(Dec. 19, 2012) -- Janakiram Seshu, associate professor of bacterial pathogenesis in the UTSA Department of Biology and a member of the South Texas Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases (STCEID), recently led a three-member team of investigators to China to launch research collaborations related to tick-borne diseases.
The other members of the traveling team included Adalberto Pérez de León, director, and Andrew Li, research physiologist of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Knipling-Bushland U.S. Livestock Insects Research Laboratory in Kerrville, Texas.
The team visited six Chinese institutions including the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention in Beijing. The two-week trip was funded by the USDA Scientific Cooperation Exchange Program (SCEP) and the Ministry of Agriculture of the People's Republic of China.
The goal of the visit was to establish links with potential long-term collaborators at Chinese institutions for scientific and technological exchange, ultimately to mitigate the impact of tick-borne diseases. One research staff member and one student from two different institutions in China are expected to soon visit UTSA and the USDA-ARS facility in Kerrville as part of the scientific exchange program.
Seshu's research focuses on Lyme disease, the most-prevalent tick-borne infectious disease in the United States. His laboratory is examining regulation of gene expression affecting the survival and infectious capabilities of Borrelia burgdorferi, the agent that causes the disease. As a member of the Center of Excellence in Infection Genomics at UTSA, Seshu and his research team uses several novel methodologies to determine how the agent of Lyme disease is transmitted to animals bitten by infected ticks and aims to identify methods to prevent the transmission and onset of the disease in humans.
The UTSA Center for Infection Genomics is funded by the U.S. Department of Defense. The research center focuses on four core areas of expertise: the genomics of intestinal and respiratory pathogens, the biochemistry and molecular biology of vector-borne pathogens, the immunopathogenesis of fungal infections and anti-fungal drug development, and vaccine development.
Learn more at the UTSA Center of Excellence in Infection Genomics website.
The annual Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) 100K Venture Competition and Exposition will be held on the Main Campus on Dec. 1. Twenty-eight teams from across the university will exhibit their project; six teams will compete for a prize pool of more than $100,000 in funding to launch their new venture / company. More than 650 students have participated in launching new technology ventures.
Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering (BSE 2.102), Main Campus
This concert features 50 community children performing music in the UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert. The children, led by UTSA music students studying to be music teachers, will join together in playing the Theme from Batman at their concert. The Batman of San Antonio, a local celebrity figure, will make an appearance at the concert. This event is free.
Buena Vista Theatre, Downtown Campus
Aspiring doctor hopes to change medical attitudes toward obesity-related ailments
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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