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(March 1, 2011)--To increase efficiency and productivity on UTSA campuses and help advance the university toward Tier One research status, the Office of the Vice President for Research announces a strategic restructuring.

Under the new organization, the existing Office of Sponsored Programs and Office of Contracts and Industrial Agreements will merge to become the Office of Grants, Contracts and Industrial Agreements (OGCIA). James Casey will direct the new office, which will:

  • Manage all UTSA grants, contracts and industrial agreements
  • Identify funding opportunities and sponsors
  • Prepare budgets
  • Develop, route and submit funding proposals
  • Develop, submit and negotiate memoranda of understanding, memoranda of agreement, nondisclosure agreements and material transfer agreements
  • Monitor and train UTSA departmental research administrators

The Office of Post Award Research Administration, currently a sub-unit within the Office of Sponsored Programs, will become the Office of Post Award Administration. It will be managed by Jean Cody and responsible for:

  • Award set-up
  • Ensuring UTSA compliance with federal, state and other sponsor terms and conditions
  • Time and effort certification
  • Program income, ProCard compliance, cost-sharing and cost transfers
  • Close-outs

Additionally, UTSA introduces the Office of Research Advancement and Enhancement (ORAE). Under the direction of Noe Saldana, the ORAE will:

  • Develop and expand UTSA's relationships with state and federal funding organizations
  • Work with the Office of Development to increase UTSA's private funding levels
  • Work with the Office of Business Affairs to represent research in the design and implementation of PeopleSoft
  • Ensure UTSA compliance with federal research regulations
  • Increase UTSA's extramural funding through the development and distribution of Discovery magazine and other research publications to government agencies, commercial and academic research partners
  • Develop and implement research seminars
  • Organize and conduct grantsmanship workshops

Also, Angela Cooke will permanently join the UTSA Downtown Campus as assistant director of research administration.

"Texas taxpayers invest a significant amount of funding in public universities," said Robert Gracy, UTSA vice president for research. "As UTSA moves toward Tier One research status, it is critical that we become more productive and more efficient with our time and resources. We expect this reorganization to have a positive impact on the daily activities of our researchers so that they have more time for the teaching and research we recruited them to do."

 

 

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Feb. 5, 6:15 p.m.

First Friday Stargazing

The UTSA Department of Physics and Astronomy's Curtis Vaughan Observatory will offer free stargazing for the public beginning on top of the 4th floor of the Flawn Science Building. Experienced astronomers will be on hand to show a variety of astronomical objects and answer any questions. This event is free and open to the public, so feel free to invite friends and family.
Curtis Vaughan Observatory

Feb. 6, All Day

10th annual San Antonio Writing Project Teachers' Conference

This year's keynote speaker is Donalyn Miller, author of The Book Whisper. The event will feature breakout sessions and a presentation by the Creative Writers from North East School of the Arts. The event is free and open to all teachers from Pre-K through university level. Attendees can earn a certificate for 3 hours of Professional Development Credit.
Riklin Auditorium (FS1.406), Downtown Campus

Feb. 9, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. & 6 - 9 p.m.

Rowdy Gras 2016

The UTSA community is invited to attend the 3rd annual Rowdy Gras celebration! This year Rowdy Gras includes a daytime event from 11 a.m. -1 p.m. with a free food tasting and music on the UC Paseo. The main event takes place from 6 - 9 p.m. in the UC Lawn. The event includes free food, live jazz music, activities and giveaways.
University Center Paseo & Lawn, UTSA Main Campus

Feb. 10, 5:30 p.m.

UTSA College of Architecture, Construction and Planning 2015-16 Speaker Series

The UTSA College of Architecture, Construction and Planning’s 2015-16 Speaker Series continues with Dana Cuff, Ph.D., a professor of architecture and urbanism at the University of California, Los Angeles. In her talk, Cuff will discuss new forms of “studio” and new types of practices. Free and open to the public.
Aula Canaria Lecture Hall (BV 1.328), UTSA Downtown Campus

Feb. 13, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

29th annual Asian Festival - Year of the Monkey

The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures invites Texas and Texans to the Asian Festival. What began as a traditional family reunion for the Chinese New Year has expanded to include other Asian communities and participants, showcasing their unique culture and traditions.
The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures

Feb. 13, 1 p.m.

2016 Interdisciplinary Studies Colloquium

Join the UTSA Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching in celebrating interdisciplinary inquiry at the 2016  Interdisciplinary Studies Colloquium.  The colloquium will include a panel of faculty and recent doctoral graduate and a showcase of the best IDS undergraduate inquiry projects of the year 2015. The event is free and open to the public.
Business Building (BB 2.06.04), UTSA Main Campus

Feb. 23, 5:30 p.m.

African-American Social Welfare Pioneers Responding to Community Needs

The UTSA College of Public Policy presents the Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series featuring Dr. Iris Carlton-LaNey, Professor of the School of Social Work at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Dr. Iris Carlton LaNey will speak to the UTSA community about the role and impact of African-Americans in the social work profession.
Buena Vista Theater (BV 1.326), Downtown Campus

Feb. 23, 7 p.m.

Presentation and Book Signing with Luis Carlos Montalvan

Please join us for a presentation and book signing by Luis Carlos Montalván (Fmr. Capt., USA), author of the New York Times Bestseller Until Tuesday and the international award-winning childrens book Tuesday Tucks Me In. His books will be available for purchase at the UTSA Bookstore. This event is free and open to the public.
Southwest Room (DB 1.124), Downtown Campus

Feb. 25, 6 p.m.

12th Annual Black Heritage Gala

The 12th Annual Black Heritage Gala is a formal event which includes a student performance, keynote remarks by Michael Brown, an award presentation, dinner and dancing. Tickets are $10 for UTSA students and $15 for all other guests. Tickets are on sale now at Roadrunner Express. Contact (210) 458-4770 for more information.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom, Main Campus

Feb. 27, 9 a.m.

Cultural Contrasts in Latin America

The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures will host a free workshop focusing on teaching Latin American culture and geography for students seeking their teacher certification. The workshop includes free resources for teaching Latin American subject matter as well as presentations on language, identity, music, geography, and political and developmental history, and a special educators’ tour of the museum’s Los Tejanos exhibit. Free with registration.
The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures (ITC 3.01.02)


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