(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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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.
Victor Cyrus, Jr will see his first book of poetry published this fall
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