(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"
During the forums, the UTSA community will have the opportunity to hear each finalist give an overview of their qualifications, their interest in the position and their vision, followed by a question and answer session with the audience.
Various locations, Main and Downtown Campuses
All UTSA faculty, staff and students are invited to attend open forums featuring finalist candidates for the dean of the UTSA College of Sciences.
Various Locations, Main Campus
Co-sponsored by UTSA, the regional conference provides a venue to bring together scholars in the fields of archaeology, ethnography, art history and the general public to share information on research focused on the cultures of the Mesoamerican region. The conference is free and open to the public.
San Antonio Museum of Art, 200 W. Jones Ave., San Antonio
The UTSA Department of Physics and Astronomy invites everyone to its monthly lecture and stargazing event (weather permitting).
Flawn Sciences Building (FLN 2.02.02) and Curtis Vaughn Jr. Observatory, FLN 4th floor, Main Campus
Future Roadrunners experience life and opportunities at UTSA during this one day Fall Open House.
Various locations, Main Campus
The UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures will welcome historian Gregory Peek of Penn State University and a panel of music scene personalities to recount the Alamo City’s place in the heavy metal landscape.
UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures, Hemisfair Campus
UTSA is an early voting site for the statewide General Election.
H-E-B Student Union Bexar Room (HSU 1.102), Main Campus
More than 75 local, state and national graduate and professional schools will showcase their programs at the Main Campus. It's free and open to the public. Interested attendees are encouraged to register for the event in advance.
Sombrilla Plaza, Main Campus
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