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UTSA, Health Science Center form academy to enhance collaborative research

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(May 6, 2014) -- The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) and the UT Health Science Center San Antonio (HSC) announce the formation of the San Antonio Life Sciences Institute (SALSI) Academy. The formation of the academy heralds in a new era of collaboration and multidisciplinary research between the two institutions.

Established in 2003, researchers involved in SALSI have driven the expansion of new scientific knowledge throughout Texas and have enhanced the research, teaching and service missions of UTSA and HSC. The collaboration has enabled joint doctoral programs and research projects and has driven initiatives that stimulated the growth of the biomedical and biotechnology industries in San Antonio. SALSI also has fostered the commercialization of the products of research with institutional partners such as the Southwest Research Institute and the Texas Biomedical Research Institute.

UTSA and HSC realized a need to further develop collaborative research and created the SALSI Academy to serve as the focal point for a wide range of educational, scientific and policy issues in the life sciences. Under the auspices of SALSI and with guidance from the leadership of the HSC and UTSA, the academy's mission is to collaborate on joint studies that significantly contribute to solutions for health care challenges in Texas and the nation. The SALSI Academy will achieve its mission through faculty development programs, shared resources such as core laboratories and collaborative funding mechanisms.

"A cornerstone concept of the SALSI Academy is to build on the successes of the past to promote stellar, team science which capitalizes on the talented human investigators we have within each institution," said Mark Nijland, assistant vice president for research at HSC.

The present global issues and challenges that research institutions are working to address are complex and occur at the intersection of disciplines. In order to advance research, creativity and innovation, there must be an integration and convergence of disciplines. Several joint initiatives will be launched within SALSI to enhance interdisciplinary research collaborations, significantly raise the international research profile and competitiveness of UTSA and HSC, and foster excellence and innovation for both institutions.

Beginning May 5, 2014, the SALSI Academy will accept proposals for its first joint initiative -- the SALSI Innovation Challenge. The initiative is designed to fund high-risk, high-reward studies that have the potential for ground-breaking research in targeted disease areas such as diabetes and allergies, which impact the South Texas region. The proposed research should lead to technologies and innovations targeting public health issues and diseases of global impact.

"The SALSI Academy is an additional conduit to facilitate and promote cross-collaborative research and training for faculty and students from both institutions," said Bernard Arulanandam, UTSA assistant vice president for research. "Through the SALSI Innovation Challenge, we can jumpstart this collaborative research with high-reward, high-gain research that will change our approach to health-related issues."

Funding from the SALSI Innovation Challenge will support early and conceptual stages of project development and exploratory, novel studies that break new ground or extend previous discoveries toward new directions or applications. The total maximum amount to be requested by researchers is $200,000 per award ($100,000 per institution), and it is anticipated that four projects will be funded.

 

 

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Tuesday, May 3, 5 p.m.

Henry B. Gonzalez Centennial Tribute

The College of Public Policy and the Office for Community Services present a 100th anniversary salute to the late Congressman Henry B. Gonzalez. A distinguished panel will discuss Gonzalez's historical impact. Free and open to the public.
Aula Canaria Lecture Hall (BV 1.328) , Downtown Campus

Wednesday, May 4, 5 p.m.

School Psychology Symposium and Reception

Student posters will present case studies based on practicum experiences, literature reviews on topics relevant to educational psychology, and other research experiences this year. The event is free and open to the public.
Durango Building (1.124), Downtown Campus

Thursday, May 5, 5 p.m.

String Project Spring Concert

This end-of-semester concert will feature the 3rd through 8th grade students who have participated in the UTSA String Project this year. The event is free and open to the public.
Buena Vista Theater, Downtown Campus

Monday, May 9, 8 a.m.

The Honeynet Project Workshop

This three-day event will focus on the tools, tactics and motives involved in computer and network attacks. Attendees from around the world will take part in world-class hands-on trainings and technical discussions.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom, Main Campus

Thursday, May 12, 4 p.m.

Master of Public Administration Open House

Visit with faculty, alumni and students to discuss the benefits of and requirements for a Master Degree in Public Administration and/or the Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Administration & Leadership
Buena Vista Building (1.338), Downtown Campus

Saturday, May 14, 10 a.m.

UTSA Spring Commencement: Ceremony One

UTSA Spring Commencement ceremony for the College of Architecture, Construction and Planning, the College of Education and Human Development and the College of Sciences.
Alamodome

Saturday, May 14, 4 p.m.

UTSA Spring Commencement: Ceremony Two

UTSA Spring Commencement ceremony for the College of Business, the College of Public Policy and University College.
Alamodome

Sunday, May 15, 2 p.m.

UTSA Spring Commencement: Ceremony Three

UTSA Spring Commencement ceremony for the College of Engineering and the College of Liberal and Fine Arts.
Alamodome

Wednesday, May 18, 3 p.m.

The Great Staff Appreciation Event

The UTSA community is invited to honor the roughly 2,600 UTSA staff members who contribute to the success of the university and its students.
University Center Ballroom, Main Campus

Thursday, May 19, 6 p.m.

Superintendent Certification Program Information Session

Join UTSA faculty and staff, current students, and area central office administrators/program alumni to learn about this exciting accelerated and web-enhanced program leading to Texas Superintendent Certification. The event is free and open to the public.
Buena Vista Building (1.322), Downtown Campus


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