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The University of Texas at Austin granted 127 bachelor's degrees, 11 master's degrees, and 18 doctoral degrees in biomedical engineering. Additionally, for the first time, the university granted five integrated bachelor's and master's degrees in biomedical engineering. The COVID-19 pandemic prevented an in-person celebration. However the Cockrell School of Engineering honored graduates with celebratory videos from faculty, staff, and alumni, and a virtual commencement ceremony

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Professor of Biomedical Engineering Ken Diller has been elected as a Fellow to the International Academy of Medical and Biological Engineering (IAMBE) for his distinguished contributions to and leadership in the field of biological engineering at the international level.

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Hannah Stealey, a second-year graduate student working in Samantha Santacruz's lab, was recently awarded the Department of Defense (DoD) National Defense Science & Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) fellowship.

Sapun Parekh, an assistant professor in the Cockrell School of Engineering’s Department of Biomedical Engineering, is setting up a pair of coronavirus experiments. One tests how SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, will behave at different temperatures to know if the summer heat may slow the virus; and another looks at the physiological changes in lungs as people age to try and explain the increased vulnerability among elderly populations.

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Two staff members in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, Margo Cousins and Bobby Knight, share about what it's like to work and support students during a pandemic.

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Seniors Susana Simmonds and James Choi opened up about what is helping them as they wrap up their last semester at UT Austin.

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Midday exercise and YouTube workouts: graduate students Kaitlyn Johnson and Nate Richbourg opened up about how they’re adapting and what is helping them.

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Faculty members Tom Yankeelov and Mia K. Markey share about their experiences balancing online instruction, home-schooling their own children, and the pivots they're making in their work. 

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Four students working in the Department of Biomedical Engineering are recipients of the 2020 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Fellowships. The fellowships will allow students to pursue graduate studies in the biomedical field.

Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin are building a new type of ventilator made of cheap, widely available materials to help fill the demand created by the spread of COVID-19 for these critical devices that help patients breathe.