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UTSA research spending remains strong despite sluggish economy


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(May 14, 2013) -- More of the products and services you see coming to market in the future will be the result of research collaborations at The University of Texas at San Antonio. For fiscal year 2012, the university saw a significant uptick in commercialization activity according to official numbers released today.

During the 12-month period from Sept. 1, 2011-Aug. 31, 2012, UTSA scholars filed for 46 patents to protect unique discoveries during FY 2012. Just five years ago, UTSA faculty filed a mere four patents.

Additionally, UTSA scholars filed 79 commercial memoranda of understanding and non-disclosure agreements to formalize new research partnerships with organizations in the United States and abroad. In FY 2008, UTSA had no such agreements on file.

"People around the region recognize UTSA's expertise and our ability to make it easy for industry collaborators to partner with our faculty," said Cory Hallam, UTSA chief commercialization officer. "Five years ago, we developed a strategy to bring partner companies to campus, and now we are looking to expand incubation activities that build the regional commercialization ecosystem. In 2010, we opened our New Venture Incubator and now our partner companies are growing businesses. Many of the companies in the New Venture Incubator at UTSA are incorporating UTSA intellectual property into their products and services or sponsoring research and development in our labs. This puts UTSA on the national stage for applying best practices in incubation."

Three companies currently in the New Venture Incubator include Rochal Industries, Latakoo and Cardiovate. Rochal has been teaming with faculty in the pursuit and win of Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) awards and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) awards that fund biomedical research and development. Latakoo has licensed data compression and encryption technology for use in video streaming and continues fund development work in faculty labs. Cardiovate is a UTSA start-up developing stent scaffolds that is currently building a leadership team to move their product towards FDA approval. Both Latakoo and Cardiovate have received investment from the UT System Horizon Fund.

During FY 2012, UTSA researchers spent $78.0 million in research and non-research programs, as also known as total sponsored programs. The figure is up 50.5 percent from just five years ago when UTSA's total sponsored programs expenditures were $51.9 million.

The UTSA College of Sciences, College of Engineering and College of Education and Human Development were responsible for two-thirds of UTSA's FY 2012 total sponsored programs expenditures, spending $33.2 million, $13.6 million and $6.5 million, respectively. (See the five-year statistics in the chart below.)

Of the $31.2 million in research funding spent by UTSA College of Sciences scholars in FY 2012, nearly 60 percent was spent on research through the Center for Research and Training in the Sciences ($8.1 million), South Texas Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases ($3.9 million), UTSA Neurosciences Institute ($3.5 million) and Center for Infrastructure Assurance and Security ($3.1 million).

UTSA specializes in health, security, energy, sustainability, and human and social development.

Additionally, the UTSA Institute for Economic Development spent nearly $12.0 million for total sponsored programs. The programs aim to strengthen the global economy by supporting small businesses in the United States and abroad.

Despite an uncertain national economy and a 2 percent reduction in federal funding, UTSA is gaining momentum in commercialization as it strives to become a Tier One research institution.

“UTSA scholars are conducting research that will have a significant and lasting impact on society,” said Marianne Woods, UTSA senior associate vice president for research. “They are developing treatments for diseases. They are addressing the nation’s energy crisis. They are supporting programs that will positively impact the success of future generations. All the while, UTSA students are researching right alongside them to prepare for their own careers. That is a wonderful education.”

Learn more at the UTSA Research website.



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Oct. 5, 6 p.m.

Film Screening: The Head of Joaquin Murrieta by John Valadez

The Mexican American Studies Program will host a screening of this irreverent, entertaining and often disturbing tale that uses both fiction and documentary story telling devices to tear open a painful and long ignored history: the lynching of Mexican Americans in the southwest.
Buena Vista Building Aula Canaria (BV 1.328), Downtown Campus

Oct. 6, 3 p.m.

State of the University

Join President Ricardo Romo as he gives his address to the UTSA community.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom (UC 1.104), Main Campus

Oct. 7, 6:30 p.m.

The Impact of the 84th Texas Legislative Session on Public Schools: Any Rain in Sight or Are Those Smoke Clouds on the Horizon?

Join the College of Education and Human Development's Center for Educational Leadership, Policy and Professional Development for a discussion about what passed and what didn't in the last legislative session and what it means for Bexar County Public Schools. 
Durango Building 1.124 (Southwest Room), Durango Building

Oct. 8, 10 a.m.

Graduate Fair

Graduate School representatives from across the country will provide information on options after earning a bachelor's degree. Students, alumni and community members are welcome.
University Center Retama Galleria, Main Campus

Oct. 10, 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

UTSA CITE Technology Entrepreneurship Boot Camp

Kickstart your career as an entrepreneur at The University of Texas at San Antonio’s Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) Technology Entrepreneurship Boot Camp.
Business Building, Richard S. Liu Auditorium (BB 2.01.02), Main Campus

Oct. 14, 5:30 p.m.

Architecture as Rendered Society

The UTSA College of Architecture, Construction and Planning, in partnership with AIA San Antonio’s Latinos in Architecture, presents architect Andrés Jaque, founder of the Office for Political Innovation, an architectural practice dually based in New York and Madrid.
Buena Vista Building, Aula Canaria Lecture Hall (BV 1.328), Downtown Campus

Oct. 27, 11:30 a.m.

Lecture by Composer Larry Groupe

The UTSA Music Department presents Emmy-award winning Composer Larry Groupe. Groupe has composed music for films such as "The Contender," "Straw Dogs" and "Miami Vice," and TV shows such as "Star Trek: The Next Generation," "Ren and Stimpy" and "American Gladiators." Lecture is free and open to the public.
Arts Building Room 2.03.15-18, Main Campus

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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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