(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.
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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