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In the News 2016

September

Digitizing anger

Friday, September 30, 2016

A team of experts from UTA is working to combat domestic violence in an unexpected way, Fort Worth magazine reported. The cross-collaborative effort integrates researchers from the Colleges of Engineering, Science, Education and School of Social Work.

Making new fuels

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Before it’s News and New Energy and Fuel and reported that UTA chemists are the first to prove that inexpensive semiconducting organic polymers can harvest sunlight to split carbon dioxide into alcohol fuels. Principal researcher Krishnan Rajeshwar, UTA distinguished professor of chemistry and biochemistry and co-director of UTA’s Center for Renewable Energy, Science & Technology, led the study.

Landfill mining

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Al Jazeera English published a story about Denton’s sustainable landfill that employs UTA Civil Engineering Professor Sahadat Hossain’s latest technology of landfill mining and high-tech sensors that can encourage decomposition to produce methane gas.

Sewer robot

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

MyArlingtonTX reported that the American Society of Civil Engineers has recognized a new Arlington project to examine sanitary sewer lines with the help of a multi-sensor robot as one of 15 Infrastructure Game Changers, a designation that highlights trend-setting projects nationwide that address pressing infrastructure needs. The robot evaluations are made possible by a partnership between UTA and Arlington Water Utilities.

Embracing Challenge Award

Friday, September 23, 2016

Kytai Nguyen, UTA bioengineering professor, has won the inaugural Elsevier's Materials Today Embracing Challenge Award, ABC/NBC WALB News 10 in Albany, Ga., ABC WLOX 8 in Biloxi, Miss., Yahoo! Finance, USA Life Sciences and many other websites reported. Nguyen will receive her award Nov. 29 in Boston at the Materials Research Society’s fall meeting. Elsevier, publisher of Materials Today, is a world-leading provider of information solutions and publisher of more than 2,500 journals and 33,000 book titles.

Life science summit

Friday, September 23, 2016

About 400 life science and health care leaders are expected to attend the second annual iC3 Life Science Summit in Arlington, Fort Worth Business reported. Presented by bionorthTX, a regional life sciences industry association, the Wednesday, Oct. 26, event will convene at UTA’s College Park Center.

Sewer robot

Friday, September 23, 2016

UTA’s sewer-exploring robot was highlighted on the ASCEgamechangers.org website. ASCE is the American Society of Civil Engineers. The University of Texas at Arlington has an agreement with the city of Arlington to monitor and evaluate 48 miles of its sewers. 

Alum collects honor

Friday, September 23, 2016

Gary Trietsch, a UTA alumnus and College of Engineering Advisory Board member, accepted top honors for the Harris County Toll Road Authority in the technology category at the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association’s 84th annual meeting and exhibition in Denver, Colo., recently, PR Newswire reported. Trietsch, who also has received the UTA Engineering Distinguished Alumni Award, received the award for the authority’s rapid alert system technology.

Blood pressure control

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

UTA researchers are developing a new method and device for controlling blood pressure levels in cardiac care environments that use targeted electrical stimulation rather than drugs, Medical Xpress reported. The National Institutes of Health has awarded Associate Professor Young-Tae Kim and Professor Khosrow Behbehani, both from the UTA Department of Bioengineering, and Muthu Wijesundara, division head for the biomedical division at the UTA Research Institute, a $440,670 grant for the research.

Embracing Challenge award

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Kytai Nguyen, UTA bioengineering professor, has won the inaugural Materials Today Embracing Challenge Award, Elsevier Connect reported. Nguyen will receive her award Nov. 29 in Boston at the Materials Research Society’s fall meeting. Elsevier is a world-leading provider of information solutions and publisher of more than 2,500 journals and 33,000 book titles.

ClaimBuster talk

Monday, September 19, 2016

Bill Adair, director of the DeWitt Wallace Center and Knight Professor of the Practice of Journalism & Public Policy at Duke University, was interviewed on WNET PBS 13's The Open Mind program in New York about ClaimBuster, an automated fact checking software program they helped build with The University of Texas at Arlington. UTA's Chengkai Li, a UTA associate professor and director of the Innovative Database and Information Systems Research Laboratory, was a chief contributor to the project.

Use of near-infrared light

Friday, September 16, 2016

A team of researchers at UTA recently published a study on the effects of near-infrared light on veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injuries, Life Science Daily and Health Imaging reported. Hanli Liu, UTA bioengineering professor and the research team leader, said this is the first time that NIR light has been used for treatment.

Networked learning

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

New research at The University of Texas at Arlington will analyze massive scale data traces from online work and learning communities to create new designs for networked learning and next generation knowledge building on the internet, Phys.org reported. George Siemens was awarded a three-year, $400,000 grant from the National Science Foundation as part of a project proposal organized by Carnegie Mellon University to study Big Data.

iC3 Life Summit

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

The second annual iC3 Life Summit will be held Oct. 26 at College Park Center at The University of Texas at Arlington, Phys.org and CBS WDJT 58 in Milwaukee, Wisc., reported. The summit is sponsored by bionorthTX, the region’s leading life science industry association. More than 400 industry, government and university leaders are expected to attend the day-long event with presentations focused on the themes of innovation, collaboration, capital formation and commercialization.

Shimadzu tools

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Andrew Makeev, UTA professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, was featured on the Shimadzu website, talking about his use of the HPV-X2 and HBV-2A analytical instruments. Makeev uses them to predict the lifespan of aircraft and its materials. The Shimadzu Institute for Research Technologies was established 2013 as a result of the partnership between UTA and the Shimadzu Corp. Shimadzu is a company that manufactures precision instruments, measuring instruments and medical equipment.

Building after 9/11

Monday, September 12, 2016

Shih-Ho Chao, UTA associate professor of structural engineering and applied mechanics, published an article, “How Building Changed after 9/11” in the Houston Chronicle. The academic article news site The Conversation first published the article. It published a series of articles to commemorate the 15 year anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Chao's academic article

Friday, September 9, 2016

Shih-Ho Chao, UTA associate professor of structural engineering and applied mechanics, published an article, “How Building Changed after 9/11” in the academic article news site The Conversation, which published a series of articles to commemorate the 15 year anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

Claimbuster success

Friday, September 9, 2016

The Poynter Institute cited UTA’s automated live fact-checking tool Claimbuster as a success story in an article on the lessons learned from automated fact-checking experiments. Claimbuster is a research project led by UTA Computer Science Engineering Associate Professor Chengkai Li, in collaboration with journalism experts and computer scientists from Duke, Stanford and Google Research.

Liu research on PTSD

Friday, September 9, 2016

UTA bioengineering professor Hanli Liu has demonstrated the benefits of near infrared light treatment on brains traumatized by Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD, suffered many times by U.S. veterans, Neuroscientist News, Health Imaging and Science Codex reported. 

Strategic Plan

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

UTA “has galloped forward in its Strategic Plan 2020: “Bold Solutions | Global Impact” by awarding four 2016 interdisciplinary research program grants, Dallas Innovates reported.

Infrared light treatment

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

UTA bioengineering professor Hanli Liu has demonstrated the benefits of near infrared light treatment on brains traumatized by Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD, suffered many times by U.S. veterans, MedicalXpress reported. 

Yum receives grant

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

D Healthcare Daily reported on the $100,000 grant UTA assistant professor Kyungsuk Yum received to develop composite hydrogel bioinks that would be compatible with human tissue. Inks are currently a major barrier blocking further research and development of functional 3-D organs. 

Interdisciplinary grants awarded

Friday, September 2, 2016

UTA has awarded four seed grants to interdisciplinary research projects that address growing problems such as loneliness among the elderly, the need for sustainable green education spaces, the health crisis among urban American Indians and the mechanisms behind heart failure among the elderly, ScienMag reported. 

New bioinks

Friday, September 2, 2016

Kyungsuk Yum, assistant professor in the Materials Science and Engineering Department of UTA’s College of Engineering, has received a $100,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to develop nano-composite hydrogel bioinks that can be used in printing human tissues and organs, Dallas Innovates reported. 

August

Tech Titan Awards

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Three faculty and a graduate of UTA won Tech Titans Awards for excellence and leadership in technology fields in 2016, Dallas Business Journal, ScienMag and Public Now announced. Purnendu “Sandy” Dasgupta, UTA professor and Hamish Small Chair in Ion Analysis, was described as a “patent-making machine” in Dallas Business Journal and BizNewsIndex articles about his 2016 Tech Titans Inventors Award. Laura Mydlarz, UTA associate professor and associate chair of biology, was also interviewed by Dallas Business Journal about the 2016 Tech Titans of the Future University Level Award she received alongside UTA chemistry professor Kevin Schug for leading the ASSURE program to promote undergraduate research. 

Yum earns NSF grant

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Kyungsuk Yum, a UTA assistant professor in the Materials Science and Engineering Department, has received a $100,000 National Science Foundation grant to develop nanocomposite hydrogel bioinks that could be used for printing 3-D tissue and organs, ScienMag, AtoZNano, STL Finder, Medical Product Outsourcing, 3Ders (3D Printer News), and Phys.org reported. 

Schug discusses air contamination research

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

The San Antonio Express-News and WOAI 1200 AM (San Antonio) interviewed UTA chemistry professor Kevin Schug about his new study on air contamination in and around fracking sites in Texas. ForbesRigZone and Oil News Center published op-ed pieces based on the research citing the need to put a stop to sloppy drilling methods in the natural gas industry. KSTX 89.1 FM (San Antonio), The Texas Tribune,  Marcellus Drilling News, Environmental News Network, Science Newsline, Oil Gas Daily, American Energy News and The Daily Digger reported on the study. 

Alum heads public works

Monday, August 29, 2016

UTA alumna Mindy Gowdy Carmichael is the first woman to head the Arlington Public Works Department, the Star-Telegram reported. Carmichael earned her degree in civil engineering from UTA. 

Graduate named vice president

Monday, August 29, 2016

UTA alumnus Tommy Slater has been named vice president of the Public Service Co. of Oklahoma, Tulsa World and News OK reported. Slater earned a degree in science and mechanical engineering from UTA.

Weighted wing system

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

IEEE’s Electronics 360 reported on UTA graduate Sampath Vengate’s efforts to use an unmanned aerial vehicle that uses moving weights in its wings instead of traditional control surfaces or ailerons to turn.

Firm names new vice president

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Electric Energy Online reported that alumnus Tommy Slater has been named vice president to oversee the company's generating assets by the Public Service Company of Oklahoma, an electric utility company. Slater earned a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from UTA.

Lab funding

Monday, August 22, 2016

UMED Holdings Inc., through its wholly owned subsidiary Greenway Innovative Energy Inc., announced that it has raised $1 million to complete the funding of UTA's F. Conrad Greer Lab, Yahoo! FinancePenn Energy, Financial BuzzThe Canadian Business Journal, CityBizList Dallas and many other websites reported. The lab will construct a fully operational scaled model of a gas-to-liquids conversion unit.

Clean energy

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

UTA and The Korea Institute of Energy Research have signed an agreement to focus on developing and commercializing technologies that have global environmental impact, North Texas-based Korean Town News reported.

Data mining

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

UTA Computer Science and Engineering professor Heng Huang’s National Science Foundation-funded data-mining efforts could help improve the diagnosis and treatment of depression, Collective Intelligence reported.

Student success

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

A recently graduated UTA master’s student is the first person to successfully flight test an unmanned aerial vehicle that uses moving weights in its wings instead of traditional control surfaces or ailerons to turn, Before It’s News reported.

Mining thoughts

Monday, August 15, 2016

ScienMag.com and Science & Enterprise reported that Heng Huang, a UTA professor in the Computer Science and Engineering Department, has won a three-year, $500,000 National Science Foundation grant to use data mining to efficiently catalog and track depression patients’ “thought records” so that doctors and therapists can better identify patients’ treatment needs.

IceCube Neutrino

Monday, August 15, 2016

Business Insider, Business Insider India, Business Insider Australia, the Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel and the Star Tribune reported scientists with the IceCube Neutrino Observatory are 99 percent sure that the particle that holds the clues to our existence doesn’t exist. Ben Jones, a UTA post-doctoral student and one of the leading researchers in the study, was quoted in the article.

Construction technology

Monday, August 15, 2016

Underground Construction reported on the upcoming 22nd annual Underground Construction Technology International Conference & Exhibition, which will feature continuing education and professional development programs in conjunction with UTA.

Clean energy

Monday, August 15, 2016

UTA and The Korea Institute of Energy Research have joined forces to develop clean energy technologies that improve the lives of citizens worldwide, reported Solar Thermal Magazine.

Understanding addiction

Friday, August 12, 2016

Linda Perrotti, UTA associate professor of psychology, is studying how fluctuating estrogen levels make females increasingly sensitive to the rewarding effects of cocaine and ultimately, vulnerable to cocaine addiction, Healio reported.

Big data

Friday, August 12, 2016

The National Science Foundation has awarded a five-year, $535,763 Faculty Early Career Development, or CAREER, grant to Junzhou Huang, a UTA assistant professor in the Computer Science and Engineering Department, to discover a process by which image-omics data can be combined into files that are small enough that current computing technology will allow scientists to better predict how long a patient will live and how best to treat that patient, Communications of the ACM reported.

Weights in wings

Friday, August 12, 2016

Sampath Reddy Vengate, who recently graduated with a master’s degree in aerospace engineering from UTA, is  the first person to successfully fly a UAV that uses mass actuation -- a technique that uses moving weights to efficiently turn an aircraft, ZDNet.com reported.

New COE dean named

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Peter E. Crouch joins The University of Texas at Arlington this month as the dean of the College of Engineering and as a professor of electrical engineering, The Dallas Morning News reported.

Huang gets NSF CAREER grant

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

UTA researcher Junzhou Huang is developing computing tools that will employ multiple methods of accessing and analyzing very large, complex patient data, Sciencemag.com and other websites reported. Huang, an assistant professor in the Computer Science and Engineering Department, received a National Science Foundation Early CAREER grant to perform the research.

Weights in wings

Monday, August 8, 2016

Sampath Reddy Vengate, a recent UTA master of science in aerospace engineering graduate, used existing UTA research to design, build and test an unmanned aerial vehicle that uses mass actuation — weights that move back and forth within the wings to change the center of gravity from side to side — to turn while airborne, leading scientific trends outlets New Atlas (Gizmag) and Trendhunter reported.

UAV flying with weights

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Sampath Vengate, who graduated from UTA in May with a master’s in aerospace engineering, is the first person to successfully flight test an unmanned aerial vehicle that uses moving weights in its wings instead of traditional control surfaces or ailerons to turn, Phys.org reported.

Engineering grad also photographs

Thursday, August 4, 2016

UTA engineering alumnus Nikola Olic was featured in a Dallas Observer article. In addition to being an engineer, Olic is a professional BMX flatlander and photographer who takes fascinating pictures of downtown Dallas' architecture. 

UTA grad starts scholarship

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Richard J. Matus, a corporate executive who received his doctorate in aerospace engineering from UTA, has established the Richard J. Matus ’80 Scholarship in Aerospace Engineering through the Texas A & M Foundation, Texas A & M reported on its website.

New COE dean

Monday, August 1, 2016

The Chronicle of Higher Education noted the appointment of Peter Crouch as the new dean of the College of Engineering at The University of Texas at Arlington. Crouch previously served as dean of engineering at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa.

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