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Big news! UTSA’s Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement program (RISE) has received a $7.7 million grant to continue its work. The program supports underrepresented minorities and financially disadvantaged students in obtaining their Ph.D.s in biomedical and behavioral sciences. Alums of the program have gone on to research careers at Tufts, Emory, Harvard and other top institutions. 
Story Contact: Christi Fish, christi.fish@utsa.edu210-458-5141

Saving money and reducing waste. Two UTSA alums have teamed up to reduce food waste in school cafeterias. Through their new app, CafeEDU, students can choose what they want to eat on any given day, which allows their school cafeterias to better plan menus. Ultimately, the UTSA alums want to help schools save money, which can be redirected back into the classroom. 
Story Contact: Kara Soria, kara.soria@utsa.edu210-458-7495

UTSA continues to forge ahead in cybersecurity innovation. UTSA professors Maanak Gupta and Ravi Sandhu have created a system that blocks cyber-attacks in driverless and connected cars
Story Contact: Christi Fish, christi.fish@utsa.edu210-458-5141

UTSA has received a $1 million grant from the City of San Antonio to improve the way it treats storm water run-off. The funding will allow UTSA to develop new methods to remove pollutants from storm water run-off on the Main Campus, which sits over the Edwards Aquifer Recharge Zone. 
Story Contact: Ingrid Wright, ingrid.wright@utsa.edu210-458-6708

Could Child Protective Services workers be a key to reducing infant mortality? A recent report by Texas Care for Children suggests that the children of teen moms are at a greater risk of infant mortality than children in the general population. UTSA social work professor Jolyn Mikow believes that additional CPS training could help reverse this alarming trend.
Story Contact: Ingrid Wright, ingrid.wright@utsa.edu210-458-6708

PrEP perceptions? A new UTSA study suggests that Hispanic gay and bisexual men are less likely to use PrEP, an effective HIV-prevention drug, when compared to their White or African American peers. A key factor? The Hispanic men say that their families wouldn’t approve. Researcher Phillips Schnarrs is available to talk about the findings of his new study.
Story Contact: Kara Soria, kara.soria@utsa.edu210-458-7495

Batter up! UTSA researcher Saki Oyama wants to prevent injuries in baseball pitchers. Drawing on her expertise as a nationally certified athletic trainer, she’s studying the throwing motions of teen pitchers and how those movements change as they start to get fatigued from repetitive pitching. Her goal is to develop an objective way for coaches to detect when pitchers are getting tired.
Story Contact: Kara Soria, kara.soria@utsa.edu210-458-7495

Josie Mendez-Negrete is a mother, an author and a UTSA professor of Bicultural-Bilingual Studies. In her book, A Life on Hold: Loving with Schizophrenia, she shares the story of her son, Tito, and his struggle with schizophrenia. Her powerful account is considered the first memoir by a Mexican American author sharing family experiences dealing with mental illness. She has great insight that could help other families who are also dealing with similar challenges involving mental illness.
Story Contact: Kara Soria, kara.soria@utsa.edu210-458-7495

UTSA alumnus Ramon Coronado has developed a new company that uses stem cells to help the body accept an organ transplant. His technique side steps the current practice of suppressing the immune system to keep it from rejecting the new organ, which leaves already sick patients vulnerable to serious infections. To date, Coronado has seen an 80 percent reduction in cancer cells in his tests.
Story Contact: Christi Fish, christi.fish@utsa.edu210-458-5141

UTSA brain health superstar Jenny Hsieh is using CRISPR to implement a personalized, precision medicine strategy for brain health. She’s one of nearly 40 researchers at UTSA who are working to unlock the brain’s greatest mysteries. Learn more about Hsieh and others at UTSA as they work toward developing treatments for Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and they unlock secrets of learning and memory.
Story Contact: Christi Fish, christi.fish@utsa.edu210-458-5141


HOT NEWS TOPICS

Worried about talking to your kids about school violence, in the wake of recent school shootings? UTSA educational psychology researcher Felicia Castro-Villarreal has tips for parents who need to get the conversation started.
Story Contact: Kara Soria, kara.soria@utsa.edu210-458-7495

Internet freedom continues to be a hot topic as members of the Senate challenge the Federal Communications Commission’s net neutrality rollback, planned for June 11. UTSA communications professor Luis Hestres is available to discuss the history of net neutrality rules and how they impact consumers and businesses.
Story Contact: Kara Soria, kara.soria@utsa.edu210-458-7495

The rate of phishing attacks on mobile devices has risen 85 percent in the past year. UTSA professor David Dampier is available to talk about why phishing attacks have remained popular and continue to become more prevalent, and why targeting mobile devices is so effective. Dampier specializes in digital forensics, software engineering and cybersecurity.
Story Contact: Christi Fish, christi.fish@utsa.edu210-458-5141