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UTSA to host Nov. 12 lecture on aging and health disparity in Mexico

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(Nov. 11, 2013) -- The UTSA Department of Demography will present economic demography and health disparities expert Rebeca Wong at 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 12 in Frio Street Building Room 1.402 at the UTSA Downtown Campus. Her lecture, "Aging in Mexico: What Can We Learn from Mexican Health and Aging Study (MHAS)," is free and open to the public.

Wong is an internationally recognized expert in the economic demography of Hispanic and immigrant populations in the United States and Latin America, particularly Mexico. Her research focuses on migration and the consequences of health and aging.

She is a professor of preventative medicine and community health, the P. & S. Kempner Distinguished Professor in Health Disparities, senior fellow at the Sealy Center on Aging and director of the WHO/PAHO Collaborating Center on Aging and Health at the University of Texas Medical Branch.

"Dr. Wong applies a cross-national perspective to study health and aging processes of the population," said Joachim Singelmann, chair of the Department of Demography. "In this area, she has found that, after controlling for migration selectivity, older adults in Mexico who are former U.S. migrants have a large wealth advantage over Mexicans who never left for the U.S."

Wong found that part of this economic gain may be because of skills they acquired in the United States, which provided them with higher earnings upon returning to Mexico or their children's subsequent U.S. migration that allowed the older adults to accumulate wealth through remittances.

In a forthcoming book, Wong and her colleagues examine the consequences of social security reforms with a gender perspective in three countries of Latin America and draw lessons for policy makers in other countries seeking to revamp their social security systems.

For more information on the lecture, contact the UTSA Department of Demography at 210-458-3163.



Dec. 1, 9 a.m.

CITE Venture Competition & Exposition

The annual Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) 100K Venture Competition and Exposition will be held on the Main Campus on Dec. 1. Twenty-eight teams from across the university will exhibit their project; six teams will compete for a prize pool of more than $100,000 in funding to launch their new venture / company. More than 650 students have participated in launching new technology ventures.
Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering (BSE 2.102), Main Campus

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UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert

This concert features 50 community children performing music in the UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert. The children, led by UTSA music students studying to be music teachers, will join together in playing the Theme from Batman at their concert. The Batman of San Antonio, a local celebrity figure, will make an appearance at the concert. This event is free.
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