(University of Texas at San Antonio) The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) received a technology grant via special discounts from Dell Technologies to support advanced technologies and a new research infrastructure platform at the university. Through the substantial savings to UTSA, this technology grant enables and supports UTSA's ability to attract leading research scholars and students. With the grant, UTSA invested in a hybrid cloud approach that utilizes solutions from Dell Technologies to help deliver research in data science and cybersecurity.
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(University of Texas at San Antonio) UTSA today marked the groundbreaking of its $90 million School of Data Science and National Security Collaboration Center, the first new building in a series planned as part of its Downtown Campus expansion, with a virtual celebration.
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(University of Texas at San Antonio) These awards will fund Kudithipudi's ongoing research developing novel brain-inspired lifelong learning algorithms and systems. Her approaches attempt to close the performance gap between modern artificial intelligence (AI) systems and biological systems, allowing them to learn new tasks while simultaneously improving their energy efficiency.
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Using machine-learning, AutoFoley determines what actions are taking place in a video clip and creates realistic sound effects
(University of Texas at San Antonio) BioMedSA, the non-profit corporation founded in 2005 to promote and grow San Antonio's leading industry, healthcare and bioscience, will present its 2020 BioMedSA Award for Innovation in Healthcare and Bioscience to Dr. Rena Bizios, the Lutcher Brown Endowed Chair in the UTSA Department of Biomedical Engineering.
(Southwest Research Institute) Researchers from Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) and The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) are working to develop unobtrusive diagnostics for hypersonic flight testing. The project led by Dr. Nicholas J. Mueschke of SwRI's Mechanical Engi-neering Division and Dr. Christopher Combs of UTSA's College of Engineering is sup-ported by a $125,000 grant from the Connecting through Research Partnerships (CON-NECT) program.
About half of all women in the U.S. will suffer a bone fracture due to osteoporosis.Now, researchers at UTSA have received multimillion-dollar funding to reexamine bone mineral density, a measure of bone fracture risks, and another critical component in bone known as proteoglycans.UTSA scientists believe that proteoglycans, which occur naturally in bones' extrafibrillar matrix in a small amount (less than 1.0% in volume), interact with water to sustain bones' ductility, or their ability to absorb energy and resist fracture."If there are proteoglycans in your bones, we think you are better equipped to resist a fracture during a fall," said Xiaodu Wang, a professor in UTSA's Department of Mechanical Engineering and the principal investigator on the project, who will examine if this group of proteins indeed make bones tougher by absorbing water into the bone structure.Data show that BMD captures only about 50% to 60% of actual bone fragility fractures.Wang's laboratory seeks to understand the underlying mechanism and thus prevent or deter the loss of the proteins before bone brittleness develops.
Oct. 10, 2019 — To support student success, UTSA is offering a new program to train the next generation of diverse researchers in the biomedical sciences.ESTEEMED is designed to ensure that talented minority or disadvantaged students obtain the experience and skills they need to succeed in doctoral programs and research-intensive careers in the biomedical sciences.The participation of underrepresented racial and ethnic minorities in the science and engineering workforce has been a concern of policymakers who are interested in solving emerging challenges in health care.UTSA is diversifying the pipeline of scientists and engineers entering the workforce by offering this program to undergraduates from populations underrepresented racially, economically or through disability.The majority of UTSA students identify as Hispanic (56%), contributing to a 64% underrepresented minority student population.Nearly 45% of UTSA undergraduates are first-generation students whose parents or guardians have not earned a four-year degree.
(San Antonio, Aug. 26, 2019) -- In 2014, Kazakhstan's newest and largest oil field was slated to become a major contributor to the global supply.But within a month of operation, a total shutdown occurred.The cause: embrittlement of the pipelines.Like bones, oil and gas pipelines suffer from fragility and cracking.Their research is focused on an alloy used in the oil and gas industry, but fabricated through additive manufacturing (AM).This phenomenon causes the premature failure of structures as result from hydrogen intake in the material.
More than 80,000 aftershocks have been recorded in the aftermath of the two California earthquakes that occurred during the Fourth of July holiday.Californians, generally complacent about earthquakes, were caught by surprise with tremors that were the largest in magnitude in the last decade.Although there was no loss of human life, the U.S. Geological Survey estimates that the earthquakes led to economic losses of approximately $1 billion.Now researchers at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) have won funding to test architectural materials that can help reduce the lateral movement caused by seismic events with little disruption to everyday life.Architects presently rely on metallic or thick and elastic dampers to help mitigate the movement of a building during tremors.However, these same damping devices deform upon impact or melt in extreme temperatures such as fires.
SAN ANTONIO -- July 22, 2019 -- Southwest Research Institute and The University of Texas at San Antonio are working together to understand the susceptibility of additively manufactured materials to hydrogen embrittlement, a common problem that can lead to mechanical hardware degrading and losing functionality.The project, led by W. Fassett Hickey of SwRI's Mechanical Engineering Division and Brendy Rincon Troconis of UTSA's College of Engineering, is supported by a $125,000 grant from the Connecting through Research Partnerships (Connect) Program.Additive Manufacturing (AM) is an increasingly popular method of creating meticulously designed metallic parts through 3D printing.The method's applications are practically endless, but Hickey and Troconis are particularly interested in additively manufactured material performance for the aerospace and oil and gas industries.The atomic hydrogen in hydrogen sulfide is liberated and absorbs into the pipeline material and down-hole tools, which leads to degradation in material performance.In 2014, Kazakhstan's largest oil field was shut down for two years for repairs because of hydrogen embrittlement, which caused large cracks in its pipelines.
The technology, which is named after the Arthurian knight that ultimately secured the Holy Grail, will fight to protect people using desktop applications running on digital platforms such as Amazon Web Services (AWS).These layers will allow individual users to host their applications seamlessly and securely within the cloud avoiding both known and unknown threats.Instead, the software impedes the ability of adversaries to operate within the AWS by making it more difficult to co-locate (either through the use of insiders, compromised hypervisors, witting or unwitting peers, or remote access) with targets, while also requiring adversaries consume more resources.Such an increase in complexity and cost means Galahad also increases the accuracy, rate, and speed with which threats are detected.With the use of role-based isolation and real-time sensors, Galahad will integrate machine learning to develop unique user profiles that will immediately help spot malicious activity or other anomalies like malware in a typical workload.This determination will be based on log events and user actions at the application, virtual machine and hypervisor level.
SAN ANTONIO -- July 15, 2019 -- Southwest Research Institute and The University of Texas at San Antonio are collaborating to acquire data for a computational model for supercritical carbon dioxide (sCO2) energy generation.The work, led by Jacob Delimont of SwRI's Mechanical Engineering Division and Christopher Combs of UTSA's College of Engineering, is supported by a $125,000 grant from the Connecting through Research Partnerships (Connect) Program.sCO2 is carbon dioxide held above a critical temperature and pressure, which causes it to act like a gas while having the density of a liquid.It's also nontoxic and nonflammable, and its supercritical state makes sCO2 a highly efficient fluid to generate power because small changes in temperature or pressure cause significant shifts in its density.Typically, current power plants use water as a thermal medium in power cycles.Delimont and Combs plan to work with a direct-fired sCO2 cycle, which involves adding fuel and oxygen directly into the CO2 stream, causing it to combust, release heat, and create sCO2.This new type of power cycle allows for higher efficiency and lower greenhouse gas emissions.
As the nation continues to get more diverse, it's common for immigrant populations in the United States to identify with two or more cultures at the same time.In a new article published in Lingua, M. Sidury Christiansen argues for a redefinition of how we see transnationalism or the movement of people, ideas and capital across national borders.Through her research, she argues that technology use or the way people engage with each other through technology disrupts traditional notions of homeland and host-land."Transnationals use social networking sites to construct a 'third land' where they enact their ethnic identities, practice culture and maintain social ties," replied Christiansen.A video invitation for the party of Rubí Ibarra García (Los XV de Rubí) was also recorded and shared by a local news outlet.Christiansen noticed that people all over the world were sharing memes and pictures of themselves choosing clothes, food and pretending to go to the party.
(San Antonio, July 10, 2019) -- Almost four in 10 adult Americans are obese, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.If left unchecked, obesity can even lead to more serious problems including high blood pressure and deadly strokes.To help mitigate rising obesity rates, The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) has received funding to use a novel approach that inhibits the activity of a human protein that is thought to contribute to bad cholesterol.Assistant Professor Francis Yoshimoto from the UTSA Department of Chemistry will design and test a protein blocker against the enzyme cytochrome P450 8B1 (P450 8B1).In previous research conducted by drug manufacturers, mice lacking the gene that expresses this protein have a lower risk of developing diabetes, heart disease, and stroke.They also resist weight gain.
(San Antonio, June 25, 2019) -- Working with local architecture firm Ford, Powell & Carson and the Archdiocese of San Antonio, the UTSA Center for Cultural Sustainability (CCS) will conduct a 12-month assessment of indoor climate management and make recommendations for energy-efficient upgrades at Mission Concepción.Antonio Martinez-Molina, an assistant professor in the UTSA College of Architecture, Construction and Planning, is leading the project."Modern-day parishioners expect a certain level of comfort inside the church during the summer months and an active congregation is essential to the outstanding universal values of this UNESCO World Heritage site."Finally, thermal photography and other assessment technologies will be used to analyze the mission's walls to learn where humidity is concentrated.The CCS anticipates that the results will serve as a model for other historic stone structures in hot-humid climates throughout the South and Southwest, potentially allowing the San Antonio Missions to become pioneers in the use of energy-efficient upgrades at cultural heritage resources in the US.During that 2018 project, UTSA researchers William Dupont and Angela Lombardi discovered a higher degree of degradation in the walls closest to the HVAC system's exterior condenser unit.
A University of Texas at Arlington researcher who has done extensive research on Texas watersheds received a $499,981 grant to analyze regional drainage and propose recommendations for future flood prevention in nine counties in southeast Texas.The project will focus on organizing regional oversight and coordination of drainage infrastructure in Hardin, Jasper, Jefferson, Newton, Orange, Tyler, Polk, Liberty and Chambers counties."We will collect existing topographic and geographic information system data in these counties," said Nick Fang, assistant professor of civil engineering."We'll then work with local communities and their leaders to use the data analysis to develop needed water strategies.What we are looking for are possible changes to coding and/or zoning practices that will prevent or lessen regional flooding damage from future natural disasters."UTA's award is part of a $1.53 million grant from the Texas General Land Office to the University of Texas at San Antonio.
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. (June 10, 2019) To help train government and industry organizations on how to prevent cyberattacks, as part of a research project for the U.S. Army, scientists at The University of Texas at San Antonio, developed the first framework to score the agility of cyber attackers and defenders."The DOD and U.S. Army recognize that the cyber domain is as important a battlefront as ground, air and sea," said Dr. Purush Iyer, division chief, network sciences at Army Research Office, an element of the Army Futures Command's Army Research Laboratory.The framework developed by the researchers will help government and industry organizations visualize how well they out-maneuver attacks.Their work is published in IEEE Transactions on Information Forensics and Security, a top journal for cybersecurity."Cyber agility isn't just about patching a security hole, it's about understanding what happens over time.Sometimes when you protect one vulnerability, you expose yourself to 10 others," said Jose Mireles, who works for the DOD and co-developed this first-known framework as part of his UTSA master's thesis.
(June 7, 2019) –- For more than a year, GozNym, a gang of five Russian cyber criminals, stole login credentials and emptied bank accounts from unaware Americans.To detect and quickly respond to escalating cyber-attacks like these, researchers at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) have developed the first framework to score the agility of cyber attackers and defenders.The cyber agility project was funded by the Army Research Office.Sometimes when you protect one vulnerability, you expose yourself to 10 others,” said computer science alumnus Jose Mireles ’17, who now works for the U.S. Department of Defense and co-developed this first known framework as part of his UTSA master’s thesis.It is much harder to quantify cybersecurity because scientists have yet to figure out what are the rules of cybersecurity.As both the attackers and the defenders created new techniques, the researchers were able to better understand how a series of engagements transformed into an adaptive, responsive and agile pattern or what they called an evolution generation.
Through research by a political scientist at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), there is potential to see diplomacy between nations improve through the use of Twitter."I contend that this ensuing Twiplomacy, if committed to the dissemination and exchange of reason and arguments, holds the potential to improve global public deliberation and contribute to a more legitimate form of global governance by the United Nations," said Hofferberth.The UN was founded in 1945 and is currently made up of 193 Member States.The international organization provides a forum for governments to find areas of agreement on common issues such as security, climate change, human rights, sustainable development, terrorism and health emergencies to solve problems together.The organization joined Twitter in March of 2008 and currently has 11 million followers.The paper describes how Hofferberth determined key agencies and individuals within the UN Twittersphere (who is tweeting) and collected tweets during the opening weeks of the 73rd UN Session last year that began on September 18 and ended on October 5, 2018.
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