Nobel Prize winner and UT professor John Goodenough dies at 100

John B. Goodenough, UT professor and developer of the lithium-ion battery, died Sunday on the age of 100.

“John’s legacy is a shining instance of advancing our analysis and educating mission, and his contributions to battery science and engineering will probably be felt far into the longer term,” Government Vice President and Provost Sharon  Wooden stated in an electronic mail announcement. 

In 2019, Goodenough turned the oldest individual awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work in growing the lithium-ion battery, the rechargeable energy supply for telephones, laptops and different modern-day electronics. 

“He was an early adopter of interdisciplinary analysis, working intently all through his profession with scientists and engineers from a wide range of disciplines,” Wooden stated.

Goodenough started his profession on the College at 64 years outdated, the place he served as a college member within the Cockrell Faculty of Engineering for 37 years, in keeping with a press launch

“John’s legacy as an excellent scientist is immeasurable — his discoveries improved the lives of billions of individuals around the globe,”  UT President Jay Hartzell stated on Instagram. “John’s work and dedication to our mission are the last word reflection of our aspirations as Longhorns – that what begins right here modifications the world — and he will probably be vastly missed amongst our UT neighborhood.”

UT professor Roger Reeves receives Griffin Poetry Prize for his e book ‘Finest Barbarian’

After competing towards greater than 600 different poets, affiliate professor Roger Reeves received the Griffin Poetry Prize for his e book “Finest Barbarian” on June 7.  

“It’s not like something I might have imagined I might ever win,” Reeves stated. “I’m humbled by it.”

In accordance with its web site, The Griffin Poetry Prize is the world’s largest worldwide prize — $130,000 — for a single e book of poetry written or translated into English. 

The prize was based in 2000 with its first winner in 2001. Founder and chairman Scott Griffin stated he labored with the opposite founders to “increase the profile of poetry” in simply Canada initially and noticed the necessity for the popularity of poetry globally. 

“It was now not actually a part of the curriculum within the faculties,” Griffin stated. “Only a few folks had been shopping for poetry, fewer folks had been studying it and nearly none had been citing it. So, we felt that one thing needed to be carried out.”

Quickly sufficient, the award grew to become worldwide. Now, the group provides away greater than $200,000 in awards to poets around the globe for his or her writing. 

Reeves’ profitable e book relies on experiences from his life. Among the matters embrace coping with his father’s passing whereas turning into a father himself, music, race in America and the “ecstatic expertise of language, of affection.”

Reeves stated he plans to make use of the cash from the award to assist out his mom and grandmother, two those who helped increase him and introduce him to language. 

Reeves stated he grew up with language. Raised in a family the place his mom and grandmother beloved to learn, Reeves stated he and his sister grew up surrounded by all kinds of books. Now, poetry is a “elementary half” of how Reeves sees the world. 

“I’m in search of poems. I’m listening to poems. I’m smelling poems. I’m tasting poems. I’m touching poems and seeking to solely kind of be within the poem,” Reeves stated. 

Reeves teaches a number of poetry courses on the College and stated he enjoys his place. 

“It’s nice when you will discover college students who’re as passionate as you’re in regards to the phrase and about poems and what poems would possibly enable them,” Reeves stated. 

Inventive writing professor Lisa Olstein, who works carefully with Reeves, stated she was “overjoyed” to listen to about his accomplishment. 

“I do know that he’s deeply engaged with the facility and potential of language in poetry in a manner that’s directly, extremely, erudite,” Olstein stated. “I feel that his is an enchanting and deeply dedicated poetic thoughts.”

UT Musculoskeletal Institute awarded worldwide Worth-Primarily based Well being Care Prize

The Musculoskeletal Institute on the UT Well being Austin medical clinic received the 2023 Worth-Primarily based Well being Care Prize from a world jury for its progressive method to patient-centered well being care.

The Worth-Primarily based Well being Care Prize acknowledges medical initiatives from world wide that make use of a “basically new line of considering in creating wonderful affected person worth by way of actual outcomes,” in response to its web site. Nominees for this 12 months included initiatives from Australia, Italy, the Netherlands and Brazil.

The Musculoskeletal Institute not solely treats musculoskeletal problems however can also be pioneering a brand new solution to ship medication. Based on government director Karl Koenig, most healthcare companies are reimbursed by way of a fee-for-service system that requires a separate charge for every physician’s go to, lab and surgical procedure. The institute as an alternative argues for a condition-based care mannequin the place one charge is paid to the healthcare group initially of care to incentivize higher useful resource allocation towards the affected person.

“On the bottom, at the very least in our group, which means a multidisciplinary group,” Koenig mentioned. “We’ve got orthopedic surgeons, doctor’s assistants, chiropractors, bodily therapists, social staff, all engaged on one group in order that when the affected person is available in, we will present the entire care that they could want.”

Koenig mentioned the institute makes use of a really completely different metric for measuring success as they focus much less on the variety of sufferers they see or the variety of surgical procedures they carry out and as an alternative depend on patient-reported outcomes.

“We ask our sufferers to inform us how a lot their hip and knee ache, again ache or neck ache is affecting their high quality of life, after which we measure our success on the affected person telling us how a lot better we assist them get on common,” Koenig mentioned. “It’s actually revolutionary.”

Koenig mentioned the institute finally tries to make use of a holistic but pragmatic method to medication utility by addressing musculoskeletal circumstances within the context of a affected person’s general well being. 

“We assist quite a lot of sufferers to quit smoking, we assist quite a lot of sufferers to drop extra pounds, we assist quite a lot of sufferers to turn into extra energetic with our bodily remedy packages, and generally we do surgical procedure on these sufferers to assist them get extra energetic and keep wholesome, however we’re actually maintaining our eye on the prize,” Koenig mentioned. “And the north star is how can we truly assist folks to be more healthy slightly than simply maintain them after they get sick?”

Koenig mentioned the Musculoskeletal Institute was beforehand acknowledged within the U.S. for its trailblazing work, however to be in comparison with friends worldwide and are available out on high exhibits lots.

“It says lots in regards to the College of Texas, it says lots about Dell Medical Faculty and UT Well being Austin that we’re within the midst of constructing new packages, beginning a brand new medical college and staying true to our mission to actually revolutionize the way in which that sufferers get and keep wholesome,” Koenig mentioned.