UTSA Scientists Welcome Texas Public Radio's Ira Flatow, Host of "Science Friday," to San Antonio

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(July 11, 2011)--In an intimate setting at La Fonda on Main, UTSA leaders recently welcomed Texas Public Radio reporter Ira Flatow to San Antonio.

The event included UTSA President Ricardo Romo, College of Sciences Dean George Perry, Professor of Biology and Director of the San Antonio Institute for Cellular and Molecular Primatology John McCarrey and Assistant Professor of Chemistry Doug E. Frantz.

Over what seemed like a quick hour, the group discussed UTSA's growth toward Tier One research status and provided Flatow a sampling of the scientific research underway at UTSA. Perry, ranked among the world's top 10 Alzheimer's disease researchers, presented his research on the oxidative stress theory of Alzheimer's disease. McCarrey, a stem cell and regenerative medicine expert, discussed his progress on the development of a nonhuman primate model for stem cell and regenerative medicine research. Frantz, a medicinal chemist and a relatively new recruit to the UTSA faculty, described his research on small drug-like molecules that target stem cells. The molecules have the potential to treat heart disease and cancer.

At the meeting, Romo also familiarized Flatow with the Texas Sustainable Energy Research Institute, based at UTSA, and the recruitment of Les Shephard, a nationally recognized energy expert who has spoken before Congress on energy and water issues. Under Shephard's direction, the Institute is partnering with a variety of public and private organizations to promote energy education, research and collaboration.

"Ira Flatow produces high quality programming on scientific topics with an immediate impact," said Romo. "We had a wonderful opportunity to discuss some of the world class research projects underway at UTSA and how that work is improving lives."