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(Sept. 6, 2013) -- The Water Institute of Texas (WIT) will bring local, state and national experts to UTSA in October to share key insight into two important themes within Texas’ emerging water issues: long-term water availability and the water regulatory environment. Each theme will include a keynote presentation, podium presentations and a panel discussion with industry experts. This daylong Symposium on Emerging Water Issues is the first public event hosted by WIT since it was launched in 2012.

Symposium guests will be welcomed by Tom Papagiannakis, WIT interim director and Robert F. McDermontt Professor and Chair of the UTSA Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering; Mauli Agrawal, interim UTSA vice president for research; and Kevin Wolff, Bexar County commissioner.

Soroosh Sorooshian, director of the Center for Hydrometeorology and Remote Sensing and Distinguished Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth System Science departments at the University of California-Irvine, will provide the keynote presentation on long-term water availability.

Additional experts who will address topics within the theme of long-term water availability include David Maidment, Hussein M. Alharthy Centennial Chair in Civil Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin; Dan Hardin of the Texas Water Development Board; and Alan Dutton, WIT assistant director and chair of the UTSA Department of Geological Sciences.

Robert Gulley, executive director of the Habitat Conservation Program at the Edwards Aquifer Authority, will offer the keynote presentation on the water regulatory environment. Additional experts who will join the discussion on this theme include Robert Puente, CEO of the San Antonio Water System; Suzanne Scott, general manager of the San Antonio River Authority; and Francine Romero, associate dean of the UTSA College of Public Policy.

The symposium will be 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday, Oct. 4 at the UTSA Downtown Campus. The fee to attend is $125 for professionals and $30 for students.

Registration is open now. Visit the UTSA Office of Extended Education website for program and registration details as well as participant biographies.



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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