Saturday, November 28, 2015


Meet a Roadrunner: UTSA alum Rudy Jimenez, SACNAS keynote panelist

Rudy Jimenez

UTSA alumnus Rudy Jimenez

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(Sept. 25, 2013) -- Meet Rudy Jimenez. The 29-year-old researched the anthrax toxin while earning his doctoral degree in cell and molecular biology at UTSA.

In July, he was selected to be a keynote panelist for the Society for the Advancement of Chicano/Hispanic Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) 40th Anniversary Conference. The conference, to be held Oct. 3-6 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, is expected to have an attendance of more than 4,200 and an economic impact of $3.8 million.

Since joining SACNAS in 2007, Jimenez has served as a SACNAS Student Board member, attended five national conferences and spoken with government officials about the importance of having more students pursue STEM-related careers.

The path to success was not an easy one for the Edinburg native. He worked hard to excel in the classroom, taking an interest in math and science and participating in numerous science fairs and science summer camps. Additionally, Jimenez was a star athlete in high school, competing in football and track and field.

Jimenez had a chance to walk on and run track in college, but his life path changed when he was diagnosed with hypocardiomyopathy, a medical condition involving a severely enlarged heart. With his athletic hopes dashed, Jimenez refocused his efforts and pursued a career in scientific research.

Currently, Jimenez works at UT Austin as a STEM coordinator. In the future, the UTSA graduate plans to continue his new career path in STEM outreach and student assistance, and possibly get involved with the implementation of scientific biotechnology policy at the state level.


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Dec. 1, 9 a.m.

CITE Venture Competition & Exposition

The annual Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) 100K Venture Competition and Exposition will be held on the Main Campus on Dec. 1. Twenty-eight teams from across the university will exhibit their project; six teams will compete for a prize pool of more than $100,000 in funding to launch their new venture / company. More than 650 students have participated in launching new technology ventures.
Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering (BSE 2.102), Main Campus

Dec. 3, 5:30 p.m.

UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert

This concert features 50 community children performing music in the UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert. The children, led by UTSA music students studying to be music teachers, will join together in playing the Theme from Batman at their concert. The Batman of San Antonio, a local celebrity figure, will make an appearance at the concert. This event is free.
Buena Vista Theatre, Downtown 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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