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(March 21, 2011)--With the ultimate goal of securing external funding to support new multidisciplinary energy research, the UTSA Office of the Vice President for Research and the UTSA Texas Sustainable Energy Research Institute will have a mixer for UTSA researchers from 3 to 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 30 in the Business Building University Room (2.06.04) on the Main Campus.

UTSA scholars from all academic disciplines are invited to attend the mixer, which will connect collaborators interested in conducting research focused on photovoltaics and electric transportation with funding opportunities.

The research rally will kick off with a "speed-dating session" allowing scholars to meet and learn more about their colleagues from across UTSA's campuses. Subsequently, the Office of the Vice President for Research will present a discussion of the new Energy Research Grant program, a $100,000 seed-funding initiative to support energy research on a variety of topics including, but not limited to:

  • large-scale solar photovoltaic deployment
  • energy storage/battery technology
  • the economics of transitioning to electric vehicles
  • electric grid issues (e.g.: managing demand response with intermittent energy sources)
  • electric transportation policies, standards, procedures, challenges, consumer responses and economics

Researchers attending the March 30 rally should bring 20 five-by-seven-inch index cards to the speed-dating session. Cards should include the researcher's contact information, research interests, a photo (if desired) as well as a list of what the researcher is looking for in collaboration.

Reservations to attend the March 30 Roadrunner Research Rally are required and should be directed to Jim Massaro at 210-458-6691.


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CITE Venture Competition & Exposition

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

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UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert

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

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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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