(Oct. 3, 2013) -- The University of Texas at San Antonio College of Sciences and College of Engineering showcased some of the research laboratories this morning for student members attending the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) conference this week at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.
One hundred and sixty-five students from across the country and Puerto Rico had the opportunity to see the College of Sciences biophotonics laboratory, which provides 3-D imaging cellular analysis. The students also viewed one of the most powerful electron microscopes in physics.
Additionally, the students toured the Recreation and Wellness Center and the College of Engineering robotics and Advanced Visualization laboratories.
According to 21-year-old Sophia Campos, a senior at the University of California, San Diego, majoring in cognitive science with a concentration in neuroscience, "I have actually worked with virtual reality before, so being able to see equipment that is more up-to-date then what I have used was very nice and in a fun environment as well."
The tour wrapped up with a lunch in the University Center Ballroom, where UTSA Provost John Frederick provided words of encouragement for them to continue to pursue graduate degrees to help fill a critical need in the nation. Frederick quoted the latest figures from the National Center for Education Statistics that state traditionally only two percent of Hispanics earn doctoral degrees.
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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