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UTA In The News — Friday, July 21, 2017

Friday, July 21, 2017

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NSF Career award

Matthew Walsh, UTA assistant professor of biology, has been awarded a $600,000 grant by the National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development Program to study the effects of predators on the evolution of daphnia, small plankton crustaceans, Phys.org and Scienmag reported. 

Fake news detection

The Dallas Morning News reported on the efforts of Chengkai Li, a UTA associate professor of computer science and engineering, to detect fake news. Together with Christoph Csallner, UTA associate professor of computer science, and Mark Tremayne, UTA assistant professor of communication, they will design an algorithm to help detect news that's generated from robots.

Economics op-ed

Roger Meiners, UTA’s Goolsby-Rosenthal Professor and chair of the Department of Economics, wrote an opinion piece for Fortune magazine about the implications of Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods. Citing examples of retail giants like Sears and A & P, he said that the history of the industry over the last 100 years shows that there is little to worry about. 

Smoking in films

Rebecca Flores, UTA lecturer in the Department of Art and Art History and a filmmaker, was interviewed on KXAS NBC 5 about a proposal to give an R rating to all films with smoking scenes. She disagreed with such a broad approach and suggested that factors such as how and when the smoking scenes are used should be considered as well.

Solar eclipse

Levent Gurdemir, director of UTA’s Planetarium, was interviewed about the anticipated August 21 solar eclipse on KDAF CW33. He said that North Texans will see about 75 percent of the eclipse.

Equal access

The Brookings Institution listed UTA as one of the top 25 leaders in equal access to higher education, the Las Cruces Sun-News reported. 

Alumnus named vice chancellor

David Darling has been named associate vice chancellor for facilities planning and management at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, bsmmag.com reported. Darling holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from UTA. 

Alums starting business

Sarinya and Glen Oliver, who met as engineering students at UTA, kicked off their Kickstarter campaign for the Aspen Tyke Traveler Diaper Bag, citybizlist.com reported. The bag is an all-in-one diaper bag, change station and compartmentalized organization system. 

Academic excellence

The UTA men's basketball team received a Team Academic Excellence Award from the National Association of Basketball Coaches.  UTA, which posted a 3.0 grade point average in the spring, was one of just two Sun Belt Conference programs to earn the honor.