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Ninety UTSA students participate in SACNAS conference

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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.)
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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:

UNDERGRADUATE POSTERS

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

Linguistics
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

GRADUATE ORALS

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

 

 

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Mabry, a defensive tackle from San Antonio's MacArthur High School, was an honorable mention All-Conference USA selection his final two seasons as a Roadrunner and second among the team's defensive linemen with 49 tackles last year. Wade, a defensive back from Tyler, was the most decorated player in school history. He was a semifinalist for the 2014 Jim Thorpe Award – for the nation's top defensive back – a three-time all-conference honoree and two-year team captain who set a school record of 293 tackles in his career. Both men had outstanding college careers that allowed them to make UTSA history.

Did you know? Mabry and Wade both agreed to terms as undrafted free agents with the New Orleans Saints and Seattle Seahawks, respectively, becoming the first UTSA players to move to the professional ranks.

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