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

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