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UTSA scholars Karl Klose and Branco Ponomariov speak Oct. 13 at TEDxSanAntonio

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(Oct. 12, 2012) --Nearly two dozen San Antonio leaders will gather Oct. 13 at the Trinity University Jane and Arthur Stieren Theater for a series of discussions at TEDxSanAntonio, an independently organized annual conference.

UTSA scholars Karl Klose, professor of microbiology and a member of the South Texas Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases, and Branco Ponomariov, assistant professor of public administration, will speak at the conference, discussing topics in infectious disease and economic sustainability, respectively.

Klose's talk, "Rise of the Superbug: Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria," will explore how the incredible adaptive qualities of bacteria are allowing them to become increasingly resistant to antibiotics. He will discuss what can be done to combat the increasing threat of multiply-drug resistant bacteria.

For more than 25 years, Klose has studied bacterial pathogenesis, seeking to develop new vaccines and therapeutics for several different kinds of emerging pathogenic diseases in humans. His laboratory studies Vibrio cholerae and Francisella tularensis, the bacteria that cause cholera and tularemia, respectively. He is the author of more than 84 peer-reviewed publications and has received millions of dollars in funding, including grants from the National Institutes of Health, Department of Defense, San Antonio Area Foundation and Thrasher Fund.

Ponomariov's talk, "Rethinking Nuclear Energy for Sustainable Economic Development," will discuss how, with the looming peaking and eventual decline of the rate of fossil fuel production within our century, combined with increasing energy demand and growing populations, the only meaningful and sufficiently scalable long-term energy alternative is nuclear energy.

Ponomariov joined the UTSA faculty in 2008, following two years as a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His research focuses on science and technology policy and on public management. He has published more than 20 peer-reviewed articles on university-industry relations, technology transfer, outsourcing of public services and human resources management in the public sector. He has received funding from the National Science Foundation and has worked on projects funded by the Department of Energy.

The first TED conference was in 1984 Monterey, Calif., and has grown to include annual events organized independently around the country as well as an international conference. The conference merges technology, entertainment and design, spreading worthy ideas on a global scale. In becoming a conduit of development and inspiration, TEDTalks has attracted the most brilliant minds from a variety of backgrounds. Speakers have included national icons such as Apple founder Steve Jobs, President Bill Clinton and journalist Malcolm Gladwell.

 

 

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For acclaimed UTSA writer, poetry rhymes with life

Robert Penn Warren said: “How do poems grow? They grow out of your life.” That is certainly true for Carmen Tafolla. An associate professor of practice with the UTSA College of Education and Human Development, Tafolla has authored more than 20 acclaimed books of poetry and prose, including "The Holy Tortilla and a Pot of Beans." It won the Tom´s Rivera Children’s Book Award in 2009.

Tafolla is a San Antonio native who grew up on the West Side. Attending a private high school, she realized that the literature did not positively portray her community or the people who lived there. She determined to change that in her writing. In published works for both adults and children — more than 200 anthologies, magazines, journals, textbooks and readers in four languages — Tafolla reflects on the rich Mexican-American culture of San Antonio in which she grew up.

Did you know? Tafolla was San Antonio's first Poet Laureate, from 2012 to 2014, and currently serves as the Poet Laureate of Texas.

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