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(March 11, 2010)--UTSA's faculty astronomers will host another installment in the popular event, "Friday Nights, Celestial Lights," at 7:30 p.m., Friday, March 19 on the UTSA Main Campus. Although the event is during Spring Break, it is free and open to the public, and families are encouraged to attend. Attendees will enjoy a 1960s animated sci-fi show and stargazing with UTSA's telescopes.

The evening begins with a 7:30-8:15 p.m. showing of two episodes of "Fireball XL-5," a British science-fiction series popular with children in the 1960s. The series, which originally aired among Saturday morning cartoons, is appropriate for all ages. The movie will be shown in the Science Building Lecture Hall (2.01.12), which is wheelchair accessible.

Set in the 2060s, the show features the adventures of Supermarionation puppets that cruise around Space City stationed aboard Fireball XL-5, the most popular spaceship in a 30-ship fleet. Throughout the series, the puppets interact with alien civilizations and thwart the plans of evil villains seeking to wreak havoc in the depths of outer space.

At approximately 8:15 p.m., weather permitting, attendees can use UTSA's telescopes including a 15-inch telescope and several 8-inch Cassegrain telescopes. Night viewing will be from the Science Building fourth-floor patio, which is wheelchair accessible. If the sky is clear, constellations such as Orion, Canis Major and Ursa Major will be visible, along with the Orion Nebula, Mars, the Pleiades and a crescent moon.

UTSA's monthly "Friday Nights, Celestial Lights" events began in 2009 as a celebration of the International Year of Astronomy, commemorating the 400th anniversary of Galileo Galilei using a telescope to observe the heavens. The series is sponsored by the UTSA Department of Physics and Astronomy.

For more information, contact Professor Eric Schlegel at 210-458-6425 or lecturer Mark Jurena at 210-458-4922.



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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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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