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Meet a Roadrunner: UTSA's Madeline Cortez will combine science and art

Madeline Cortez

UTSA freshman Madeline Cortez

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(Aug. 14, 2013) -- Meet incoming freshman Madeline Cortez.

Earlier this summer, Cortez won Best of Show in the 2013 VIA Youth Art Contest, trumping more than 5,500 entries from K-12 students across San Antonio. For the next year, her artwork will be featured prominently on the side of two active VIA buses.

"Seeing my art and name on such a large scale on public display was a surreal experience for a young artist such as myself," said Cortez. "It was so exciting, and it gives me great hope for my future as an artist."

Her submission was inspired by how much this year's theme, "Go VIA, Go Green," resonated with her two biggest interests.

Madeline is passionate about the natural sciences, especially the mysteries of the human body. At a young age, she was exposed to a variety of medical experiences after being diagnosed with postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (P.O.T.S.) a debilitating, long-term illness. The treatments she underwent gave Madeline a renewed appreciation for science.

The human body fascinates her. Entering college, she knew she wanted to learn more about the way it works. Madeline said she had to find a way to reconcile her two loves, because she didn’t want to have to choose one over the other. Fortunately, she found just the thing.

"For a while, I was worried, then I discovered the existence of biomedical illustration," she said. "I was beyond thrilled that there was such a perfect career option for me to pursue."

When she begins her academic career at UTSA this fall, Madeline will major in biology with a minor in art. Her goal is to one day provide illustrations for biomedical research and textbooks, thereby bridging the gap between her two passions.

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Do you know someone at UTSA who is shaping her or his future? Email us at social@utsa.edu, and we will consider your submission for an upcoming installment of Meet a Roadrunner.

 

 

Did You Know?

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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Sept. 9, 5:30 p.m.

Architecture Connects

The UTSA College of Architecture, Construction and Planning’s 2015-16 Speaker Series begins Sept. 9 with Toshiko Mori, the Robert P. Hubbard Professor in the Practice of Architecture at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and principal of Manhattan-based Toshiko Mori Architect.
Buena Vista Building Aula Canaria (BV 1.328), Downtown Campus

Sept. 12, 11 a.m.

UTSA Football vs. Kansas State

Cheer on the UTSA Roadrunners at their home-opener against the Kansas State Wildcats.
Alamodome, 100 Montana St.

Sept. 15, 5:30 - 7 p.m.

Changing the Conversation: Recovery Works!

As part of National Recovery Month, a panel of substance abuse practitioners and members of the recovery community will discuss issues related to substance abuse treatment and recovery.
Durango Building 1.124 (DB 1.124), Downtown Campus

Sept. 24, 6 p.m.

The Power of Story in the Landscape of Memory and Identity

The UTSA College of Education and Human Development will host award-winning children’s author and illustrator Yuyi Morales. Morales will share personal stories that have influenced her work as an author and illustrator.
Buena Vista Building Aula Canaria (BV 1.328), Downtown Campus

Oct. 5, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Civic Engagement Summit

This summit is an opportunity to showcase and share the variety of community engagement activities of UTSA students, faculty, and staff. The summit is currently accepting proposals for poster presentations. The Call for Posters deadline is Friday, Sept. 11.
University Center Denman Room (2.01.28), Main Campus


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