(Dec. 1, 2010)--The UTSA Office of the Senior Associate Vice President for Research Administration announced today UTSA research compliance coordinators Mike Matamoros '07 and Patrick Hickey have earned the prestigious CIP designation by completing the rigorous Certified Institutional Review Board Professional (CIP) process.
The voluntary certification program allows research professionals to demonstrate they possess the knowledge required to protect the rights and welfare of individuals participating in research studies and ensure those studies are conducted in compliance with government regulations.
The Institutional Review Board (IRB) manages oversight of UTSA research involving human subjects. The IRB develops, implements and monitors procedures to assure the university is compliant with federal, state and other regulations that safeguard the wellbeing of human research subjects. IRB professionals and policy makers committed to improving the quality of human research protection programs established the CIP program in 1999 as the result of a grassroots effort.
More than 1,300 individuals across the nation have been certified through the program administered by the Council for Certification of IRB Professionals. Certification culminates with a four-hour written test covering federal human research protections regulations, Food and Drug Administration regulations, ethical issues in research and research best practices.
"CIP certification came about to recognize the need for professionals working in institutional review boards, given the need for knowledge of research regulations for the protection of human subjects," said Judith Grant, UTSA director of research compliance and integrity. "For UTSA, an IRB [staff] with three CIP-certified professionals enhances the support and expertise we offer researchers working with human subjects and should increase the confidence of outside institutions collaborating with the UTSA IRB when conducting research."
Matamoros joined UTSA's IRB staff in May 2008 after working in the UTSA Graduate School and UTSA Department of Psychology as a reader/grader, research assistant and teaching assistant. He holds a master's degree from UTSA and a bachelor's degree in psychology from Texas State University at San Marcos.
Hickey joined UTSA in January 2010 from the State University of New York Update Medical University, where he was a research compliance coordinator for five years. At SUNY, Hickey and a colleague managed nearly 600 research studies exploring cancer treatments and new investigational drugs and devices. Before working at SUNY, Hickey was a research scientist for the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory. He is a Trinity University graduate with a bachelor's degree in psychology.
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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