(May 28, 2014) -- The Grants for Research Advancement and Transformation (GREAT) program, sponsored by the UTSA Office of the Vice President for Research, has awarded six seed grants of $20,000 each to support new areas of research for faculty. The primary goal of the awards is to assemble preliminary data that can be used to seek extramural funding and advance UTSA's goal of reaching Tier One status.
The competition was extremely close, and those awarded were chosen for the proposed projects' potential to secure extramural funding to further their research.
The awardees and research projects are:
College of Architecture
Angela Lombardi, assistant professor, Department of Architecture
"The Franciscan Missions of the Camino Real: Applying Geo-Technology to Research for Cultural Heritage Management"
College of Engineering
Adel Alaeddini, assistant professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering
"Integrative Statistical and Operational Methods for Effective Chronic Disease Management"
Krystel Castillo, assistant professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering
"Integrated Modeling and Optimization of Supply Chain Design for Sustainable Bioenergy Systems"
College of Liberal and Fine Arts
Robert Hard, professor, Department of Anthropology
"Reconstructing Holocene Paleoclimate in Southwestern New Mexico"
College of Sciences
Robert Renthal, professor, Department of Biology
"How Begomovirus Manipulates Whiteflies for Transmission to Plant Hosts"
Waldemar Gorski, professor, Department of Chemistry
"Determination of Enzyme Biomarkers and Nanoparticle-Based Enzyme Inhibition"
UTSA researchers are exploring matter at the atomic level with Helenita. It's one of the most powerful microscopes in the world, with the ability to operate near the theoretical limit of resolution. At 9 feet, 2 inches tall and weighing more than two tons, Helenita can dissect almost anything. With Helenita's resolution, researchers can study particles atom by atom to see how they behave.
That's critical in developing nanotechnology that will help diagnosis early-stage breast cancer or make helmets that are uber strong. Moreover, the detail that Helenita provides will allow nanotechnology researchers to create new therapies and treatments to fight a wide range of human diseases.
Did you know? Helenita can magnify a sample 20 million times its size, which would make a strand of human hair the size of San Antonio.
Join AIA San Antonio’s Women in Architecture group for their networking and happy hour event, where all design professionals are welcome.
Liberty Bar, 1111 S. Alamo St.
This documentary, presented by the San Antonio Film Festival, documents the experience of re-entry after incarceration. The film features Michael Gilbert, associate professor in the department of criminal justice and director of the Office of Community and Restorative Justice program at UTSA.
Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, 100 Auditorium Circle
Discover resources and strategies for teaching Tejano history and culture and get a special educator's tour of the new long-term exhibit, Los Tejanos.
Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 E. César E. Chávez Blvd.
This cowboy-themed programming, offered in conjunction with Our Kids Magazine's Kidcation Week, gives families the opportunity to visit with cowboy docents, enjoy readings and visit activity tables.
Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd.
The UTSA Alumni Association hosts this annual gala honoring the Alumna of the Year, Alumnus of the Year and the Alumnus of the Year Lifetime Achievement award winners.
Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort & Spa, 9800 Hyatt Resort Dr.
Victor Cyrus, Jr will see his first book of poetry published this fall
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