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UTSA to host Nov. 15 lecture by acclaimed stem cell researcher

Kevin Eggan

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(Nov. 13, 2012) -- The UTSA College of Sciences will host the Provost's Distinguished Lecture at 6 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 15 in the Main Building Auditorium (0.104) on the UTSA Main Campus. Kevin Eggan, a Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Harvard University professor, will speak on "Untangling the Scientific and Societal Complexities of Stem Cell Research." The lecture is free and open to the public.

Recognized in 2007 by Scientific American as one of the "50 Most Influential People in Science," Eggan has garnered international recognition as a burgeoning young investigator in the field of stem cell biology.

Eggan received his bachelor's degree in microbiology from the University of Illinois and his doctoral degree in microbiology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

As a graduate student, he pursued projects focusing on cloning stem cells and reprogramming after nuclear transfer under the guidance of genetics pioneer Rudolph Jaenisch. Eggan also collaborated with Richard Axel, a 2003 Nobel Prize winner at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

His current research focuses on applying the knowledge gained in stem cell biology to developing therapies for neurodegenerative diseases such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease).

In 2006, Eggan's research received national recognition when two of his papers were published in Cell Stem CellandScience. One of his papers illustrated that induced pluripotent stem cells generated from adult skin cells of ALS patients can be differentiated into motor neurons.

Eggan's accolades include his selection as a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Early Career Scientist in 2009 and as a MacArthur Foundation fellow in 2006. Currently, he is a professor in the Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology at Harvard University.

 

 

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UTSA writes the book on all-digital libraries

As touch screens and e-books demand more and more attention from both casual readers and scholars, many people say the handwriting is on the wall for the printed page.

At UTSA, the handwriting is on the wall for a library that doesn't have any printed books.

Since March 2010, the bookless library in the Applied Engineering and Technology Building has given UTSA students an innovative way to read, research and work with each other to solve problems.

With ultra-modern furniture and a décor featuring desktop computers, scanners and LCD screens, the AET Library is designed to engage students in an online format. But it also offers group study niches and study rooms with whiteboards and glass walls on which students can write. The space encourages teamwork, communications and problem solving for the next generation of scientists and professional engineers.

Did you know? The UTSA AET Library is the nation's first completely bookless library on a college or university campus. It served as a model for Bexar County's first-in-the-nation public bookless library system and one of its branches, the Dr. Ricardo Romo BiblioTech.

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