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UTSA invests $200,000 in new collaborative research projects in range of fields


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(June 2, 2011)--The UTSA Office of the Vice President for Research has awarded $200,000 to UTSA researchers and their collaborators through the Collaborative Research Seed Grant Program (CRSGP) and the Tenure-track Research Award Competition (TRAC) program.

The funding programs help UTSA faculty establish new, innovative, collaborative and multidisciplinary research programs in one or more of UTSA's five strategic areas of excellence: health, security, energy and the environment, human and social development, and sustainability.

The following proposals, contingent upon next year's funding, will receive 2012-2013 seed grant money:

FY 2013 Collaborative Research Seed Grant Winners
Award total: up to $30,000 per project

"The Latina Paradox: Psychosocial and Sociocultural Aspects of Low Birthweight"
Co-Principal Investigator: Kathryn Fleuriet, UTSA Department of Anthropology
Co-PI: Thankam Sunil, UTSA Department of Sociology

"Fully Integrated Nano-biochip for Rapid and Point-of-Care Medical Diagnosis"
Co-PI: Liang Tang, UTSA Department of Biomedical Engineering
Co-PI: Youngjoong Joo, UTSA Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering

"Soy as an Innovative Dietary Component in Abdominal Obesity Management Among Latinas"
Co-PI: Meizi He, UTSA Department of Health and Kinesiology
Co-PI: Peter Kochunov, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

"BIGH3-Derived Peptides: Mediators of Chronic Inflammation"
Co-PI: Richard LeBaron, UTSA Department of Biology
Co-PI: Reto Asmis, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

FY 2013 Tenure-Track Research Award Competition
Award Maximum: $22,000 per project

"Archaeological Investigations of the Preceramic to Early Preclassic Transition in the Maya Lowlands"
Principal Investigator: M. Kathryn Brown, UTSA Department of Anthropology

"Foundation Protection of Offshore Renewable Energy Infrastructures: A Computational Approach Toward Sustainability and Resilience"
PI: Xiaofeng Liu, UTSA Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering

"Unraveling the Roles of Myogenin in Muscle Cell Differentiation"
PI: Paul Mueller, UTSA Department of Biology

"Systematic Design of Novel Molybdenum-Disulfide Nanocatalysts"
PI: Xochtil Lopez-Lozano, UTSA Department of Physics and Astronomy



Dec. 1, 9 a.m.

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

Dec. 3, 5:30 p.m.

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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UTSA writes the book on all-digital libraries

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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