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boosting our immunity

The National Institutes of Health has awarded Mark Pellegrino, assistant professor of biology, a five-year, $1.8 million grant to look at new ways to harness the body’s own defense responses to fight pathogens like bacteria. As the lead investigator on the grant, Pellegrino will take advantage of UTA's Science & Engineering Innovation & Research building to work closely with researchers from multiple disciplines to develop new treatment plans to combat strains of bacteria that have proven resistant to different types of antibiotics. READ MORE

International Prestige
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It takes a village to prepare a world-class particle detector, and two UTA faculty, two postdoctoral fellows, four UTA doctoral students, and several undergraduate students are counted among the 80 researchers from five countries that helped install the ICARUS particle detector at the U.S. Department of Energy's Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory outside Chicago. The team will spend the next year instrumenting and commissioning the detector with plans to begin taking data in 2019. READ MORE

Great Minds in stem
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Physics professor Ramon Lopez finds himself in good company after being announced as one of the 30 Great Minds in STEM, an honor presented by HENAAC to recognize role models in science, technology, engineering, and math. This is the 30th class of honorees and recognizes men and women from NASA, MIT, Raytheon, Boeing, General Motors, and more. Lopez will receive his award at the national conference in October. READ MORE

Alumni Spotlight
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The Dallas Business Journal named Fred Perpall ('98) one of the 2018 Most Admired CEOs in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. Perpall leads The Beck Group, an architectural and community development firm.

Top Award
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Associate clinical professor of kinesiology Laura Kunkel received the Emerging Educator Award from the National Athletic Trainers Association. Kunkel joined UTA in fall 2017 and was the sole recipient of the coveted award presented in June at the organization's national conference. READ MORE

Pain Prevention
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Robert Gatchel, Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Nancy P. and John G. Penson Endowed Professor of Clinical Health Psychology, led a federal advisory group that published recommendations on the prevention of acute and chronic pain to the Federal Research Pain Strategy, an interagency committee that oversees the government’s long-term strategic plan to support pain research. READ MORE

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Mark Your Calendar

September 18 | Tuesday

UTA Night at the Rangers | The ever-popular UTA Night at the Rangers is back when the Texas Rangers take on the Tampa Bay Rays at Globe Life Park. The first 1,750 UTA fans to purchase their game ticket through the Rangers website will receive a special UTA-themed Rangers baseball hat. GAME TICKETS or PICNIC TICKETS

October 6 | Saturday

UTA Day at the Zoo | Join the herd of Mavericks exploring the wonders of the animal kingdom at the first ever UTA Day at the Fort Worth Zoo. Your ticket includes entry into the Zoo, parking, and a catered picnic. Bring the family and enjoy a day of fun and friends at one of the country's best zoos. Children 2 and younger are free! REGISTER

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