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UTA In The News — Friday, September 29, 2017

Friday, September 29, 2017

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Greer Lab innovative

The University of Texas System, which includes UTA, ranked no.9 on Reuters’ list of the world’s 100 most innovative universities, Dallas Business JournalSan Antonio Express-News and Houston Chronicle reported. The Reuters article mentioned UTA’s recent opening of the Conrad Greer Lab, which will develop methods of compressing natural gas into high-grade diesel and jet fuel as an example of innovation in the region. 

Zinc supplements

Zinc supplements can significantly inhibit the proliferation of esophageal cancer cells, according to a new study co-authored by Zui Pan, an associate professor of nursing in UTA’s College of Nursing and Health Innovation, Science Daily,  HealthCanal, Science Newsline, Health Medicine Network and MexicalXpress reported. The finding was published this month in The FASEB Journal, the official journal of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology.

Birth trauma

Acculturation may play a key role in psychological birth trauma among young Latina mothers, according to a study by Cheryl Anderson, a UTA associate professor of nursing in UTA’s College of Nursing and Health Innovation, Science Newsline Medicine, Medical Xpress, Health Medicine Network and ScienMag reported. The study was published in the July edition of the journal Hispanic Health Care International.

Fact checking

Chengkai Li, associate professor of computer science and engineering, and Mark Tremayne, assistant professor of communication, are participating in a new $1.2 million project that refines a fact-checking automation tool. The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Facebook Journalism Project and the Craig Newmark Foundation funded the project, which went to the Duke Tech & Check Cooperative, ReportersLab.org reported. The UTA share of the grant is $105,000. 

Chromatography column

Kevin Schug, Shimadzu Distinguished Professor of Analytical Chemistry in UTA’s Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, wrote a blog for Chromatography Online on the use of stable isotopes as internal standards in gas chromatography.

Alabama election disected

Allan Saxe, a UTA associate professor of political science, talked about the Alabama election to replace the seat vacated by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Atlanta’s WGST 640 AM. Saxe said even though President Trump’s preference wasn’t elected, he believes the new Alabama senator will be a loyal Republican.

IoT talk

George Siemens, executive director of UTA’s Learning Innovation and Networked Knowledge or LINK research lab, was cited in an article about the Internet of Things, School Planning and Management reported. Siemens defined “IoT as making the physical digital — taking things that are physical and making them digital so you have the ability to use the information from the devices in some fashion.”

Flexible transistors

Weidong Zhou, UTA professor of electrical engineering, participated in a project led by the University of Wisconsin-Madison to build the most functional flexible transistor in the world, and with it, a fast, simple and inexpensive fabrication process that’s easily scalable to the commercial level, Health Medicine Network and BrightSurf reported. 

Petsche passes away

Arnold Petsche. UTA donor and distinguished honorary alumnus, has died, the Star-Telegram reported. He established The Arnold E. Petsche Center for Automotive Engineering at UTA, which he considered one of his proudest achievements. Petsche also was heavily involved in UTA's Formula SAE student racing team.

Trio to play

Grammy Award-winning Eddie Gomez and his trio will join the UTA Jazz Orchestra on the Levitt stage at 8 p.m. Sunday, the Star-Telegram reported. 

No baby powder

Arlington school district has taken hardline stance against "baby powder toss" at sports events after UTA officials brought the issue to the attention of school administrators after a recent football game at Maverick Stadium, the Arlington Voice reported. “The staff at UTA has communicated that there are clear health concerns for students and fans who are breathing in the baby powder,” the memorandum states.

Prabhu appointed

Cloudify has appointed Krish Prabhu as strategic advisor, CityBizlist New York and many other media outlets reported. Prabhu most recently served as president of AT&T Labs and chief technology officer and was inducted into UTA’s Engineering Hall of Achievement in 2016.

Alumnus hired

UTA alumnus Bradley Ford has been named assistant city manager for Waco, KWTX CBS 10 reported.