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Apr 4 2013
Patricia Owen, Ph.D., poses in a San Antonio movie theater.

In the Movies, Life Does Not Imitate Art

It’s the kind of happy ending that makes Patricia Owen, Ph.D., shake her head. The 1998 blockbuster “A Beautiful Mind,” starring Russell Crowe, depicts a brilliant mathematician obsessed with his work who mentally deteriorates to the point…

Apr 4 2013
Amber McClung, Ph.D., who teaches Mechanical Engineering, poses with equipment in her lab.

Engineering a Better World

Among her areas of study, Amber McClung, Ph.D., lists creating models for high-temperature polymer-matrix composites. Stay with me here. What that means, to you and me, is that she’s tested materials that are lightweight, yet can also…

Apr 4 2013
Dan Weyland

Denver Daredevil

The scene unfolds rather predictably whenever Dan Weyland tells someone he owns a race car. “They look at me,” the 73-year-old says, “and they say, ‘You’re doing what? Do you mean you own a team?’” Not quite….

Feb 5 2013
Burke Marold

Law Alum Says No to Graffiti, Yes to Giving Back

Burke Marold (J.D., MBA ’11) is a young, entrepreneurial attorney full of ideas and plans for the future. He is taking it upon himself to stimulate corporate philanthropy in the legal community, and he intends to do…

Feb 5 2013
Ted Macrini holding a model of a skull

Professor Asks, “Why Do Mammals Have Big Brains?”

Scientists have wondered for decades why mammals’ brains are so large relative to their body size, but for the most part all they could do was guess. The fossils that could give paleontologists clues to the earliest…

Feb 5 2013
John Santikos

Alum Made His Mark in the Movie Theater Business

In 1900, L. Frank Baum published the children’s novel, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. In the story, it is revealed that the Wizard isn’t an all-powerful master as others believe; he’s just a man behind a curtain,…

Feb 5 2013

Twenty Years of PREP Work

For more than 14 years, San Antonio teacher Marisa Medellin (B.A. ’00) has spent her summers teaching technical writing to promising middle and high school students. But for Medellin, it’s not just about giving these kids a…

Feb 5 2013
Paul Saenz (B.A. '79)

At the Top of His Game

Tim Duncan, Gregg Popovich and R.C. Buford: Three names that are synonymous with the San Antonio Spurs’ championship successes. But there’s another name you might not know, that of a St. Mary’s grad who has been there…

Feb 5 2013
Mary Ellen Londrie

CEO Saves Taxpayer Dollars, Improve Lives

Few people’s to-do lists include training flight surgeons, setting up military computer networks, and responding to life-threatening pandemics. But these are only a sampling of a routine day for Mary Ellen Londrie (B.B.A. ’92), CEO of P3S…