(March 15, 2012) -- The University of Texas at San Antonio College of Sciences announces the appointment of John McCarrey, Ph.D., as the Robert and Helen Kleberg Distinguished Chair in Cellular and Molecular Biology. The position, which supports UTSA's growth toward Tier One research status, is funded by a $1.5 million gift from the Robert J. Kleberg Jr. and Helen C. Kleberg Foundation.
Previously the Jane and Roland Blumberg Professor of Biology, McCarrey is the director of the San Antonio Institute for Cellular and Molecular Primatology and professor of biology at UTSA. His area of research expertise is in stem cells and regenerative medicine.
Under McCarrey's leadership, stem cell research in the UTSA College of Sciences is emerging as an area of excellence. Three new junior faculty members have joined the institute in the last three years, and there is a growing interest in the area among students. At the most recent college-wide research conference, more than a dozen UTSA students presented research in the area of stem cells.
McCarrey holds joint appointments at the UT Health Science Center San Antonio and at the Texas Biomedical Research Institute, and he is an affiliate scientist of the Southwest National Primate Research Center. He is working with researchers at the two San Antonio institutions as well as experts at Harvard University to develop a nonhuman primate model for studying stem cells and regenerative medicine.
The Robert and Helen Kleberg Chair not only will support McCarrey but also will provide a network for training future scientists as several graduate students, undergraduates and postdoctoral fellows will work with him. The position offers a permanent stream of support for critical research, ensuring the continuity of long-term projects.
"This gift provides a tremendous boost to the momentum we're gaining in this area of research," said George Perry, dean of the College of Sciences. "Dr. McCarrey is a stellar researcher under whose guidance we are sure to excel. We are honored to receive support from the Robert and Helen Kleberg Foundation to realize this appointment."
The Kleberg Foundation is a longtime supporter of the College of Sciences. Previous grants allowed for the purchase of three electron microscopes including Helenita, the world's most powerful electron microscope, capable of producing images smaller than one atom. The microscope is named after Helen K. Groves, president of the foundation, known to her friends and family as Helenita.
"The foundation has been and continues to be a great partner in the success of our college, university and the greater community," said Perry. "We value their friendship and confidence in our efforts."
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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