The university's information resources (audio, video, and data) are being upgraded to the latest and most cost-efficient solutions available. The mainframe will shortly be replaced by far more powerful systems acting as servers to a complex Intranet supporting some 2,000 micros under Windows NT. The Unix/AIX systems will be selected shortly. On-line storage will exceed 65 gigabytes. Currently all faculty, students, administrators, and researchers have immediate access to the Internet and the World Wide Web. Major microcomputer laboratories (some PC-based, others Macintosh-based) are located in various buildings throughout the campus.
The James C. Jernigan Library is the university's principal facility for research and information resources. Current holdings include 480,000 volumes and 700,000 microfiche documents. The library subscribes to 2,200 periodicals and serves as a depository for selected U.S. Government documents. The Rare Books Room houses several special collections, including materials on Texas and the Southwest. The Bilingual Center provides a variety of linguistics and multicultural materials, primarily Hispanic. Electronic information resources include on-line computer searching on DIALOG and numerous CD-ROM work stations accessing a variety of databases. A computer lab for student use is available, along with a Media Service Center which offers a variety of audio/video services including teleconference facilities. Graduate students have interlibrary loan privileges providing access to library collections nation-wide.
RESEARCH CENTERS AND FACILITIES
The internationally renowned Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute in the College of Agriculture and Human Sciences conducts research to develop technology and to improve the conservation and management of wildlife in Texas and similar semi-arid lands. The Center for Semi-Arid Forest Resources (part of the Caesar Kleberg Wildlife Research Institute) is involved with ecological and economic development aspects of the woody plants of semi-arid regions such as mesquite and laucaena as well as non-woody perennials such as prickly pear cactus.
The Citrus Center, a part of the College of Agriculture and Human Sciences, is conducting pioneering research in biotechnology involving gene transfer. This research will hopefully lead to freeze-resistant citrus. The Citrus Center has a long history of pioneering research in its world-class facilities, including the development of two popular varieties of grapefruit, the Ruby Red and Rio Star, and work related to insecticides.
The Natural Toxins Research Center is involved in biomedical research that will lead to the discovery of medically important toxins found in snake venoms. The center strives to provide reliable sources of venoms and other products, breed poisonous snakes in captivity that are endangered or difficult to acquire and characterized medically important venoms by various methods. With more than 350 poisonous snakes from 11 species and 21 subspecies, the center has the largest research collection of poisonous snakes in the United States. Its elaborate serpentarium boasts computer controlled cages and rooms.
The Geosciences Analytical Instrumentation Laboratory complements ongoing research projects for observation of textures and determination of the mineralogical and chemical composition of rocks, sediments and fossils in the geosciences department of the College of Arts and Sciences.
This page was last updated on: September 07, 2011