(May 11, 2010)--Through the generous support of a $1.2 million gift from the Robert J. Kleberg Jr. and Helen C. Kleberg Foundation, the world's most powerful microscope is now up and running at The University of Texas at San Antonio. The JEOL transmission electron microscope model JEM-ARM200F will propel the development of new cancer therapies and disease treatments by allowing nanotechnology researchers to see samples magnified 20 million times their original size.
"We now have access to resolutions that will give us a tremendous scientific advantage to solve problems that need to be attacked," said Miguel Yacaman, professor and chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy in the UTSA College of Sciences. "We'll be able to watch nanoparticles behave one atom at a time. This is the Holy Grail for us."
UTSA will house the new microscope in the Kleberg Advanced Microscopy Laboratory, a specially designed space on the Main Campus that inhibits intrusive vibrations. Its atomic resolution will propel world-class research in nanotechnology, biology, chemistry, geology, engineering and medicine. Yacaman's team of researchers already is using the microscope to study how to develop optimally shaped nanoparticles that will be placed on a tumor and with an infra-red laser will pinpoint and burn away the damaged cells without harming surrounding healthy cells.
UTSA also will use the microscope to study Alzheimer's disease, to develop new materials and for many other applications. The microscope will be accessible to researchers around the world, operating every day around the clock. The ARM200F, nicknamed "Helenita" for Helen Groves, is the fourth UTSA microscope to be funded by the Robert J. Kleberg Jr. and Helen C. Kleberg Foundation and the seventh addition to the university's microscopy lab.
"The board of the Kleberg Foundation is pleased to have been part of bringing this state-of-the art microscope to the wonderful state of Texas and UTSA to enable UTSA and its researchers to continue to advance their knowledge for the benefit of all of us in South Texas and beyond, and I'm honored to have the microscope named after me." said Helen Groves, president of the Robert J. Kleberg Jr. and Helen C. Kleberg Foundation.
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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