(Jan. 30, 2012) -- The UT System Chancellor's Council Executive Committee conducted its 2012 winter meeting and program Jan. 27-28 at The University of Texas at San Antonio. The group of leaders and key supporters convenes several times annually, rotating the meetings among the 15 UT System institutions.
The purpose of the meetings was to engage in dialogue with UT System Chancellor Francisco G. Cigarroa, M.D., regarding special initiatives and issues of importance to higher education in Texas. With more than 250 members, the committee is the core leadership group that provides direct support and counsel to the chancellor. Membership is by nomination only.
With the theme "Game Changers," the meeting at the UTSA Main Campus included breakout sessions hosted by UTSA professors on a range of research topics including the UTSA VisLab, cybersecurity, stem cell therapy, robotics in medicine, Comanche Indians, presidential politics and the history of France's signature champagne.
After opening remarks by H. Scott Caven Jr., chair of the council, Francisco Cigarroa and UTSA President Ricardo Romo, the committee met Lynn Hickey, UTSA director of athletics, Larry Coker, UTSA head football coach, and several UTSA football student-athletes.
Additionally, the group viewed a photography exhibit about life in modern China featuring work by UTSA President Ricardo Romo and four other Texas photographers who took the photos during a recent China tour. The work of the five Texas photographers was featured in a special exhibit in China. The China exhibit and the UTSA exhibit were curated by Arturo Infante Almeida, UTSA art specialist.
The breakout sessions included:
"Inside the VisLab" -- the Visualization Lab features an HDTV so powerful it can display entire galaxies and molecules, along with a haptic device that enables users to experience the interactive feel of giving a patient an injection and other functions
Presenters: Yusheng Feng, UTSA associate professor of mechanical and biomedical engineering; Harry Millwater Jr., UTSA professor and interim chair, Department of Mechanical Engineering
"Cybersecurity: A National Priority" -- one of the greatest challenges of the 21st century
Presenter: Frederick Chang, UTSA AT&T Distinguished Chair in Infrastructure Assurance and Security
"Unlocking the Promise of Stem Cells" -- New therapies harnessing the regenerative power of stem cells that could help treat heart disease and cancer
Presenter: Doug Frantz, assistant professor of chemistry
"The Science of Saving Lives" -- a robot medic that can roll into danger ahead of human medics to examine a soldier and transmit life signs back to medics
Presenter: William Cooke, M.D., UTSA professor of health and kinesiology, Health Science Center adjunct professor of physiology
"Living History: Comanche Indians" -- contemporary view of life based on experience living in Comanche households
Presenter: Daniel Gelo, dean of UTSA College of Liberal and Fine Arts
"Presidential Campaign Wrap-up" -- analysis of political communication and advertising
Presenter: Amy Jasperson, UTSA associate professor of political science and geography
"When Champagne Became French" -- a look at how a regional product became a symbol of French national identity
Presenter: Kolleen Guy, inaugural UTSA Ricardo Romo Endowed Professor, College of Liberal and Fine Arts, Department of History
"Texas Photographers: Descriptions of China" -- photography by Peter Brown, Al Rendon, Ricardo Romo, Joel Salcido and Ansen Seale, recounting the dynamic culture of China,
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
The UTSA Confucius Institute hosts this lecture series on China's Green Movement with Liu Jianqiang, investigative reporter and former Beijing editor for chinadialogue, and Gary Marcuse, Canadian journalist and documentary filmmaker.
McKinney Humanities Building (MH 2.01.12), Main 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
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