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Meet a Roadrunner: Doctoral student Jossina Gonzalez has passion for neuroscience

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(May 9, 2013) -- Meet Jossina Gonzalez. She's a young woman with a passion for neuroscience, and she graduates this month.

In 2004, Gonzalez was accepted into the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston to prepare for training as a physician. However, when the university learned she was unable to walk and generally weakened due to a debilitating neurological condition, the health science center revoked her admission, causing an uproar that landed in the laps of the U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Office of Civil Rights in Washington, D.C.

The crux of the issue was whether she could complete the physical training of medical school, residency and the day-to-day of physicians. Ultimately, Gonzalez lost her fight. Disheartened, she began pursuing other avenues.

"I had Jossina in my undergraduate neuroscience classes, and almost every time we took an exam, her grades were much, much higher than the rest of the class," recalls Brian Derrick, a professor in the UTSA Department of Biology. "I suggested she ought to become a scientist. She was just so smart. She needed to put that talent to work as a researcher."

Energized by Derrick's encouragement, Gonzalez applied and was admitted to the UTSA neurobiology doctoral program in 2007, five years after receiving her bachelor's degree in biology. Since that time, she has been studying the biological basis of hippocampal mnemonic function in the hopes that her research will provide new insights about how memories are encoded and recalled. She plans to pursue post-doctoral training to become an academic research neuroscientist.

Do you know an amazing UTSA student who has beat the odds to accomplish their dreams? Email social@utsa.edu, and we will consider your submission for the next installment of Meet a Roadrunner.

 

 

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Friday, May 6, 8 p.m.

First Friday Stargazing

The UTSA Department of Physics and Astronomy, Curtis Vaughan Observatory invites everyone to join them for their monthly stargazing event on top of the Flawn Science Building.
Curtis Vaughan Observatory, Main Campus

Sunday, May 8, 1 p.m.

Accordions Across Culture

May’s Free Second Sunday at the UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures features "Accordions Across Cultures," with performances of Mexican, German and Czech accordion music, a documentary screening and crafts for the kids.
UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures

Monday, May 9, 8 a.m.

The Honeynet Project Workshop

This three-day event will focus on the tools, tactics and motives involved in computer and network attacks. Attendees from around the world will take part in world-class hands-on trainings and technical discussions.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom, Main Campus

Thursday, May 12, 4 p.m.

Master of Public Administration Open House

Visit with faculty, alumni and students to discuss the benefits of and requirements for a Master Degree in Public Administration and/or the Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Administration & Leadership.
Meeting Assembly Room (BVB 1.338), Downtown Campus

Saturday, May 14, 10 a.m.

UTSA Spring Commencement: Ceremony One

UTSA Spring Commencement ceremony for the College of Architecture, Construction and Planning, the College of Education and Human Development and the College of Sciences.
Alamodome

Saturday, May 14, 4 p.m.

UTSA Spring Commencement: Ceremony Two

UTSA Spring Commencement ceremony for the College of Business, the College of Public Policy and University College.
Alamodome

Sunday, May 15, 2 p.m.

UTSA Spring Commencement: Ceremony Three

UTSA Spring Commencement ceremony for the College of Engineering and the College of Liberal and Fine Arts.
Alamodome

Wednesday, May 18, 3 p.m.

The Great Staff Appreciation Event

The UTSA community is invited to honor the roughly 2,600 UTSA staff members who contribute to the success of the university and its students.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom, Main Campus

Thursday, May 19, 6 p.m.

Superintendent Certification Program Information Session

Join UTSA faculty and staff, current students, and area central office administrators/program alumni to learn about this exciting accelerated and web-enhanced program leading to Texas Superintendent Certification. The event is free and open to the public.
BVB 1.322, Downtown Campus


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