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The Magazine of The College of Sciences


Regenerate It

Regenerate It: The Power of Progenitor Cells

It's not science fiction any more. Researchers are developing new ways to use stem cell-based treatments to fight disease and treat devastating injuries.

Snow Dragaon

Aboard the ‘Snow Dragon’

Travel with Professor Hongjie Xie to the frozen tundra of the Arctic to uncover the effects of global climate change.

Chemical Reaction

A Chemical Reaction

She has dedicated her career to teaching and research, and even though now retired, she continues to give back to students at UTSA.

Dean's Message

George Perry

It all starts in the laboratory

Research is critical to advancing knowledge and educating our students. We pride ourselves on providing a rich selection of diverse opportunities for our students, and we have been internationally recognized as leaders in several areas of research.

Bernard Arulanandam, Ph.D., associate dean of research for scientific innovation and Jane and Roland Blumberg Professor of Biology, is working to ensure our research programs are in continual alignment with the overall strategic initiatives of UTSA. Research provides a robust training environment for our undergraduate and graduate students, and prepares them for the technology- and knowledge-based job market.

Our innovative faculty gives students the advantage of working on projects that are on the leading edge of science and technology. The college recently has received state, national and international recognition for excellence in such areas as computational neuroscience, infectious diseases, information security, medicinal chemistry, nanotechnology, and stem cells.

Dr. Arulanandam, who has been working to streamline our efforts so that we offer the best opportunities to advance scientific discovery is optimistic about the future of science at UTSA and the entire San Antonio community.

We are particularly excited by our plans to further leverage partnerships in San Antonio with Southwest Research Institute, Texas Biomedical Research Institute, the University of Texas Health Sciences Center and the Department of Defense. Collaboration with such organizations to identify new areas for scientific investigation will enhance the research profile of UTSA and provide a sustainable competitive advantage to students and faculty in our college. —Bernard Arulanandam.

I invite you to read our stories and see how research is changing lives. We hope you will be inspired to make discoveries of your own.



George Perry, Ph.D.

The Dean’s Fund for Excellence

Fund for Excellence

Expand the frontiers of science through undergraduate scholarships.

Timothy Shanks was born and raised in San Antonio. Excellence has driven his academic career.

A member of the Honors College with a cumulative GPA of 3.93, Timothy excelled in the classroom and in research. A volunteer in his spare time, he was awarded as the college’s Outstanding Undergraduate Student his senior year.

The Dean’s Fund for Excellence rewarded Timothy’s achievements with an Excellence Award to offset some of the costs of his education.

A spring 2011 graduate, Timothy is now pursuing a doctoral degree at Texas A&M University.

For more information about supporting students through scholarships, contact the UTSA College of Sciences at (210) 458-4450 or visit