(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 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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