(Aug. 11, 2010)--Damon Cardenas, a San Antonio native who entered the Ph.D. program in biomedical engineering this fall, is the recipient of the 2010-2011 Louise and Michael Beldon Doctoral Scholarship. UTSA offers the Ph.D. program in biomedical engineering jointly with the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. For donors Louise Beldon and Mike Beldon, Cardenas' qualifications and his appreciation for the excellent faculty and laboratory facilities at both institutions strengthens their commitment to support UTSA's vision to become a premier research university.
"We have been so impressed with the previous three Beldon scholars and the successful progress they are making toward obtaining their doctorate degrees that we decided it was a sound philanthropic investment to make a multi-year commitment to sustain this annual scholarship award," said Mike Beldon.
Cardenas discovered a strong interest in the neurological basis for human paralysis while obtaining his electrical engineering degree from a local private university. "One of the most prominent issues on my mind is the occurrence of paralysis," he said. "I cannot imagine what it would be like to live life unable to move my arms or legs, or worse, nothing below my neck."
According to Cardenas, pursuing his graduate work at UTSA is appealing because of the university's commitment to research excellence.
"Through engineering, there is the potential to change the world with the development of new technology and physical techniques," he said. "The changes you make are typically specific to the field of engineering, and I would like to focus my research in the field of micro-imaging. The scholarship allows me the freedom to concentrate on my work and gives me a significant boost in my motivation and inspiration to become a successful researcher."
Attracted by the scholarship support he was awarded, Cardenas also had personal reasons for continuing his graduate studies at UTSA.
"San Antonio has always been my home, and despite anticipating future travels through the course of my professional and educational careers, it will always be my home," he said. "I come from a family who claim UTSA as their alma mater, including my parents, and I would love to contribute to our family's Roadrunner legacy of achievements."
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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