Faculty Workshops

Fri March 13

Lecture: The Future of Biological Research

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.

1:30pm - 3:00pm   |  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.

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Tue March 17

Grant Seeking & Writing in the Humanities

The College of Liberal and Fine Arts & UTSA Research

Dr. Eric Lupfer

Humanities Texas

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.

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Tue March 17

Big Data Symposium

UTSA Research

8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.   |  JPL 4.04.22   |  Assembly Room   |  Main Campus

A symposium addressing advances in big data for business, cyber security, healthcare and visualization.

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Fri March 20

NSF Early Career Awards Panel Discussion

UTSA Research

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.

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Fri March 27

Roadmap to Funded Research: Et cetera—The Forgotten Proposal Sections

UTSA Research

Dr. Ana Wandless

Assistant Director for Research Support

Dr. Wandless earned a BA in Anthropology and Linguistics from the University of Texas at Austin and a PhD in Cultural Anthropology from Rice University. She has been at UTSA since 2009 working as a researcher, data manager, and grants specialist. She specializes in proposal and research development, technical writing and editing, and grantsmanship training.

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

The focus of this session will be on the often-forgotten extra-narrative proposal sections (such as data management, mentoring, and research compliance plans, biographical sketches, and facilities descriptions).  Participants will learn how to increase the impact of their proposals through careful attention to the entire application package.

Enrollment is limited to 20 participants per session. Advanced registration is required. For more information, please contact Dr. Ana Wandless, Assistant Director for Research Support, at ana.wandless@utsa.edu or (210) 458-8175.

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