Friday, October 28, 2016
2:30 p.m. Reception
3-5 p.m. Meeting
San Jacinto Hall – Multipurpose Room, 309 E. 21st Street
Parking available at: Brazos Garage, 210 E. MLK Boulevard
(Handicap/Special assistance parking is available)
10-11:20 a.m. Dell Medical School – Health Learning Building
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Cockrell School – Engineering Education and Research Center (hard hat tour)
Gregory L. Fenves
Vice President for Development
All In: How Donors Are Taking UT to the Next Level
Donors will share their personal stories and vision behind new, transformational gifts that turn ideas into reality and foster innovation across the Forty Acres. President Fenves to moderate.
Brain Storm: Accelerating Neuroscience Discoveries and Advancing Care
A powerhouse in neuroscience research, the university prepares to lead a revolution in brain health. Top neuroscience faculty members will talk about how they are working to bridge academics and clinical care in order to amplify research, speed discoveries, and build pathways to bring new advances to the bedside faster than ever before. Panelists include:
Daniel Johnston, Ph.D.
Professor, Neuroscience, and Director of the Center for Learning & Memory, College of Natural Sciences
Karl Folkers Chair in Interdisciplinary Biomedical Research
Johnston’s research interests are in understanding how nerve cells process and store information. He studies how the neurons, synapses, and dendrites in the hippocampus and prefrontal cortex, regions of the brain essential for learning, memory, and cognitive processing, change during learning and disease. He also studies the mechanisms underlying temporal lobe epilepsy, depression, Fragile X Syndrome and Alzheimer’s disease.
Ashish D. Deshpande, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering Department, Cockrell School of Engineering
Director, ReNeu Robotics Lab
Deshpande’s research at the ReNeu Robotics Lab aims to build revolutionary robot designs that will drastically improve outcomes of physical therapy and enhance the quality of life for people with stroke or spinal cord injuries or with other severe disabilities. This research is informed by results from experiments with human subjects, simulations of human musculoskeletal systems, understanding of human neuromuscular controls, and mathematical analyses of human-robot interactions including therapeutic interventions.
Andreana P. Haley, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Psychology, Associate Director of Clinical Training, College of Liberal Arts
Principal Investigator, Clinical Neuroscience Lab
Haley’s work is dedicated to the understanding, prevention and treatment of dementia. She focuses on modifiable risk factors such as diet, exercise and treatable medical conditions such as obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes. She uses modern brain imaging techniques to detect early brain vulnerability and test the efficacy of interventions to improve brain health and increase one’s chances of successful cognitive aging.
Maya L. Henry, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Assistant Professor, Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Moody College of Communication
Director, Aphasia Research and Treatment Lab
Henry’s research and teaching address the cognitive and neural bases of communication as well as the nature and treatment of communication impairments caused by neurological disorders. Her NIH-funded research examines rehabilitation approaches designed to rebuild communication for those affected by stroke or neurodegenerative disease.
Clay Johnston, MD, Ph.D.
Vice President for Medical Affairs, Dell Medical School
Frank and Charmaine Denius Distinguished Dean’s Chair in Medical Leadership
Johnston is the inaugural dean of Dell Medical School. His ambitious vision includes building a world-class medical school that revolutionizes the way people get and stay healthy, including new and innovative models of education and healthcare delivery. He is a practicing neurologist who specializes in preventing and treating stroke.
Dreams Fulfilled: Alexis Blackman, UT Freshman, Little Longhorn Success Scholarship
Class of 2020, Electrical Engineering, Cockrell School of Engineering
Introduced by Gregory J. Vincent, Vice President for Diversity and Community Engagement
Blackman has called herself a Longhorn since she was in kindergarten at The University of Texas Elementary School. Having earned a full scholarship from the University Co-op, she is the first UT Elementary student to attend “Big UT.” She attributes her success to the solid foundation gained at UT Elementary and is now a proud electrical engineering major who hopes to make an impact here at UT and beyond.
Facilities on the Forefront: Advancing Collaboration and Discovery
Advance RSVP required, limit of 50 attendees per tour
TOUR 1: Dell Medical School – Health Learning Building
Arrive Brazos Garage, parking ticket will be validated.
(Handicap parking by advance RSVP only)
Shuttle bus to tour site.
Arrive Health Learning Building lobby. Welcome coffee 5th floor boardroom.
Guided tour of building.
Shuttle departs to Tour 2 participants, returns others to Brazos Garage
The heart of the Dell Medical School and front door for the health district, the Health Learning Building is designed to foster collaboration and is the primary home for medical students and faculty. An open stairway from the first floor to the fifth spans the length of the building. Plentiful lounges and meeting rooms, comfortable seating and study terraces on every floor encourage people to linger. Formal learning spaces also support the theme of cooperation with flexible configurations that can accommodate both small groups and large lectures, all featuring state-of-the-art technology.
TOUR 2: Cockrell School – Engineering Education and Research Center
(hard hat tour)
Participants are required to wear close-toed shoes; hard hat and safety vest provided onsite.
Arrive Brazos Garage if attending only Tour 2; parking ticket will be validated.
(Handicap parking by advance RSVP only)
Shuttle bus to tour site.
Arrive Ernest Cockrell Jr. Hall, 10th Floor. Boxed lunch, welcome by Office of the Dean.
Required safety briefing, vests and hard hats distributed.
Guided tour of EERC.
Tour concludes, shuttle bus departs for Brazos Garage
Set to open in 2017, the Engineering Education and Research Center (EERC) will further the culture of innovation and transform education through cross-disciplinary teaching and research. The EERC will provide a central location for all engineering student services, such as student life, advising and career assistance. It offers 430,000 square feet of open and flexible space for interactive learning and hands-on student projects, teaching and research labs, and a state-of-the-art engineering library. It will also be the new home for the college’s largest department, Electrical and Computer Engineering.