(April 26, 2010)--The UTSA Office of the Provost and the College of Sciences will host the Provost's Distinguished Lecture at 6 p.m., Wednesday, April 28 in the Main Building Auditorium (0.104) on the Main Campus. National Medal of Science laureate and University of California, Irvine endowed professor Francisco J. Ayala will speak on "Darwin's Gift to Sciences and Religion." The lecture is free and open to the public.
As a former Dominican priest and the Donald Bren Professor of Biological Sciences, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of California, Irvine (UCI), Ayala has a unique understanding of the roles of science and religion in society. For more than 30 years, he has cautioned scientists and religious leaders about the dangers of battling over the meaning of evolution. Instead, he says the disciplines must recognize they are independent and that both can benefit from the explanations evolution has to offer. His views are explained in detail in his book, "Darwin's Gift to Science and Religion."
Recently, Ayala received the 2010 Templeton Prize, a $1.5 million award honoring individuals whose work supports the spiritual realm. Ayala will travel to England to accept the prize May 5 at Buckingham Palace.
While in San Antonio, Ayala also will deliver for scientists a technical lecture on the evolutionary origin of malaria. A 1964 alumnus of Columbia University, Ayala has devoted his life to researching topics in evolutionary genetics. His team is investigating the origin of parasitic diseases such as malaria, leishmaniasis, Chagas disease and sleeping sickness.
Ayala's technical lecture will be 4 p.m., Thursday, April 29 in the Business Building Richard Liu Auditorium (2.01.02) on the UTSA Main Campus.
Learn more about the lectures at the UTSA College of Sciences website.
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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