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UTSA, Southwest Research Institute invest in promising new research projects

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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


About UTSA

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.



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 Southwest Room (DB 1.124), Main Campus

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. 20-21, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

SECC Book Sale

Looking for a good read? Shop for yourself or for gifts and help change a life at the same time. Browse and buy children’s stories, novels and more at the 2015 SECC Book Sale.
Sombrilla Plaza, Main 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 (2.03.15-18), Main Campus

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UTSA writes the book on all-digital libraries

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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