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When I heard UTSA’s name along with Harvard, Caltech and other German researchers who received the [international society for optics and photonics] Green Photonics Award, I was really excited. It was exciting to see that our research was on that level and we were all on the same stage. We hope this attracts more students to UTSA who are interested in researching photonics."

—Gangadharan Ajith Kumar,, who along with two colleagues from the UTSA Laser and Biophotonics Laboratory, Madhab Pokhrel and Dhiraj K. Sardar, was recently honored for developing the world’s most intense infrared–activated, light-emitting phosphor

"Last year, we expanded our research programs at UTSA by recruiting top faculty and by focusing on our five areas of research strength: health, cyber security, energy, sustainability and human development. When our students have access to scholars who are at the top of their fields, they have the power to transform their lives so they can make a positive and significant impact on our state, our nation and our world."

—President Ricardo Romo, on the university’s 6.8 percent increase in research spending in FY 2011 over the previous year. The $56,833,860 total represents a 75.8 percent increase from the amount spent on research five years ago.

"That ability to concentrate on the life of the mind, that’s the most precious and attractive thing that perpetuates our studies. It allows the thinking and inventiveness to continue from one generation to the other. Our students now have a place to go and just think about the contributions that came before."

—Dan Gelo,Dean of The College of Liberal and Fine Arts, speaking at the Feb. 8 ribbon cutting for the African American Reading Room in the John Peace Library

"The Institute of Texan Cultures is a key element in UTSA’s community outreach efforts in San Antonio and across the state. As a scholar and museum professional with a proven track record of success, [Angelica M. Docog] is the optimal choice to lead the Institute of Texan Cultures in its mission to serve the community."

—Jude Valdez, Vice President for Community Services, announcing the appointment of Docog as the institute’s executive director

"All of us, well maybe a few of us, have had that experience of somebody liking you who has always liked you, but you don’t like them. In fact, they get on your nerves. The real irony of life is that we run after people while someone else is running after us."

—Daniel "Omotosho" Black,
at a discussing his book Perfect Peace at a Dec. 2 lecture hosted by the Department of English

"We proved that UTSA finance students are top tier. We cannot only compete with some of the best business programs in Texas, but we can beat them. Our finance education gave us the tools we needed to succeed."

—Tiby Erdely,
Senior Finance Major, after his three person team won first place in the CFA Institute Research Challenge, beating out 19 teams from the Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma region in a global competition that tests business students’ financial analytical skills. More than 3,000 students from almost 50 countries participated this year.

"Life is a journey and the Camino parallels one’s life journey; the path can be challenging and rewarding at the same time. The lessons I learned could only have been learned by walking the Camino. ... I survived what I thought was impossible."

—Norma Cantu,UTSA English Professor, at her Dec. 7 lecture "Walking on the Path: El Camino de Santiago"

"They go together, literature and life. That’s really the main argument of all my work. They actually are connected. I try to say to students over and over again, ’This stuff matters. It matters so much that without it you might go crazy.’"

—Jay Parini,
Novelist and Poet, at the 25th annual Brackenridge Distinguished Visiting Lecture Series on Feb. 3

"This whole notion of how do you marry technology and people in a meaningful, significant way so that people feel that their destiny, their bill at the end of the month, is really in their control and they can influence it, is critically important."

—Les Shephard,
director of The UTSA Texas Sustainable Energy Research Institute, on the July 8 taping of NPR’s Science Friday

"This is a new Libya; we’re starting from scratch. Not like the Egyptian and Tunisian revolutions where the bureaucracy is still there. What you write on this piece of paper, this empty white piece of paper, will be the revolution. It will be our country going forward."

—Mansour El-Kikhia,
Libyan-born Professor And Chairman of the department of Political Science and Geography, quoted in the Aug. 31 San Antonio Current


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