(April 24, 2013) -- The University of Texas at San Antonio announces the selection of Donovan Fogt, associate professor in the Department of Health and Kinesiology, to serve as director of the Office of Undergraduate Research. The newly created office will promote the visibility and breadth of research opportunities for undergraduate students in all academic disciplines.
In his new duties, Fogt will:
Upon joining the UTSA faculty in 2005, Fogt established the UTSA Exercise Biochemistry and Metabolism Laboratory (EBML), where he has studied the factors contributing to the development of fatigue and progression of diseases associated with low levels of activity such as cardiovascular disease, obesity and non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus. His research group recently secured a patent for a mathematical model to evaluate fatigue level using heart rate variability measurements.
The EBML doubles as a teaching facility, where undergraduate students and graduate student researchers gain a better understanding of the development and application of knowledge associated with health and kinesiology. To date, Fogt has directly supervised more than 50 student researchers in the laboratory and/or in the field.
In addition to managing an outstanding research program, Fogt has been honored with seven teaching and service awards since 2001, many from students. Notably, Fogt is a 2013 recipient of the UTSA Richard S. Howe Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Award. In April 2012, he received an award for Excellence in Promoting Academic Integrity, Intelligent Living and Meaningful Learning from the UTSA Honors Alliance. He was awarded the Alumni Association Distinguished Faculty Teaching Award at the 2011 University Life Awards.
Fogt earned his doctoral degree in kinesiology from UT Austin and master's and bachelor's degrees in exercise science and nutritional science, respectively, from the University of Arizona.
"Dr. Fogt has an outstanding reputation for excellence in teaching and research," said Bernard Arulanandam, assistant vice president for research support. "I have every expectation that he will expand and enhance our existing undergraduate research program to help UTSA achieve its Tier One aspirations."
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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