(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.
Do you know someone at UTSA who is shaping her or his future? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will consider your submission for an upcoming installment of Meet a Roadrunner.
UTSA researchers are exploring matter at the atomic level with Helenita. It's one of the most powerful microscopes in the world, with the ability to operate near the theoretical limit of resolution. At 9 feet, 2 inches tall and weighing more than two tons, Helenita can dissect almost anything. With Helenita's resolution, researchers can study particles atom by atom to see how they behave.
That's critical in developing nanotechnology that will help diagnosis early-stage breast cancer or make helmets that are uber strong. Moreover, the detail that Helenita provides will allow nanotechnology researchers to create new therapies and treatments to fight a wide range of human diseases.
Did you know? Helenita can magnify a sample 20 million times its size, which would make a strand of human hair the size of San Antonio.
Join AIA San Antonio’s Women in Architecture group for their networking and happy hour event, where all design professionals are welcome.
Liberty Bar, 1111 S. Alamo St.
This documentary, presented by the San Antonio Film Festival, documents the experience of re-entry after incarceration. The film features Michael Gilbert, associate professor in the department of criminal justice and director of the Office of Community and Restorative Justice program at UTSA.
Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, 100 Auditorium Circle
Discover resources and strategies for teaching Tejano history and culture and get a special educator's tour of the new long-term exhibit, Los Tejanos.
Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 E. César E. Chávez Blvd.
This cowboy-themed programming, offered in conjunction with Our Kids Magazine's Kidcation Week, gives families the opportunity to visit with cowboy docents, enjoy readings and visit activity tables.
Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd.
The UTSA Alumni Association hosts this annual gala honoring the Alumna of the Year, Alumnus of the Year and the Alumnus of the Year Lifetime Achievement award winners.
Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort & Spa, 9800 Hyatt Resort Dr.
After graduation, Queretaro native founded a music label recognized by SXSW
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