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November

Research on robots

Monday, November 20, 2017

Research conducted by Julienne Greer, UTA assistant professor of theatre arts, attracted additional coverage, with KXAS NBC 5 reporting on Greer’s new Emotional Robotics Living Lab. Greer’s research about the interaction of humans and robots showed that interacting with robots decreased depression among senior citizens.

Alumnus wins half marathon

Monday, November 20, 2017

UTA alumnus Craig Lautenslager won the New Zealand half marathon in 1 hour 4 minutes and 58 seconds, reported the Nelson Mail. Lautenslager’s time is the fifth fastest winning time in the history of the New Zealand half marathon. Lautenslager, a former track athlete at UTA, graduated in May with a degree in computer science. 

Puppala profiled

Friday, November 17, 2017

Anand Puppala, UTA associate dean of research for the College of Engineering and civil engineering professor, was profiled in the September-October issue of TR News, a magazine the Transportation Research Board publishes. The TRB is one of seven major programs of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. Puppala, who also is director of UTA’s Sustainable and Resilient Civil Infrastructure Center, focused on major areas of his research, including sustainable utilization of recycled materials, expansive soils’ stabilization, resilience issues and use of drones to inspect infrastructure.

Robotics lab

Friday, November 17, 2017

UTA’s new Emotional Robotics Living Lab continued to attract national attention with KTVT Fox 13 in Tampa, Fla., WALA Fox 10 in Mobile, Ala., Robotics TrendsAzorobotics and many other media outlets covering the start of the lab, which will investigate what the future will look like with robots.

Future with robots

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Researchers at UTA’s new Emotional Robotics Living Lab are investigating what the future will look like with robots. They're also examining how robots can be integrated into the home to provide physical and emotional support, KTVT CBS 11, KRLD 1080 AM, ArlingtonTx.gov, CBSDFW.com, McKnight’s Senior LivingScienMag and Phys.org reported. Julienne Greer, UTA assistant professor of Theatre Arts, is directing the new lab. 

Facial recognition

Monday, November 13, 2017

Vassilis Athitsos, UTA associate professor of computer science and engineering, was interviewed for a WFAA ABC 8 story about facial recognition software on the new iPhone. He assured viewers that a “two-dimensional photo” should not be able to unlock the phone. The story also was aired on KREM CBS 2 in Spokane, Wash., WVEC ABC 13 in Norfolk, Va. and WFMY CBS 2 in Greensboro, N.C.

Brain stimulation

Monday, November 13, 2017

Hanli Liu, UTA bioengineering professor, is leading a multi-institutional Texas project to develop a new, non-invasive neuromodulation tool to enhance cognitive function in the human brain by using a technology called transcranial infrared brain stimulation, or TIBS, The Daily Texan reported. 

Facial recognition

Friday, November 10, 2017

Apple’s new facial recognition software is not fail proof, a WFAA ABC 8 story proved. Vassilis Athitsos, associate professor in UTA’s Computer Science and Engineering Department, explained how the technology uses millions of data points to learn what facial features to recognize.

Climate resiliency

Friday, November 10, 2017

Nick Fang, UTA assistant professor of civil engineering, served on a climate-resilient infrastructure panel that discussed how well those structures fared following natural disasters, ASCE News reported. The panel was one of several featured at the American Society of Civil Engineers’ International Conference on Sustainable Infrastructure.

Lifetime achievement

Monday, November 6, 2017

Frank Lewis, Moncrief-O’Donnell Endowed Chair at the University of Texas at Arlington Research Institute and professor in UTA’s Department of Electrical Engineering, won the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award, according to Scienmag.com. Lewis also recently received the Lianoning China Friendship Award and he was named a Thompson Reuters Highly Cited Scholar.

UAVs used to map

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Research conducted at UTA using unmanned aerial vehicles could help cities save time and money after a natural disaster, WFAA ABC 8 reported. The project is currently focused on Beaumont, Texas as it continues to recover from Hurricane Harvey. KVUE ABC 24 in Austin also picked up the story. Anand Puppala, UTA associate dean for research and a civil engineering professor in the College of Engineering; Surya Congress, a civil engineering doctoral student; and Cody Lundberg, a research engineer at the UTA Research Institute are participating in the project.

ClaimBuster acclaim

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

mediashift.org story about new fact-checking tools for media outlets mentioned ClaimBuster, a tool developed by Chengkai Li, UTA associate professor of computer science and engineering. ClaimBuster is part of the Tech & Check Cooperative, a new initiative launched by the Duke University Reporters’ Lab to automate fact-checking.

October

Mapping debris

Monday, October 30, 2017

KXAS NBC 5 reported that a UTA research team led by Anand Puppala, associate dean for research in UTA’s College of Engineering and professor in the Civil Engineering Department, is using unmanned aerial vehicles to help Beaumont, Texas map debris and prioritize clean up from Hurricane Harvey. Surya Congress, a civil engineering doctoral student, and Cody Lundberg, a research engineer at the UTA Research Institute, are assisting with the project.

Large student attendance

Monday, October 30, 2017

A large contingency of students from UTA attended the 2017 Society of Women Engineers Conference in Austin, according to 512tech.com, which is published by the Austin American-Statesman. The article notes men made up about half the audience at the conference’s popular career fair, attended by more than 300 employers.

New director

Monday, October 30, 2017

UTA alumnus Jason Treadway will serve as the new director of the Dallas County Community College District’s STEM Institute. Treadway earned his master’s degree in materials science and engineering from UTA and was active with the student chapter of American Society of Materials, according to Rambler Newspapers.

Flexible transistor

Friday, October 27, 2017

Weidong Zhou, a UTA professor of electrical engineering, is part of a team of engineers who recently developed a functional and flexible transistor to render electronic gadgets that are faster, simpler and more cost effective, the Badger Herald reported.

Transit study

Friday, October 27, 2017

Dallas Area Rapid Transit is unaffordable, inaccessible and helping to contribute to regional poverty and downward mobility, Next City reported, in citing UTA research that was presented to city of Dallas officials. Shima Hamidi, director of UTA’s Institute of Urban Studies, presented the study to the Dallas City Council recently. Next City is a nonprofit organization with a mission to inspire social, economic and environmental change in cities through journalism and events around the world.

Student entrepreneur

Friday, October 27, 2017

UTA senior Tyler Sickels participated in the GSEA worldwide student entrepreneur startup competition, Dallas Innovates reported. Sickels founded SoleGrow, which produces a new type of plastic to cover greenhouses that utilize more light bands from sunlight to double crop yields.

UAVs showing debris

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

UTA researchers are using unmanned aerial vehicles to help determine the amount of debris left over in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, KXAS NBC 5 reported. City officials use the information from the researchers to help figure out how many trucks and other resources they need for the clean up. 

Better composites

Monday, October 23, 2017

Andrew Makeev, a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, has received a $900,000 grant from the Army Research Lab to help design better structural diagnostics and life assessment in composite aircraft parts, Dallas Innovates reported. Earlier this year, he received a $600,000 grant from Boeing to assess the durability and damage tolerance of composite structures.

Lubricant technology

Friday, October 20, 2017

Researchers at UTA’s Tribology, Lubrication and Coating Laboratory have refined new vehicle lubricant technologies as part of an ongoing partnership with ESL TEKnologies, Dallas Innovates reported. Pranesh Aswath, a UTA professor of materials science and engineering and mechanical and aerospace engineering, is leading the partnership and lubricant research.

Housing assessment

Friday, October 20, 2017

UTA has been hired by the North Texas Regional Housing Assessment to conduct the HUD Assessment of Fair Housing for a consortium of 20 cities and housing authorities in the DFW area, deafnetwork.com reported. This study will give the North Texas region many new ways to look at housing data and will serve to inform local planning on housing in the future.

SEIR building touted

Friday, October 20, 2017

Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams noted that UTA’s Science and Engineering Innovation and Research building is well under construction, the Arlington Voice reported in covering his state of the city address. He said the $180 million investment will “propel Arlington to new heights in inventions and innovation.”

Girls in STEM

Friday, October 20, 2017

Letia Blanco was interviewed on KGAN CBS 2 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, for a story about steering more girls into STEM fields, particularly engineering. Blanco, who is now a systems engineer with Raytheon, obtained a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from UTA.

Measuring debris

Monday, October 16, 2017

Anand Puppala, associate dean of research at UTA’s College of Engineering, and Junzhou Huang, associate professor of computer science and engineering, have received funding from the National Science Foundation to study how much waste debris is left behind by Hurricane Harvey on the Texas Gulf Coast, Dallas Innovates reported.

Inclusivity Initiative Scholarship

Monday, October 16, 2017

Sarvani Chadalapaka, a computing administrator with the Office of Information Technology at the University of California, Merced, was named one of six winners of the Inclusivity Initiative Scholarship, hpcwire.com reported. The scholarship recognizes women in the field of information technology and their efforts to use technology to serve research and education at their individual institutions. Chadalapaka earned a master’s degree in electrical engineering from UTA.

Cancer detector

Friday, October 13, 2017

Yuze “Alice” Sun, a UTA assistant professor in the Electrical Engineering Department, has received a $199,999 grant from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas to develop a non-invasive means to detect early stage lung cancer through biomarkers in a patient’s breath, AZoSensors, Scienmag, Health Medicine Network, News-Medical and several other media outlets reported.

Brain measuring device

Friday, October 13, 2017

Hanli Liu, a UTA bioengineering professor, is working with a UT Southwestern team to help neonatals who suffer from encephalopathy, Phys.org reported. She is integrating a portable brain imaging system for newborns that will better measure the babies' neurophysiology in real time, providing physicians needed analysis to treat encephalopathy more quickly.

Helping babies

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Hanli Liu, a UTA bioengineering professor, is working with a team from UT Southwestern to help newborns who suffer from encephalopathy, PublicNow reported. Liu is using $500,000 of a $1.73 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to integrate a portable brain imaging system that will better measure the babies' neurophysiology in real time, providing physicians needed analysis to treat encephalopathy more quickly.

McNair Scholars

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

The University of Texas at Arlington received a $1.4 million, five-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education to further the efforts of the McNair Scholars program, Scienmag reported. The program assists undergraduate students who are first-generation college students, from low-income and minority populations, continue their education and pursue master's and doctoral degrees.

Gas-to-liquids technology

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Greenway Technologies recently shared information about its innovative gas-to-liquids technology at the East Africa Chamber of Commerce Conference in Dallas, Financial Buzz and many other media outlets reported. Greenway sponsored a GTL pilot plant at UTA, where the technology is being advanced.

Fairchild appointed

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

The University of Texas at Arlington has appointed Michael Fairchild as undergraduate adviser for its new construction management program, the ENR Texas & Louisiana reported. Fairchild has been teaching at UTA as an adjunct professor in civil engineering since 2009. He has 40 years of experience in architecture, development and construction. ENR is the Engineering News-Record, which provides engineering and construction news to the industry.

Commercialization effort

Monday, October 9, 2017

UTA researchers have developed a pipeline of new vehicle lubricant technologies that lower greenhouse gas emissions, reduce wear and improve gas mileage, as part of an 18-year collaboration with ESL TEKnologies and its predecessor companies in Dallas, Phys.org and Gears of Biz reported. “This is a really good example of business leveraging knowledge and know-how at the university to develop new products over the long term," said Pranesh Aswath, one of the researchers and UTA professor of Materials Science & Engineering and Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering.

Lifetime achievement

Monday, October 9, 2017

Frank Lewis, UTA Moncrief-O'Donnell endowed chair and professor of electrical engineering, has been awarded the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award, 24-7 Press Release reported. Lewis has been at UTA for 27 years.

Life science summit

Friday, October 6, 2017

Life science experts will meet at bionorthTX Third Annual iC3 Life Science Summit at UTA next week, Dallas Innovates reported.

Flexible transistor

Friday, October 6, 2017

An engineering team has created the most functional flexible transistor in the world, Solid State Technology reported. Weidong Zhou, UTA electrical engineering professor, is a part of that team.

Maintaining security

Friday, October 6, 2017

Kiran Chitturi, a computer scientist and network architect, wrote an Information Week column about how to maintain security when rolling out development operations programs. Chitturi earned his bachelor’s degree in computer science and engineering from UTA.

Hyper-resolution modeling

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

D.J. Seo, a professor in UTA's Civil Engineering Department, will use a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration grant to use hyper-resolution modeling for the National Water Model locally in Arlington and Grand Prairie, Scienmag reported.

Impact of parent staying home

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Quartz reported on how to evaluate the impact of a parent leaving the workforce to raise a family. The article quoted Christy Spivey, UTA associate clinical professor in the College of Business, who analyzed historical data about just how much families could lose if a parent stays home.

Summit planned

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Life science experts will meet at the bionorthTX Third Annual iC3 Life Science Summit at UTA on Oct. 12, WVUE Fox 8 in New Orleans, La., WICU NBC 12 in Erie, Pa. and several other media outlets reported.

Most innovative

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Dallas Innovates reported that UTA, as a part of the UT System, made Reuter’s list of the world’s most innovative universities. It lauded UTA’s newly opened Conrad Greer Lab, which converts natural gas to high-grade diesel and jet fuel, and a team of UTA grads who received a patent on a smart bandage.

Flexible transistor

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

An engineering team has created the most functional flexible transistor in the world, Kurzweil.net, Collective Intelligence and several other media outlets reported. Weidong Zhou, UTA electrical engineering professor, is a part of that team.

Better composites

Monday, October 2, 2017

The University of Texas at Arlington has received a $600,000 grant from Boeing to test composite components that officials believe will lead to longer-lasting aircraft and identify when those components might fail, Dallas Innovates and Composites Manufacturing Magazine reported. Andrew Makeev, UTA professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and director of the Advanced Materials and Structures Lab, will lead the project.

Weather mapping

Monday, October 2, 2017

Seongjin Noh, assistant professor for research in UTA's Civil Engineering Department, will use a two-year, $209,564 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration grant to create a streamflow data assimilator to improve the National Weather Service's ability to monitor and predict floods and droughts in the nation's rivers and streams, Scienmag reported.

Water research

Monday, October 2, 2017

A new research partnership between the Water Environment & Reuse Foundation and UTA seeks to tackle one of the most challenging and persistent water contaminants — perfluorooctane sulfonate, Chemical Engineering reported.

UTA hackathon

Monday, October 2, 2017

Students from all over North Texas took part in a 24-hour hackathon at The University of Texas at Arlington this past weekend, KXAS NBC 5 reported. The groups were focused on disaster recovery and how technology can help automate systems or even distribute supplies.

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