(March 22, 2010)--George Perry, dean of the UTSA College of Sciences was named a foreign corresponding member of the Spanish Royal Academy of Sciences. Perry is one of the most prolific Alzheimer's disease researchers in the United States and is the 10th most cited Alzheimer's disease researcher in the world.
The Spanish Royal Academy of Science (Real Academia de Ciencias) is one of the world's oldest professional academies. Its exclusive membership includes Nobel prize winners and other world-renowned scientists and mathematicians. Perry joins the Academy's Section of Natural Science, which includes Nobel laureates Edmond Fischer, Francois Jacob, Sydney Brenner and Luc Montagnier.
Academy member Jesus Avila of the Autonomous University of Madrid in Spain nominated Perry for membership in the Spanish Royal Academy of Sciences. Avila is the director of the Spanish university's Severo Ochoa Molecular Biology Institute and for more than 20 years, he and Perry have collaborated on Alzheimer's research and projects.
Similarly, Perry collaborates on Alzheimer's disease research with experts in Portugal, Mexico and Chile, and is editor-in-chief of the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, the leading journal for Alzheimer research and a publication he founded.
"When I was notified of my election to the academy, I was incredibly flattered," said Perry. "While I am honored that my research has made a significant impact in understanding Alzheimer's disease, at UTSA, I hope to make a difference for Hispanic students who want to study science and pursue professional careers in the STEM fields -- science, technology, engineering and mathematics."
The UTSA College of Sciences has grown significantly since Perry joined UTSA in 2006. In just four years, the college has doubled its annual number of publications, research grant expenditures and article citations. Its researchers have appeared in some of the most elite science journals including Nature, Science, The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Journal of Neuroscience and Nature Genetics, among others. Perry has recruited internationally recognized experts to UTSA in cyber security, chemistry and nanotechnology.
Under Perry's leadership, UTSA students have expanded academic opportunities. Since 2006, Perry has supported the addition of joint doctoral programs in physics and biology with other University of Texas institutions. Under his leadership, the College of Sciences serves as one of the greatest sources of training for science, technology, engineering and mathematics high school teachers in South Texas.
The UTSA College of Sciences is the top U.S. grantor of undergraduate biology degrees to Hispanics. It also ranks third among the most effective universities in training Hispanics in the sciences, according to the University of Southern California's Center for Urban Education.
Established in 1847, the Spanish Royal Academy of Sciences is Spain's premier academic society for scientists. Its purpose is to offer a forum for Spanish scientists to discuss their research and establish international collaborations with science's leading experts to support scientific discoveries and advancements. Its general membership includes 54 scientists of Spanish descent, foreign members such as Perry, and national and honorary members.
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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