(Sept. 1, 2011)--With the beginning of Roadrunner football in fall 2011, the Institute of Texan Cultures is examining the sport in depth with "Football: The Exhibit" on display through Tuesday, Sept. 13. The traveling exhibit takes a look at the science behind the game. With a closer look, a spectator can see physics and math at work in the stable flight of a pass or the force of a tackle.
"The physics and math at work in a game of football are extraordinary," said Lupita Barrera, director of education and interpretation at the museum. "But, we're not going to show you a lot of equations on a blackboard. Football is a contact sport and this is a contact exhibit."
The football exhibit is hands-on from beginning to end. Visitors can test their strength against a lineman with a grip tester. They can test reaction times against sound and light cues and compare to their friends and family members. They also can race on a track against lights that move at the speed of professional players.
In addition to the hidden layers of science and math, football has created a cultural phenomenon. The game has spawned devoted fans who grew up with the game, from peewee leagues to the NFL. A portion of the exhibit showcases the history of the game and its associated traditions.
A special section, designed by the Institute of Texan Cultures, takes a closer look at football in Texas. Few places can claim such devotion to the game or to have such an entrenched football culture as the Lone Star State. The museum explored the role football culture plays in Texans' lives by asking a wide cross-section of people the simple question, "What does football mean to you?" Responses from players, coaches, cheerleaders, bandsmen, fans, parents and others shed light on the motivations and inspirations behind football evolving from a game into a way of life.
"Texans do football better than anyone else on earth," said Rhett Rushing, oral history program coordinator at the museum and researcher for the project. "No one on earth invests as much of their spirit, energy and even self worth into football like Texans. Football brings people together is ways we cannot explain and don't try to. It defines us as dreamers, as hard workers, as the best we can be. Football means everything in Texas."
"Football: The Exhibit" is a traveling exhibit organized by the Arkansas Museum of Discovery. The Institute of Texan Cultures is on the UTSA HemisFair Park Campus, 801 E. Cesar Chavez Blvd., a short distance from the Alamo and the River Walk.
Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Saturday; noon-5 p.m., Sunday. Admission is $8 for adults (ages 12-64); $7 for seniors (ages 65+); $6 for children (ages 3-11); and free with membership or UTSA or Alamo Colleges identification. For more information, call 210-458-2300 or visit TexanCultures.com.
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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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