Five UTSA scholars to speak Oct. 12 at TEDx San Antonio conference

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(Oct. 10, 2013) -- Five UTSA scholars will be among the 19 speakers on the agenda at this year's TEDx San Antonio conference, "Minds Wide Open." The conference will be 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 12 at Rackspace Global Headquarters on Walzem Road in San Antonio.

>> Watch the 2013 conference at the TEDX San Antonio website.

TEDx San Antonio aims to open the minds, hearts and souls of San Antonians to intriguing science, art, literary, technological, social justice and environmental ideas. Additionally, the conference inspires participants to forge new connections, begin important dialogues, initiate big changes and continue the conversations beyond the event.

TEDx San Antonio organizers say this year's speaker line-up will pack a powerful punch. Speaker topics range "from sex to death and everything in between."

UTSA's 2013 TEDx San Antonio speakers include:

Karl Klose, "What's Bugging Us? Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria!"
Klose, a professor of microbiology in the UTSA Department of Biology and a member of the South Texas Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases, will discuss how bacteria have become increasingly resistant to antibiotics to the extent that health-care practitioners are running out of drugs to treat common infections.

Doug Frantz, "Your Stem Cells: Friend or Foe?"
Frantz, an associate professor in the UTSA Department of Chemistry, will discuss the role of stem cells in the cause and treatment of diseases.

Kristina Durante, "Fertile, Flirty and Fierce: Hidden Influences on Women's Courtship, Competition and Consumer Choice"
Assistant Professor Kristina Durante in the UTSA Department of Marketing will share her research, which indicates that ovulation makes women more likely to compete with other women and more likely to be attracted to stereotypical bad boys.

Tom Tunstall, "Looking Ahead: Implications of Unconventional Oil and Gas in South Texas and the U.S."
Tom Tunstall, director of research at the UTSA Institute for Economic Development, will share how the Eagle Ford Shale is transforming the economic landscape, people and communities of South Texas.

Martha Atkins, "More to Dying Than Meets the Eye"
UTSA Department of Counseling Lecturer and Atkinsosity Founder Martha Atkins will distinguish between visions of the dying and hallucinations. Additionally, she will discuss how visions can be an integral part of meaning making and healing for the dying and those they leave behind.

The first TED Conference was in 1984 in Monterey, Calif., and has grown to include annual events organized independently around the country, such as TEDx San Antonio, as well as an international conference. The conference merges technology, entertainment and design, spreading worthy ideas on a global scale. A conduit of development and inspiration, TEDTalks has attracted the most brilliant minds from a variety of backgrounds. Speakers have included national icons such as Apple founder Steve Jobs, President Bill Clinton and journalist Malcolm Gladwell.

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About UTSA

The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) is an emerging Tier One research institution specializing in health, energy, security, sustainability, and human and social development. With nearly 31,000 students, it is the largest university in the San Antonio metropolitan region. UTSA advances knowledge through research and discovery, teaching and learning, community engagement and public service. The university embraces multicultural traditions and serves as a center for intellectual and creative resources as well as a catalyst for socioeconomic development and the commercialization of intellectual property -- for Texas, the nation and the world.