Monday, August 25, 2008

Movie on MAIN

It's a new school year and UT for REED is starting out the semester with recruiting. Our major recruiting event will be Movie on MAIN, a public screening of "Alicia in Africa: Journey to the Motherland."
The event starts after dark and we will project the movie onto the west wall of the UT Tower. Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and lawn chairs, as we will be spread out around the West Mall Rally Area. We hope to get a great showing of UT students and that together we will be inspired to do our part to help struggling members of our world community. The documentary last 45min long and is available for free download at

Monday, June 16, 2008

June Newsletter

The June Newsletter gives updates on the Honduras and India projects, reports on our Explore UT! booth, and presents the Mali project. You can download the newsletter here.

Thursday, June 12, 2008


Lizzy Dupont, a UT for REED member, has proposed a project for Fall 2008; and not only proposed it, but made a ‘Commitment to Action’ at the 2008 Clinton Global Initiative in New Orleans, LA. Joined by REED vice-president, Johan van der Walt, Lizzy presented her idea of providing health education for deaf students in Mali.

In Mali, there are roughly 2,700 health practitioners serving a population of over 10 million. Most Malians learn about good public health practices from family, neighbors, and volunteer educators. This is a problem for deaf individuals because many Malians view deafness as an inability to speak, not an inability to hear. Hearing individuals rarely learn any form of sign language so understanding why certain things make people sick is very difficult for the marginalized Deaf community. There are over 200,000 deaf individuals in Mali who are in need of public health information.

Our fall project will initiate a three-way partnership between L’Ecole Deficient Auditif in Bamako, Mali, the Texas School for the Deaf, and the American Sign Language Department at UT-Austin. Students in Austin and Mali will prepare videos for each other addressing health issues faced by both groups, and incorporating educational information provided by the project organizers. The experience of producing the videos will provide the students with practical information and instruction in good health practices, safe sex, and HIV-STI awareness, in a manner that is responsive to the specific challenges faced by Deaf youth. Health materials like antibacterial soap, condoms, or basic wound care kits will supplement the theme of each film.

This cultural exchange has the potential to spread throughout the six schools for the Deaf in Mali to other nations where American Sign Language adapted for Francophone West Africa is also used.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Los Fortalecedores de Protesis

This past school year, I advised a second team of BME students who were developing the C-Ankle. The students include Erika Zabre, who brought the first design to Honduras last May, Andrew Horton, who designed the fatigue tester, and two new students, Michael Sinclair and Wei Lu.

The students did an excellent job. Michael completed an extensive SolidWorks model and Finite Element Analysis. Andrew completed the fatigue tester, with Erika and Wei creating the software to run it. And Erika and Wei applied for IRB approval and directed the clincal testing of the ankle. They presented their work at the beginning of this month.

Wei Lu

Biomedical Engineering
The University of Texas at Austin
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Wei is one of 4 design students from the '07-'08 Team who tested and developed the prosthetic ankle joint. His main contribution is helping to create the fatigue tester software and direct the data collection.

Michael Sinclair

Biomedical Engineering
The University of Texas at Austin
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Michael is one of 4 design students from the '07-'08 Team who tested and developed the prosthetic ankle joint. His main contribution is his SolidWorks model and FEA analysis.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

UT for REED in the News!

UT for REED is introduced in the Fall 2007 BME Newsletter, BME Pulse. Check out page 6!You can also download our own January 2008 Newsletter here.