(Nov. 25, 2014) -- Bernard Arulanandam, UTSA Jane and Roland Blumberg Professor in Biology and assistant vice president for research support, has been named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Arulanandam was elected by his peers for the honor, recognizing his scientific and socially distinguished efforts to advance science and its applications.
Arulanandam will receive the honor on Saturday, Feb. 14 at the 2015 annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in San Jose, Calif.
"I want to congratulate Bernard on this well-deserved distinction. He joins a growing number of AAAS fellows here at UTSA, working in such diverse fields as anthropology, biomedical engineering, chemistry, cybersecurity, electrical engineering, physics and more," said John Frederick, UTSA provost and vice president for academic affairs. "Bernard's selection as an AAAS fellow is further testament to our outstanding faculty."
Arulanandam joined the UTSA faculty in 2001 and conducts research on bacterial infections and the body's immune response to infectious diseases. His goal is to develop vaccines and therapies for prevention and treatment. Much of his work centers on studying mucosal surfaces, which are significant entry points for pathogens and often serve as the body's first line of defense.
In the laboratory, Arulanandam studies Franciscella tularensis, a biothreat agent and the bacterium that causes the respiratory infection tularemia or rabbit fever. He is also working on developing a vaccine against Chlamydia trachomatis, the major global cause of bacterial sexually transmitted disease.
In 2009, Arulanandam and his UT Health Science Center colleague Guangming Zhong established an exclusive license and sponsored research agreement with Merck and Co. to develop a vaccine for chlamydia, which causes an estimated 2.3 million infections in the United States. The Merck license was the first revenue-producing license for any technology developed at UTSA.
The immunologist has published 100 research papers and has received funding from several agencies including the National Institutes of Health, the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security.
Additionally, Arulanandam is one of the scientific directors of the Vaccine Development Center of San Antonio (a partnership between UTSA, the UT Health Science Center, Southwest Research Institute and Texas Biomedical Research Institute), and he directs the Center of Excellence in Infection Genomics, which is funded by the Department of Defense. The DoD center supports microbiology research, teaching and outreach activities aligned with Army priorities. He also serves as director of the South Texas Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases.
In his administrative role as assistant vice president for research support, Arulanandam is responsible for the development and implementation of strategic initiatives aimed toward growing UTSA to be a top-tier research university. Within this role, he provides leadership to the Office of Undergraduate Research, develops impactful faculty development programming and leads a team of grant development professionals focused on increasing funded research at UTSA.
Founded in 1848, the American Association for the Advancement of Science is the world's largest general scientific society and publisher of the journals Science, Translational Medicine and Science Signaling. The AAAS includes 261 affiliated societies and academies of science and serves 10 million individuals. Science has the largest paid circulation of any peer-reviewed general science journal in the world with an estimated total readership of one million.
Learn more at the South Texas Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases or Microbiology and Immunology at UTSA websites.
All UTSA faculty, staff and students are invited to attend open forums featuring finalist candidates for the position of vice provost and dean of the UTSA Graduate School.
Various locations, Main and Downtown Campuses
The Roadrunners close out the regular season at home against North Texas.
Alamodome, 100 Montana St., San Antonio
This event showcases innovative student projects and research performed across multiple disciplines. The symposium is designed to provide a public venue where UTSA senior engineering students to present advances achieved in their design projects.
H-E-B Student Union Ballroom (HSU 1.104/1.106), Main Campus
Join the Office of Information Technology for the grand opening of the Digital Experience Lab (DEx Lab). The DEx Lab is open to the entire UTSA community and contains innovative learning tools and serves as a virtual reality lab.
Applied Engineering and Technology Building (AET 0.202), Main Campus
The College of Education and Human Development’s Mexican American Studies (MAS) program will celebrate its 25thanniversary with a special celebration on Thursday, Nov. 29 at 6 p.m. at the UTSA Downtown Campus. The event is free and open to the public.
Buena Vista Street Building Theater (BVB 1.326), Downtown Campus
The students will perform in a showcase of modern, jazz, and ballet dances choreographed by Megan Rulewicz, Randi Miles and Michelle Pietri. Tickets are $10. Parking is free in the Cattleman's Square Lot.
Buena Vista Street Building Theater (BVB 1.326), Downtown Campus
The last concert in the annual holiday music series will feature the UTSA Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band and University band. Open to the public; admission $10.
Arts Building Recital Hall (ARTS 2.03.02), Main Campus
One of UTSA’s most memorable traditions when hundreds of Roadrunners will receive their class rings. Before the rings arrive at UTSA, however, they make a special stop to spend a night in Texas’ most iconic landmark, the Alamo.
H-E-B Student Union Ballrooms (HSU 1.104/1.106), Main Campus
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