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April 2016

  • Message from the President
    Message from the President

    Friday, April 29, 2016

    News Topics: alumni

    UTA President Vistasp Karbhari issued a statement regarding comments about the University reportedly made during a recent candidate forum.

  • UTA biologists study imperiled lizard to develop conservation plan
    Conservation plan

    Friday, April 29, 2016

    News Topics: biology, research, science

    UTA biologists are studying a species of lizard found in parts of Texas and northeastern Mexico to find out why the reptile’s numbers have been dwindling dramatically. The work is being supported by a two-year grant from the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department.

  • UTA educators developing competency-based online course to help math teachers better teach geometry students
    Competency-based learning

    Thursday, April 28, 2016

    News Topics: awards, education, faculty

    College of Education professors Joohi Lee and Mohan Pant are developing a competency-based online, graduate-level course that will help math teachers better learn to teach conceptual geometry.

  • UTA research demonstrates that groundwater quality changes alongside the expansion of hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling
    Environmental impact

    Tuesday, April 26, 2016

    News Topics: chemistry, research, science

    New research by Professor Kevin Schug demonstrates that groundwater quality changes alongside the expansion of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing but also suggests that some potentially hazardous effects may dissipate over time. The results were published today in the journal "Science of the Total Environment."

  • Outstanding Journalists Honored on UTA campus at 2016 Barbara Jordan Media Awards
    Special honor

    Monday, April 25, 2016

    Outstanding journalists were recently recognized in a UTA-hosted ceremony named in honor of late Congresswoman Barbara Jordan, a passionate advocate for equal access for people with disabilities.

  • UTA earns NEH grant to develop online portal for disability history
    Increasing visibility

    Friday, April 22, 2016

    News Topics: awards, history, liberal arts, recreation, student life

    Researchers with the UTA Libraries and the College of Liberal Arts will use a National Endowment for the Humanities grant to develop an online portal for disability history resources.

  • UTA leads $7.3M national initiative to create next-generation space weather simulator to improve forecasting, satellite tracking during storms
    Space physics

    Friday, April 22, 2016

    News Topics: physics, research

    Physicist Yue Deng is leading a $7.3 million national initiative to develop a next generation space weather simulator to improve forecasting, satellite tracking during storms.

  • UTA student team wins EPA Campus RainWorks Challenge for concept to reduce stormwater runoff, impacts of climate change
    Sustainable environment

    Friday, April 22, 2016

    News Topics: architecture, environment, research, sustainability, urban and public affairs

    College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs student team wins national EPA Campus RainWorks Challenge for designing plan to reduce stormwater runoff in future UTA construction projects.

  • Reliant Powers The University of Texas at Arlington with Donation of NRG Street Charge® Stations
    Sustainable community

    Wednesday, April 20, 2016

    News Topics: faculty, staff, students, sustainability

    Energy giant Reliant partners with UTA to provide students, faculty and staff with solar-powered charging stations that can be used for free to charge mobile devices.

  • UTA collaborates with the Hashemite University in Jordan
    International collaboration

    Tuesday, April 19, 2016

    News Topics: alumni

    A unique collaboration between the University of Texas at Arlington and the Hashemite University in Jordan has led to the planning of the Hashemite University’s Structural System Laboratory, which is in the design phase led by a team based in DFW.

  • UTA Collge of Nursing and Health Innovation launches public health track with an urban focus
    Health studies

    Monday, April 18, 2016

    News Topics: admissions, health and fitness, nursing

    A new College of Nursing and Health Innovation public health track will prepare students to help meet rising demand for healthcare professionals grounded in wellness, disease and injury prevention beginning this fall.

  • Up-and-coming UTA alumni grab top honors at DFW business publications
    Alumni honored

    Friday, April 15, 2016

    News Topics: alumni, business, community service, engineering, psychology

    Nine UTA alumni were named to the Dallas Business Journal and Fort Worth Business 40 under 40 lists, selected for their professional and community accomplishments.

  • Two UTA professors named Fellows of the UT System Academy of Distinguished Teachers
    Teaching Excellence

    Thursday, April 14, 2016

    News Topics: awards, chemistry, research, science

    Kevin Schug, Shimadzu Distinguished Professor of Analytical Chemistry, and Barbara Shipman, associate professor of mathematics and a UTA Distinguished Teaching Professor, have been honored as 2016 Fellows of the UT System Academy of Distinguished Teachers.

  • UTA researcher finds that by age 3 environmental factors like parenting are relevant to the development of self-control
    Childhood behavior

    Thursday, April 14, 2016

    News Topics: faculty, psychology, science

    UTA researcher Jeffrey Gagne has found that by age 3 environmental influences such as parenting are relevant factors in the development of toddlers’ self-control when they are asked not to do something they want to do, such as run into the street or eat a forbidden snack.

  • NASA awards UTARI researcher $1 million to develop better models for rotor spar fatigue, composite materials
    Computational composites testing

    Thursday, April 14, 2016

    News Topics: engineering, research

    NASA awards UTA Research Institute scientist $1 million to develop computational methods that will test the strength and life of composite rotor blade assemblies for aeronautics sector.

  • 12 Houses exhibition celebrates innovative residential design by UTA alumni, faculty
    Alumni exhibition

    Friday, April 8, 2016

    News Topics: alumni, architecture

    Residential designs by CAPPA alumni and faculty are showcased now through April 16 in an exhibit at NorthPark Center in Dallas.

  • UTA scientists demonstrate that electrical stimulation of deep brain structures under the cortex could help ease chronic pain
    Alleviating pain

    Monday, April 4, 2016

    News Topics: computer science, engineering, psychology, research, science

    UTA professors Yuan Peng and J.-C. Chiao have demonstrated that electrical stimulation of the deep brain structures under the cortex could ease chronic pain. Their results were published in the leading neuroscience journal Experimental Brain Research.

  • NIH awards $1.7 million to UTA professor to fight chronic kidney disease
    Health science

    Friday, April 1, 2016

    News Topics: health and fitness, humanities, science

    Kinesiology professor Paul Fadel has been awarded a $1.7 million NIH grant to thwart cardiovascular disease and high blood pressure in patients with chronic kidney disease.

March 2016

  • Ironman heart transplant recipient, renowned sports cardiologist duo to kick off Moritz Speaker Series
    Moritz Speakers

    Thursday, March 31, 2016

    News Topics: Arlington, faculty, global, health and fitness, lectures, medicine, nursing, research

    The UTA College of Nursing and Health Innovation presents the Moritz Speakers Series, strengthening UTA's dedication to educating the community about health and wellness.

  • U.S. News ranks more than 20 UTA graduate programs among nation’s best
    Measure of excellence

    Wednesday, March 30, 2016

    News Topics: admissions, alumni, faculty, staff, students

    U.S. News & World Report has ranked more than 20 UTA graduate programs among the nation’s best for 2017. Three graduate level degree programs ranked in the top 50.

  • Study finds gestational surrogacy often misunderstood, unevenly judged
    Labor of love

    Tuesday, March 29, 2016

    News Topics: biology, community service, faculty, genetics, research, science

    Research by Heather Jacobson, a UTA associate professor of sociology, is compiled in what is the first book-length ethnographic examination of gestational surrogacy in the United States.

  • UTA chemists devise safer, “greener” and more efficient system to synthesize organic compounds used in pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and household chemicals
    Green chemistry

    Monday, March 28, 2016

    News Topics: chemistry, research

    Science Dean Morteza Khaledi has discovered a safer, cheaper, "greener" and more efficient system for the synthesis of organic compounds used in pharmaceuticals, cosmetics and household chemicals.

  • UTA students, other volunteers prep for ‘The Big Event’ day of community service
    Helping hands

    Tuesday, March 22, 2016

    News Topics: faculty, staff, student life, students

    "The Big Event," UTA's biggest day of service in the community, will take place on April 9. More than 1,300 projects will receive attention this year thanks to efforts being coordinated by Student Affairs.

  • UTA researcher shows affordable housing not so affordable when transportation costs soar
    Transportation impacts

    Monday, March 21, 2016

    News Topics: architecture, research, transportation, urban and public affairs

    A faculty transportation planning expert and smart-growth advocate has shown the real impact transportation costs have on affordable housing. Shima Hamidi's findings are published in the journal Housing Policy Debate. She directs UTA's Institute of Urban Studies.

  • U.S. News ranks UTA Graduate Engineering, Business, Nursing and Education programs among nation’s best for 2017
    National recognition

    Wednesday, March 16, 2016

    News Topics: business, education, engineering, nursing

    U.S. News & World Report ranks UTA graduate programs in engineering, business, nursing and education among the best in the country for 2017.

  • UTA earns international attention for Liberal Arts research, digital humanities initiatives
    Expanding views

    Tuesday, March 15, 2016

    News Topics: art, awards, communications, exhibitions, faculty, film, global, history, humanities, Internet, liberal arts, music, politics, religion, research, robotics, theatre, visual arts

    Ritu Khanduri, seen here with Indian President Pranab Mukherjee, is just one of the standout Liberal Arts faculty members attracting international attention for emerging research and digital humanities strategies.

  • Huckaby among winners of prestigious Smithsonian portrait competition, votes could result in People’s Choice Award
    Self-portrait at the Smithsonian

    Monday, March 14, 2016

    News Topics: art, awards, faculty, liberal arts

    Assistant Art Professor Sedrick Huckaby has been named among seven winners of a prestigious competition hosted by the National Portrait Gallery. The Gallery will display the art until Jan. 2017, then it will travel to three additional museums, including one in Texas.

  • Artiman Ventures brings the vision of Silicon Valley startups to UTA
    Startups

    Friday, March 11, 2016

    News Topics: alumni, faculty, innovation, research, student life, students

    Silicon Valley investment group Artiman Ventures will hold a two-day session at UTA on April 7-8 to brainstorm with faculty, students and local entrepreneurs on how to help move new technologies to the marketplace.

  • UTA research blends public health measures in regional transportation plan
    Livable communities

    Friday, March 11, 2016

    News Topics: architecture, engineering, transportation, urban and public affairs

    A UTA multi-disciplinary team from the College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs and the College of Engineering is blending health decisions and impacts into the regional transportation decision-making process. The research is funded through a North Central Texas Council of Governments grant.

  • UTA health partners with foundation to launch exercise program for cancer patients
    Better health

    Thursday, March 10, 2016

    News Topics: employment, health and fitness, nursing

    UTA's College of Nursing and Health Innovation is partnering with the Cancer Foundation for Life to institute an exercise program that helps cancer patients return to full health.

  • UTA alums receive NSF small-business grant to spur K-12 STEM interest through technology
    STEM education startup

    Wednesday, March 9, 2016

    News Topics: business, engineering, manufacturing, robotics, science

    A team of UTA engineering and business school graduates is designing a hands-on, reconfigurable robots education tool that will stimulate STEM learning in kindergarten through 12th grades. The project is funded through the National Science Foundation's Small Business Innovation Research program.

  • UTA researcher would transform sensor network into device with supercomputer power
    Computing power

    Tuesday, March 8, 2016

    News Topics: computer science, engineering, research

    Ioannis Schizas, an assistant professor in the Electrical Engineering Department, is creating a low-cost framework through an NSF grant to create a low-cost sensing system that will generate supercomputer power for applications in surveillance and defense, healthcare applications or structural monitoring for bridges and buildings.

  • UTA, Arlington school district launch Teacher Academy to increase educator talent pipeline
    Student success

    Monday, March 7, 2016

    News Topics: admissions, education

    An innovative, new UTA-Arlington ISD Teacher Academy will enable high school juniors and seniors to earn early college credit and get a head start on a career in education.

  • UTA shines spotlight on creative art education during annual Glass Art exhibit
    Innovation and inspiration

    Friday, March 4, 2016

    News Topics: art, liberal arts, staff, students

    UTA's annual Glass Art Sale and Show takes place Saturday, April 2 at the Studio Arts Center. A highlight of the school year, the Department of Art + Art History event features the artistic brilliance of students, faculty and staff.

  • Two UTA professors receive $376,000 NIH grant to combat hypertension among African-Americans
    Health insights

    Friday, March 4, 2016

    News Topics: nursing, research, science

    Kinesiology faculty members David Keller and Paul Fadel have been awarded a National Institutes of Health grant to gain insight into hypertension among African-Americans and in other populations.

  • UTA names technologist and business development expert Jeff Campbell director of the Shimadzu Institute for Research Technologies
    New hire

    Thursday, March 3, 2016

    News Topics: research

    UTA has named technologist and businessman Jeff Campbell as the new director of the Shimadzu Institute for Research Technologies. He brings more than 20 years of success in product design and development, engineering and operations management, as well as business development and sales.

  • UTA engineer earns NSF CAREER grant to develop safer lithium ion batteries through better understanding of heat flows within materials
    Battery safety

    Wednesday, March 2, 2016

    News Topics: energy, engineering, research

    The National Science Foundation has awarded a CAREER grant to Ankur Jain, an assistant professor in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department. Jain will study how heat flows in materials within a lithium ion battery so that those batteries can be used safely in more applications.

  • UTA TRIO leader earns statewide honor for work with first-generation students
    Inspiring dreams

    Tuesday, March 1, 2016

    News Topics: alumni, awards, education, staff

    Jennifer Luken Sutton, director of UTA TRiO-Student Support Services, has been named a 2016 Texas TRiO Achiever’s Award winner by the Texas Association of Special Student Services Programs.

  • UTA management professor named Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology
    Business leadership

    Tuesday, March 1, 2016

    News Topics: awards, business, faculty

    Wendy Casper, a College of Business professor, has been named a Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology. Casper's research examines how organizations can support employees in balancing work with their personal lives and how that support relates to human resource outcomes such as recruitment and retention effectiveness.

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Environmental debate

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

The Dallas Morning News analyzed the debate around possible groundwater contamination linked to fracking, taking as a point of departure UTA chemistry professor Kevin Schug’s recent study that demonstrated that groundwater quality changed when unconventional oil and gas drilling practices started nearby. 

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