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Page 4B EDUCATION + Hays Free Press December 4, 2013 Texas State University to get $300,000 for STAR Center SUBMITrED REPORT U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker announced that the department's Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding $2.4 million in grants to support economic development projects in Louisiana, New Mexico and Texas. The projects are The mission of the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) is to lead the federal economic development agenda by promoting competitiveness and preparing the nation's regions for growth and success in the worldwide economy. expected bolster job creation services to grow an effective will workto advance the region and spur stable and sustainable innovation environment, as an innovation engine. economies, according to increasing support for student $1.5 million to STC.UNM in grantee estimates, entrepreneurship activities, Albuquerque, New Mexico, a "The Obama administration increasing participation in nonprofit corporation on the is committed to investing in programs by underserved University of New Mexico's higher education and fostering populations, and increasing JNM) campus that works innovation," said Secretary awareness of programs to with researchers, scientists, Pritzker. support startup/early stage and companies to help get The $2.4 million in EDA companies in the Austin technologies developed at investments announced today region. UNM to market. The funds will include: $300,000 to the University of help establish a new innovation $300,000 to Texas State New Orleans in New Orleans, center to anchor Innovate University in San Marcos, Louisiana, to support the ABQ, a collaborative initiative Texas, to support the STAR implementation Of the New to bring together the research Center for Materials and Orleans Regional Innovation powers of the state's flagship Life Sciences, which will Alliance, a collaborative university and Albuquerque's work to strengthen materials effort between universities, entrepreneurial andestablished and life sciences clusters by colleges, industry partners, business community to create expanding capacity for industry and economic development new companies, grow existing interaction at the universi W, organizations throughout ones, and attract more out,of- creating critical support southeastem Louisiana that state business. $300,000 to Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, to build on the South Plains region's capability in wind and other renewable energy sources that increase innovation and entrepreneurship through technology commercialization. This project supports cross- disciplinary student teams performing hands-on analysis to identify technologies suitable for commercialization to increase the region's ability to leverage investments. The mission of the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) is to lead the federal economic development agenda by promoting competitiveness and preparing the nation's regions for growth and success in the worldwide economy. An agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce, EDA makes investments in economically distressed communities in order to create jobs for U.S. workers, promote American innovation, and accelerate long-term sustainable economic growth. PHOTO BY JIM CULLEN Dahlstrom Middle School landS four all-region orchestra chairs Four members of the Dahlstrom Middle School Band were named to the All-Region Orchestra; bassoonist Elizabeth Gibson, French horn players Cade Smith and Aaron Barlow, and trombonist Harlan Hofeldt landed what district officials say is an unprecedented four spots. It's been an exceptional year for the Mustangs, who started the fall se- mester audition process with a record-breaking 38 students earning All-District honors. Of those, 24 qualified to advance to Region audi- tions. The Dahlstrom All-Region Orchestra honorees (above) include Aaron Barlow, Harlan Hofeldt, and Cade Smith. A mt Hayc not f broth (right medi f A Musing App: is enhancing museums Continued from pg. 1 B was responsible for the user's experience. Tamir said he was ap- proached by Lawrence several years ago about having the two disciplines collaborate on graduate-level courses to re- flect what is happening in the industries of both fields. This multidisciplinary ap- proach attracted the attention of their respective college deans and department chairs, who gave them the green light to work on the app. Funding was provided through a Texas State Research Enhancement Program Grant. The year-long project was also an opportunity for two Texas State undergraduate students to obtain profession- al hands-on experience in the computer science field. Gentry Atkinson, Texas State computer science senior, said he was hired last spring as a part-time research assistant by Tamir, a former professor of his. "We had no idea what we were doing," said Atldnson, referring to his and KevinWhi- teside's experience in creating cell phone apps. While there were hurdles, Atldnson said the work paid offwhen the app could recog- nize Zimmerman's art. "It was pretty great to see it working out in the wild," he said. Lawrence said Tamir helped and guided Atldnson and Whi- teside, who did the majority of the work on the development and programming side. "Many times I identify tal- ent early," said Tamir of his decision to hire Atkinson and Whiteside. "... My philosophy is a lot of this stuffyou can learn on your own or with direction." The project has received additional university funding for next semester to enhance the app, Tamir said, in hopes of having it incorporated in museum and gallery exhibi- tions across the state. Lawrence said the team is working on an Android ver- sion of the app, with a tenta- tive summer release. He said there are also plans to incor- porate the app in a February exhibition in the University Galleries at Texas State. Thank you, Cen00a| Texas! For trusting us with your diagnostic imaging care. Each year, many thousands of you visit Austin Radiological Association and entrust us with your health care. 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