. Most CRAs have gathered the necessary knowledge and skills through on-the-job training, attending professional meetings, and learning from mentors and colleagues.

For certification, candidates must pass a written examination developed by the Research Administrators Certification Council. The examination, based on the council's body of knowledge, covers four broad areas:

  • Project development and administration
  • Legal requirements and sponsor interface
  • Financial management
  • General management

Learn more about CRA certification.



Dec. 1, 9 a.m.

CITE Venture Competition & Exposition

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

Dec. 3, 5:30 p.m.

UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert

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

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UTSA writes the book on all-digital libraries

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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