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UTSA hosts UT System Chancellor's Council Executive Committee Jan. 27-28

photo by Ricardo Romo

From exhibit at UT System Chancellor's Council meeting at UTSA, a photo taken in China by UTSA President Ricardo Romo

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(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,



Dec. 1, 9 a.m.

CITE Venture Competition & Exposition

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

Dec. 3, 5:30 p.m.

UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert

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

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UTSA writes the book on all-digital libraries

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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