(Feb. 6, 2013) -- UTSA faculty and staff explored research funding opportunities at a discussion led Jan. 31 by Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) representative Steve Roberts, Ph.D. Roberts visited UTSA on behalf of ORAU, a consortium of more than 100 research institutions across the nation. UTSA joined ORAU in 2006.
Together, ORAU's member institutions seek to advance science and education by partnering with national laboratories, government agencies and private industry. Robert's office provides awards to ORAU member universities, and identifies and promotes funding opportunities by facilitating inter-institutional relationships to support increased funding for scientific research and education.
In addition to his discussion with UTSA faculty and staff, Roberts visited with President Ricardo Romo; Provost John Frederick; Miguel Yacaman, Lutcher Brown Distinguished Chair in Physics; and Jim Massaro, assistant vice president for research security.
Roberts also toured the Advanced Visualization Laboratory, the core facility for the UTSA Simulation, Visualization and Real-time Prediction Center, and the Advanced Microscopy Laboratory. The latter houses Helenita, one of the world's most advanced transmission electron microscopes. The microscope allows nanotechnology researchers to see samples magnified 20 million times their original size.
"ORAU provides UTSA a unique opportunity through its consortium and affiliation with the Oak Ridge National Laboratory," said Massaro. "From very expensive specialized equipment to high power computing, UTSA has state-of-the-art capabilities within easily accessible reach. In addition, the sky is the limit in faculty and student internships, access to special awards and partnerships with some of the finest universities in the country. Dr. Roberts brought all this and more to his presentation."
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
Graduate student uses storytelling to highlight important issues facing children
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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