(July 5, 2010)--Floyd L. Wormley Jr., UTSA associate professor of microbiology and immunoology in the College of Sciences recently was elected president of the Medical Mycological Society of the Americas (MMSA). Medical mycology is the study of fungal organisms that cause infectious diseases. Wormley, 38, is the youngest president in the history of the MMSA, the leading professional organization for mycology researchers in North, Central and South America.
"Collaboration is the key to advancing meaningful, impactful research that benefits public health," said Wormley. "Over the next year, I will encourage international collaborations to increase the number of young scientists in our society and the number of Latin American scientists who join."
As an active researcher and member of the UTSA South Texas Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases, Wormley rapidly has made significant contributions to the medical mycology profession.
As a Ph.D. student at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center (LSUHSC), he researched immune responses to vaginal infections caused by the fungus Candida albicans.
As a post-doctoral fellow at Duke University, his research advanced the understanding of host-pathogen interactions during infections caused by the fungus Cryptococcus neoformans. C. neoformans infections are very dangerous for individuals with compromised immune systems such as AIDS, cancer and transplant patients.
Funded by the National Institutes of Health, Wormley continues his study of C. neoformans at UTSA. Wormley has developed an engineered strain of C. neoformans that not only does not cause disease, but acts as an effective vaccine against Cryptococcus infections in mice.
He expects his research to lead to the development of anti-fungal drugs that protect immune-compromised patients from the infection and to serve as a model for researchers studying other infections caused by fungi.
"I have known Floyd Wormley for a very long time," said Paul Fidel, director of the LSUHSC Center of Excellence in Oral and Craniofacial Biology. "He is one of the most dedicated and resilient investigators I have had the pleasure to know. While still very early in his career he has now been voted by his peers to lead a storied society rich in culture for medical mycology. The MMSA is in excellent hands with Floyd at the helm and will surely be richer for it and significantly stronger as a result of his leadership."
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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