(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"
The Honors College welcomes its new freshmen with a breakfast, meet and greet with Honors College administrators, faculty, staff and peers and an opportunity to learn about the experiences they will have with the Honors College.
Student Union Denman Room (SU 2.01.28), Main Campus
This UTSA tradition marks the start of a new academic year. All new students gather together as UTSA President Taylor Eighmy, administration and faculty welcome them to Roadrunner Nation.
Convocation Center, Main Campus and overflow seating in Recreation and Wellness Center
This is an opportunity for students to learn everything they need to know about their major and college. Each UTSA academic college has a lot to offer including mentoring, class information, support and research opportunities.
Various locations, Main and Downtown Campus
This is a casual event where new students can meet their college mentor.
Recreation and Wellness Center, Main Campus
Come show your Roadrunner Spirit by joining President Eighmy, our very own Rowdy, The Spirit of San Antonio Marching Band (SOSA), your fellow students, faculty and staff as we light the Monument at our Main Campus entrance at the stroke of midnight to mark the start of a new academic year.
John Peace Blvd. entrance, Main Campus
Roadrunner Nation! Show off your UTSA pride by sporting blue and orange UTSA swag to celebrate the start of the fall semester. Students, faculty, staff, alumni and Roadrunner families on and off-campus are encouraged to participate.
The UTSA community is invited to attend a series of Community Networking Socials hosted by the Student Center for Community Engagement and Inclusion during Roadrunner Days. Various opportunities will be available that will focus on our diverse population in a come and go setting.
H-E-B Student Union Harris Room (HSU 2.212) and Travis Room (HSU 2.202), Main Campus
The UTSA Involvement Ambassadors invite students to stop by the Paseo and take a picture celebrating the first day of classes. Share with friends and family via social media using #UTSARRDays.Theywill also be passing out 1st Day of Classes goodie bags and telling students about ways to get involved.
Student Union Paseo, Main Campus
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