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UTA In The News — Thursday, November 20, 2014

Thursday, November 20, 2014

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College of Engineering wins Norman Hackerman Advanced Research awards

The University of Texas at Arlington has received two highly competitive Norman Hackerman Advanced Research Program awards from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, Phys.org reported. Baohong Yuan, an associate professor in the Department of Bioengineering, received a $100,000 grant to better monitor cancer metastasis in deep tissue. Hyeok Choi, an assistant professor of environmental engineering in the Department of Civil Engineering, received $80,000 to study solar-driven photocatalytic decomposition of lethal algal toxins in Texas water resources.

Music and memory

A peek inside the brains of professional musicians has given UT Arlington psychology researchers what may be the first links between music expertise and advantages in long-term memory, according to Newsmax Health, Music Mic, One News Page, The Epoch Times and many other websites. Heekyeong Park, assistant professor of psychology, and graduate student James Schaeffer used electroencephalography (EEG) technology to measure electrical activity of neurons in the brains of 14 musicians and 15 non-musicians. The team presented initial results of their new research Tuesday at Neuroscience 2014, the international meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, in Washington, D.C.

Warm welcome

Samir Iqbal, UT Arlington associate professor of electrical engineering, was among local officials welcoming visiting scholars and officials from Pakistani universities, U.S. State Department officials and diplomats from Pakistan at a reception as a part of a South Asian Democracy Watch conference in Dallas, Geo.tv reported.

New role for UT Arlington alum

Calloway's Nursery announced several major management changes, including naming Daniel Reynolds to the board of directors, Bezinga, the Dallas Business Journal, Bloomberg Business Week, PR Newswire and many other websites reported. Reynolds, who earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from UT Arlington, will continue to serve as vice president and chief financial officer as well.