Fri July 08

National Science Foundation Guest Lecture

Office of Research Support

Alan Wilson

Associate Professor, School of Fisheries at Auburn University

Alan Wilson received his Ph.D. in Applied Biology from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2006. After spending a year as a research investigator at the Cooperative Institute for Limnology and Ecosystems Research jointly housed at the University of Michigan and NOAA’s Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory, Alan joined the faculty in the School of Fisheries at Auburn University in 2007 where he is an Associate Professor. In addition to his academic life, Alan is currently near the end of a two-year detail at the National Science Foundation where he helps manage the Population and Community Ecology program in the Division of Environmental Biology. Alan is broadly interested in understanding the ecology of freshwater lakes. Specifically, he studies the ecological and evolutionary mechanisms mediating interactions between zooplankton and phytoplankton that lead to the promotion or control of harmful algal blooms. You can learn more about Alan’s research at

9 - 11:00 a.m.   |  Faculty Center   |  Conference Room 4.04.12C   |  Main Campus

Please join us as the UTSA Office of Research Support hosts Dr. Alan Wilson of the National Science Foundation (NSF).

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Multiple July 11-14

STEM Summer Workshop

Center of Excellence in Infection Genomics

9 a.m. - 3 p.m.   |  JPL 4.04.22   |  Assembly Room   |  Main Campus

STEM Summer Workshop: Culturing High School Students as Future Microbiologists

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Wed July 13

Engaging with DARPA

Office of Research Support

Stephanie Tompkins, Ph.D.

Director, Defense Science Office, DARPA

Dr. Tompkins has been the Director of DARPA’s Defense Sciences Office since April 2014, where she leads and manages DARPA’s most exploratory office in identifying and accelerating breakthrough technologies to prevent and create strategic surprise. She has held several roles at DARPA, including Program Manager, Deputy Director of DARPA’s Strategic Technology Office, and the DARPA Chief of Staff. Before joining DARPA, Dr. Tompkins spent 10 years at Science Applications International Corporation. While there, Dr. Tompkins led and managed a successful profit-and-loss unit focused on electro-optic and RF sensor development and data analysis. Prior to SAIC, she served as a military intelligence officer in the U.S. Army. She has made a number of technical contributions throughout her career to the fields of imaging spectroscopy, geology, navigation, and optical element manufacturing. For instance, she initiated and led a DARPA program that demonstrated the use of global lightning signals as navigation beacons, as well as developing new filtering techniques to allow on-the-fly incorporation of diverse sources of location data. As a NASA-funded scientist, she developed new methods for extracting mineralogical information from reflectance spectra. Dr. Tompkins has also developed and patented new spatial and spectral data processing techniques for applications such as change detection, plant species discrimination, and feature extraction from imaging spectroscopy data. She received her Ph.D. and M.Sc. in Geological Science from Brown University, and her B.A. in Geological and Geophysical Sciences from Princeton.

10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.   |  Faculty Center   |  Conference Room 4.04.12C   |  Main Campus

This presentation will give an overview of DARPA, working with DARPA and the Defense Sciences Office, and description of some of the current activities DSO’s program managers are working on.

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