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UTA In The News — Friday, September 22, 2017

Friday, September 22, 2017

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Brain data

Junzhou Huang, a UTA associate professor in the Computer Science and Engineering Department, received a $210,000 National Science Foundation grant to explore a new method for accurately analyzing brain image data, Scienmag and News Medical reported.

Bot reporting

Chengki Li, a UTA  associate professor of computer science and engineering, and Mark Tremayne, a UTA assistant professor of communication, are developing algorithms to detect automated accounts – also known as “bots” – that spread misinformation online, KERA.org reported.

Elsenbaumer named chancellor

Purdue announced that UTA’s Ronald Elsenbaumer will become the next chancellor of Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, The Journal Gazette and WPTA ABC 21, both in Fort Wayne, Ind., and many other media outlets reported. Elsenbaumer joined UTA in 1991 and served in a variety of roles, including chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, vice president for research, provost and interim provost, and most recently as senior advisor to the president for entrepreneurship and economic development, and interim dean of the College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs.

Welch tribute

Mark Lamster wrote a Dallas Morning News column that was a tribute to Dallas architect Frank Welch, dean of Texas modernism. Lamster is the architecture critic of The Dallas Morning News, Loeb Fellow at the Harvard Graduate School of Design and a professor at UTA’s College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs.

UTA-DART academy

UTA and Dallas Area Rapid Transit have launched the UTA/DART Transportation Leadership Academy, a first-of-its-kind partnership offering select UTA undergraduates valuable experiential learning opportunities in the fields of business, engineering, urban planning and transportation management, Dallas Innovates reported. 

Harvey impact

Taylor Hughlett, UTA lecturer in meteorology, said that Hurricane Harvey would have even been difficult for areas like Florida that are better-equipped for such storms, The Mineral Wells Index reported. Harvey was unusual for a hurricane or any tropical storm system, she said, especially with rain. 

Scholarship awardees

UTA announced local students who received Maverick Academic Scholarships for 2017-18 year. The awardees are Adriana Hernandez from Hillsboro and Ja’shima Smith from Mexia, the Waco Tribune Herald reported. Naperville resident Jiya Sachdev also was named a Maverick Academic Scholarship recipient at UTA for the 2017-18 academic year, the The Chicago Tribune's Naperville Sun reported. Daniel Estes of Bentonville, Ark., also is a presidential scholar recipient for the current academic year at UTA, the Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette reported.

Alumnus named to board

Byron Montgomery, Mainline Health Systems’ assistant clinical director and provider at Star City, has been elected to the Arkansas Nurse Practitioner Association Board of Directors, representing District 2, Seark Today reported. He received his master’s degree in nursing from UTA.