(Nov. 11, 2010)--UTSA and the San Antonio Fire Department will collaborate on an emergency-response training exercise from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 16 at the Margaret Batts Tobin Laboratory on the west side of the UTSA Main Campus.
The full-scale, emergency-response exercise will test a potential threat to the high-containment laboratory facility and involve multiple fire trucks and other emergency-response vehicles. The drill fulfills an annual requirement of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for assessing security and emergency-response procedures with these high-containment facilities.
"We want to be sure students, faculty and staff near the site are aware of the activity that will be involved in the training exercise," said Donovan Agans, director of business continuity and emergency management in the UTSA Police Department. "We apologize for any temporary inconvenience as we conduct this important emergency training event."
UTSA high-containment laboratory facilities have ongoing biological research applicable to clinical and diagnostic vaccine development with biological agents that may cause serious or potentially lethal disease after inhalation. Current UTSA research involves bacterial and fungal agents that can cause severe to fatal disease in humans, but for which there are anti-fungal and antibiotic treatments.
For the emergency-response exercise, the San Antonio Fire Department will work with UTSA response personnel from the Office of Business Continuity and Emergency Management, Police Department, and Office of Environmental Health, Safety and Risk Management.
For more information, contact the UTSA Office of Environmental Health, Safety and Risk Management at 210-458-5250.
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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