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Imagine life on the shores of the San Antonio River 9,000 to 10,500 years ago. Hard to do? UTSA archaeologists got a glimpse into that life after unearthing more than 500 artifacts while assisting in the San Antonio River Improvement Project in South San Antonio. They found projectile points and woodworking tools thought to be for making canoes all those thousands of years ago.


Closer to downtown San Antonio, archaeologists discovered the trash of one of Bexar County's first surveyors. There were bottles and ceramic fragments, along with meat bones and oyster shells, thought to be from the homestead of John James, who lived along North Presa Street in the mid-1800s.

At the Micro-Level

The UTSA South Texas Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases will receive $4.6 million over the next five years from the U.S. Department of Defense Army Research Office to establish a Center of Excellence in Infection Genomics. The grant will support microbiology research, teaching and outreach activities aligned with Army priorities. Infection genomics is the scientific discipline in which biologists characterize functional properties of the entire genome of infectious organisms.

Commissioned

President Ricardo Romo and UT System Chancellor Francisco G. Cigarroa were appointed by President Barack Obama to serve on the President's Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. The commission is charged with expanding educational opportunities, improving education outcomes and delivering a complete and competitive education for all Hispanics.

All Business

The College of Business has a new bachelor of business administration degree in sport, event and tourism management. Coursework includes the study of tourism, sport and event management, sport marketing, economics of tourism and leisure, tourism law and destination marketing.

Going Bookless

Hate lugging around that huge science textbook? UTSA Libraries are now lending eReaders to students, faculty and staff who want to read pre-loaded popular and scholarly science and engineering content.

Building Bone, Rebuilding Lives

UTSA biomedical researchers created a scaffold that can be used to mend or regrow bone lost because of trauma or disease. If approved by the FDA, it could be on the market and used by patients by the end of 2012.

From B.S. to M.D.

Beginning in fall 2013, students can get their bachelor of science degree in biology and their doctor of medicine degree in seven years. It's through a pilot program offered by UTSA and the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. The program's first students are expected to graduate with their M.D.s in 2020.

Special Collection

Seventy-five boxes of papers related to Texas Biomed, Southwest Research Institute, Mind Science Foundation and other partnerships and corporations are available to researchers and scholars at the UTSA Libraries Special Collections.
The papers belonged to Thomas Baker Slick Jr., founder of the Texas Biomedical Research Institute and span from 1938 until his death in 1962. They were donated to the university by his family in August.

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