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UTSA announces funding for new faculty research
Date:5/14/2009

San Antonio In February 2009, the Office of the Vice President of Research at UTSA announced it would offer approximately $242,000 through its Collaborative Research Seed Grant Program (CRSGP) and its Tenure-track Research Award Competition (TRAC). The programs help UTSA faculty establish new, innovative, collaborative and multidisciplinary research programs in one or more of UTSA's five strategic areas of excellence: health, security, energy and the environment, human and social development, and sustainability.

"Normally, we expect to receive around 40-50 funding proposals," said Jeffrey Kantor, UTSA's senior associate vice president for research development. "The submissions are well-written and there is keen attention to detail. Our faculty proposed many unique collaborations."

The following proposals, contingent upon this next year's funding, will receive seed grant money:

Collaborative Research Seed Grant Recipients
(*Projects will receive $30,000 in funding. **Project will receive $25,000 in funding.)

Evaluation of borrelicidal small molecule for control of Lyme disease*
PI: Janakiram Seshu, Assistant Professor of Microbiology (COS)
Co-PI: Felix D. Guerrero, Research Physiologist (U.S. Department of Agriculture)
Co-PI: Andrew Y. Li, Research Entomologist (U.S. Department of Agriculture)

Preliminary Research for the Development of the Lampshade Compton Camera*
PI: Bruce Douglas Smith, Associate Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering (COE)
Co-PI: Thomas H. Prettyman, Senior Scientist (Planetary Science Institute)

Lipid-Based Biofuels Using Algal Feedstock Platforms*
Kyle E. Murray, Assistant Professor, Geological Sciences (COS) and Assistant Director for Undergraduate Research Development (Honors College)
Co-PI: Frank Healy, Assistant Professor of Biology (Trinity University)

Development of Novel Biomedical Probes Incorporating Rare
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Contact: Christi Fish
christi.fish@utsa.edu
210-458-7584
University of Texas at San Antonio
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