Fenves named UT provost Fenves named UT provost

Gregory L. Fenves, dean of the Cockrell School of Engineering and ICES faculty member, has been named executive vice president and provost of UT Austin. His appointment is effective Oct. 1. Fenves, 56, has been dean of the Cockrell School since 2008. He came to the university from the University of California, Berkeley, where he served as chair of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, assistant director at the Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center, and professor of engineering, among other positions. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and his master’s and doctor’s degrees from UC Berkeley. He is an expert in simulating and predicting the effects of earthquakes on human-made structures... Read more.

Posted: Aug. 13, 2013
Caffarelli Receives Lefshetz Medal Caffarelli Receives Lefshetz Medal

The inaugural Mathematical Congress of the Americas awarded one of its two Solomon Lefshetz Medals to ICES Professor Luis Caffarelli.

The medal recognizes excellence in research and relevant contributions to the development of mathematics in the Americas.
The goal of the Congress is to highlight the excellence of mathematical achievements in the Americas within the context of the international arena, and foster collaborations among researchers, students, institutions and mathematical societies in the Americas. Read more.

Posted: Aug. 7, 2013
Elber Receives $1.1 million NIH Grant Elber Receives $1.1 million NIH Grant

Ron Elber, director of ICES Center for Computational Life Sciences and Biology, received a $1.1 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to expand research modeling ‘long-time’ biological processes down to the very last atom.

These simulations will model biological processes in atomic detail over wide ranges of time, from milliseconds to hours, allowing researchers to observe the fine details of movement in the time ranges they actually occur, said Elber.

The grant, which will be awarded over four years, will be used to support more student and senior scientists who will aid in continuing and expanding research. Read more.

Posted: Aug. 5, 2013
Farish Fund Contributes to ICES and Texas Heart Institute Collaboration Farish Fund Contributes to ICES and Texas Heart Institute Collaboration

The William Stamps Farish Fund in Houston has donated $400,000 to a collaboration between ICES and the Texas Heart Institute (THI) to study life-threatening vulnerable plaques, the cause of at least two-thirds of all heart attacks, and new ways to prevent them.

The gift will underwrite two, three-year research positions for a Ph.D. student and a postdoctoral fellow assigned to the ongoing collaboration.

“We are very grateful for this important gift from the Farish Fund. It comes at a time when interest in computational medicine and particularly in modeling functions of the cardiovascular system are at an all-time high,” said J. Tinsley Oden, director of ICES and professor of mathematics, and aerospace engineering and engineering mechanics. “And we are excited for this gift’s part in building a strong collaboration between ICES and a leading national heart center, the Texas Heart Institute.” Read more.

Posted: July 31, 2013
Bajaj Work Featured on SLAS Website Bajaj Work Featured on SLAS Website

The Society for Laboratory Automation and Screening website currently features Chandrajit Bajaj's work to convert "big data" into useful forms for therapeutic drug discovery.

Bajaj, director of the ICES Computational Visualization Center, is featured at length discussing his research which involves “structure determination from imaging”—essentially, a combination of computer modeling, simulation, elucidation analysis and visualization achieved through the application of geometric and signal processing algorithms that run on UT’s supercomputers. The article includes references to the dedication of the university’s Bill & Melinda Gates Computer Science Complex and Dell Computer Science Hall, where Bill Gates extolled the promise Bajaj’s work holds for combating infectious diseases such as HIV. Read more.

Posted: July 30, 2013