(Oct. 28, 2011) -- Scholars, students, Region 20 educators and members of the Defense Language Institute gathered at the UTSA Main Campus Oct. 25 for "The Bilingual Brain," a research symposium featuring some of the country's top bilingual brain scholars. The symposium was hosted by the UTSA Neurosciences Institute.
A panel of some of the country's leading bilingual brain researchers discussed their research and fielded questions from scholars and others.
Judith Kroll, distinguished professor of psychology, linguistics and women's studies and director of the Center for Language Science at Pennsylvania State University, discussed research suggesting that the bilingual brain inhibits its first language when it juggles two languages.
Nicole Wicha, assistant professor of biology at UTSA and assistant professor of the Research Imaging Institute at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, discussed how the bilingual brain gets to the meaning of words.
Lee Osterhout, professor of psychology and director of the Cognitive Neuroscience of Language Lab at the University of Washington, spoke on what the brain's electrical activity says about how people learn (and forget) a second language.
Karen Emmorey, professor of speech, language and hearing sciences and director of the Laboratory for Language and Cognitive Neuroscience at San Diego State University, described how the bimodal, bilingual brain works when language is spoken and signed.
Following the four research presentations, the UTSA Neurosciences Institute led a panel discussion, which will be available on its website.
"The Bilingual Brain" was sponsored by the UTSA Neurosciences Institute and the Specialized Neuroscience Research Program, which is supported by the National Institutes of Health.
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
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
Graduate student uses storytelling to highlight important issues facing children
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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