(Dec. 2, 2013) -- The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) Department of Demography Demography Lecture Series will feature D'Vera Cohn, a senior writer for the Pew Research Center's Social and Demographic Trends Project, at 11 a.m. to noon on Friday, Dec. 6 in the Buena Vista Building (BV 3.324) at the UTSA Downtown Campus. Cohn's lecture, "Social Science and the Media: Getting the Word Out," is free and open to the public.
Cohn studies and writes about demographics, social trends and immigration in the U.S. for the center's Social and Demographic Trends Project. She has authored studies on the marriage and birth rates in the U.S., migration between the U.S. and Mexico, and U.S. population projections. She also edits and provides material for the center's "All Things Census" blog.
In her lecture, Cohn will examine how social science researchers can best leverage the media to help disseminate their findings and how reporters can make use of demographic data provided to them in their stories.
"It is important that researchers are able to convey important findings to as many audiences as possible," said Joachim Singelmann, chair of the Department of Demography. "D'Vera Cohn has decades of experience translating complex demographic concepts for public consumption. Her lecture should be a fascinating learning experience for people interested in understanding how the media and researchers can work hand-in-hand to better inform the public."
Cohn is a former reporter for the Washington Post, where she worked for 21 years covering the census, immigration and demographic trends. Prior to joining the Pew Research Center, she served as a consultant and freelance writer for the Brookings Institution and Population Reference Bureau. She is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College.
She has spoken on the topic of social science and the media at conferences around the world, including the Consortium of Social Science Associations, the Population Association of America and the American Sociological Association.
The Demography Lecture Series brings academics and practitioners of the social sciences to speak about topics including human population, social trends and innovations in the field.
The UTSA Department of Demography, housed in the College of Public Policy, provides training to increase students' understanding of the size, distribution, composition and growth of human populations.
For more information about the lecture, visit http://copp.utsa.edu/demography/home or contact the UTSA Department of Demography at 210-458-3163.
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
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.
Buena Vista Theatre, Downtown Campus
Graduate student uses storytelling to highlight important issues facing children
As touch screens and e-books demand more and more attention from both casual readers and scholars, many people say the handwriting is on the wall for the printed page.
At UTSA, the handwriting is on the wall for a library that doesn't have any printed books.
Since March 2010, the bookless library in the Applied Engineering and Technology Building has given UTSA students an innovative way to read, research and work with each other to solve problems.
With ultra-modern furniture and a décor featuring desktop computers, scanners and LCD screens, the AET Library is designed to engage students in an online format. But it also offers group study niches and study rooms with whiteboards and glass walls on which students can write. The space encourages teamwork, communications and problem solving for the next generation of scientists and professional engineers.
Did you know? The UTSA AET Library is the nation's first completely bookless library on a college or university campus. It served as a model for Bexar County's first-in-the-nation public bookless library system and one of its branches, the Dr. Ricardo Romo BiblioTech.
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