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UTSA, UTHSC researchers named finalists for UT System chancellor's award

Guangming Zhong and Bernard Arulanadam
Ashlesh Murthy

Top photo: Guangming Zhong and Bernard Arulanandam
Bottom photo: Ashlesh Murthy

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(April 13, 2010)--For research which led to a licensing agreement with Merck and Company to develop a chlamydia vaccine, Bernard Arulanandam, UTSA professor of microbiology and immunology; Ashlesh Murthy, Ph.D. '06, UTSA research assistant professor; and Guangming Zhong, M.D., UT Health Science Center and San Antonio professor of microbiology and immunology, were named one of three finalist groups in the University of Texas System Chancellor's Entrepreneurship and Innovation Awards program. The three groups of finalists were honored last month in Arlington, Texas.

"Doctors Murthy, Zhong and I were very humbled when we learned we were finalists in the Chancellor's Entrepreneurship and Innovation Awards program," said Arulanandam, who with Murthy belongs to the UTSA South Texas Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases. "We have been working for years in the laboratory to develop an effective vaccine candidate to prevent chlamydia infections. It means so much to us to be recognized for our efforts."

"This kind of recognition and encouragement goes a long way in motivating young faculty to achieve excellence," said Murthy.

Caused by the bacterium Chlamydia trachomatis, chlamydia is the most frequently reported sexually transmitted disease in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 2.3 million people between ages 14 and 39 are infected with the bacterium, which can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease, ectopic pregnancy, serious complications for newborn infants and infertility.

South Texas Technology Management (STTM), UTSA and UTHSC nominated Arulanandam, Murthy and Zhong for the UT System chancellor's award to recognize their collaborative research, which demonstrates that a vaccine composed of a select group of recombinant C. trachomatis antigens can accelerate clearance of genital chlamydial infections and preserve female reproductive function in animals.



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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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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