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UTSA physicist Miguel Yacaman to receive distinguished award for scientific research

Miguel Yacaman

UTSA's Miguel Yacaman (in white shirt)
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(Sept. 27, 2012) -- Miguel Jose Yacaman, professor and chair of the UTSA Department of Physics and Astronomy, was selected to receive the 2012 Distinguished Scientist Award by the Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS). Recipients are recognized for their exemplary scientific achievement, teaching and mentorship of underrepresented minority science students. He will receive the award Oct. 11 at the SACNAS National Conference in Seattle.

Yacaman's research focuses on nanotechnology and materials science. He also has worked on the physics of nanoparticles, defects in solids, archaeological materials, catalysis and applications of electron microscopy to biology.

An active proponent of graduate student recruitment and retention, Yacaman helped UTSA develop a joint physics doctoral program with UT Brownsville and coordinated the development of the NSF‐funded Partnership for Research and Education in Materials program, which seeks to train underrepresented minority students from South Texas in laboratories at UTSA and Northwestern University.

Yacaman also developed an NIH-funded Research Centers in Minority Institutions program for developing nanotechnology in minority-serving institutions. Additionally, he has managed the International Center for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology (ICAM) and has been an important liaison with Mexican scientists by promoting collaborations between UTSA and Mexican universities.

An author of nine books and more than 500 technical papers, Yacaman has served as associate editor for several professional journals and is considered one of the pioneers in nanotechnology with publications on the topic dating back to the '70s. Through his mentorship, more than 50 doctoral and master's students have graduated, and his laboratory has hosted more than 100 postdoctoral researchers and visiting professors.

Yacaman's list of accolades include numerous prizes, such as the Mehl Award of the Materials Society, John Wheatley Award of the American Physical Society, Guggenheim Fellowship and National Science Prize of Mexico. He is a member of the Mexican Academy of Sciences and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

With more than 25,000 in its membership, SACNAS is a society of scientists dedicated to fostering the success of Hispanic/Chicano and Native American scientists -- from college students to professionals -- to attain advanced degrees, careers and positions of leadership in science.



Oct. 10, 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

UTSA CITE Technology Entrepreneurship Boot Camp

Kickstart your career as an entrepreneur at the UTSA Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship Boot Camp.
Business Building, Richard S. Liu Auditorium (BB 2.01.02), Main Campus

Oct. 14, 5:30 p.m.

Architecture as Rendered Society

The UTSA College of Architecture, Construction and Planning, in partnership with AIA San Antonio’s Latinos in Architecture, presents architect Andrés Jaque, founder of the Office for Political Innovation, an architectural practice dually based in New York and Madrid.
Buena Vista Building, Aula Canaria Lecture Hall (BV 1.328), Downtown Campus

Oct. 15, 6 p.m.

Take Back the Night 2015

The UTSA Women’s Studies Institute invites you to Take Back the Night, an international initiative to raise awareness and empower survivors while educating allies through a march, poetry, and testimonios. This is a gender-inclusive movement to shatter the silence surrounding sexual and domestic violence.
Sombrilla Plaza, Main Campus

Oct. 19, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.


Grad Fest is an event designed to prepare you for commencement while celebrating your achievement. You will have the opportunity to purchase commencement regalia, order class rings, diploma frames, explore graduate school opportunities, learn about successful Stafford loan repayment and discuss career outcomes.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom

Oct. 20, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.


Grad Fest is an event designed to prepare you for commencement while celebrating your achievement. You will have the opportunity to purchase commencement regalia, order class rings, diploma frames, explore graduate school opportunities, learn about successful Stafford loan repayment and discuss career outcomes.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom

Oct. 20-21, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

SECC Book Sale

Looking for a good read? Shop for yourself or for gifts and help change a life at the same time. Browse and buy children’s stories, novels and more at the 2015 SECC Book Sale.
Sombrilla Plaza, Main Campus

Oct. 22, 6 p.m.

Phi Kappa Phi Last Lecture

What would Dr. John Bartkowski say if it were his last lecture? The UTSA professor of sociology will speak about “The Power of Listening” in this annual event sponsored by the UTSA chapter of Phi Kappa Phi. A reception will follow.
Denman Room (UC 2.201.28), Main Campus

Oct. 27, 11:30 a.m.

Lecture by Composer Larry Groupe

The UTSA Music Department presents Emmy-award winning Composer Larry Groupe. Groupe has composed music for films such as "The Contender," "Straw Dogs" and "Miami Vice," and TV shows such as "Star Trek: The Next Generation," "Ren and Stimpy" and "American Gladiators." Lecture is free and open to the public.
Arts Building (ART 2.03.15-18), Main Campus

Oct. 29, 5:30 p.m.

White Bound: Nationalists, Anti-Racists and the Shared Meanings of Race

The Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series continues with Dr. Matthew Hughey, a scholar of race, racism and racial inequality.
Buena Vista Building (BV 1.328), 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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