Office of the Vice President for Research
Dr. Geoffery Ling
Director, DARPA Biological Technologies Office
Dr. Geoffery Ling is the founding director of the Biological Technologies Office. He created and managed a broad portfolio of research spanning neuroscience, infectious disease, pharmacology, and battlefield medicine. He was named DARPA Program Manager of the Year in 2009 and served as Deputy Director for the Defense Sciences Office from 2013-2014.
1:30 - 3 p.m. | JPL 4.04.22 | Assembly Room | Main Campus
The mission of DARPA’s Biological Technologies Office is to foster, demonstrate, and transition breakthrough fundamental research, discoveries, and applications that integrate biology, engineering, and computer science for national security. The BTO seeks to establish and invest in new communities of scientific interest at the intersection of traditional and emerging disciplines.
Attendee faculty will have an opportunity to meet with Dr. Ling in one of two small group breakout sessions following the lecture.
The College of Liberal and Fine Arts & UTSA Research
Dr. Eric Lupfer
Dr. Lupfer is Director of Grants and Education at Humanities Texas. He holds a Ph.D. in English and an M.S. in information studies from The University of Texas at Austin and a B.A. with High Honors in English from Bowdoin College.
Dr. Jill Hernandez
Associate Professor of Philosophy
Dr. Hernandez is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at UTSA and recent recipient of a National Endowment for Humanities Faculty Award. Dr. Hernandez earned her Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Memphis and her M.A. from Texas A&M University.
Dr. Ana Wandless
Assistant Director for Research Support
Dr. Wandless is Assistant Director for Research Support at UTSA. She earned a B.A. in Anthropology and Linguistics from the University of Texas at Austin and a Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from Rice University.
1 - 3 p.m. | HUC 1.102 | Bexar Room | Main Campus
This session will provide an overview of finding funding and writing grant proposals for Humanities research projects and public programs.
Office of Development
3:30 - 4:30 p.m. | JPL 4.04.12C | Faculty Center Conference Room | Main Campus
In this one hour session, you will hear how UTSA has partnered with ScaleFunder to create the platform LaunchUTSA. Attend to learn how crowdfunding can support university programs and benefit your department.
Dr. Carolyn L. Ehardt
Professor of Anthropology
Dr. Ehardt served from 2011-2014 as Director of the Biological Anthropology Program in NSF's Directorate for Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences. She has expertise in ecology and conservation biology of African primates, with research conducted at a long-term field site in Tanzania. Her research, and that of her doctoral students, has been supported through multiple NSF awards, as well as grants from various non-governmental funding organizations.
Dr. Yufei Huang
Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
Dr. Huang received his Ph.D. degree in electrical engineering from the State University of New York at Stony Brook in 2001. Since 2002, he has been with the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UTSA. He was a recipient of the NSF Early CAREER Award in 2005, and the 2007 IEEE Signal Processing Magazine Best Paper Award.
Dr. Joanna Lambert
Professor of Anthropology
Dr. Lambert is a professor of biological anthropology who investigates the evolutionary biology of African apes and monkeys. She has extensive experience with the NSF, including serving as Director of the NSF Biological Anthropology Program (2007-2008), being a panel reviewer (NSF DDIG and Senior grants), receiving NSF research grants for both her self and her students, and garnering undergraduate (NSF REU) and graduate training fellowships (NSF GRF).
Dr. John Quarles
Assistant Professor of Computer Science
Dr. Quarles received the NSF CAREER award in 2014. Dr. Quarles is both a virtual reality researcher and a multiple sclerosis patient, which gives his research a unique perspective on improving the quality of life of disabled persons.
10 - 11:30 a.m. | JPL 4.04.22 | Assembly Room | Main Campus
This presentation encourages graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and early career faculty to obtain support for their research by helping them understand the range of NSF career development awards available, navigate the application process, and develop a competitive application.
UTSA Libraries – Faculty Services
Dr. Lucretia M. Fraga
Teaching & Learning Consultant
Dr. Fraga provides professional development in effective teaching practices to faculty, students and staff. She has over 10 years of experience in working with faculty in higher education. Her research interests include the use of mobile devices for learning and changing pedagogical practices through the use of technology.
Dr. Fraga holds a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching with an emphasis on Instructional Technology from UTSA and a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from Houston Baptist University.
9 - 10 a.m. | JPL 4.04.12C | Faculty Center Conference Room | Main Campus
Are students challenging your grading? Are you looking for an effective method for grading? In this session participants will learn helpful ways to grade that are fair and easy to implement.