Your Gifts at Work
Every gift — public and private, large and small — helps provide the means for The University of Texas at Austin to conduct innovative research and programs, all of which are helping us change the world. Here are just a few ways we’re making a global impact.
Bridget Scanlon is revolutionizing our understanding of water resources used for irrigation and food production to find new, more sustainable ways to mitigate the impacts of droughts and feed the nation.
Somehow, dark energy is defying what we think we know about gravity — instead of slowing down as it expands ever outward, the universe appears to be speeding up. Astrophysics professor Karl Gebhardt is helping lead a new scientific revolution: the quest to understand dark energy and its effect on the universe. The results could rewrite the laws of gravity.
One of the challenges of fighting cancer is that the process of destroying cancer cells can also damage surrounding healthy tissue. But what if we could battle cancer one cell at a time? Faculty member Adela Ben-Yakar, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering, has developed a “microscalpel” that can destroy a single cancer cell while leaving nearby healthy cells intact. Ben-Yakar’s technique uses a laser to produce extremely brief high-energy pulses of light that sear a targeted cell so quickly and accurately that the laser’s heat has no time to escape and damage neighboring cells. Ben-Yakar is now working to shrink the probe’s diameter to the size of the endoscopes used for laparoscopic surgery.
An after-school pilot program at UT Elementary School is helping to expand students’ diets to include nutritious foods and instill a desire to eat healthy and lower student obesity rates.
For those who suffer from diabetes, insulin pills could replace necessary injections, thanks to new research by chemical and biomedical engineers at The University of Texas at Austin.
When skin cancer is suspected, the next step is an invasive biopsy. But what if light could be used to detect skin cancer?
How to address rising seas and climate change? The Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences is poised to answer this challenge — and others — with the next pillar of scientific inquiry: computer modeling.
The Jackson School of Geosciences has teamed up with major corporations, foundations, and individuals for GeoFORCE Texas, the country’s largest K-12 pipeline program inspiring the next generation of earth scientists.