Landmarks announced today the commission of a major new work by Sarah Oppenheimer. The artist creates precise forms that alter the built environment and shift our frames of spatial reference. The commission, titled C-010106, comprises a pair of dynamic apertures inserted into a pedestrian footbridge. This commission marks Oppenheimer’s first entirely outdoor public work and is among the artist’s largest to date. The work is sited on the footbridge connecting the Engineering Education and Research Center (EERC) to the new Gary L. Thomas Energy Engineering Building (GLT).

The most complete picture yet is coming into focus of how antibodies produced in people who effectively fight off SARS-CoV-2 work to neutralize the part of the virus responsible for causing infection. In the journal Science, researchers at The University of Texas at Austin describe the finding, which represents good news for designing the next generation of vaccines to protect against variants of the virus or future emerging coronaviruses.

Researchers at The University of Texas at Austin are studying a magnetic device that breaks down key barriers for how information is stored and processed as part of the quest to make computers think more like humans. Jean Anne Incorvia, an assistant professor in the Cockrell School's Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, recently published a trio of papers seeking to solve challenges facing these new computing paradigms.

Three researchers in the Cockrell School of Engineering have earned the National Science Foundation's prestigious Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) awards — research associate Audrey Boklage, assistant professor Filippo Mangolini and assistant professor Manuel Rausch. The awards provide up to five years of funding to junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of their organizations’ missions.

Cockrell School of Engineering alumna Jennifer L. West has been named the 14th dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Virginia. She earned her M.S. and Ph.D. in biomedical engineering from The University of Texas at Austin, in 1994 and 1996 respectively.

Despite advances in medicine and technology, childbirth isn’t likely to get much easier on women from a biological perspective. Engineers at The University of Texas at Austin and University of Vienna revealed in new research a series of evolutionary trade-offs that have created a near-perfect balance between supporting childbirth and keeping organs intact on a day-to-day basis. Human reproduction is unique because of the comparatively tight fit between the birth canal and baby’s head, and it is likely to stay that way because of these competing biological imperatives.

This week, students at The University of Texas at Austin will be able to talk with and learn from three Nobel Laureates, who are among the world’s top scientists, in a free virtual event April 21-22. The Nobel Prize Inspiration Initiative is a global program that seeks to bring Nobel Prize winners in closer contact with the larger scientific community, particularly younger scientists. Students from neighboring universities and from public schools are also invited. This is the first time the event has been held at UT Austin. Since the initiative’s inception in 2010, events have been held at 30 universities on four continents.

bar graph of life expectancy at superfund sites

Superfund sites could reduce the life expectancy for people living in nearby communities by as much as 1.2 years, according to a new study from researchers with The University of Texas at Austin and the University of Houston. In the first nationwide study of its kind, a team including researchers from UT Austin’s Oden Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences used advanced statistical modeling techniques at the census tract level to examine the impact of contaminated areas in unprecedented detail.

Celadyne Technologies, a University of Texas at Austin spinout that makes materials to improve hydrogen fuel cells and electrolyzers, has received an investment from Shell Ventures. The startup aims to make fuel cells and electrolyzers more viable to power everything from long-haul trucks and drones to large-scale industrial processes. The company created a membrane that can operate at higher temperatures than traditional membranes and does not rely on high humidity, speeding up the key chemical reactions that power fuel cells and electrolyzers and creating a path toward cheaper, smaller and more efficient devices.

Figuring out how to efficiently extract heat from the earth’s sub-surface and use it as a power source is a priority across the energy industry. Cockrell School engineers are on the front lines of this push to learn more about geothermal energy and the best ways to harvest and utilize it.