(Oct. 3, 2013) -- The University of Texas at San Antonio College of Sciences and College of Engineering showcased some of the research laboratories this morning for student members attending the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) conference this week at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.
One hundred and sixty-five students from across the country and Puerto Rico had the opportunity to see the College of Sciences biophotonics laboratory, which provides 3-D imaging cellular analysis. The students also viewed one of the most powerful electron microscopes in physics.
Additionally, the students toured the Recreation and Wellness Center and the College of Engineering robotics and Advanced Visualization laboratories.
According to 21-year-old Sophia Campos, a senior at the University of California, San Diego, majoring in cognitive science with a concentration in neuroscience, "I have actually worked with virtual reality before, so being able to see equipment that is more up-to-date then what I have used was very nice and in a fun environment as well."
The tour wrapped up with a lunch in the University Center Ballroom, where UTSA Provost John Frederick provided words of encouragement for them to continue to pursue graduate degrees to help fill a critical need in the nation. Frederick quoted the latest figures from the National Center for Education Statistics that state traditionally only two percent of Hispanics earn doctoral degrees.
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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