(Nov. 27, 2012) -- William Cooke, professor of health and kinesiology in the UTSA College of Education and Human Development, was selected to serve as the speaker of the Texas Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) 2013 Lecture Tour. Over the course of a week, Cooke will deliver lectures at a series of Texas educational institutions on behalf of the Texas chapter of ACSM.
"This is a big honor for both Bill and our department," said Wan Yao, associate professor and chair of the UTSA Department of Health and Kinesiology. "In the past, most if not all of the lecturers were by scholars from the big-dog Texas universities. Now, UTSA is becoming a big dog because of the hard and productive work from outstanding faculty like Bill."
Cooke studies the regulation of the human cardiovascular system, focusing on how autonomic mechanisms control heart rate, arterial pressure and cerebral blood flow. His research has applications to general physiology, spaceflight physiology, exercise physiology and battlefield medicine. His research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, NASA, the American Heart Association and the Department of Defense.
The physiologist received his bachelor's and master's degrees in human performance from the University of Houston, Clear Lake, and he earned his doctorate in kinesiology and exercise physiology from Texas A&M University, College Station. He completed post-doctoral training in the Department of Internal Medicine Division of Cardiology at the Medical College of Virginia at Virginia Commonwealth University.
The Texas chapter of the ACSM is the local arm of a national scientific society that promotes scientific and clinical knowledge in the fields related to sports and exercise. Each year, the chapter hosts a spring lecture tour, presenting one distinguished speaker to visit and connect with students and faculty at multiple Texas universities.
The Texas universities choose one of several lecture topics proposed by the lecturer. Cooke's topics are "Humans Under Pressure: Studies of Autonomic Cardiovascular Control with Applications to Traumatic Injury" and "Cerebrovascular Control During Exercise, Orthostasis and Dehydration: The TACSM Connection."
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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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