(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.
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.
The events are a collaborative effort between student organizations, student led-groups, and campus departments.
Various locations, Main and Downtown Campuses
The UTSA Alumni Association and the San Antonio Parks Foundation will co-host the official Fiesta event. The outdoor event is family-friendly, with live music, lawn games, a free mechanical bull ride, photo fun, local food, fresh sips, local art and cowboy merch. Admission is free for those who RSVP online, however there will be a $10 entry charge at the gates on the day of the event, as capacity allows.
UTSA Park West Athletics Complex
UTSA is a designated early voting site for the May 4 Joint, General and Special Election. Any registered Bexar County voter can skip the lines and cast a ballot at UTSA from Monday, April 22 to Tuesday, April 30.
H-E-B Student Union Bexar Room (HSU 1.102), Main Campus
The Campus Master Plan task force and Page consultants will share the initial draft of the master plan.
Student Union Retama Auditorium (SU 2.02.02), Main Campus
The Campus Master Plan task force and Page consultants will hold a series of meetings in late April and early May to share the initial draft of the master plan.
Buena Vista Street Building Aula Canaria (BVB 1.328), Downtown Campus
In this UTSA 50th anniversary speaker series, Roger Enriquez, UTSA associate professor of criminal justice, explores how immigration past and present helps us understand its future.
Casa Hernán, 411 Cevallos St., San Antonio
Grab a friend and sign up to bowl with fellow Roadrunners and raise money for scholarships.
University Bowl, 12332 I-10 #10, San Antonio
UTSA's first spring Commencement ceremony begins at 10 a.m., May 18 and honors graduates from the College of Liberal and Fine Arts and University College.
Alamodome, 100 Montana St., San Antonio
The University of Texas at San Antonio is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge through research and discovery, teaching and learning, community engagement and public service. As an institution of access and excellence, UTSA 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.
To be a premier public research university, providing access to educational excellence and preparing citizen leaders for the global environment.
We encourage an environment of dialogue and discovery, where integrity, excellence, inclusiveness, respect, collaboration and innovation are fostered.