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September 2016

  • New Vice President for Enrollment appointed at UTA
    New leader

    Thursday, September 22, 2016

    News Topics: faculty, staff, students

    Dr. Troy Johnson, Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management at Illinois State University, joins UTA this November as the new Vice President for Enrollment Management.

  • The University of Texas at Arlington awards record number of degrees
    Record conferrals

    Thursday, September 22, 2016

    News Topics: admissions, alumni, business, commencement, education, engineering, nursing

    The University of Texas at Arlington has awarded a record 11,526 degrees for the 2015-16 academic year. UTA has also been recognized by Diverse Issues in Higher Education as a leader for degrees conferred to minority students.

  • UTA study finds abnormalities in drinking water in Eagle Ford Shale region
    Groundwater study

    Thursday, September 22, 2016

    News Topics: chemistry, environment, research, science

    An initial UTA study has found abnormalities in drinking water in the Eagle Ford Shale region, indicative of some contamination from industrial or agricultural activities in the area. The research, led by Professor Kevin Schug, was published recently in the journal "Science of the Total Environment."

  • UTA bioengineer earns inaugural Embracing Challenge Award from Materials Today magazine
    High honor

    Wednesday, September 21, 2016

    News Topics: biology, engineering, faculty

    A UTA bioengineer's perseverance throughout her life has earned her the inaugural Embracing Challenge Award from Materials Today magazine and the Elsevier Materials Science Council. Kytai Nguyen, the UTA bioengineering professor, will be honored at the Materials Research Society conference Nov. 29 in Boston, Mass.

  • UTA proves that inexpensive semiconducting organic polymers can harvest sunlight to split carbon dioxide into alcohol fuels
    Solar fuels research

    Tuesday, September 20, 2016

    News Topics: chemistry

    UTA chemists are the first to prove that inexpensive semiconducting organic polymers can harvest sunlight to split carbon dioxide into alcohol fuels. The research study was published recently in the prestigious Royal Society of Chemistry journal "ChemComm."

  • U.S. News & World Report ranks UTA top public institution in nation for least student debt
    National ranking

    Monday, September 19, 2016

    News Topics: student life, students

    U.S. News & World Report's 2017 "Best Colleges" rankings issue has named The University of Texas at Arlington as the top public institution in the U.S. for graduating students with the least student debt.

  • UTA researchers to develop new method, device for controlling blood pressure levels automatically
    Blood pressure control

    Monday, September 19, 2016

    News Topics: engineering, medicine, research

    UTA researchers are using a National Institutes of Health grant to develop a new method and device for automatically controlling blood pressure levels in cardiac care environments that use targeted electrical stimulation rather than drugs.

  • UTA enrollment climbs 7.3 percent, closing in on 40,000 Texas-based students
    Record numbers

    Thursday, September 15, 2016

    News Topics: alumni, faculty, staff, student life, students

    The University of Texas at Arlington enrollment climbs 7.3 percent, closing in on 40,000 Texas-based students. Enrollment is anticipated to surpass 57,000 by the end of this academic year, making UTA potentially the largest campus in The University of Texas System.

  • UTA hosts national gathering of leading scholars and historians of disability history
    Disability history

    Thursday, September 15, 2016

    News Topics: faculty, history, Internet, staff, students

    More than 50 archivists, curators, librarians, disability studies scholars, disability historians, and disability rights activists gathered recently at UTA to discuss the process of creating a national Disability History/Archives Consortium. People with disabilities are the largest minority in the country.

  • Second annual bionorthTX summit expected to attract 400 Life Sciences leaders
    Leading in life sciences

    Monday, September 12, 2016

    News Topics: research

    bionorthTX, the region’s leading life sciences industry association, will hold its annual iC3 Life Science Summit on Tuesday, Oct. 26, at UTA's College Park Center. More than 400 industry, government and university leaders are expected to attend the event.

  • UTA to design new models for networked group learning and online work settings for the third generation of internet, or Web 3.0
    Solutions for Web 3.0

    Monday, September 12, 2016

    News Topics: computer science, faculty, liberal arts, research

    UTA is designing new models for networked group learning and online work settings for the third generation of internet, or Web 3.0. The project will bring together world leaders in the areas of language technologies, human-computer interaction, computer supported cooperative work and computer supported collaborative learning and education.

  • Two grants to fund UTA design, installation of fiber-reinforced concrete pipes under roads
    Longer lasting roads

    Friday, September 9, 2016

    News Topics: engineering, manufacturing, transportation

    UTA is working with the Texas Department of Transportation to install a brand new standard in fiber-reinforced concrete pipes that is more durable and longer lasting than current pipes. The UTA civil engineering team also is working to develop 100-year service life protocols for synthetic fiber pipes for the Florida Department of Transportation.

  • UTA FabLab director attends White House roundtable of makerspace leaders
    White House invitation

    Tuesday, September 6, 2016

    News Topics: innovation

    The University of Texas at Arlington is one of just nine universities nationally - and the only university from Texas - represented recently during a gathering of nearly 200 makerspace leaders at the White House.

  • UTA researchers’ papers find proven concept of using light to image and potentially treat PTSD
    Bright light

    Tuesday, September 6, 2016

    News Topics: engineering, medicine, research, science

    A UTA bioengineering professor shows the benefits of near infrared light treatment on brains traumatized through post traumatic stress disorder, suffered many times by U.S. veterans. The interdisciplinary team includes representatives from the College of Science, the College of Engineering,

  • UTA mathematicians to improve curricula for future high school mathematics teachers, benefitting socio-economically disadvantaged students
    Improving STEM education

    Tuesday, September 6, 2016

    News Topics: education

    UTA mathematicians are conducting research to refine and supplement curriculum materials used in college mathematics courses designed for students who plan to become high school math teachers. Over the long-term, the project will impact the learning experiences of hundreds of thousands of socio-economically disadvantaged students across the country.

  • Building projects greet Fall 2016 students, faculty, staff, visitors
    Growth abounds

    Thursday, September 1, 2016

    News Topics: faculty, staff, student life, students

    Major construction projects are under way at The University of Texas at Arlington this fall to meet the growing student body and its specialized needs. One project is the Science and Engineering Innovation and Research building on the south side of the campus. West-side projects also are on the drawing board.

August 2016

  • UTA chemists to develop a new class of catalysts to transform cheap, widely available hydrocarbons into molecules used in key industrial processes
    Developing new catalysts

    Wednesday, August 31, 2016

    News Topics: chemistry, research, science

    UTA chemists are developing novel ways to use metal ions to activate simple hydrocarbons present in natural gas or petroleum products to produce more complex molecules valuable to the chemical and pharmaceutical industries.

  • UTA physicist Ramon Lopez awarded 2016 Richard Carrington Education and Public Outreach Award for his work advocating science education at the national level
    Advocating science education

    Wednesday, August 31, 2016

    News Topics: awards, physics, science

    Ramon Lopez, UTA physics professor, has been named the winner of the 2016 Richard Carrington Education and Public Outreach Award by the Space and Aeronomy section of the American Geophysical Union. The AGU’s Carrington Award is presented in recognition of significant impact on students’ and the public’s understanding of science through education and/or outreach activities.

  • UTA awards four 2016 Interdisciplinary Research Program grants for innovative ideas that address high-priority issues in society
    Interdisciplinary research

    Tuesday, August 30, 2016

    News Topics: art, awards, humanities, nursing, research, robotics, science, urban and public affairs

    UTA has awarded four seed grants to interdisciplinary research projects that address growing problems such as loneliness among the elderly, the need for sustainable green education spaces, the health crisis among urban American Indians or the mechanisms behind heart failure among the elderly.

  • UTA faculty and alumnus celebrated as “Tech Titans” in 2016 awards
    Innovators in science and education

    Tuesday, August 30, 2016

    News Topics: alumni, computer science, science

    Three faculty and a graduate of UTA won Tech Titans Awards for excellence and leadership in technology fields in 2016, announced at a recent celebratory gala. UTA professors won the the Tech Titans Inventors Award and Tech Titans of the Future University Award and a UTA alumnus was named Tech Titans Corporate Company CEO of the year.

  • UTA engineer working to develop bioinks for use in 3-D printing of tissues, organs
    Printing 3-D tissues

    Monday, August 29, 2016

    News Topics: biology, engineering, medicine, research

    Kyungsuk Yum, a UTA assistant professor in the Materials Science and Engineering Department, has received a $100,000 National Science Foundation grant to develop nanocomposite hydrogel bioinks that could be used for printing 3-D tissue and organs.

  • Excellence in athletics part of the fabric of The University of Texas at Arlington
    Stellar student-athletes

    Friday, August 26, 2016

    News Topics: sports, student life, students

    UTA is welcoming a cadre of outstanding student-athletes this year. Their focus is on the courts, the fields, and the classrooms as well. The volleyball team starts its 2016 campaign at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26 at College Park Center.

  • UTA study indicates air contamination near fracking sites result of operational inefficiencies, not inherent to the extraction process
    Protecting air quality

    Friday, August 26, 2016

    News Topics: chemistry, research, science

    UTA chemists have published a new study that indicates that highly variable contamination events registered in and around unconventional oil and gas developments are the result of operational inefficiencies and not inherent to the extraction process itself. The study was published today in "Science and the Total Environment."

  • UTA College of Nursing and Health Innovation’s doctoral programs ranked among Top 50 in the nation
    Nursing Programs Ranked Highly

    Thursday, August 25, 2016

    News Topics: nursing

    The University of Texas at Arlington’s College of Nursing and Health Innovation doctoral programs offer two of the best values in the country for practicing nurses seeking terminal degrees, according to Value Colleges.

  • UTA physicists to upgrade Titan supercomputer software for extreme scale applications such as biology and materials science simulations
    Enabling supercomputing

    Thursday, August 25, 2016

    News Topics: physics, research

    UTA physicists have been awarded a new $1.06 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to upgrade the software that runs on the Titan supercomputer at Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility in Tennessee to support extremely data-heavy scientific applications such as advanced biology and materials science simulations.

  • UTA Air Force ROTC students earn national recognition for academic achievement
    National recognition

    Wednesday, August 24, 2016

    News Topics: liberal arts, student life, students

    The U.S. Air Force ROTC has named the Air Force ROTC Detachment 845 at The University of Texas at Arlington among the best in the nation for academic achievement.

  • UTA Mavericks welcomed, challenged to “find their path”
    MavsMeet Convocation

    Wednesday, August 24, 2016

    News Topics: College Park Center, community service, faculty, staff, student life, students

    Convocation keynote speaker Ya'Ke Smith challenged students to be extraordinary in finding their academic paths while at The University of Texas at Arlington. Thousands of students attended the 2016 MavsMeet Convocation and AfterParty

  • UTA unveils new state-of-the-art Career Development Center
    Talent meets opportunity

    Wednesday, August 24, 2016

    News Topics: alumni, commencement, faculty, student life, students

    Graduates of The University of Texas at Arlington will have a critical advantage over their job-seeking competition as the University’s new Career Development Center begins serving their needs in a revolutionary way. The center officially opened its doors Tuesday.

  • New class of Terry Scholars raises number of UTA students in prestigious program to 33
    Terry Scholars

    Monday, August 22, 2016

    The Terry Foundation announces new recipients of its prestigious scholarship award, the largest private source of scholarships in Texas. Of the 167 high achieving students, 13 will attend UTA.

  • UTA’s College of Nursing and Health Innovation launches interdisciplinary PhD in kinesiology degree
    Kinesiology PhD Launched

    Wednesday, August 10, 2016

    News Topics: nursing, science, students

    The University of Texas at Arlington’s College of Nursing and Health Innovation will begin offering a doctoral degree in kinesiology in the fall, in response to soaring demand for healthcare scientists and faculty.

  • UTA researcher wins grant to use data mining to improve diagnosis, treatment of depression
    Mining thoughts

    Wednesday, August 10, 2016

    News Topics: computer science, engineering, medicine, psychology

    A UTA computer science and engineering professor has received a National Science Foundation grant that would use data mining to improve diagnosis and treatment of patients with depression.

  • UTA signs agreement with leading Korean energy institute to promote joint development of clean energy technologies
    Clean energy

    Wednesday, August 10, 2016

    News Topics: biology, engineering, research, science

    UTA and The Korea Institute of Energy Research have joined forces to develop clean energy technologies that improve the lives of citizens worldwide. South Korea’s government recently unveiled a plan to invest about $36.6 billion in developing renewable energy industries, such as solar and wind power and eco-friendly power plants, by 2020.

  • Office of Naval Research grant will allow UTA researchers to mimic performance of multiple shipboard systems while testing batteries
    Shipboard testing

    Tuesday, August 9, 2016

    News Topics: engineering, research

    A UTA electrical engineering associate professor received an Office of Naval Research grant to purchase a machine that will allow him to use simulations to test how well a battery will perform as part of a full shipboard system.

  • UTA engineering researcher to develop tools to better analyze complex patient data
    Big data

    Monday, August 8, 2016

    News Topics: computer science, engineering, health and fitness, innovation, medicine, research

    An assistant professor of Computer Science and Engineering is the fourth UTA professor to receive a National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development, or CAREER, grant. Junzhou Huang will employ multiple methods to access and analyze very large, complex patient data. This research could ultimately allow scientists and doctors to make better clinical predictions and work toward cures for diseases.

  • UTA expands recruiting efforts targeting exceptional Latino students with ApplyUTA
    ApplyUTA launches

    Friday, August 5, 2016

    News Topics: faculty, students

    Maria Martinez-Cosio, UTA assistant vice provost for Faculty Affairs, addresses members of the news media as ApplyUTA is announced. The initiative expands recruiting efforts of exceptional Latino students.

  • UTA NAACP members earn national recognition for student chapter, financial and civic engagement
    UTA NAACP honored

    Friday, August 5, 2016

    News Topics: Arlington, awards, community service, student life, students

    The UTA student chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People received the College Chapter of the Year award during the NAACP 107th National Convention. UTA also received the Game Changer for Economic Impact award.

  • UTA researchers lead project with UT Southwestern and MD Anderson Cancer Center to develop new device to deliver photo-induced cancer therapy to patients
    Developing cancer therapy devices

    Friday, August 5, 2016

    News Topics: physics, research

    UTA physicists are leading a multidisciplinary project with UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas and MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston to develop a new multifunctional platform that can integrate imaging and photo-induced cancer therapy in a single, portable device.

  • UTA aerospace engineering graduate first to successfully flight test unmanned aerial vehicle with mass-actuated controls
    Weighted flight

    Tuesday, August 2, 2016

    News Topics: engineering, research, students

    A UTA team has designed, built and flight tested an unmanned aerial vehicle that uses a mass actuation system or weights that move back and forth within the wings to maneuver the aircraft. The findings were disclosed in a paper that was presented at a recent American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics conference.

  • UTA Institute of Urban Studies to develop recommendations for future growth at Dallas Executive Airport
    Quality of life

    Tuesday, August 2, 2016

    News Topics: architecture, community service, innovation, students, urban and public affairs

    The city of Dallas is using students from Institute of Urban Studies in UTA's College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs to examine possible Dallas Executive Airport enhancements that would spur economic growth and quality of life for surrounding neighborhoods.

  • UTA researchers study how fluctuating hormones affect female vulnerability to cocaine addiction
    Understanding addiction

    Tuesday, August 2, 2016

    News Topics: biology, chemistry, psychology, research

    UTA's Linda Perrotti is studying how fluctuating estrogen levels make females increasingly sensitive to the rewarding effects of cocaine and ultimately, vulnerable to cocaine addiction. Compared to men, women experience higher levels of craving and relapse during periods of abstinence and take larger amounts of cocaine during bouts of relapse.

  • UTA chemists devise cheaper, faster, more accurate, automated method to quantify water content in solid pharmaceutical drugs
    Innovations in analytical chemistry

    Monday, August 1, 2016

    News Topics: chemistry, research

    Chemists at UTA have invented a method to quantify water content in solid pharmaceutical drugs that is faster, cheaper, more accurate and more precise than Karl Fischer titration, the method currently recognized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and widely used worldwide.

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Friday, September 23, 2016

Ron Elsenbaumer, UTA interim provost and vice president for academic affairs, was a guest panelist on KERA’s Think program about student loan debt and strategies of paying for college. The hour-long discussion Wednesday was part of the KERA 90.1’s "One Crisis Away: Drowning in Debt" series.

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