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From intern to graduate student: ICES summer internship opened door to research for CSEM student From intern to graduate student: ICES summer internship opened door to research for CSEM student

John Hawkins, a Ph.D. student in the ICES Computational Science, Engineering and Mathematics program, spends his days researching how proteins bind to DNA, one of the most fundamental questions in biology and a process that requires analyzing millions of reads of DNA fragments—an issue in data analysis.

“Making things bind to other things is a very useful thing to know how to do in molecular biosciences,” Hawkins said. “But the current stage we’re at in this project is a lot of data analysis—a big data problem—where we have two very large data sets, millions of short reads of DNA and a large number of images where we are trying to find where each sequence aligns in each image.” Read more.

Posted: Jan. 7, 2016
Mary Wheeler awarded $1.5 million NSF grant to develop more efficient, realistic fracturing simulations Mary Wheeler awarded $1.5 million NSF grant to develop more efficient, realistic fracturing simulations

Professor Mary Wheeler, director of the ICES Center for Subsurface Modeling and holder of the Ernest and Virginia Cockrell Chair in Engineering, with her collaborators has received a $1.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation to develop computational techniques that more effectively use big data to predict and model the pathways of naturally-occurring ground fractures and how induced fractures interact with them. Read more.

Posted: Dec. 8, 2015
ICES hosts Spring Computational Medicine Lectures ICES hosts Spring Computational Medicine Lectures

Beginning Jan. 8, ICES will host its first in a series of nine lectures by world leaders in computational medicine.

Alison Marsden, associate professor of pediatrics and of bioengineering at Stanford University, will be the inaugural speaker in the series, which seeks to highlight computational medicine's critical contributions to advancing healthcare.

"Computational Medicine is an emerging field that uses computer modeling, simulation, and data analysis to promote advances in prognosis, therapies, non-invasive diagnostic methods, and personalized medicine,” says Michael Sacks, ICES professor of biomedical engineering and an organizer of the series. Read more.

Posted: Dec. 7, 2015
Ghattas team wins Gordon Bell Prize, Biros students take other top supercomputing awards Ghattas team wins Gordon Bell Prize, Biros students take other top supercomputing awards

A team of University of Texas at Austin computational researchers with collaborators from NYU, IBM, and Caltech have won the $10,000 ACM Gordon Bell Prize in High Performance Computing. Supercomputing’s most prestigious prize was presented to ICES Professor Omar Ghattas and collaborators Nov. 19 during SC15, which was held this year in Austin. Read more.

Posted: Nov. 20, 2015
Dell Medical School and Biomedical Engineering dual appointment recruits new ICES researcher Dell Medical School and Biomedical Engineering dual appointment recruits new ICES researcher

Thomas Yankeelov, a distinguished cancer researcher joining ICES, will assume a dual appointment in the Cockrell School of Engineering and the Dell Medical School.

Yankeelov comes to the Institute from Vanderbilt University. He will be the university’s first faculty member to hold positions in both the engineering and medical schools. His appointment begins Jan. 1, 2016.

Yankeelov will hold the W.A. "Tex" Moncrief Jr., Simulation-Based Engineering and Sciences Professorship II – Computational Oncology. He will also lead ICES' Tumor Modeling Group and serve as director of cancer imaging research within the Livestrong Cancer Institute of the Dell Medical School. Read more.

Posted: Nov. 12, 2015