(July 12, 2011)--Mauli Agrawal, dean of The University of Texas at San Antonio College of Engineering, joined San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro and other San Antonio representatives in witnessing a historic moment between Israel and the Alamo City.
Castro, along with BioMed SA President Ann Stevens, signed a memorandum of intent with BioJerusalem to begin building relationships to benefit the biomedical sectors of both regions. The agreement was the culmination of a weeklong economic mission to Israel by representatives of the San Antonio academic, medical and business sectors.
"This agreement with Jerusalem continues a long San Antonio tradition of forging mutually beneficial relationships with international cities," Castro said. "By sharing the intellectual capital each city possesses in the biomedical sector, we are each positioning ourselves for further innovation and economic growth."
BioMed SA will work with the leadership of BioJerusalem over the next couple of years to identify areas of complementary strengths and to facilitate collaboration between companies and institutions.
In addition to Agrawal, the 2010 recipient of BioMed SA's Julio Palmaz Award for Innovation in Healthcare and the Biosciences, San Antonio representatives included Steven A. Davis, medical director for the Dermatology & Laser Center of San Antonio and co-chair of the BioMed SA Asset Initiative; and Richard Perez, president of the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce and BioMed SA treasurer.
Now in its sixth year of operation as a nonprofit industry cluster organization, supported in part by the City of San Antonio, BioMed SA has represented the local biomedical sector on economic missions to several nations including Canada, Mexico, Japan, and most recently China, to enhance San Antonio's reputation as a city of science and health. Its memorandum of intent with BioJerusalem is the first such agreement BioMed SA has signed.
BioMed SA was founded in 2005 by former Mayor Henry Cisneros and the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce to accelerate sector growth, create regional economic benefit, and contribute to the health of San Antonio and beyond by establishing the city as a healthcare and bioscience leader.
BioJerusalem is an initiative of the Jerusalem Development Authority, created to help fuel the economic development of life science resources in the city.
Dr. Gaye Theresa Johnson, associate professor of Chicana and Chicano Studies, and African American Studies, at the University of California at Los Angeles is the guest speaker at this free, open event. Johnson is also the author of "Spaces of Conflict Sounds of Solidarity: Music, Race, and Spacial Entitlement in Los Angeles" and "Futures of Black Radicalism."
University Center, Denman Room (UC 02.01.28), Main Campus
The UTSA Consortium for Social Transformation; African American Studies Program presents guest speaker Dr. Gaye Theresa Johnson, associate professor of Chicana and Chicano Studies, and African American Studies, University of California at Los Angelesand author of "Spaces of Conflict Sounds of Solidarity: Music, Race, and Spacial Entitlement in Los Angeles" and "Futures of Black Radicalism." The event is free and open to the public.
University Center, Denman Room (UC 2.01.28), Main Campus
The UTSA Honors College hosts a sneak CineFestival preview of the documentary Somos Lengua, a new documentary about the Mexican hip hop scene. Jim Mendiola, the CineFestival Director, will screen the movie and present a festival overview.
University Center, Bexar Room (UC 1.102), Main Campus
Grab your friends, family, kids and dog for this annual fun run on the UTSA Main Campus benefititng the UTSA Alumni Association.
Convocation Center, Main Campus
Join the Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching for the 13th annual Storytelling Festival. The festival will feature keynote speaker Carolina Quiroga-Stultz, a Colombian Storyteller and journalist. This event is free and open to the public.
Main Building, ground floor, Main Campus
The IDS Colloquium showcases the excellent scholarship done by the IDS students in the College of Education and Human Development at UTSA. In addition, this event also honors the legacy of Dr. Marian Martinello.
Business Building, University Room (BB 2.06.04), Main Campus
The Department of Biology and the Be the Match Team will collaborate to engage and educate our students in the importance of a life saving donation through peripheral blood stem cells and a marrow harvest.
UC Paseo and Central Plaza, Main Campus
UTSA welcomes the Italian-born duo Bandini-Chiacchiaretta. They've toured the world performing Argentine Tango music on guitar and bandoneon, the instrument of Astor Piazzolla. Tickets are $10 or free with UTSA Student I.D.
Arts Building, Recital Hall (ARTS 2.03.02), Main Campus
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