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Student John Hawkins Helps Develop New Technique To Enable Safer Gene-Editing Student John Hawkins Helps Develop New Technique To Enable Safer Gene-Editing

John Hawkins, a CSEM student and a team of UT scientists, took an important step toward safer gene-editing cures for life-threatening disorders, from cancer to HIV to Huntington’s disease, by developing a technique that can spot editing mistakes a popular tool known as CRISPR makes to an individual’s genome. The research appears today in the journal Cell. Read more.

Posted: June 29, 2017
Robot Control:  Ufuk Topcu's mathematics to improve autonomous system design Robot Control: Ufuk Topcu's mathematics to improve autonomous system design

Wondering how soon you’ll be able to leave the driving to an autonomous vehicle? The statistics from companies developing driver-less cars sound pretty good at first blush. A few dozen Google-related vehicles have logged more than 1 million autonomous miles nationally in the past five years, while negotiating 600,000-plus stop lights, millions of other vehicles and 200,000 stop signs. Dig deeper into the facts, however, and the relaxing day dream starts to stall out. Read more.

Posted: May 30, 2017
Remembering Peter Flawn, visionary university president, ICES board member Remembering Peter Flawn, visionary university president, ICES board member

ICES Director Tinsley Oden penned a brief remembrance of his friend and colleague Peter Flawn, and will expand on his thoughts at the memorial ceremony.

Services honoring the former UT president and ICES board member will be held Saturday, May 13, at 11 a.m. in the
Lady Bird Johnson Auditorium, LBJ Presidential Library. Oden will speak as part of the ceremony. Read more.

Posted: May 9, 2017
ICES Storm Surge Research Defining Feature of Peabody Award ICES Storm Surge Research Defining Feature of Peabody Award

A news story explaining the benefits of ICES Professor Clint Dawson's research on hurricane storm surge has won broadcast journalism's highest honor, the Peabody Award.

“Hell and High Water,” an innovative collaboration between ProPublica and The Texas Tribune, won the web category of the 2017 Peabody Awards. The immersive project explored the vulnerability of the Houston area to a large, devastating hurricane. Reported by ProPublica and The Texas Tribune, the piece explained how researchers have warned for years that a hurricane could cripple the region, and wreak havoc on the refineries and storage containers clustered nearby. Read more.

Posted: April 26, 2017
Wheeler Advancing “Digital Oil Field” at Center for Subsurface Research Wheeler Advancing “Digital Oil Field” at Center for Subsurface Research

The soaring productivity of oil and gas from hydraulic fracturing wells depends in large part on advancements in the “digital oil field,” according to a recent that said computational technology is driving the output per shale drilling rig to rise by more than 20 percent a year.

“‘The cloud’ will be just as much of an economic accelerant for shale as it has been for other complex and distributed industries,” wrote Mark Mills, a senior fellow at the domestic policy think tank the Manhattan Institute in an editorial for the paper. Read more.

Posted: April 20, 2017