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UTSA doctoral student selected to attend prestigious Nobel laureates meeting in Germany

Amanda Nolan

Amanda Nolan

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(June 24, 2013) -- For the fourth time in five years, a UTSA College of Sciences student has been selected to attend the prestigious Meeting of Nobel Laureates and Students in Lindau, Germany, June 30-July 5.

Amanda Nolan, a doctoral student in the Department of Chemistry, will be among 600 young scientists representing nearly 80 countries. Nolan was chosen from a pool of 20,000 applicants from around the world.

The meeting assembles the world's top graduate and post-doctoral students to discuss current topics in chemistry, exchange ideas, build international networks and gain inspiration from Nobel laureates in their fields. Nolan and others will attend lectures by the Nobel laureates and participate in discussions about the challenges and future implications of chemistry research.

"I am both nervous and excited because these are the best minds in the field," said Nolan. "To be able to have the chance to talk with them and learn from them is going to be an unforgettable experience, and I can only imagine what it is going to do for me and my future."

Nolan is working on cancer stem cell research in the laboratory of Doug Frantz, UTSA chemistry professor and co-director of the UTSA Center for Innovation in Drug Discovery.

"I have had several family members and friends pass away from cancer, and it was very painful for me to see people I care about losing their battles with the disease," said Nolan. "As I grew older, I developed a better understanding of cancer in scientific research and decided it was an area I wanted to pursue."

The 24-year-old plans to work either in industry doing cancer research or become a professor with a laboratory focused on cancer research.

 

 

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Football standouts make Roadrunner history

For Ashaad Mabry and Triston Wade, football is not just a passing fancy. Both players were part of the UTSA football program almost from the beginning. When UTSA opens the 2015 season Thursday at Arizona, it will be the first time the Roadrunners take the field without them. But Mabry and Wade will still be playing football; their uniforms will just be a different color.

Mabry, a defensive tackle from San Antonio's MacArthur High School, was an honorable mention All-Conference USA selection his final two seasons as a Roadrunner and second among the team's defensive linemen with 49 tackles last year. Wade, a defensive back from Tyler, was the most decorated player in school history. He was a semifinalist for the 2014 Jim Thorpe Award – for the nation's top defensive back – a three-time all-conference honoree and two-year team captain who set a school record of 293 tackles in his career. Both men had outstanding college careers that allowed them to make UTSA history.

Did you know? Mabry and Wade both agreed to terms as undrafted free agents with the New Orleans Saints and Seattle Seahawks, respectively, becoming the first UTSA players to move to the professional ranks.

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