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Ninety UTSA students participate in SACNAS conference


Top: From left are UTSA winners Claudio Macias (formerly with MARC-U*STAR), Justin Garcia (MBRS RISE Ph.D.), Viridiana Estrada (MBRS RISE undergraduate), Damon Cardenas (MBRS RISE Ph.D.), Audrey Ynginez-Gutierrez (MARC -U*STAR) and Willie Hale (MBRS RISE Ph.D.)
Bottom: SACNAS participants

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(Oct. 9, 2013) -- The Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) annual conference commemorating the organization's 40th anniversary wrapped up over the weekend at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.

Nearly 4,000 participants from around the country attended sessions at the four-day event tailored to support undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral researchers and career professionals at each stage of their careers as they move toward leadership positions in the sciences. The activities included oral and poster presentations by 900 students representing universities throughout the United States and Puerto Rico.

Ninety students from the UTSA College of Sciences, College of Engineering and College of Liberal and Fine Arts made presentations, and 43 students represented the College of Sciences Minority Biomedical Research Support (MBRS-RISE) program, Minority Access to Research Careers - Undergraduate Student Training for Academic Research (MARC-U*STAR), Work Study Research Training Program (WSRTP) and the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Bridge to the Doctorate Program (LSAMP-BD). The winning entries received an official certificate and monetary award.

Competition winners are:


Audrey Ynigez-Gutierrez
"Synthesis of guanidylated amphiphiles and bolaamphiphiles for siRNA encapsulation in gene-silencing therapy"
Major: Chemistry
Mentor: George Negrete

Viridiana Estrada
"Do we predict as we age? An event-related potential study of sentence processing in Spanish-speaking older adults"
Major: Psychology
Mentor: Nicole Wicha

Bioengineering/Biomedical Engineering
Claudio Macias
"Modifying mechanical and bioactive properties of hydroxyapatite scaffolds via collagen coatings"
Majors: Biology and Physics
Mentor: Joo Ong


Bioengineering/Biomedical Engineering
Damon Cardenas
"Determination of the effects of hyperbaric conditions on CMRO2 in rats during forepaw stimulation using fMRI"
Major: Biomedical Engineering
Mentor: Timothy Duong (UTHSCSA)

Justin Garcia
"A structural analysis of twisted veins"
Major: Biomedical Engineering
Mentor: Hai-Chao Han

Experimental Psychology
Willie Hale Jr.
"That'll take them down a peg: Perceiving hypocrisy when threatened by others"
Major: Psychology
Mentor: David Pillow



Oct. 10, 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

UTSA CITE Technology Entrepreneurship Boot Camp

Kickstart your career as an entrepreneur at the UTSA Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship Boot Camp.
Business Building, Richard S. Liu Auditorium (BB 2.01.02), Main Campus

Oct. 14, 5:30 p.m.

Architecture as Rendered Society

The UTSA College of Architecture, Construction and Planning, in partnership with AIA San Antonio’s Latinos in Architecture, presents architect Andrés Jaque, founder of the Office for Political Innovation, an architectural practice dually based in New York and Madrid.
Buena Vista Building, Aula Canaria Lecture Hall (BV 1.328), Downtown Campus

Oct. 15, 6 p.m.

Take Back the Night 2015

The UTSA Women’s Studies Institute invites you to Take Back the Night, an international initiative to raise awareness and empower survivors while educating allies through a march, poetry, and testimonios. This is a gender-inclusive movement to shatter the silence surrounding sexual and domestic violence.
Sombrilla Plaza, Main Campus

Oct. 19, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.


Grad Fest is an event designed to prepare you for commencement while celebrating your achievement. You will have the opportunity to purchase commencement regalia, order class rings, diploma frames, explore graduate school opportunities, learn about successful Stafford loan repayment and discuss career outcomes.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom

Oct. 20, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.


Grad Fest is an event designed to prepare you for commencement while celebrating your achievement. You will have the opportunity to purchase commencement regalia, order class rings, diploma frames, explore graduate school opportunities, learn about successful Stafford loan repayment and discuss career outcomes.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom

Oct. 20-21, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

SECC Book Sale

Looking for a good read? Shop for yourself or for gifts and help change a life at the same time. Browse and buy children’s stories, novels and more at the 2015 SECC Book Sale.
Sombrilla Plaza, Main Campus

Oct. 22, 6 p.m.

Phi Kappa Phi Last Lecture

What would Dr. John Bartkowski say if it were his last lecture? The UTSA professor of sociology will speak about “The Power of Listening” in this annual event sponsored by the UTSA chapter of Phi Kappa Phi. A reception will follow.
Denman Room (UC 2.201.28), Main Campus

Oct. 27, 11:30 a.m.

Lecture by Composer Larry Groupe

The UTSA Music Department presents Emmy-award winning Composer Larry Groupe. Groupe has composed music for films such as "The Contender," "Straw Dogs" and "Miami Vice," and TV shows such as "Star Trek: The Next Generation," "Ren and Stimpy" and "American Gladiators." Lecture is free and open to the public.
Arts Building (ART 2.03.15-18), Main Campus

Oct. 29, 5:30 p.m.

White Bound: Nationalists, Anti-Racists and the Shared Meanings of Race

The Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series continues with Dr. Matthew Hughey, a scholar of race, racism and racial inequality.
Buena Vista Building (BV 1.328), Downtown Campus

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