(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.
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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