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The Center for Gravitational Wave Astronomy (CGWA)

The CGWA at UT Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) - formerly UT Brownsville (UTB) - is changing the way we look at the cosmos. Rather than using light and its electromagnetic complements (such as radio, x-rays, infrared, microwaves, and gamma-rays), scientists will be better able to view the cosmos using ripples of gravity, known as gravitational wave signals, to observe the dynamics of strong gravitational fields. The CGWA focuses on three major research areas: atomic, molecular, and optical physics (including lasers); astronomy and astrophysics; and computational physics. It was created at UTB by NASA in 2003 as part of its University Research Center (URC) program. The Center's studies help NASA chart the evolution of the universe.

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The Ingenuity Center at The University of Texas at Tyler

The UT Tyler Ingenuity Center is a component of the Texas Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (T-STEM) Initiative designed to improve science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) achievement among Texas students. Its mission is to prepare students to be "STEM College Ready" by focusing on increasing the number of students who enter the STEM career pipeline by providing programs to middle and high school teachers, counselors, administrators, and students.

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Center for Inland Desalination Systems - UTEP College of Engineering

El Paso, Texas, is the home to the world's largest inland desalination plant. It is also home to The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) where faculty educate students in advanced water purification technologies. While coastal desalination plants are becoming more common, inland desalination plants face challenges in finding a stable, consistent supply of brackish water, as well as finding places to dispose of waste. Researchers at UTEP's Center for Inland Desalination Systems (CIDS) have developed and demonstrated technology that is close to producing zero liquid waste in the process. The Center has 1600+ square feet of functioning laboratory space and the labs are currently being utilized by graduate students working on arsenic removal, electrodialysis, and other desalination research. Capabilities include basic water analysis, ion chromatography analysis, UV-vis spectrometry, ICP-OES, and fume hoods, to name a few. Supported by a grant from the Bureau of Reclamation, researchers have been developing and commercializing the Zero Discharge Desalination (ZDD) technology, which is now capable of at least 98 percent desalination efficiency.


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To date, The University of Texas System is the only university system in the U.S. to create convergent BRAIN (Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Technologies) research teams across the entire System. In 2015, UT System Regents voted to appropriate $20 million in equipment, faculty resources, and seed grants to support its UT System Neuroscience and Neurotechnology Research Institute – a virtual institute designed to advance research of the human brain. UT System's multi-campus Neuroscience Council brings together world-class researchers from all its academic and medical institutions, and assists them in competing for upcoming opportunities.

The research initiatives of the High Energy Physics Group, which is based at UT Arlington, conducts research at the highest energy scales using the world's most advanced accelerators. Its research initiatives are centered on three experiments, including the ATLAS experiment at the European Center for Nuclear Research in Switzerland (searching for new discoveries in head-on collisions of protons of extraordinarily high energy); the DØ experiment at Fermilab (precise studies of interactions of protons and antiprotons at the highest available energies), and the future International Linear Collider (an electron-positron collider with potential technological benefits to areas including medicine, computing, and environment).

The UT Austin Institute for Computational Engineering and Sciences (ICES) research unit fosters the development of interdisciplinary programs in computational sciences and engineering (CSE), mathematical modeling, applied mathematics, software engineering, and computational visualization. The ICES offers a visiting scholars program (for international collaboration), a graduate degree program, post-doctoral fellowships, and a number of research centers and groups that are sponsored by more than 15 governmental agencies and industry partners. A short list of applications for CSE includes aerospace and mechanical engineering, biology and medicine, chemistry, nuclear engineering, and petroleum engineering.

Established in 2008, the Texas Analog Center of Excellence (TxACE) creates fundamental analog, mixed-signal, and RF design innovations that will ultimately improve energy efficiency, health care, and public safety and security. It is considered the largest international, university-based analog technology center in the world.

TxACE is designed to create leading-edge analog technology for both traditional electronics and emerging applications. Its research focus covers four areas: energy efficiency, healthcare, public safety and security, and fundamental analog circuits research. The center is a collaboration of Semiconductor Research Corp., the State of Texas through its Texas Emerging Technology Fund, Texas Instruments Inc., The University of Texas System, and The University of Texas at Dallas.

Located on the UTEP campus, the W.M. Keck Center for 3D Innovation laboratory specializes in research to enhance additive manufacturing (AM) technologies with primary focus areas in development, engineered and structured materials, and advanced applications. The AM process builds up components layer by layer using polymer, metal, ceramic, and composite materials for the design and creation of highly complex structures that remain light and stable. The process offers customer benefits and cost-saving potential.

The Keck Center has combined facilities for AM/3D printing; CAD & design; CNC machining & soft tooling; reverse engineering & metrology; materials characterization; mechanical testing; electronics (3D-printed, PCB, silicon); printed electromagnetics; polymer materials development; synthetic & analytical chemistry; biofabrication and cell culture. The Keck Center, which is recognized as the premier AM-focused university research center in the world, develops patents and other intellectual property with licensing opportunities.

Because diabetes and obesity pose a great public health consequence to the Rio Grande Valley, the UTRGV School of Medicine launched the South Texas Diabetes and Obesity Institute (STDOI) in 2014 to address this critical care need. The Institute is a major research center to advance research of diabetes and obesity, in order to develop better treatments that will improve the health of residents, not only in South Texas, but elsewhere, as well.

Additionally, the Genomics Computing Center at the STDOI has received funding from the National Institute of Mental Health to research psychiatric disorders, including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and major depression. Since diabetes has been indicated as a possible biological cause of depression, the study will focus on this and other biological determinants of these diseases, in order to develop better interventions and treatments.

The South Texas Center for Emerging Infectious Diseases (STCEID) is staffed by researchers who specialize in the study of infectious diseases across fields including molecular microbiology, immunology, medical mycology, virology, microbial genomics, vaccine development, and biodefense. One of the Center's major areas of study is on the pathogenic mechanisms of emerging infectious diseases.

In partnership with The University of Texas Health Science Center, the Texas Biomedical Research Institute, and the Southwest Research Institute (via the San Antonio Vaccine Development Center), the STCEID formulates and develops vaccines for use against pathogenic viruses, bacteria, and fungi.

STCEID's faculty provides undergraduate and graduate training for students pursuing careers in science and technology.

Located in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, the Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center's multidisciplinary program is organized around five complementary scientific programs: development and cancer, cancer cell networks, chemistry and cancer, experimental therapeutics of cancer, and population science and cancer control. Each scientific program translates cancer research findings in one discipline (whether laboratory, clinical, or population-based) across the spectrum of other research disciplines to improve methods of cancer prevention, diagnosis, detection, and treatment. The Simmons Cancer Center uses a collaborative approach to treat and care for patients and offers education and training programs at UT Southwestern to support and develop the next generation of cancer researchers and clinicians.

Research interests: Cardiovascular morbidity and mortality in chronic kidney disease, diabetic nephropathy pathogenesis and treatment, hemodialysis techniques and management, hypertension in chronic kidney disease, dialysis access, ESRD, and nephrology.

Research interests: How inflammatory signaling controls gene expression: transcription factor, nuclear factor-kB (NF-kB), and the signaling processes that control its activity in inflammatory diseases atherosclerosis and asthma.

Research interests: Vascular biology, biomedical engineering, cardiovascular imaging, targeted imaging, liposome-assisted imaging, and drug delivery.

The Cancer Therapy & Research Center (CTRC) focuses across the spectrum of cancer care from prevention to detection to treatment, having made major scientific discoveries in each of these areas. CTRC's Institute for Drug Development (IDD) finds new treatments for patients with cancer by integrating research programs in the translational and clinical sciences and serves as the focal point for clinical trials. The Center is currently investigating a new class of cancer drugs that are nontoxic to healthy cells, as well as exploring ways to develop novel immune therapies that will be more selective for cancer with less damage to normal tissue.

Research interests: Inflammation, neutrophils, NOX family NADPH oxidases, reactive oxygen species, biology of aging.

The Barshop Institute at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio (UTHSCSA) brings together the world's leading scientists in aging and longevity research. At times working with collaborative partners, Barshop Institute's more than 160 faculty members engage in various research studies, including regenerative medicine and stem cells, comparative biology of aging, senescence and cancer, and age-related neurodegeneration for ALS, Sarcopenia, Alzheimer's disease, and Parkinson's disease, to name a few. The Institute offers graduate student education and postdoctoral training.

MD Anderson has pioneered the multidisciplinary approach to treating cancer. It brings together teams of experts across disciplines to collaborate on the best treatment regimen for patients. In addition to research-driven patient care, the Center also offers degree programs to undergraduate and graduate students, trainees, and professionals. It houses one of the largest, most developed cancer prevention programs in the U.S., and it heads up the greatest number of NCI-funded grant programs and clinical trials of any institution in the nation. Its Moon Shots Program was launched in 2012 to accelerate the pace of converting scientific discoveries into clinical advances to reduce cancer deaths.