UT System presents STARs awards to three health science center faculty

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Three faculty at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio were recently presented with awards from The University of Texas System’s Science and Technology Acquisition and Retention program (STARs).

The program allocates funds to attract and retain top-tier faculty by providing resources for cutting-edge research equipment and lab renovations. The initiative supports the recruitment and retention of distinguished research-active faculty, enhancing the quality and competitiveness of University of Texas institutions in scientific and technological fields.

Tracey E. Barnett, PhD, founding chair of the Department of Quantitative and Qualitative Health Sciences in The UT School of Public Health San Antonio, received a $250,000 award to allow the new school to obtain and utilize advanced technologies for combining, analyzing and incorporating machine learning to enhance science. Read more here.

David Gimeno Ruiz de Porras, PhD, MSc, LPsy, professor and founding chair in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health in the School of Public Health, was also awarded $250,000 to help provide critical resources and support the research endeavors of the school, which welcomes its inaugural cohort this fall. Read more here.

Yu Luan, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Cell Systems and Anatomy in the Joe R. and Teresa Lozano Long School of Medicine received $100,000 to help lead breakthrough research in cancer genomics, especially in the treatment of blood cancers among Hispanic children. Read more here.

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