(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.
The conference is dedicated to sharing recent knowledge and experiences gained in the area of Big Data by researchers in academia, industry and the government sectors within the areas of business, national security, infrastructure, healthcare and visualization.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom (HUC 1.104), Main Campus
Former National Security Advisor Susan Rice, via webcast, will examine America’s economic, political and security relations with China during CHINA Town Hall, an 80-city live discussion and Q&A on China and Sino-American relations.
Building Building, Richard Liu Auditorium (BB 2.01.02), Main Campus
The African American Studies program proudly presents William "Cruz" Shaw, San Antonio City Councilman and UTSA Alumnus. Event is free and open to the public.
University Center, Retama Auditorium (UC 2.02.02), Main Campus
The graduate fair is an opportunity for the UTSA student body and local San Antonio community to learn about graduate education opportunities. The event is free and open to the public.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom (1.104), Main Campus
President Taylor Eighmy is inviting all UTSA students to "Pizza With The Prez." Come grab a slice of pizza and take the opportunity to introduce yourself to the President. Pizza while supplies last.
Frio Street Building, Food Court Commons Area, Downtown Campus
President Taylor Eighmy is inviting all UTSA faculty and staff to "Tacos With Taylor." Take the opportunity to introduce yourself to the President at any one of these casual meet and greets.
Biotechnology, Science and Engineering Building atrium, Main Campus
The College of Engineering Student Council and the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce host this fun and education event. Erika Camacho is the keynote speaker. Children and families are welcome.
East Campus Parking Lot, Valero Way, Main Campus
UTSA Arbor Day event where volunteers will plant trees and give away 100 sapling trees to neighbors in the surrounding communities.
Brackenridge Ave. Lot 5, Main Campus
The University of Texas at San Antonio is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge through research and discovery, teaching and learning, community engagement and public service. As an institution of access and excellence, UTSA embraces multicultural traditions and serves as a center for intellectual and creative resources as well as a catalyst for socioeconomic development and the commercialization of intellectual property - for Texas, the nation and the world.
To be a premier public research university, providing access to educational excellence and preparing citizen leaders for the global environment.
We encourage an environment of dialogue and discovery, where integrity, excellence, inclusiveness, respect, collaboration and innovation are fostered.