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August 2016

  • 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.

July 2016

  • UTA team develops digital archive to preserve music by alumni, students, local artists
    Music and metadata

    Friday, July 29, 2016

    News Topics: alumni, communications, faculty, Internet, liberal arts, music, students

    David Arditi, assistant professor of sociology, is preserving local music, developing big data and building a global community through MusicDetour, a digital archive for UTA music students, faculty, alumni and local artists.

  • Hladik named new director of UTA Parking and Transportation Services
    Parking, transportation

    Friday, July 29, 2016

    News Topics: staff, student life, students, transportation

    Greg Hladik has been named the new director of UTA Parking and Transportation Services. Hladik has previously served as assistant director for auxiliary services, with responsibility for the retail units in College Park and working with university housing.

  • UTA engineers earn three best paper awards
    Papers expertise

    Monday, July 25, 2016

    News Topics: engineering

    The Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers has awarded the organization’s 2016 Power and Energy Society Prize Paper Award to a team of electrical engineering professors and students at The University of Texas at Arlington.

  • UTA education researcher named Greater Texas Foundation Faculty Fellow
    Educational leadership

    Friday, July 22, 2016

    News Topics: education, faculty

    Yi “Leaf” Zhang, an assistant professor in the College of Education, has been named a member of the 2016 Class of Greater Texas Foundation Faculty Fellows. Her research focuses on community college transfer students’ persistence and degree completion.

  • UTA and UT Southwestern partner to improve accuracy of cancer radiation therapy delivery
    Leading on cancer

    Thursday, July 21, 2016

    News Topics: physics, research

    Researchers at UTA and UT Southwestern are collaborating on two projects to improve the accuracy of the delivery of cancer radiation therapies and minimize the exposure of healthy tissues. The projects will employ big data analysis and physics models to improve technologies used to deliver therapy and ultimately improve patient care.

  • Office of Naval Research grant fuels efforts to improve safety, reduce manufacturing costs of aircraft composite parts
    Composite testing

    Tuesday, July 19, 2016

    News Topics: engineering, research

    Andrew Makeev, a UTA professor of aerospace engineering, received a grant from the Office of Naval Research to purchase equipment that will allow his team to better understand material properties including defect formation in composites as a function of manufacturing process. The ONR grant is part of the Defense University Research Instrumentation Program.

  • UTA researchers devise new system to measure dry blood samples used in infant HIV screening, testing for metabolic disorders
    New testing technique

    Tuesday, July 19, 2016

    News Topics: chemistry

    UTA researchers have demonstrated that electrical conductivity can be an effective means to measure the amount of blood present in dry blood spot analysis, which is routinely used for infant HIV screening and testing for metabolic disorders. The research was recently published in the leading journal "Analytical Chemistry."

  • UTA taps seasoned administrator and academic leader as new dean of the College of Engineering
    Crouch named new COE dean

    Monday, July 18, 2016

    News Topics: engineering, research, staff, students

    The University has appointed Peter E. Crouch as the new dean of the College of Engineering. In past posts as dean, Crouch has led significant enrollment growth, established strong partnerships with businesses leaders, elevated the colleges’ national rankings, helped secure millions of dollars in federal research support, has led international expansion efforts and enhanced online offerings.

  • Four UTA professors named finalists for 2016 Tech Titan Awards
    UTA innovators

    Thursday, July 14, 2016

    News Topics: biology, chemistry, engineering, science

    Tech Titans has named four UTA professors finalists for the 2016 Tech Titans awards. The prestigious honor recognizes the educators’ outstanding innovations in science and engineering, and for developing successful new educational models supporting undergraduate research.

  • UTA researchers use text-mining techniques to improve market intelligence on potential mergers and acquisitions of startups in the high-tech sector
    Improving Business Intelligence

    Wednesday, July 13, 2016

    News Topics: business, computer science, research

    UTA researcher Gene Moo Lee has created a new method that uses big data analytics and text-mining techniques to improve market intelligence and explain potential mergers and acquisitions of startup companies in the fast-moving high-technology industry.

  • Zakaria, Cousteau, Kristof and WuDunn open 2016-17 Maverick Speakers Series at UTA presented by Overture DFW
    Maverick Speakers Series

    Monday, July 11, 2016

    Internationally renowned journalists, an environmentalist and television venture capitalist headline UTA’s 2016-17 Maverick Speakers Series.

  • New dean of UTA College of Education is Purdue expert in special education, faculty development and technology literacy
    Education leader

    Tuesday, July 5, 2016

    News Topics: education, faculty, research, students

    Teresa Taber Doughty, a nationally recognized leader in special education and associate dean of learning at Purdue University, joins UTA as dean of the College of Education on Aug. 1.

  • Leading esophageal cancer researcher to join UTA’s College of Nursing and Health Innovation
    Cancer researcher appointed

    Tuesday, July 5, 2016

    News Topics: faculty, health and fitness, nursing, research

    Zui Pan, a noted Ohio State University College of Medicine esophageal cancer researcher who has earned national recognition for her work toward discovering biomarkers for the disease, joins The University of Texas at Arlington’s College of Nursing and Health Innovation in August as an associate professor of nursing.

  • UTA Institute of Urban Studies to investigate walkability of downtown Dallas
    Friendlier streets

    Friday, July 1, 2016

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

    Students from CAPPA’s Institute of Urban Studies are embarking on an analysis of pedestrian traffic in downtown Dallas. The student researchers will evaluate characteristics including density, block size, noise levels, parks and landscapes, building uses, active storefronts and other aspects in the downtown area.

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Fracking article

Monday, August 29, 2016

A new study by UTA chemistry professor Kevin Schug about air contamination in and around fracking sites prompted a Forbes op-ed piece, which cited the need to put a stop to sloppy drilling methods in the natural gas industry. Forbes contributor James Conca wrote the op-ed piece. Energy In Depth, Science Daily, ScienMag, US Weekly OnlineMedIndia (India), Self-driving Cars, Green Car CongressNews-Medical.net, Phys.org and many other websites also reported on the study.

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