August 2020

 

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  Advanced Computing Aids Urgent Crises  
 

Advanced Computing Aids Urgent Crises

From the ongoing peril of climate change, to the pandemic raging around us, advanced computing is helping scientists and researchers combat urgent crises. TACC has diverted nearly a third of our computing resources and staff to support the COVID-19 pandemic.

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  Re-Engineering Antibodies to Find Relief for COVID-19

Structural model of SARS-CoV-2 infection, built using UCSF's Chimera software on the Frontera and Bridges supercomputers. Credit: Victor Padilla-Sanchez.

 

Re-Engineering Antibodies to Find Relief for COVID-19

Catholic University of America researcher Victor Padilla-Sanchez re-engineered key antibodies from the first SARS-CoV outbreak in 2002 to see if they would bind with COVID-19. His research concluded that antibodies 80R and m396 do not bind to the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein. However, he believes that amino acid substitutions in 80R and m396 should increase binding interactions, providing new antibodies to neutralize the virus.

Working toward passive immunity

 
 
     
 
 
  Take Your Mind on an Adventure

Hundreds of pages of manuscripts, video, audio recordings, and photographs from the archive of Nobel Prizewinner Gabrial Garcia Marques have been digitized and made available on the Ransom Center's website. Image credit: Robert Lebeck.

 

Take Your Mind on an Adventure

Over the past two years, the Harry Ransom Center and TACC have been working to securely store the center's digital collections of literature, photography, film, and art. The effort is increasingly important during COVID-19, when researchers and students are unable to visit the Ransom Center in person.

Aiding the digital humanities

 
 
     
 
 
 
Corona's Ladder

The coronavirus builds a far-reaching ladder-like apparatus from core helical amino acids (green) in its spike protein that latch onto its host cell, leading to infection. Credit: Numan Oezguen, Texas Children's Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine.

 

Corona’s Ladder

TACC's Longhorn supercomputer is powering simulations that take aim at COVID-19's spike protein binding and fusion to the host cell. Numan Oezguen of Texas Children's Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine investigates the coronavirus' ladder-like fusion apparatus with support from the COVID-19 HPC Consortium.

Calculating the position and velocity of each atom

 
 
     
 
 
  Bright Early Light of LEDs

The Stampede2 supercomputer at TACC. Credit: Jorge Salazar.

 

Bright Early Light of LEDs

An unmatched energy efficiency and sturdiness have made LED lights popular with consumers. Scientists are using TACC's Stampede2 and Ranch supercomputers to gain insight on the crystal structure of new materials that could make LED lighting even brighter and more affordable.

Improved energy efficiency in lighting could save billions annually

 
 
     
 
 
  AACR Recognizes Researchers with 2020 Team Science Awards

AACR Recognizes Researchers with 2020 Team Science Awards

The American Association for Cancer Research awarded the Cancer Genome Atlas with the 2020 Team Science Award. Among the recipients is Ari Kahn, who continues to lead critical bioscience research at TACC. The Association credits these researchers with contributing significantly to advances in cancer research and patient care.

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  Calling All Texas Researchers

Calling All Texas Researchers

TACC is hosting the 2020 TACC Symposium for Texas Researchers (TACCster) this fall, September 17-18, virtually via Zoom and Slack. TACCster is a meeting of scientists, engineers, scholars, and students from across the state who use, and would like to use, TACC resources to advance their research goals.

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Work @ TACC

Working at TACC means being part of a dynamic and exciting environment, where talented individuals pursue their interests, engage their imaginations, and work at the forefront of computational research. Working with us also means living in Austin, an exceptional city that thrives on innovation, culture, and creativity.

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