(Nov. 13, 2012) -- The UTSA College of Sciences will host the Provost's Distinguished Lecture at 6 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 15 in the Main Building Auditorium (0.104) on the UTSA Main Campus. Kevin Eggan, a Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Harvard University professor, will speak on "Untangling the Scientific and Societal Complexities of Stem Cell Research." The lecture is free and open to the public.
Recognized in 2007 by Scientific American as one of the "50 Most Influential People in Science," Eggan has garnered international recognition as a burgeoning young investigator in the field of stem cell biology.
Eggan received his bachelor's degree in microbiology from the University of Illinois and his doctoral degree in microbiology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
As a graduate student, he pursued projects focusing on cloning stem cells and reprogramming after nuclear transfer under the guidance of genetics pioneer Rudolph Jaenisch. Eggan also collaborated with Richard Axel, a 2003 Nobel Prize winner at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
His current research focuses on applying the knowledge gained in stem cell biology to developing therapies for neurodegenerative diseases such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease).
In 2006, Eggan's research received national recognition when two of his papers were published in Cell Stem CellandScience. One of his papers illustrated that induced pluripotent stem cells generated from adult skin cells of ALS patients can be differentiated into motor neurons.
Eggan's accolades include his selection as a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Early Career Scientist in 2009 and as a MacArthur Foundation fellow in 2006. Currently, he is a professor in the Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology at Harvard University.
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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