(Feb. 6, 2013) -- UTSA faculty and staff explored research funding opportunities at a discussion led Jan. 31 by Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) representative Steve Roberts, Ph.D. Roberts visited UTSA on behalf of ORAU, a consortium of more than 100 research institutions across the nation. UTSA joined ORAU in 2006.
Together, ORAU's member institutions seek to advance science and education by partnering with national laboratories, government agencies and private industry. Robert's office provides awards to ORAU member universities, and identifies and promotes funding opportunities by facilitating inter-institutional relationships to support increased funding for scientific research and education.
In addition to his discussion with UTSA faculty and staff, Roberts visited with President Ricardo Romo; Provost John Frederick; Miguel Yacaman, Lutcher Brown Distinguished Chair in Physics; and Jim Massaro, assistant vice president for research security.
Roberts also toured the Advanced Visualization Laboratory, the core facility for the UTSA Simulation, Visualization and Real-time Prediction Center, and the Advanced Microscopy Laboratory. The latter houses Helenita, one of the world's most advanced transmission electron microscopes. The microscope allows nanotechnology researchers to see samples magnified 20 million times their original size.
"ORAU provides UTSA a unique opportunity through its consortium and affiliation with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory," said Massaro. "From very expensive specialized equipment to high power computing, UTSA has state-of-the-art capabilities within easily accessible reach. In addition, the sky is the limit in faculty and student internships, access to special awards and partnerships with some of the finest universities in the country. Dr. Roberts brought all this and more to his presentation."
UTSA researchers are exploring matter at the atomic level with Helenita. It's one of the most powerful microscopes in the world, with the ability to operate near the theoretical limit of resolution. At 9 feet, 2 inches tall and weighing more than two tons, Helenita can dissect almost anything. With Helenita's resolution, researchers can study particles atom by atom to see how they behave.
That's critical in developing nanotechnology that will help diagnosis early-stage breast cancer or make helmets that are uber strong. Moreover, the detail that Helenita provides will allow nanotechnology researchers to create new therapies and treatments to fight a wide range of human diseases.
Did you know? Helenita can magnify a sample 20 million times its size, which would make a strand of human hair the size of San Antonio.
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