(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"
Students are invited to a semi-formal, dinner banquet with an awards presentation and dancing. Keynote speaker will be San Antonio City Councilman William Cruz Shaw. Tickets must be purchased by Feb 19 at Roadrunner Express. UTSA students are $15 and guests are $20.
H-E-B Student Union Ballroom (HSU 1.104/1.106), Main Campus
Dr. Don Jenkins from UT Health SA will lead this event UTSA with up to 30 certified STB trainers, and train up to 300 UTSA students and personnel in stop the bleed methods.
H-E-B Student Union Ballroom (HSU 1.106), Main Campus
Get to know more about the Bexar County Criminal District Court candidates' stance on the issues before voting in the primary election on March 6.
Buena Vista Street Building, Aula Canaria (BVB 1.328), Downtown Campus
As part of RecycleMania,UTSA will provide sensitive document shredding services for the UTSA community. Bring documents to the parking lot between Student Union & Ximenes Avenue Garage. Document pick up also available for the Downtown and Hemisfair Campuses.
H-E-B Student Union parking lot, Main Campus
Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Koichiro Bansho will speak the importance of the Japan-U.S. relations from the historical and security perspectives. He will go over the history and future of the alliance between the two countries.
H-E-B Student Union, Travis Room (HSU 2.202), Main Campus
This panel discussion includes professionals from various careers and fields talking about maintaining a black identity in professional spaces.
Student Union Denman Room (SU 2.01.28), Main Campus
The Faculty Center presents geneticist, anthropologist, author & entrepreneur Spencer Wells. Join us for a talk about how our DNA informs the way our ancestors populated the planet and how research can change industry and perceptions.
Student Union Retama Auditorium (SU 2.02.02), Main Campus
Come hear this geneticist, anthropologist, author and entrepreneur speak about "The Human Journey: A Genetic Odyssey." The lecture is free and open to the public.
Student Union, Retama Auditorium (SU 2.02.02), Main Campus
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