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(April 14, 2014) -- The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) has joined the Texas Census Research Data Center Consortium (TXCRDC), furthering the effort for UTSA to become a Tier One research university. The TXCRDC operates in close collaboration with the U.S. Census Bureau to enable research that expands basic scientific knowledge and provides benefits to the federal statistical system. The TXCRDC is part of the national Census Research Data Center (RDC) network and is one of a dozen such facilities located at leading research institutions around the United States.

"UTSA is very excited to be a member of the TXCRDC Consortium, as it will allow our faculty the ability to access restricted data that will be of significant use in advancing research and pursuing funding support for research programs," said C. Mauli Agrawal, UTSA vice president for research.

The TXCRDC provides a valuable resource for research; one that is available at only a few locations around the country. Specifically, it gives researchers in Texas and beyond the ability to work with restricted-access versions of important data sets in the federal statistical system. These restricted data sets can be superior to public versions of the same data for the purposes of addressing certain research questions.

"Membership to the TXCRDC provides our faculty and students with tremendous social science research opportunities that have previously been out of reach," said Rogelio Saenz, dean of the UTSA College of Public Policy. "For example, through the construction of the attributes where individuals live, researchers can begin to understand the impact of space on people's social, economic and health patterns. These data certainly open new avenues in the realm of social sciences."

The TXCRDC serves Texas and the nation by hosting a secure computing lab where qualified researchers with approved projects can conduct research using restricted-access versions of important data sets maintained by the U.S. Census Bureau and other federal agencies. The TXCRDC is at Texas A&M University, the lead university in the TXCRDC Consortium. Also included in the consortium are the Texas A&M University System, Baylor University, Rice University and the University of Texas at Austin.

Qualified researchers who gain project approval can use the secure lab at the TXCRDC to conduct research that advances basic science and improves the effectiveness of the federal statistical system.

>> The TXCRDC will present a free Proposal Development Workshop from 11:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 8 at Texas A&M University, College Station.

The workshop goals are to give researchers an overview of:

  • Programs and services available at the Texas Census Research Data Center
  • Data and computing resources available for RDC-based research
  • Steps involved in preparing proposals to conduct research projects working with restricted data at the TXCRDC

>> For workshop details, view the TXCRDC calendar. For more information on the general resource, visit the TXCRDC website.

UTSA researchers who would like to apply for access to restricted data sets should contact Lloyd Potter, UTSA College of Public Policy associate dean for research and Texas state demographer, before submitting an application to the TXCRDC.

 

 

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Mabry, a defensive tackle from San Antonio's MacArthur High School, was an honorable mention All-Conference USA selection his final two seasons as a Roadrunner and second among the team's defensive linemen with 49 tackles last year. Wade, a defensive back from Tyler, was the most decorated player in school history. He was a semifinalist for the 2014 Jim Thorpe Award – for the nation's top defensive back – a three-time all-conference honoree and two-year team captain who set a school record of 293 tackles in his career. Both men had outstanding college careers that allowed them to make UTSA history.

Did you know? Mabry and Wade both agreed to terms as undrafted free agents with the New Orleans Saints and Seattle Seahawks, respectively, becoming the first UTSA players to move to the professional ranks.

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