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(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

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Feb. 9, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. & 6 - 9 p.m.

Rowdy Gras 2016

The UTSA community is invited to attend the 3rd annual Rowdy Gras celebration! This year Rowdy Gras includes a daytime event from 11 a.m. -1 p.m. with a free food tasting and music on the UC Paseo. The main event takes place from 6 - 9 p.m. in the UC Lawn. The event includes free food, live jazz music, activities and giveaways.
University Center Paseo & Lawn, UTSA Main Campus

Feb. 10, 5:30 p.m.

UTSA College of Architecture, Construction and Planning 2015-16 Speaker Series

The UTSA College of Architecture, Construction and Planning’s 2015-16 Speaker Series continues with Dana Cuff, Ph.D., a professor of architecture and urbanism at the University of California, Los Angeles. In her talk, Cuff will discuss new forms of “studio” and new types of practices. Free and open to the public.
Aula Canaria Lecture Hall (BV 1.328), UTSA Downtown Campus

Feb. 13, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

29th annual Asian Festival - Year of the Monkey

The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures invites Texas and Texans to the Asian Festival. What began as a traditional family reunion for the Chinese New Year has expanded to include other Asian communities and participants, showcasing their unique culture and traditions.
The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures

Feb. 13, 1 p.m.

2016 Interdisciplinary Studies Colloquium

Join the UTSA Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching in celebrating interdisciplinary inquiry at the 2016  Interdisciplinary Studies Colloquium.  The colloquium will include a panel of faculty and recent doctoral graduate and a showcase of the best IDS undergraduate inquiry projects of the year 2015. The event is free and open to the public.
Business Building (BB 2.06.04), UTSA Main Campus

Feb. 17, 5:30 p.m.

CACP Speaker Series continueswith Cesar Pelli

The UTSA College of Architecture, Construction and Planning (CACP) welcomes renowned architect Cesar Pelli as part of the CACP’s 2015-16 Speaker Series. Pelli is founder and Senior Principal of the New Haven, Conn. firm Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects. In his talk, “Becoming an Architect,” Pelli will present and discuss projects that were critical steps in his career.
Buena Vista Theater (BV 1.326), Downtown Campus

Feb. 23, 5:30 p.m.

African-American Social Welfare Pioneers Responding to Community Needs

The UTSA College of Public Policy presents the Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series featuring Dr. Iris Carlton-LaNey, Professor of the School of Social Work at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Dr. Iris Carlton LaNey will speak to the UTSA community about the role and impact of African-Americans in the social work profession.
Buena Vista Theater (BV 1.326), Downtown Campus

Feb. 23, 5:30 p.m.

African-American Social Welfare Pioneers Responding to Community Needs

The UTSA College of Public Policy presents the Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series featuring Dr. Iris Carlton-LaNey, Professor of the School of Social Work at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Dr. Carlton-LaNey will speak to the UTSA community about the role and impact of African-Americans in the social work profession.
Buena Vista Theater (BV 1.326), Downtown Campus

Feb. 23, 7 p.m.

Presentation and Book Signing with Luis Carlos Montalvan

Please join us for a presentation and book signing by Luis Carlos Montalván (Fmr. Capt., USA), author of the New York Times Bestseller Until Tuesday and the international award-winning childrens book Tuesday Tucks Me In. His books will be available for purchase at the UTSA Bookstore. This event is free and open to the public.
Southwest Room (DB 1.124), Downtown Campus

Feb. 25, 6 p.m.

12th Annual Black Heritage Gala

The 12th Annual Black Heritage Gala is a formal event which includes a student performance, keynote remarks by Michael Brown, an award presentation, dinner and dancing. Tickets are $10 for UTSA students and $15 for all other guests. Tickets are on sale now at Roadrunner Express. Contact (210) 458-4770 for more information.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom, Main Campus

Feb. 27, 9 a.m.

Cultural Contrasts in Latin America

The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures will host a free workshop focusing on teaching Latin American culture and geography for students seeking their teacher certification. The workshop includes free resources for teaching Latin American subject matter as well as presentations on language, identity, music, geography, and political and developmental history, and a special educators’ tour of the museum’s Los Tejanos exhibit. Free with registration.
The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures (ITC 3.01.02)


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