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UTSA and Southwest Research Institute announce Connect program recipients



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(July 7, 2010)--The UTSA Office of the Vice President for Research and Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) announce they will award $180,863 in 2011-2012 Connect program funding to Arturo Ayón, UTSA associate professor of physics and astronomy in the College of Sciences, and Diana Strickland, senior research scientist in the SwRI applied physics division, for their collaborative research proposal, "Fabrication and Analysis of Nanostructures for Two Applications: Hyperlenses and Chirality Sensors."

The funding will allow Ayon and Strickland to develop the fabrication processes and the theoretical and numeric models to design and build advanced materials for two types of nanosensors, ultimately creating new ways to conduct microbiological and molecular research.

Connect is a pilot seed grant program that stimulates inter-organizational research between UTSA and SwRI in advanced materials, chemistry and chemical engineering, energy, environment, security and manufacturing. Through Connect, UTSA and SwRI commit up to $100,000 to fund one or more proposals that involve a minimum of one principal investigator from each organization for research likely to lead to external funding.

"Though the Connect program, SwRI and UTSA have a tremendous potential to positively impact society by exploring ideas that could lead to long-term federal funding and eventual commercialization," said Robert Gracy, UTSA vice president for research. "We are eager to see the impact of this initial funding as Professor Ayon and Ms. Strickland pursue their research."

"We hope that the Connect program will help stimulate the transfer of new discoveries from basic research conducted at UTSA into applied research at SwRI resulting in new and useful technologies for society," said Walter D. Downing, SwRI executive vice president. "The key is finding technologies that are of interest to the faculty and staff of our organizations and also meet the future needs of society."



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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