UT Tyler Office of Marketing and Communications
UT Tyler LSAMP Program Delegation at International Science Conference
November 29, 2010
Media Contact: Hannah Buchanan
Public Affairs Specialist
Marketing and Communications
The University of Texas at Tyler
Samantha Steinley of Houston, a junior biology major at The University of Texas at Tyler, participated in the Second International Conference on Science in Society held earlier this month in Madrid, Spain.
She attended the conference as a result of her participation as an undergraduate research fellow in the UT Tyler Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation program. During the program’s Summer Research Academy, Steinley conducted LSAMP-sponsored research under the supervision of her faculty mentor, Dr. Ali Azghani, associate professor of biology.
Her research focused on the efficiency of liposomal Tobramycin on inhibiting Pseudomonas aeruginosa adherence to human lung cells.
Dr. Stephen B. Rainwater, chair and Chandler professor of computer science, accompanied Steinley in his role as the UT Tyler LSAMP campus director.
The UT LSAMP program is supported by the National Science Foundation and provides undergraduate research experiences in an effort to increase the number of underrepresented students pursuing graduate level studies in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics programs.
The Science in Society conference was hosted by Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. With participants from more than 20 countries around the world, the conference addressed the social impacts, values, ethics, pedagogies, knowledge-making processes, politics and economics of science. The UT Tyler delegation also visited both Universidad Pontificia Comillas and Universidad Complutense de Madrid.
One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. More than 80 undergraduate and graduate degrees are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of more than 6,400 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.