Message from the Dean
Dr. George Perry
UTSA's College of Sciences is an institutional leader in both teaching and research. Committed to innovation and excellence in the classroom and the laboratory, the College of Sciences dedicates its efforts to raising the next generation of scientists and preparing them to take their place in the workforce as well-educated, highly-trained citizen leaders. As UTSA moves rapidly to reach its goal of becoming a premier research institution by 2016, there is no doubt that the College of Sciences will lead the way.
The College of Sciences:
- Pushes the boundaries with new technology. Thanks to a gift from the Helen C. and Robert J. Kleberg, Jr. Foundation, the college installed a second-generation aberration-corrected electron microscope, the first of its kind nationwide, that allows researchers to view images at a resolution of less than one ten billionth of a meter. The new microscope will aid research in all areas including biology, chemistry, biophysics and more.
- Develops methods to heal. The South Texas Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases, in collaboration with the UT Health Science Center, secured the university’s first revenue-producing license with Merck to produce a vaccine against Chlamydia trachomatis, the bacterium that causes the disease chlamydia. Chlamydia affects nearly 2.3 million people in the United States and is the most common preventable cause of infertility in women.
- Explores material on a nano level. The Department of Physics and Astronomy received a National Science Foundation $2.7 million grant in fall 2009 to research nanoparticles. In particular, the grant focuses on the relationship between the properties of metals and their applications in biomedicine such as in cancer treatments and more.
- Fills the growing need for qualified teachers. The Generating Educational Excellence in Mathematics & Science (GE²MS) Program, a collaborative effort between the colleges of sciences and education, trains science and math students to become effective educators.
- Opens new doors for precollege–age students. Programs such as the ExxonMobil Texas Science and Engineering Fair encourage students to participate in the sciences, earning experience and scholarships. In 2010, one of the participants in the Texas fair went on to win the $75,000 grand prize at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.
- Fosters nationally and internationally–renowned faculty leaders. Dr. Floyd Wormley was inducted as the youngest president of the Medical Mycological Society of the Americas. Dean George Perry, a Foreign Correspondent Member of the Spanish Royal Academy of Sciences, the Academy of Science Lisbon, and a Foreign Member of the Mexican National Academy of Sciences, is recognized as one of the world’s top ten researchers in Alzheimer’s disease.