(April 7, 2015) -- As part of its continuing commitment to research excellence, the University of Texas at San Antonio announces the establishment of the Academy of Distinguished Researchers. The purposes of the academy are to honor outstanding faculty who exemplify excellence in research; to foster a culture of exceptional research practices at UTSA; and to create a collective of faculty advocates who can serve as a resource for their colleagues.
The Academy is intended to mirror the Academy of Distinguished Teaching Scholars, which was established in 2012 to uphold exceptional teaching practices. Similarly, promoting the very highest quality of research and scholarly activity supports the university's educational mission, said John H. Frederick, provost and vice president for academic affairs.
"Learning takes place at all levels of the university—from our first-year students to our senior faculty," said Frederick. "For many of our faculty, being actively engaged in discovery and innovation in their disciplines is part of what makes them such effective teachers."
Charter inductees of the Academy are as follows:
Sos Agaian, Peter T. Flawn Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Hamid Beladi, Professor and IBC Bank Senior Faculty Fellow, Department of Economics
Rena Bizios, Peter T. Flawn Professor and Director of the Cellular and Tissue Engineering Laboratory, Department of Biomedical Engineering
William Cooke, Professor and Chair, Department of Kinesiology, Health, and Nutrition
Christopher Ellison, Dean's Distinguished Professor, Department of Sociology
Jeanne Reesman, Professor and Jack & Laura Richmond Endowed Faculty Fellow, Department of English
Ravi Sandhu, Professor and Lutcher Brown Distinguished Chair in Cyber Security and Executive Director of the Institute for Cyber Security, Department of Computer Science
Joachim Singelmann, Professor and Chair, Department of Demography
John Wald, Professor, Department of Finance
Charles Wilson, Professor, Ewing Halsell Distinguished Chair and Director of the Neurosciences Institute, Department of Biology
Miguel Jose-Yacaman, Lutcher Brown Distinguished Chair, Professor and Chair, Department of Physics and Astronomy
The charter members were selected by the UTSA Research Advisory Board for the demonstrated academic impact of their research and scholarly activity. Academic impact might include publications in leading journals, citation counts and access counts, academic ranking, editorship or other involvement in peer-review journals, appointments to leadership positions in professional societies, conference invitations, and patents awarded, among other measures. New inductees will be chosen and recognized each year.
Members of the Academy also will serve as advisors to both the provost and the vice president for research.
"UTSA has many, many outstanding researchers, and the inaugural class of the Academy of Distinguished Researchers exemplifies the outstanding research being conducted at the university," said C. Mauli Agrawal, vice president for research. "Each of the faculty who were selected as charter members are accomplished scholars who share the university's vision of being a premier public research university."
Charter members of the Academy will be recognized at a luncheon ceremony April 28. Adam Hamilton, president of Southwest Research Institute, will be the guest speaker.
Experience a fun, interactive week at UTSA as new students and their families take the first steps to becoming a Roadrunner.
Various locations, Main Campus and Downtown Campuses
Throughout the summer, UTSA offers more than 60 camps in science, engineering, architecture, sports, music, writing, language, culture and more.
Various locations, Main and Downtown Campuses
This event guides seniors and graduate students on the last phase of their college career and prepares recent alumni within one year of graduation for the world of work. Workshops and sessions will provide information on interview skills, job search strategies and networking.
Student Union, University Career Center, 2nd floor, Main Campus
The gala brings together UTSA alumni, friends and guests to celebrate the association's 41 years of scholarships, services, programs and the 2018 Alumni Award recipients.
Hyatt Hill Country Resort and Spa, 9800 Hyatt Resort Dr, San Antonio
As part of the citywide Kidcation and the ITC's free second Sunday, kids and families will have an opportunity to interact with cowboy docents, practice their skills at roping, learn about life on the cattle drives, make their own spurs, grab a seat for cowboy story time and work on cowboy-themed hands-on crafts.
UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures, Hemisfair Campus
Dozens of fun and free events to welcome new and returning Roadrunners.
Various locations, Main and Downtown Campuses
The kickoff to Roadrunner Days, the UTSA community welcomes the thousands of students who move in to their new homes as they begin their journey at UTSA.
Laurel Village, Chaparral Village and Alvarez Hall, Main Campus
After a full day of moving, UTSA students and their families are invited to the party featuring food, swag, dancing and a special performance from the Spirit of San Antonio marching band.
Student Union Paseo, Main Campus
The University of Texas at San Antonio is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge through research and discovery, teaching and learning, community engagement and public service. As an institution of access and excellence, UTSA embraces multicultural traditions and serves as a center for intellectual and creative resources as well as a catalyst for socioeconomic development and the commercialization of intellectual property - for Texas, the nation and the world.
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