(June 20, 2012) -- With support from UTSA President Ricardo Romo and under the guidance of Provost and Interim Vice President for Research John Frederick, the Office of the Vice President for Research has begun to implement the initial steps of the April 2012 Research Enhancement Plan.
The most prominent piece of the plan is an organizational realignment that will help UTSA provide enhanced services and support for researchers on campus. As part of the realignment, several Research Service Centers (RSCs) will be created and distributed around campus by discipline to provide researchers with seamless grant processing assistance.
The RSCs will be staffed with knowledgeable personnel who will assist researchers with the administrative aspects of sponsored projects administration including grant opportunity identification, proposal preparation and submission, grant award processing and management, and grant close-out procedures.
Because each RSC will need to be staffed with various personnel including directors, coordinators and research award administrators, UTSA will create several new positions. All new positions will be posted in STARS as they become available and most are expected to be filled by Sept. 1, 2012.
As a result of the realignment, several staff positions will be eliminated effective Aug. 31, 2012. The affected positions include staff positions within the VPR division and departmental research administrator (DRA) positions funded by the VPR division. All affected employees have been notified, and many of them will continue to work in their current positions through Aug. 31, 2012, to assist with the transition as the RSCs are created and become functional. UTSA has encouraged those staff members whose positions are being eliminated to bid for the new positions.
"I am grateful to the many faculty and staff who contributed the ideas that comprise the Research Enhancement Plan, and I am encouraged by the spirit of the VPR staff who have embraced the changes we are implementing," said Frederick.
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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