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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."

 

 

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Football standouts make Roadrunner history

For Ashaad Mabry and Triston Wade, football is not just a passing fancy. Both players were part of the UTSA football program almost from the beginning. When UTSA opens the 2015 season Thursday at Arizona, it will be the first time the Roadrunners take the field without them. But Mabry and Wade will still be playing football; their uniforms will just be a different color.

Mabry, a defensive tackle from San Antonio's MacArthur High School, was an honorable mention All-Conference USA selection his final two seasons as a Roadrunner and second among the team's defensive linemen with 49 tackles last year. Wade, a defensive back from Tyler, was the most decorated player in school history. He was a semifinalist for the 2014 Jim Thorpe Award – for the nation's top defensive back – a three-time all-conference honoree and two-year team captain who set a school record of 293 tackles in his career. Both men had outstanding college careers that allowed them to make UTSA history.

Did you know? Mabry and Wade both agreed to terms as undrafted free agents with the New Orleans Saints and Seattle Seahawks, respectively, becoming the first UTSA players to move to the professional ranks.

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