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Earth Week: UTSA screens 'Switch' energy documentary April 22

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Still shot from energy documentary "Switch"

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(April 18, 2013) --To celebrate Earth Week, UTSA Roadrunners for Renewable Resources (R3) invites the public to attend its 2013 screening of "Switch," a documentary that explores energy's past, present and future. The free screening will be 2:30 p.m., Monday, April 22 in the University Center Retama Auditorium (2.02.02) on the UTSA Main Campus.

>> Watch a trailer from the documentary.

"Switch" will be introduced by Mark Blount from Switch Energy Project and followed by an expert panel question-and-answer session with the audience. The first 100 attendees will receive a 2013 UTSA Earth Week t-shirt.

Praised by both environmentalists and energy firms for its neutral and pragmatic stance, "Switch" objectively examines past sources for our energy that have built society and explores alternative means to more efficient forms of energy that will shape our future. The documentary discusses the world's energy infrastructure as well as the costs and benefits of various energy sources.

"Switch" was made by award-winning documentary director Harry Lynch, whose work has been viewed by millions of people around the world. Lynch is the founder of Arcos Films and the co-founder of Trinity Films.

The documentary features Scott Tinker, professor of geology at the University of Texas at Austin. Tinker wrote the script for the documentary, based on a two-year project that included 53 expert interviews and research on 27 world-leading energy sites in 11 countries.

More than 250 universities across the country have plans to screen "Switch" as part of the Geological Society of America Switch Energy Awareness and Efficiency Program.



Dec. 1, 9 a.m.

CITE Venture Competition & Exposition

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

Dec. 3, 5:30 p.m.

UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert

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

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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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