(April 6, 2011)--In 2009, UTSA became a founding member of the Indo-U.S. Public-Private Joint Center on Biomaterials for Health Care, funded by the Indo-U.S. Science and Technology Forum. The center connects biomedical engineering researchers and students from top universities in the United States and India to improve public health through the development of artificial organs made from biomaterials.
Two years later, UTSA and the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IIT Kanpur) are nurturing that research partnership through a live international seminar series on topics of interest in biomedical engineering. Seminar topics are translational and generally related to medicine and health. Past topics include bioengineering technology and vaccine delivery.
Free and open to the public, a seminar is conducted the first Wednesday morning each month in Business Building Room 3.04.18 on the UTSA Main Campus. UTSA and IIT Kanpur conduct the seminar series by videoconference, allowing both audiences to hear and interact live with the featured speaker, despite being separated by 8,600 miles and 10.5 hours.
UTSA participants attend the seminars in the morning, while it is evening at IIT Kanpur. The two institutions rotate speaker coordination, ensuring attendees have PowerPoint slides to facilitate learning.
"Our biomedical engineering seminars with IIT Kanpur are extremely popular," said Anson Ong, UTSA's USAA Foundation Distinguished Professor and chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering. "We have had as few as 30 attendees, but we've also had seminars where students have been sitting on the floor because the room is packed. It just depends on the topic."
The UTSA College of Engineering offers world-class education and research opportunities to nearly 2,600 undergraduate, master's and graduate students pursuing careers in biomedical engineering, civil and environmental engineering, electrical and computer engineering and mechanical engineering. In 2010, the UTSA College of Engineering was ranked seventh in the top 10 graduate programs in engineering by Hispanic Businessmagazine.
In addition to the international seminar series, UTSA and IIT Kanpur participate in an exchange program, allowing researchers and students from each institution to visit their international counterparts to conduct biomedical research.
>> Learn more at the UTSA Biomedical Engineering website.
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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