(Feb. 5, 2010)--The World Cultural Council (Consejo Cultural Mundial), headquartered in Mexico City, is accepting nominations for the 2010 Albert Einstein World Award of Science and the Jose Vasconcelos World Award of Education. The deadline for nominations is Feb. 25. The awards will be presented Nov. 16 at the Universite de Liege in Belgium.
Award nominations must be endorsed through directors of institutes and organizations and university presidents or chancellors, among other leaders.
>> Read the nomination criteria at the award nominations Web site.
"One of the council's aims is to contribute by giving visibility to those often unknown figures working incessantly for the benefit of mankind, who could serve as excellent examples to students and the coming generations," said Lillyan Hernandez, World Cultural Council secretary general.
The World Cultural Council establishes relations among the most important scientific, cultural, educational and social institutions throughout the world. The council collects data and research aimed at improving the social, cultural, moral and spiritual advancement of humankind.
The Albert Einstein World Award for Science was created as a means of recognition and incentive for scientific and technological research and development. It takes into special consideration research that has brought benefit and wellbeing to mankind. The recipient is selected by the Interdisciplinary Committee, which includes world-renowned scientists, among them 25 Nobel laureates. The award consists of a diploma, a commemorative medal and $10,000.
The work of Albert Einstein is the most representative example of the search for understanding of the fundamental scientific laws of nature. Einstein was born in Ulm, Germany, in 1879. In 1916, he published "The General Theory of Relativity," which advanced scientific work in the area of theoretical physics. Among his important contributions are "The Inertia Principle of Energy" and "The Quantum Law in the Emission and Absorption of Light." In 1921, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for his photoelectric law.
The Jose Vasconcelos World Award for Education acknowledges educators who are authorities in the field of teaching or legislators of education policies who have had a significant influence on the advancement in the scope of culture for mankind. The jury includes members of the Interdisciplinary Committee and a group of distinguished educators. The award grants a diploma, a commemorative medal and $10,000.
Vasconcelos was a Mexican educator, essayist and philosopher. He served as rector of the University of Mexico, after which he was appointed minister of public education (1920-1924). During that time, he initiated major reforms in the Mexican school system, particularly expanding the rural school program.
The objectives of the World Cultural Council are:
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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