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August 2017

  • Student-athletes soar in the classroom and on the court
    Maverick success

    Thursday, August 17, 2017

    News Topics: alumni, Arlington, awards, sports, student life, students

    The Sun Belt Conference announced that 122 student-athletes from The University of Texas at Arlington made the league’s Commissioner’s List and Academic Honor Roll during the 2016-17 academic year. UTA’s student-athletes also earned the third-highest graduation rate among all Division I public institutions in Texas.

  • UTA astrophysicists predict Earth-like planet may exist in star system only 16 light years away
    Potential new earth

    Thursday, August 17, 2017

    News Topics: physics, research

    UTA astrophysicists have predicted that an Earth-like planet may be lurking in a star system just 16 light years away. The researchers published their findings today as “Dynamics of a probable Earth-Like Planet in the GJ 832 System” in The Astrophysical Journal.

  • Music alumna wins professional vocal competition in Italy
    Winning voice

    Thursday, August 17, 2017

    University of Texas at Arlington alumna and critically acclaimed mezzo soprano Raehann Bryce-Davis won both the Grand Prize and Audience Prize at the Concorso Lirico di Portofino, a prestigious vocal competition in Portofino, Italy.

  • Undergraduates find “transformative experience” through UTA’s sponsorship of new undergraduate research programs
    Transformative experience

    Wednesday, August 16, 2017

    News Topics: research, staff, students

    Peter Zotor studies biochemistry at UTA and plans to attend medical school. One of the first cohort of 21 undergraduates who received $3,000 to pursue undergraduate research over the summer, he described the new UTA-sponsored Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program as a “transformative experience.”

  • UTA researcher developing airborne network computing platform for UAVs
    Aerial computing

    Tuesday, August 15, 2017

    News Topics: computer science, engineering, research, sustainability

    A UTA electrical engineering researcher is leading a National Science Foundation-funded multi-institution project that will develop a networked airborne computing platform for multiple unmanned aerial systems.

  • Water agencies' funded pipe research could lead to standards used in future infrastructure
    Pipe behavior

    Tuesday, August 15, 2017

    News Topics: engineering, innovation, research, sustainability

    The Tarrant Regional Water District and Water Research Foundation have issued a grant to a UTA civil engineering professor that will model large-diameter water transmission pipes in various types of soil. Results could lead to modeling standards in the industry.

  • UTA chemistry professor awarded Talanta Medal for outstanding contributions to analytical chemistry
    International recognition

    Tuesday, August 15, 2017

    News Topics: awards, chemistry, research

    Purnendu “Sandy” Dasgupta, the Hamish Small Chair of Ion Analysis in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at UTA, has been named recipient of the 2017 Talanta Medal, an international award that recognizes world leaders in the analytical chemistry field.

  • UTA NAACP honored with five top national awards
    Chapter of the year

    Tuesday, August 15, 2017

    News Topics: alumni, awards, diversity, student life, students

    The University of Texas at Arlington’s National Association for the Advancement of Colored People student chapter received the College Chapter of the Year award for the second year in a row at the 108th NAACP National Convention in Baltimore.

  • UTA named national leader in providing equal access to higher education
    Among Top 25

    Wednesday, August 9, 2017

    News Topics: admissions, diversity

    A new report from the Brookings Institution ranks the University of Texas at Arlington among the nation’s top public universities in providing a high-quality college education to students from all income levels.

  • UTA psychologist Robert J. Gatchel wins American Psychological Foundation’s 2017 Gold Medal Award for Life Achievement
    Lifetime achievement award

    Wednesday, August 9, 2017

    News Topics: awards, psychology, research

    Robert J. Gatchel, UTA Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Nancy P. & John G. Penson Endowed Professor of Clinical Health Psychology, has been awarded the American Psychological Foundation’s 2017 Gold Medal Award for Life Achievement in the Application of Psychology.

  • UTA researchers earn grant to design robot-based vocational assessment, training
    Automated training

    Wednesday, August 9, 2017

    News Topics: computer science, engineering, manufacturing, research

    A UTA computer science and engineering professor is designing iWork, a smart, robot-based system that assesses workers’ skills while they perform simulated manufacturing tasks.

  • UTA professor of chemistry and biochemistry named Doctor Honoris Causa of the University of Szeged in Hungary
    International Honor

    Wednesday, August 9, 2017

    News Topics: chemistry, research, students

    Krishnan Rajeshwar, distinguished professor of chemistry and biochemistry, has been named Doctor Honoris Causa of the University of Szeged in Hungary, in recognition for his outstanding achievements in support of the mission of the University.

  • State board approves UTA’s undergraduate public health degree
    New degree

    Tuesday, August 8, 2017

    The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board has approved the creation of a bachelor’s degree in public health at UTA’s College of Nursing and Health Innovation effective fall 2017. The comprehensive program will include the introduction of a graduate certificate in public health.

  • UTA team brings robotic main inspections to Ennis
    Budding collaboration

    Tuesday, August 8, 2017

    News Topics: engineering, research, sustainability

    UTA and the city of Arlington have taken sewer robot technology to Ennis to help that Ellis County city inspect its pipes for corrosion. The collaboration is the first outside of Arlington, which UTA's robot is using to inspect several miles of its pipes.

  • UTA researcher seeks to minimize risks for unmanned aerial systems over populated areas
    Flying safely

    Monday, August 7, 2017

    News Topics: engineering, innovation, research

    Atilla Dogan, a UTA associate professor of aerospace engineering, will use a $550,000 National Science Foundation grant to quantify risks posed by unmanned aerial vehicles, especially in urban areas.

  • College of Business’ master of quantitative finance earns top mark
    High ranking

    Friday, August 4, 2017

    News Topics: business

    TFE Times ranked the UTA College of Business' master of quantitative finance degree as the second best in Texas. The company based the ranking in six different areas, including starting salary and GRE test scores.

  • Association for Women in Mathematics honors UTA students
    Women in math

    Friday, August 4, 2017

    News Topics: awards, faculty, students

    The Association for Women in Mathematics honored The University of Texas at Arlington’s AWM student chapter with its inaugural national award for fundraising and sustainability. AWM is one of the leading organizations in the United States dedicated to promoting equal opportunity for women and girls in math.

  • Office of Naval Research grant to allow UTA researcher to study configuration, integration challenges of high-power, intermittent load power sources
    Battery tester

    Thursday, August 3, 2017

    News Topics: energy, engineering, research

    A UTA electrical engineering associate professor will study the configuration and integration challenges the U.S. Navy will face as it attempts to operate high-power, intermittent loads on its future ships.

  • American Society of Civil Engineers name UTA’s graduate student chapter tops in 2017
    Top chapter

    Wednesday, August 2, 2017

    News Topics: awards, engineering, student life, students, sustainability

    The University of Texas at Arlington’s ASCE Graduate Student Chapter has been named the chapter of the year by the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Structural Engineering Institute.

  • UTA biologist works with internationally recognized museums on the evolution of vision
    International collaborations

    Tuesday, August 1, 2017

    News Topics: biology, exhibitions, research

    A UTA biologist is working with the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and the Natural History Museum in London – the two most-visited natural history museums in the world - on a research project which uses frogs as a model to investigate the evolution of vision.

July 2017

  • Regents to honor five UTA faculty as system’s best
    Teaching excellence

    Friday, July 28, 2017

    News Topics: awards, education, engineering, faculty, liberal arts, science

    Five University of Texas at Arlington faculty members are among University of Texas System educators honored with 2017 Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Awards for excellence in the classroom.

  • Associate professor receives international recognition
    Teaching the teachers

    Thursday, July 27, 2017

    News Topics: awards, education, faculty, research

    One of the oldest and most esteemed international organizations in the field of literacy recognized a University of Texas at Arlington associate professor for her innovative and impactful work in literacy education.

  • UTA professor receives grant to develop device to fight osteoporosis
    Fighting Osteoporosis

    Wednesday, July 26, 2017

    News Topics: faculty, health and fitness, innovation, medicine, nursing, research

    A faculty member in UTA’s College of Nursing and Health Innovation has received a $250,000 National Science Foundation grant to design a revolutionary device that could stimulate bone growth and ultimately be used as a weapon against osteoporosis.

  • UTA physics graduate’s journey to success took him from Africa to UTA
    Alumni success story

    Wednesday, July 26, 2017

    News Topics: alumni, physics, research

    Last Feremenga, a native of Zimbabwe who received his doctoral degree in December, used skills he honed at UTA while analyzing massive quantities of data from the Large Hadron Collider high energy physics experiment in Switzerland to land a job as a data scientist at a top technology company.

  • UTA ranked among best for Native American students
    Native American excellence

    Monday, July 24, 2017

    News Topics: admissions, alumni, diversity, faculty, liberal arts, student life

    The premier publication for prospective Native American college students has again ranked The University of Texas at Arlington among the nation’s best universities for Native American, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian students to study science, technology, engineering and math.

  • UTA biologist wins NSF CAREER grant to study effects of predators on the evolution of Daphnia water fleas
    Evolutionary biology

    Wednesday, July 19, 2017

    News Topics: biology, research

    Matthew Walsh, an assistant professor of biology, has been awarded a five-year, $600,000 grant from the NSF’s Faculty Early Career Development Program. His project is titled “CAREER: Does behavioral plasticity promote or constrain adaptation? A test using resurrection,” and will address a long-standing question in evolutionary biology.

  • UTA researcher’s book looks at quality-of-life concerns associated with urban sprawl
    Costs of Sprawl

    Tuesday, July 18, 2017

    News Topics: architecture, health and fitness, research, urban and public affairs

    A new book, co-authored by UTA's Shima Hamidi in the College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs, empirically shows how badly sprawl affects health and other quality-of-life outcomes.

  • UTA mechanical engineer publishes findings that show brain damage that could occur from blast-induced cavitation
    Neural knowledge

    Monday, July 17, 2017

    News Topics: engineering, innovation, medicine, research

    UTA published research findings in Scientific Reports that shows a link between battlefield blasts, bubbles in the brain and neuronal damage. Ashfaq Adnan led the published research, which stems from an Office of Naval Research Warfighter Performance grant.

  • Study by UTA professor shows many parents in the dark about concussions
    Parents in the dark

    Wednesday, July 12, 2017

    News Topics: health and fitness, nursing, research

    Despite the large volume of information about sports related concussions on the Internet, many parents and guardians of young athletes have a limited understanding of concussions, according to a study co-authored by a faculty member of UTA’s College of Nursing and Health Innovation.

  • UTA engineering professor earns lifetime achievement award from ICCES
    Faculty honor

    Wednesday, July 12, 2017

    News Topics: awards, engineering, faculty, innovation, manufacturing, research, sustainability

    The International Conference on Computational and Experimental Engineering and Sciences honored UTA's Kenneth Reifsnider for his lifetime achievement in his pioneering contributions to science and applications of composite materials.

  • UTA-linked startup TissueGen, recognized with “Medical Device Engineering Breakthrough” award
    Biotech startup

    Wednesday, July 12, 2017

    UTA-linked startup TissueGen received the "Medical Device Engineering Breakthrough" award for its patented ELUTE® fiber, which provides pharmaceutical, therapeutic and medical device companies with topical and implantable drug delivery from biodegradable polymer-based fibers.

  • UTA Institute of Urban Studies to help with Dallas Love Field study on north entrance
    Development opportunity

    Tuesday, July 11, 2017

    News Topics: architecture, economics, employment, environment, research, sustainability, transportation, urban and public affairs

    A UTA study will investigate ways to optimize the land to the north of Love Field in Dallas. Shima Hamidi, the Institute of Urban Studies executive director and an assistant professor in urban planning, will lead the project.

  • Maverick Speakers Series 10th anniversary season
    Tickets available

    Tuesday, July 11, 2017

    News Topics: alumni, Arlington, College Park Center, Maverick Speakers Series

    Two outstanding UTA alumni - a critically acclaimed Hollywood actor and a highly respected American economist - will return to their alma mater to join an exceptionally strong lineup for the 10th anniversary season of UTA’s Maverick Speakers Series.

  • UTA biology student Kyle O'Connell receives prestigious NSF doctoral dissertation grant funding
    Evolutionary biology

    Monday, July 3, 2017

    Kyle O'Connell, a fifth-year Ph.D. student in biology, was selected to receive funds from the NSF's Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grants program, which typically awards funding to between 100 and 200 projects nationwide each year. O'Connell's faculty advisor is Matt Fujita, assistant professor of biology.

  • 17th Annual Texas Autocross Weekend to bring in teams from across the country
    Start your engines

    Monday, July 3, 2017

    News Topics: alumni, Arlington, engineering, faculty

    Collegiate auto racing teams from across the country will converge on The University of Texas at Arlington campus to rev their engines and compete against the clock at the 17th Annual Texas Autocross Weekend July 8-9.

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Earth-like planet

Friday, August 18, 2017

UTA astrophysicists have predicted that an Earth-like planet may be lurking in a star system just 16 light years away, The Times of India, India Live Today, Phys.org, ScienceDaily, Science Newsline and many other worldwide media outlets reported. Suman Satyal, UTA physics researcher, lecturer and laboratory supervisor; John Griffith, UTA undergraduate student, and long-time UTA physics professor Zdzislaw Musielak co-authored the findings, titled “Dynamics of a probable Earth-Like Planet in the GJ 832 System” in The Astrophysical Journal. KLIF 570 AM and several other Cumulus Media radio stations reported on the story as well.

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