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UTSA physics student Brian Yust to attend meeting with Nobel laureates

Brian Yust

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(July 3, 2012) -- Brian Yust, a doctoral student in the UTSA Department of Physics and Astronomy, has been selected to attend the prestigious 62nd Meeting of Nobel Laureates and Students in Lindau, Germany July 1-6. Yust is one of three Texans included among 75 graduate students nationwide and 560 internationally.

The meeting assembles the world's top graduate and post-doctoral students to discuss current topics in physics, exchange ideas, build international networks and gain inspiration from Nobel laureates in their field. The students will attend lectures by the 27 Nobel laureates and participate in discussions on the challenges and future implications of physics research.

"I am really looking forward to this extremely unique opportunity to get viewpoints from physicists across the whole spectrum of research," said Yust. "We will meet Nobel laureates representing astrophysics, biophysics and optics and materials research."

Yust was nominated to attend the meeting by Miguel Yacaman, professor and chair of the UTSA Department of Physics and Astronomy, for the work he is doing in the laser laboratory of UTSA physics professor Dhiraj Sardar. The 30-year-old El Paso native is experimenting with novel nanoparticle fabrication and implementation for biomedical purposes, specifically, making very small, bright nanoparticles for imaging as well as photodynamic therapy for cancer research and biosensors. The lab focuses on imaging, disease therapy and disease detection.

In August, Yust will defend his dissertation and hopes to land a post-doctoral position with the Air Force Research Laboratory at Fort Sam Houston. Yost received a master's degree in physics from Texas State University and a bachelor's degree in physics from Texas A&M University.

The meeting is sponsored by the Mars Corp., which covers the students' travel and other expenses. Since 2009, three UTSA College of Sciences students have attended the Lindau meeting including chemistry students Hector Aguilar and Magaly Salinas.



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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

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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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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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