(April 8, 2010)--Researchers including UTSA associate professors of mechanical engineering Hai-Chao Han and Yusheng Feng and Merry Lindsey, associate professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSC), have received a five-year, $1.8 million RO1 grant from the National Institutes of Health. The researchers will study the causes of arterial tortuosity, also known as artery twisting or curling.
The research will lead to treatments for varicose veins and twisted arteries. Varicose veins affect 25 million Americans and nearly half of all women, according to the National Institutes of Health. Twisted arteries are associated with atherosclerosis, which occurs when fatty tissue deposits cause hardened arteries and leads to coronary heart disease, the leading cause of death in the United States, according to the American Heart Association.
In collaboration with researchers at UTHSC and Georgia Tech, Han's team will research how blood flow and pressure changes in the body contribute to arterial curling. Moreover, they will observe, quantify and model how an artery's cells and wall adapt to its new buckled state.
The NIH RO1 awards are reserved for proposals that present significant background research, making funding very difficult to win. Han is grateful for the help from his colleagues and staff, and is particularly proud of his student researchers who contributed to the baseline research reported in the proposal.
They include undergraduate engineering majors Cesar Fierro, Shawn Lamm and Rick Martinez; engineering graduate students Parag Datir and Yang Zhao; and biomedical engineering doctoral students Yong-Ung Lee, Avione Northcutt and Justin Garcia.
"I have been very fortunate to have a good group of students in my laboratory from year to year," says Han. "Both my undergraduates and my graduate students have made significant contributions to our laboratory's overall understanding of artery tortuosity. They are to be commended for their work and should be very proud our laboratory has received this funding."
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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