(June 4, 2013) -- The UTSA Office of the Vice President for Research and Southwest Research Institute (SwRI®) have selected two new research projects to receive $200,000 in seed funding through their joint Connect program. The Connect program was established in 2010 to stimulate inter-organizational research between UTSA and SwRI in fields such as advanced materials, chemistry and chemical engineering, energy, environment, security and manufacturing.
FY 2014 Connect Funding Winners
Award total: $200,000 per project
Development of a Novel Drug-Loaded Composite Scaffold as Bone Graft Substitute Using Advance Material Technology
Co-Principal Investigator: Joo Ong, UTSA Department of Biomedical Engineering
Co-PI: Joan Ling, SwRI staff engineer
Development of a Low-Cost Method of Treating Flow-back Water from Hydraulic Fracturing
Co-PI: Zhi-Gang Feng, UTSA Department of Mechanical Engineering
Co-PI: Maoqi Feng, SwRI Chemical Engineering Department
Additionally, UTSA has selected eight projects to receive seed funding through its Collaborative Research Seed Grant Program (CRSGP) and Its Tenure-track Research Award Competition (TRAC) program. The internal funding programs help UTSA faculty establish new and innovative multidisciplinary research programs that are highly likely to compete for and receive external funding.
FY 2014 Collaborative Research Seed Grant Winners
Award maximum: $30,000 per project
Acute Effects of Vaporized Nicotine on Metabolic, Cardiovascular and Cerebrovascular Responses in Humans
Co-PI: William Cooke, UTSA Department of Health and Kinesiology
Co-PI: Donovan Fogt, UTSA Department of Health and Kinesiology
Co-PI: Caroline Rickards, University of North Texas Health Science Center
Solving the Dilemma of Post-Myocardial Infarction Exercise Training on Myocardial Remodeling
Co-PI: John Zhang, UTSA Department of Health and Kinesiology
Co-PI: Gary Diffee, University of Wisconsin, Madison
A Novel Technique to Induce Focal Decreases in Only Intracellular pH in Order to Induce Cell Death: Applications for Cancer Therapy
Co-PI: Matthew Gdovin, UTSA Department of Biology
Co-PI: James Leiter, M.D., Dartmouth Medical School
Uncovering Global mRNA Methylation in Breast Cancer Using a High Throughput Approach
Co-PI: Yufei Huang, UTSA Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Co-PI: Manjeet Rao, University of Texas Health Science Center - San Antonio
Co-PI: Yidong Chen, University of Texas Health Science Center - San Antonio
FY 2014 Tenure-Track Research Award Competition
Award Maximum: $27,500 per project
Digital Humanities Project for Latin American Art History
PI: Juliet Wiersema, UTSA Department of Art and Art History
Physiological Desensitization and Violent Video Games: Is There an Ecological Buffer?
PI: Alberto Cordova, UTSA Department of Health and Kinesiology
Feedstock Logistics in the Bioenergy Industry: Biomass-to-biorefinery Supply Chain Model
PI: Krystel Castillo-Villar, UTSA Department of Mechanical Engineering
Development of a Probabilistic Environmental Model to Predict the Deterioration Behavior of Steel Bridge Elements
PI: Arturo Montoya, UTSA Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) is an emerging Tier One research institution specializing in health, energy, security, sustainability, and human and social development. With nearly 31,000 students, it is the largest university in the San Antonio metropolitan region. UTSA advances knowledge through research and discovery, teaching and learning, community engagement and public service. The university embraces multicultural traditions and serves as a center for intellectual and creative resources as well as a catalyst for socioeconomic development and the commercialization of intellectual property -- for Texas, the nation and the world.
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.
The University of Texas at San Antonio is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge through research and discovery, teaching and learning, community engagement and public service. As an institution of access and excellence, UTSA embraces multicultural traditions and serves as a center for intellectual and creative resources as well as a catalyst for socioeconomic development and the commercialization of intellectual property - for Texas, the nation and the world.
To be a premier public research university, providing access to educational excellence and preparing citizen leaders for the global environment.
We encourage an environment of dialogue and discovery, where integrity, excellence, inclusiveness, respect, collaboration and innovation are fostered.