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UTSA invests $252K in collaborative, multidisciplinary research

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(May 27, 2010)--The UTSA Office of the Vice President for Research has awarded $252,000 to UTSA researchers and their collaborators through the Collaborative Research Seed Grant Program (CRSGP) and the Tenure-track Research Award Competition (TRAC) program.

The funding programs help UTSA faculty establish new, innovative, collaborative and multidisciplinary research programs in one or more of UTSA's five strategic areas of excellence: health, security, energy and the environment, human and social development, and sustainability.

Contingent on next year's funding, these proposals will receive 2011-2012 seed grant money:

FY 2012 Collaborative Research Seed Grant Winners
Award total: $30,000 per project

  • A Novel M2e-based Vaccine to Influenza A Virus
    Co-Principal Investigator: Hans Heidner, Department of Biology, College of Sciences
    Co-Principal Investigator: Blanca Lupiani, Texas A&M
    Researchers will develop a "universal" influenza vaccine for mammalian and avian hosts that does not need to be reformulated every year, as is required for current influenza vaccines.
  • Developing Countermeasures Against Combat Wound Infections
    Co-PI: Tao Wei, Department of Biology, College of Sciences
    Co-PI: Guangming Zhong, University of Texas Health Science Center
    Researchers will develop an effective therapeutic agent to clear Acinetobacter baumannii bacterial infections from combat wounds.
  • Securing the Smart Power Grid
    Co-PI: Shouhuai Xu, Department of Computer Science, College of Sciences
    Co-PI: Chunjiang Qian, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, College of Engineering
    Over the long-term, researchers will invent a holistic solution to securing the smart grid to make the grid resilient to attack.
  • A Framework for Coastal Flows Using Large-Scale Numerical Simulations
    Co-PI: Kiran Bhaganagar, Department of Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering
    Co-PI: Debashis Basu, Southwest Research Institute
    Researchers will use their proprietary direct numerical simulation tool to better predict the transport of sediment over rippled, ridged and dune-like surfaces for coastal flow studies.

FY 2012 Tenure-Track Research Award Competition
Award Maximum: $22,000/project

  • Low Temperature Storage of Platelets for Transfusion
    PI: Anand Ramasubramanian, Department of Biomedical Engineering, College of Engineering
    Researchers aim to understand platelet physiology during low temperature storage, which may extend shelf-life and improve function of platelets compared to current standards.
  • Analyzing the Role of Candida Albicans Filamentation in Vaginal Colonization, Persistence and Capacity to Induce a Local Immune Response
    PI: Stephen Saville, Department of Biology, College of Sciences
    Three-quarters of women will experience a vaginal yeast infection. Our ability to model this disease is hampered because, unlike humans, rodents rapidly clear the fungus. This project will examine whether this is due to differences in the morphology of the infecting Candida albicans cells..
  • Development of Mobile BeeHive Anodes for Increased Power Production in Air-Cathode Microbial Fuel Cell and Their Microbial Profiling
    PI: Ruoting Pei, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering
    Researchers will develop and evaluate a BeeHive anode electrode to increase the power of microbial fuel cells, a promising technology to generate power and treat waste.
  • Innovative Eco-Concrete Sustainable Design Using Peridotite Rocks to Enchance CO2 Absorption
    PI: Samer Dessouky, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering
    Study aims to build environmentally friendly concrete using peridotite, a porous rock type which absorbs carbon dioxide, to reduce green house gas emissions.
  • The Role of Aurora B and Survivin in Human Embryonic Stem Cell Cycle Regulation and Pluripotency
    PI: Christopher Navara, Department of Biology, College of Sciences
    Embryonic stem cells regulate their growth and division in a fashion unlike adult cells and bear many similarities to cancer cells. Researchers will study the role of two regulatory proteins, Aurora B and Survivin, in addition to clarifying cell growth in human embryonic stem cells, early human development and cancer.
  • Large-Scale Mining Development and Agricultural Change in Papua, New Guinea
    PI: Jamon Alex Halvaksz, Department of Anthropology, College of Liberal and Fine Arts
    Researchers will compare changes in agricultural practices in two neighboring Biangai communities in Papua New Guinea, one that receives cash and benefits from industrial gold mining and one that pursues subsistence agriculture.



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For acclaimed UTSA writer, poetry rhymes with life

Robert Penn Warren said: “How do poems grow? They grow out of your life.” That is certainly true for Carmen Tafolla. An associate professor of practice with the UTSA College of Education and Human Development, Tafolla has authored more than 20 acclaimed books of poetry and prose, including "The Holy Tortilla and a Pot of Beans." It won the Tom´s Rivera Children’s Book Award in 2009.

Tafolla is a San Antonio native who grew up on the West Side. Attending a private high school, she realized that the literature did not positively portray her community or the people who lived there. She determined to change that in her writing. In published works for both adults and children — more than 200 anthologies, magazines, journals, textbooks and readers in four languages — Tafolla reflects on the rich Mexican-American culture of San Antonio in which she grew up.

Did you know? Tafolla was San Antonio's first Poet Laureate, from 2012 to 2014, and currently serves as the Poet Laureate of Texas.

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