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UTSA awards seed funding for 20 faculty research projects

Billie Jo Rodriguez

Billie Jo Rodriguez, assistant professor in the Department of Educational Psychology, is one of 20 UTSA faculty members who received seed grant funding from the Office of the Vice President for Research for summer 2014.

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(March 21, 2014) -- The Office of the Vice President for Research announces the Special Summer Seed Grant program awardees for summer 2014. This seed grant program was a one-time funding opportunity established to promote research and scholarship at the highest quality. A total of $100,000 was divided evenly among the 20 recipients.

Funding awards will support faculty experience in identifying and submitting applications to potential funding sources, to provide preliminary data to support applications for extramural funding, and to enhance scholarly and creative activities. The competition was extremely close, and all who submitted proposals demonstrated that UTSA was well on its way toward becoming a Tier One institution.

College of Architecture

Angela Lombardi, Assistant Professor, Department of Architecture
Masonry Survey and Mortar Characterization of One of the San Antonio’s Mission: San Francisco De La Espada


College of Business

Charles Liu, Assistant Professor, Department of Information Systems and Cyber Security
Are Free Apps the New Solution to Software Piracy? The Impact of the Freemium Strategy on Mobile App Piracy in the Presence of Network Effects

Bruce Rudy, Assistant Professor, Department of Management
The Wal-Mart Effect? Considering the Social Implication of Explosive Corporate Growth

Kefeng Xu, Associate Professor, Department of Management Sciences and Statistics
Can Product Recalls Be Profitable? Insights from Behavior Economic Models and Empirical Studies

Edgar Ghossoub, Associate Professor, Department of Economics
Financial Structure and the Formulation of Monetary Policy

David Han, Assistant Professor, Department of Management Sciences and Statistics
Time and Cost Constrained Optimal Designs of Step-stress Accelerated Life Tests


College of Education and Human Development

Juliet Langman, Associate Professor, Department of Bicultural-Bilingual Studies
Engaging English Learners in the Language of Science (eELsci): A Professional Development Program for High School Biology Teachers

Becky Huang, Assistant Professor, Department of Bicultural-Bilingual Studies
The Role of Accent Familiarity in Speaking Assessment: A Cross-Linguistic Comparison between Chinese and Spanish Heritage and Non-Heritage Raters

Billie Jo Rodriguez, Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Psychology
A Practical Approach for Teaching School Personnel to Develop Effective Function-Based Behavioral Interventions for Students with Challenging Behaviors

David P. Thompson, Professor, Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies
Shattered Lives: What does it Mean When an Educator Sexually Abuses a Student


College of Liberal and Fine Arts

Jason Yaeger, Professor, Department of Anthropology
Competition, Warfare and the Rise and Fall of Late Classic Maya Kingdoms

Ethan Wickman, DMA – Assistant Professor, Department of Music
Helios: A Concerto for Flute and Percussion Ensemble

Robert Hard, Professor, Department of Anthropology
Ancient Maize Agriculture on the New Mexico Borderland

Melanie Stine, Assistant Professor, Department of Geography
Geomorphology of Southern Appalachian Peatlands

Aida Ramos-Wada, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology
A Matter of the Heart: Covariates and Reasons for Latino/a Catholic to Protestant Conversion

Xiaohe Xu, Professor, Department of Sociology
Post-divorce Cohabitation and Remarriage: Does Religion Matter?

Bernadette Andrea, Professor, Department of English
Recovering and Re-Mapping Leo Africanus’s Mediterranean World in English Renaissance Discourses of Empire

Joanna Lambert, Professor, Department of Anthropology
Energy-Rich Food and the Ability to Carry It: Implications for Interpreting Primate Evolutionary Success


College of Public Policy

Johnelle Sparks, Associate Professor, Department of Demography
Examining the Impact of Segregation on Racial/Ethnic and Educational Differences in Allostatic Load

Corey Sparks, Assistant Professor, Department of Demography
Spatio-temporal Analysis of Disparities in Cancer Incidence in the State of Texas, 1995-2010



Oct. 10, 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

UTSA CITE Technology Entrepreneurship Boot Camp

Kickstart your career as an entrepreneur at the UTSA Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship Boot Camp.
Business Building, Richard S. Liu Auditorium (BB 2.01.02), Main Campus

Oct. 14, 5:30 p.m.

Architecture as Rendered Society

The UTSA College of Architecture, Construction and Planning, in partnership with AIA San Antonio’s Latinos in Architecture, presents architect Andrés Jaque, founder of the Office for Political Innovation, an architectural practice dually based in New York and Madrid.
Buena Vista Building, Aula Canaria Lecture Hall (BV 1.328), Downtown Campus

Oct. 15, 6 p.m.

Take Back the Night 2015

The UTSA Women’s Studies Institute invites you to Take Back the Night, an international initiative to raise awareness and empower survivors while educating allies through a march, poetry, and testimonios. This is a gender-inclusive movement to shatter the silence surrounding sexual and domestic violence.
Sombrilla Plaza, Main Campus

Oct. 19, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.


Grad Fest is an event designed to prepare you for commencement while celebrating your achievement. You will have the opportunity to purchase commencement regalia, order class rings, diploma frames, explore graduate school opportunities, learn about successful Stafford loan repayment and discuss career outcomes.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom

Oct. 20, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.


Grad Fest is an event designed to prepare you for commencement while celebrating your achievement. You will have the opportunity to purchase commencement regalia, order class rings, diploma frames, explore graduate school opportunities, learn about successful Stafford loan repayment and discuss career outcomes.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom

Oct. 20-21, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

SECC Book Sale

Looking for a good read? Shop for yourself or for gifts and help change a life at the same time. Browse and buy children’s stories, novels and more at the 2015 SECC Book Sale.
Sombrilla Plaza, Main Campus

Oct. 22, 6 p.m.

Phi Kappa Phi Last Lecture

What would Dr. John Bartkowski say if it were his last lecture? The UTSA professor of sociology will speak about “The Power of Listening” in this annual event sponsored by the UTSA chapter of Phi Kappa Phi. A reception will follow.
Denman Room (UC 2.201.28), Main Campus

Oct. 27, 11:30 a.m.

Lecture by Composer Larry Groupe

The UTSA Music Department presents Emmy-award winning Composer Larry Groupe. Groupe has composed music for films such as "The Contender," "Straw Dogs" and "Miami Vice," and TV shows such as "Star Trek: The Next Generation," "Ren and Stimpy" and "American Gladiators." Lecture is free and open to the public.
Arts Building (ART 2.03.15-18), Main Campus

Oct. 29, 5:30 p.m.

White Bound: Nationalists, Anti-Racists and the Shared Meanings of Race

The Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series continues with Dr. Matthew Hughey, a scholar of race, racism and racial inequality.
Buena Vista Building (BV 1.328), Downtown Campus

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UTSA writes the book on all-digital libraries

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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