(May 10, 2010)--Governor Rick Perry has named UTSA Professor Lloyd Potter state demographer for a term to expire at the pleasure of the governor. Potter will serve as director of the Texas State Data Center (the state demographer's office) housed at The University of Texas at San Antonio.
With a high-profile Latino population, experts say San Antonio is an excellent location for the Texas State Data Center because the city's demographics are predictive of the national demographic trend in coming decades. The center distributes census information for the state as well as Texas population estimates and projections, and information from federal, state and other government sources.
Potter is director of the UTSA Institute for Demographic and Socioeconomic Research, professor of demography and interim chair of the Department of Demography and Organization Studies. His work focuses on understanding and communicating demographic processes in Texas, training doctoral-level applied demographers in public policy and health, and conducting demographic research on public policy and health-related topics.
"UTSA is proud to be the home of the Texas state demographer -- the third from our university," said UTSA President Ricardo Romo. "The governor chose an outstanding researcher who will provide high-quality information and analysis to business and community leaders. With our first doctoral student in applied demography graduating this month, we are excited that Dr. Potter will continue to provide educational opportunities for our graduate students."
"There are about 25 million reasons, among quite a few others, to be proud of Texas. Our people are our greatest asset," said Potter. "As the Texas state demographer, I am thankful to have the opportunity to support state and local policy makers in their efforts to improve the lives of our people by providing them with objective information about the composition, characteristics and distribution of the people of our state."
Potter holds a Ph.D. in demography and sociology from the University of Texas at Austin, a master of public health degree from Emory University, an M.S. degree in education from University of Houston at Clear Lake and a B.S. degree from Texas A&M University,
Before coming to UTSA, he served as director of the National Suicide Prevention Resource Center funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration while working at the Education Development Center Inc. (EDC) in Newton, Mass. At EDC, he was director of the Children's Safety Network funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration. Previously, Potter managed youth violence and suicide prevention efforts at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.
For more information, contact the Office of the Governor at 512-463-2000.
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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