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UTA In The News — Monday, February 23, 2015

Monday, February 23, 2015

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Winter weather closes campuses

The University of Texas at Arlington along with many other colleges and school districts were closed Monday as a winter storm warning brought freezing rain and sleet to the North Texas area, KDFW/Fox 4, WFAA/ABC 8, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and other media reported.

The Analytical Scientist shines a spotlight on Dasgupta

The Analytical Scientist In My View column published a commentary by Purnendu Dasgupta, Jenkins Garrett Professor of Chemistry at UT Arlington, about ion chromatography suppressors. The magazine’s Free Spirit column featured an article about Dasgupta’s early life, his current research and his family’s influence on his career. The full In My View piece may be read here; the entire Free Spirit item is available here.

Dasgupta receives national education award

The Hindustan Times, Knoxville Times, Darpan Magazine, Indian Express, Phys.org, General Knowledge Today, TwoCircles.net, VancouverDesi.com and other media organizations reported that Purnendu Dasgupta, Jenkins Garrett Professor of Chemistry at UT Arlington has been awarded the 2015 American Chemical Society Division of Analytical Chemistry J. Calvin Giddings Award.

McMahon's invasive species research and work honored

The Dallas Business Journal’s People on the Move recognized UT Arlington biology professor emeritus Robert McMahon, who will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Invasive Species Council.

Internationally recognized expert to lead new institute at UTA

Kenneth Reifsnider will join The University of Texas at Arlington in June to lead a new Institute for Predictive Performance of Advanced Materials and Structures, The Dallas Morning News reported. Reifsnider is an internationally recognized expert in high temperature energy systems and composite materials, and a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

Chowdhury receives prestigious research award

BioNews Texas reported on the National Institutes of Health Academic Research Enhancement Award presented to Saiful Chowdhury, assistant professor in the UT Arlington Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. The award will support the identification of host-defense protein interaction networks that might result from external and environmental agents.

Incubator program

A Dallas Business Journal story about TECH Fort Worth’s Latin American incubator program mentioned partnerships with UT Arlington. Benjamin Castaneda of Medical Innovation & Technology (Peru) is working on an agreement with the UT Arlington Research Institute to collaborate on a project. David Guzman of Mediimplants (Colombia) is collaborating with UTA researcher Liping Tang, interim chair of bioengineering, to do research at the school. Lorena Mejia of LeaderLife (Colombia) aims to create a U.S. manufacturing brand that will sell hyperbaric chambers and work with UT Arlington researchers to study the effects of the treatment on patients with post-traumatic stress disorder. The program, Latin America Idea Partnership Incubator, is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.

In her own words

Malyalam Weekly (India) published an article by Ritu Khanduri, UT Arlington associate professor of anthropology, about her research and new book related to famed cartoonist R. K. Laxman.  

Survey conducted by UTA plays role in future of Texas town

A Mineral Wells Index story about the future of Mineral Wells, noted that City Manager Lance Howerton has enlisted the help of UT Arlington’s Institute of Urban Studies. UTA recently conducted a survey to see what the people of Mineral Wells thought needed improving.

Dream Makers

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram Social Eyes blog quoted Anne Bavier, dean of the UT Arlington College of Nursing and Health Innovation, about the Dream Makers scholarship luncheon that benefits CONHI students. “It’s a real celebration of the coming together of the excellence of our students and the excellence of our community of supporters,” Bavier said. The 14th annual event will be held March 2 in the Bluebonnet Ballroom on campus.  

Critical issues

KDFW/Fox 4 interviewed Schnavia Hatcher, associate professor of social work, criminology and criminal justice, and director of the Center for African American Studies at UT Arlington, about the Center’s recent conference on race and social justice. One of the featured keynote speakers included Rev. Bernice King, attorney, minister and daughter of late civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr.

More than just 'horse play'

The Fort Worth Business-Press mentioned UT Arlington in a story about Serendipity Equine Haven, which provides horse riding and other activities as a form of therapy for children, adolescents and adults who have a variety of special needs, from cerebral palsy and autism to stroke recovery and learning disabilities. Volunteers from UT Arlington and other area groups help care for the horses, assist the children and do chores.

20th Annual Powwow at UTA

Cherokee One Feather noted the 20th annual UT Arlington Student Benefit Powwow that will be held Feb. 28 at UT Arlington.