Tuesday, November 24, 2015


UTSA's Richard Diem honored by international social science organization

Richard Diem

Richard Diem

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(June 20, 2014) -- Richard Diem, dean of the UTSA Honors College and professor of education, last week was awarded the Irving Morrisett Excellence in Social Science Education Award from the Social Science Education Consortium (SSEC). Diem received the award at the group's annual meeting in Rome. He is the current president of the organization.

The annual award is presented to an SSEC member who has devoted his or her career to improving social studies and social science education, has significant scholarly publications, and has demonstrated continuing commitment to the field and the consortium.

In addition to his work at UTSA, Diem taught in the public schools of suburban Chicago and at Northern Illinois University, Texas Women's University and the Escila de Superior in Viseu, Portugal. He is a graduate of Bradley University, where he earned his bachelor's degree in history and education. He completed a master's in education at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, a master's in history at Colorado State University, and a Ph.D. in education and anthropology at Northwestern University.

Diem's professional work includes four books, 95 articles, 100 papers and more than $5 million in grant and funded awards. He was selected for two Fulbright-Hays Professorships as well as numerous other professional and academic honors. Additionally, he was president of the National Council for the Social Studies.

Diem's major research interests are the application of technology to educational environments and the cultural and policy implications of information and technological change in education.

Founded in 1963, the SSEC is a not-for-profit educational corporation that works to strengthen the social science content in social studies education. Its members include leading social scientists and social science/social studies educators throughout the United States and Canada.

The organization promotes collaboration among educators, develops and disseminates exemplary curriculum materials and teaching approaches, conducts and promotes research and evaluation to lead to more effective teaching and learning, and represents social science education within the field and to the public.


For more information, visit the Social Science Education Consortium website.

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Dec. 1, 9 a.m.

CITE Venture Competition & Exposition

The annual Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) 100K Venture Competition and Exposition will be held on the Main Campus on Dec. 1. Twenty-eight teams from across the university will exhibit their project; six teams will compete for a prize pool of more than $100,000 in funding to launch their new venture / company. More than 650 students have participated in launching new technology ventures.
Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering (BSE 2.102), Main Campus

Dec. 3, 5:30 p.m.

UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert

This concert features 50 community children performing music in the UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert. The children, led by UTSA music students studying to be music teachers, will join together in playing the Theme from Batman at their concert. The Batman of San Antonio, a local celebrity figure, will make an appearance at the concert. This event is free.
Buena Vista Theatre, Downtown Campus

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UTSA writes the book on all-digital libraries

As touch screens and e-books demand more and more attention from both casual readers and scholars, many people say the handwriting is on the wall for the printed page.

At UTSA, the handwriting is on the wall for a library that doesn't have any printed books.

Since March 2010, the bookless library in the Applied Engineering and Technology Building has given UTSA students an innovative way to read, research and work with each other to solve problems.

With ultra-modern furniture and a décor featuring desktop computers, scanners and LCD screens, the AET Library is designed to engage students in an online format. But it also offers group study niches and study rooms with whiteboards and glass walls on which students can write. The space encourages teamwork, communications and problem solving for the next generation of scientists and professional engineers.

Did you know? The UTSA AET Library is the nation's first completely bookless library on a college or university campus. It served as a model for Bexar County's first-in-the-nation public bookless library system and one of its branches, the Dr. Ricardo Romo BiblioTech.

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