(May 3, 2012) -- Astrid Cardona, assistant professor of biology and member of the UTSA South Texas Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases, is one of 13 Texas women selected to receive the 2012 Woman of Distinction Award by the Texas Association of Mexican American Chambers of Commerce (TAMACC). The award recognizes the accomplishments and contributions of outstanding Latinas who have made a significant difference in their communities and excelled in their professions.
"Dr. Cardona distinguishes herself by the very high expectations she places on herself and in turn translates to her students and laboratory trainees so they can succeed," said Judy Teale, associate dean in the UTSA College of Sciences. "She is a wonderful role model, an excellent scientist, and the 'complete package,' who will continue to grow and touch many lives."
A native of Colombia, Cardona joined UTSA in 2009 and focuses her research on better understanding the damage that occurs in the brain with chronic diseases such as multiple sclerosis and diabetes. She is the author of more than 25 scientific publications and is a member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Association of Immunologists and the American Society for Neurochemistry.
An active member at the institutional, international and national levels, Cardona has been a reviewer for multiple scientific journals and funding agencies. She also is involved in training graduate and undergraduate students in biomedical research. Her community contributions include leading education and research workshops to reach youths and serving as a judge for conferences and fairs such as the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, the Exxon Mobil Texas Science and Engineering Fair and the John Jay High School Science and Engineering Academy.
Cardona's research is funded by the National Institutes of Health, the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and the San Antonio Area Foundation.
In addition to the TAMACC honor, Cardona has been recognized with the Barbara Stanford Memorial Teaching Award at the UT Health Science Center San Antonio and the F. Merlin Bumpus Junior Investigator Award for Excellence in Basic Science Research at the Cleveland Clinic.
She received a doctoral degree in microbiology and immunology from the UT Health Science Center San Antonio and a bachelor's degree in biology from the University of Antioquia in Medellin, Colombia.
Founded in 1975, TAMACC is a nonprofit corporation dedicated to assisting Hispanic businesses.
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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