(Sept. 8, 2010)--Amaury Nora, UTSA professor of educational leadership and policy studies, recently was named associate dean for research in the UTSA College of Education and Human Development.
Nora, who joined UTSA in fall 2009, has spent the last 30 years researching why students drop out of college and said he chose UTSA because it was moving forward in so many areas.
"I'm setting up a research center for student success and would like it to serve as a clearing house for research on Hispanics," said Nora. "I would like to look into college readiness, access into higher education and the whole issue of retention, such as how many of our students are actually staying in college long enough to graduate and go into professional fields."
In May, Nora was among 66 other scholars inducted as American Educational Research Association (AERA) Fellows at the organization's 91st annual meeting in Denver, Colo. AERA Fellows are recognized for their exceptional scientific or scholarly contributions to education research or significant contributions to the field through the development of research opportunities and settings.
The American Educational Research Association is the national interdisciplinary research association for approximately 25,000 scholars who undertake research in education. Founded in 1916, AERA aims to advance knowledge about education, to encourage scholarly inquiry related to education and promote the use of research to improve education and serve the public good.
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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