Blood clots have emerged as one of an increasing number of deadly side effects of the novel coronavirus in some patients. Assistant professor Manuel Rausch and other Cockrell School of Engineering researchers are embarking on a project to learn more about the onset of thromboembolism, the obstruction of a blood vessel by a clot that can cause everything from strokes to heart attacks to pulmonary embolisms, as a result of COVID-19.

Professor Michael Sacks coauthored this study to develop computational modeling techniques that, for the first time, enable accurate visualizations of heart valve behavior.

Students, faculty, staff and leadership from academic institutions across the U.S., including The University of Texas at Austin, came together this month in a virtual event to share experiences and barriers facing Black scholars in STEM fields.

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Yin-Jui (Derek) Chang, a second-year graduate student advised by Dr. Samantha Santacruz, has received a 2020 Ministry of Education Taiwan Scholarship to study abroad. The government scholarship will partially fund his studies at UT Austin.

A collaboration between the three UT System institutions, based in Houston and Austin, will support the development of teams that bring together MD Anderson’s oncology expertise and data with novel mechanism-based computational modeling techniques led Professor Tom Yankeelov's Center for Computational Oncology and researchers at the Oden Institute and TACC.

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Samantha Santacruz has been selected to attend the National Academy of Engineering’s (NAE) U.S. Frontiers of Engineering (USFOE) Symposium.

A cross-disciplinary team that includes researchers from the Cockrell School of Engineering aims to develop a vaccine for the widespread coronavirus by focusing on T cells: white blood cells sometimes referred to as the “special forces unit” of the immune system that seek out and destroy cells infected by invading viruses. 

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Ten biomedical engineering undergraduate students have received scholarships through the Unrestricted Endowed Presidential Scholarship (UEPS) program.

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Manuel Rausch, an assistant professor in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics, was selected to receive a 2020 W. A. “Tex” Moncrief Grand Challenge Award for his proposal titled “A Machine-Learning Based Training Tool for Tricuspid Valve Repair: A Prototype.”

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Nanhsu Lu, an associate professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics and the Department of Biomedical Engineering, has been named a Fellow member of the International Association of Advanced Materials (IAAM) for her contribution to strengthening the advancement of materials. The IAAM is an international scientific research organization that promotes worldwide materials science and technology research.