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Researchers at The University of Texas at San Antonio are slated to receive more than $10 million to help the federal government establish cyber-security standards.

Dr. Gregory White is the Director for the Center for Infrastructure Assurance and Security at UTSA. He says his center was tasked with the job by the Department of Homeland Security. The group at UTSA will lead a team of other security companies to establish voluntary standards for information sharing.

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SAN ANTONIO — The University of Texas System took yet another important step in establishing and enhancing ties with Mexico today as UT System and Mexico’s National Council of Science and Technology formed a partnership to develop new academic and research programs.

Texas is awash in cheap natural gas, so much so that hydraulic fracturing rigs have been burning off the gas in their pursuit of the more valuable petroleum. 

Many are advocating for the increased usage of this natural gas in the form of vehicles, including passenger and heavy-duty trucking. According to the Texas Railroad Commission, with 7,000 vehicles on Texas Roads, natural gas vehicles are the most popular alternative fueled vehicle in the state.

  

The University of Texas at San Antonio has added another initiative in its quest to become a Tier One Research university. With the multi-million dollar Goldstar Project, the university hopes to increase its research staff.

The project's goal is to hire 60 new research professionals over the next four years through a $40 million campaign. UTSA President Ricardo Romo says there are 1,000 facility at UTSA currently, 600 of which are researchers.

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The UT Health Science Center has been named by Hispanic Business magazine as the top medical school for Hispanics in the U.S.

Forbes is out with its America's Top Colleges list featuring rankings for the top 700 universities in the country. Three San Antonio schools made the list.

San Antonio’s Trinity University, with its smaller enrollment of less than 2,500 students, was ranked 132, and St. Mary’s University was 390. UTSA just made the list at 641 nationwide.

Williams College in Massachusetts leads the Forbes 700 list, followed by Stanford University and Swarthmore College.

UTSA has announced another growth spurt for its program that teaches students how to turn their hi-tech ideas into successful businesses.

The university has received a $300,000 grant to expand its Center for Innovation and Technology Entrepreneurship program. The 80/20 Foundation, who provided the funding, gave the grant in hopes that one day someone going through this program will create the next Rackspace.

courtesy: Recurrent Energy

On Fronteras: We continue our reporting on the tens of thousands of Central American children and teens who are now in the United States. A UTSA demographer, who researches immigration, tells us more about what's driving this surge to the north. Texas is known as an energy superpower, but solar is sluggish here. We also look at solar economics in Texas and lessons that can be learned from other southwest states. And, the Kitchen Sisters take us to the Mexican town of Tequila, it's in the heart of a region that produces the legendary spirit.

Gary Mabry

The halls of UTSA have been filled with the sound of singing the last few days thanks to a statewide choir camp, which brought about 250 high school students statewide onto the campus.

UTSA Professor of Music Gary Mabry said the camp begins Sunday evening and runs through Wednesday afternoon.

Those students are broken up into alto, tenors, sopranos and basses, and they’re sectioned off to work with group leaders.

Kris Rodriguez

The 70th anniversary of D-Day (June 6) is fast approaching and UTSA’s marching band, the Spirit of San Antonio, will be heading to France for ceremonies there.

"The UTSA Spirit of San Antonio was given the honor and privilege of being the premiere ensemble of Sainte-Mère-Église," explained Ron Ellis, director of bands at UTSA.

Sainte-Mère-Église was one of the first towns liberated by the Allies in the D-Day invasion. The city will be the focus of many D-Day commemorations.

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