(March 12, 2014) -- Meet Edgar Sherman. He just completed a competitive four-day research program at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Sherman was one of 20 students from across the country, and the only student from Texas, to attend the NIH Intramural NIAID Research Opportunities (INRO) program in Bethesda, Md. Each year, the program introduces a class of highly qualified minorities to NIH research opportunities in immunology and infectious diseases.
"It was amazing just to be selected -- to have the opportunity to visit the NIH, where I could see myself doing research," said Sherman. "It's really amazing to hear about the kinds of translational research projects that the NIH has going on."
While in Maryland, Sherman toured the NIH facilities. He also sat in on seminars offered by the chiefs of various NIH infectious disease laboratories.
Before leaving Bethesda, the UTSA student interviewed with two NIH laboratory directors for post-baccalaureate placements in their laboratories. One laboratory focuses on bioinformatics; the other studies simian immunodeficiency virus. Both researchers have since invited him to work in their laboratories following his graduation from UTSA.
A transfer student from South West Texas Junior College, Sherman has pursued research opportunities throughout his college career. While a community college student, he secured a placement working alongside Anne Tibbets, Ph.D., at UT Austin, studying how mitochondrial genes interact with chromosomal genes to support respiration in yeast.
The summer, before he started taking classes at UTSA, he studied the role of proteasome and its effects on the longevity of the naked mole rat at the UT Health Science Center San Antonio.
Since matriculating to UTSA, he has gained additional research experience through the McNair Scholars program, the MBRS-RISE program and the UTSA Honors College.
Studying alongside UTSA Professor Karl Klose, Sherman has researched the effects of Cyclic Di-GMP, a gene involved in Acinetobacter baumanii biofilm formation. The antibiotic-resistant bacterium causes infections in military hospitals.
To date, Sherman has presented his research 10 times at various scholarly gatherings. He also describes his findings in his honors thesis.
The UTSA senior hasn't yet decided whether to pursue an NIH post-baccalaureate research placement or begin a doctoral program focused on microbiology. But, he knows that whichever he chooses, UTSA has prepared him well.
"Being a first-time college student and being an underrepresented minority, UTSA has been a great opportunity for me," said Sherman. "I've gone from someone with little experience to potentially doing research at the NIH or the CDC. That's amazing."
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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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