(Sept. 22, 2010)--The University of Texas at San Antonio announced today its College of Sciences will receive a five-year, $12 million Research Centers in Minority Institutions (RCMI) grant from the National Institutes of Health to strengthen UTSA basic and applied health research. The funding is one of the largest NIH grants the university has received in its 41-year history.
Over the long term, program administrators believe the new grant will propel UTSA research to groundbreaking progress regarding health disparities, the differing rates diseases occur in various populations.
"This NIH grant is a remarkable achievement for our College of Sciences and the RCMI team of researchers at UTSA," said President Ricardo Romo. "This funding will give us the ability to add new laboratories and acquire the latest scientific equipment so we can continue to advance our ability to improve lives with better health."
"Through the generous support of the National Center for Research Resources at the NIH, we are investing in infrastructure that will serve our researchers well many years into the future," said Andrew Tsin, RCMI program director. "It is our hope that these tools will help us understand the mystery of why some diseases like diabetes and obesity affect certain populations more than others."
The RCMI program has existed for a decade and is a critical component of UTSA's progress toward Tier One research status. The program has helped the university transform strong scientific areas into competitive health research programs. The new funding will support UTSA's evolution to premier research status by expanding resources and infrastructure as outlined in the UTSA strategic plan.
The RCMI grant will fund faculty members whose research has great relevance to human health. Additionally, it will provide funding for advanced scientific equipment and four staffed laboratory facilities to house the equipment. Those facilities include the new Nanotechnology and Human Health Laboratory, where researchers will synthesize nanomaterials for diagnostics, drug and gene delivery, tissue engineering and electron microscopy; the enhanced Protein Biomarkers Laboratory, where scientists will identify and study protein biomarkers for disease diagnosis and targeted therapy including biomarkers specific to minority populations; the Biophotonics Laboratory, where researchers will study biological processes at the molecular level in live cells with exceptional detail; and the Computational Systems Biology Laboratory, where researchers will simulate biological systems, live-cell imaging and protein biomarker research using high-performance computing infrastructure.
>> Learn more about the equipment in each facility at UTSA's RCMI website.
UTSA's RCMI program is one of only 18 RCMI programs at universities across the nation. The University of Texas at San Antonio is one of the fastest growing higher education institutions in Texas and one of nine academic universities and six health institutions in the UT System. As a multicultural institution, UTSA aims to be a national research university providing access to educational excellence and preparing citizen leaders for the global environment.
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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