(Feb. 15, 2010)--UTSA and the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio will host "Sex, Stress and the Brain: From Serendipity to Clinical Relevance," a technical seminar featuring National Academy of Sciences member Bruce S. McEwen. The seminar will be at 4 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 17 in the University Center Retama Auditorium (2.02.02) on the UTSA Main Campus.
McEwen will describe his groundbreaking research on how steroids, specifically sex hormones and stress hormones, can act on the brain to alter behavior and mood, regulate neuroendocrine activity and protect the brain from the effects of stress, aging and related disease processes. His work has advanced our understanding of how the environment can affect resilience and vulnerability to disease.
His team of researchers employs a variety of interdisciplinary approaches from cellular and molecular through translational studies to understand the neurobiological effects of hormones on brain plasticity, especially in the hippocampus. The hippocampus is crucial to forming episodic, spatial and contextual memories, and it is one of the first parts of the brain to show damage in Alzheimer's disease.
Rockefeller University's Alfred E. Mirsky Professor, McEwen is a world-renowned expert in neuroendocrinology. A 1964 graduate of Rockefeller University with a Ph.D. in cell biology, McEwen was a U.S. Public Health Service postdoctoral fellow at the Institute of Neurobiology in Goteborg, Sweden from 1964 to 1965,and then served as a professor in the University of Minnesota's zoology department for a year. In 1966, he returned to Rockefeller as an assistant professor and in 1981 was named head of Rockefeller's Harold and Margaret Milliken Hatch Laboratory of Neuroendocrinology.
The UTSA Seminars in Translational Research (STRECH) bring together investigators from basic, clinical and social sciences to highlight the bidirectional and multiple stages of the scientific translation of research discoveries from the laboratory bench to the bedside and, ultimately, the community.
The monthly seminars are jointly sponsored by the UTSA Research Centers in Minority Institutions (RCMI), the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio Institute for Integration of Medicine and Science (IIMS) -- Novel Clinical and Translational Methodologies, and the joint UTSA-UT Health Science Center Graduate Program in Biomedical Engineering. Both UTSA's RCMI program and the Health Science Center's IIMS are supported by the National Center for Research Resources at the National Institutes of Health.
>> Learn more about the Feb. 17 lecture and upcoming seminars at the STRECH Web site.
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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