(Dec. 15, 2010)--It will take a 24-hour flight, 11-hour layover and a seven-hour train ride for Nazrul Hoque to make history, but the professor in the UTSA College of Public Policy Department of Demography and Organization Studies is ready.
Hoque, who leaves Dec. 15, is the first faculty member in COPP to be selected as a Fulbright recipient. His selection will take him to his home of Bangladesh, where he will teach applied demography courses and conduct research at his alma mater, the University of Rajshahi in Bangladesh. He will return to UTSA in April 2011.
"I am greatly honored by the opportunity Fulbright has given me to return to my alma mater to teach and conduct research," said Hoque. "I am humbled at being invited to learn from and share my experiences in this global community of learning, and I hope my contribution as a Fulbright recipient will make a difference in this scholarly exchange program."
Hoque said his stay will take him away from his usual responsibilities of teaching and research, but his colleagues have graciously agreed to collaborate with him by phone and Internet to share in his tasks.
"I deeply appreciate their support," he said, adding that he could not complete this task without that level of loyalty and commitment from his longtime colleagues.
"Dr. Hoque is a valued member of our faculty for his exceptional teaching, cutting edge demographic research, and his service to the work of the Texas State Data Center," said Lloyd Potter, director of the UTSA Institute for Demographic and Socioeconomic Research.
"We'll miss him in the spring, but are very excited for him and the opportunity this scholarship will provide to allow him to advance his research agenda. Our faculty and students will certainly benefit from his experiences upon his return," he added.
Hoque wears many hats at UTSA. He is an assistant professor in the Department of Demography and Organization Studies, associate director for estimates and projections with the Texas State Data Center, and is a faculty research associate with the Institute for Demographic and Socioeconomic Research.
In addition to teaching and research, Hoque plans to conduct applied demography-related seminars in Bangladesh, work on publishing a few articles and develop a collaborative research proposal with his future colleagues in the Department of Population Science and Human Resource at the University of Rajshahi.
The Fulbright program is an international educational exchange fostered by the U.S. government to increase mutual understanding between the United States and other countries. Sen. J. William Fulbright of Arkansas established the program in 1946.
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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