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fellowship Zhen Cong, associate dean for research and faculty affairs in the School of Social Work, was named a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America.

paper Biology Associate Professor Todd Castoe, Professor Esther Betrán, Associate Professor Jeffery Demuth, and graduate student Balan Ramesh published a paper in Genome Research that provides the first chromosome-level assembly of a reptile genome.

grant Mechanical and aerospace engineering Professor Endel Iarve, Professor Andrew Makeev, Assistant Professor Rassel Raihan, and Professor Kenneth Reifsnider received a $2.3 million grant from the Air Force Research Lab to continue working to develop better modeling methods for affordable, sustainable testing of composite materials.

appointment Tamara Eades, a clinical assistant professor of nursing, was named president-elect of the Texas Nurses Association’s Board of Directors.

paper Rachel Voth Schrag, assistant professor in the School of Social Work, published a study in Violence Against Women on educational sabotage, an overlooked form of psychological abuse.

grant The National Institutes of Health awarded biology Assistant Professor Sen Xu a five-year, $1.89 million grant to use genomic approaches to understand the genetic mechanisms of parthenogenesis, a form of asexual reproduction.

award Florence Haseltine, Presidential Distinguished Professor in the College of Nursing and Health Innovation, received the PCOS Challenge Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Association.

grant Civil engineering Assistant Professor Nick Fang will use unmanned aerial vehicles to perform reconnaissance after natural disasters and more accurately and quickly assess damage to buildings, thus accelerating the conventional insurance adjustment process.

fellowship Diane Jones Allen, associate professor and director of the Landscape Architecture program, was elected to the American Society of Landscape Architects’ Council of Fellows.

award Krishnan Rajeshwar, Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, received the Electrochemical Society’s 2019 Electrodeposition Research Award for his outstanding research contributions to the field of electrodeposition.

paper In a paper published in Nature Ecology & Evolution, biology Assistant Professor Luke Frishkoff explored how human land use expedites biodiversity loss.

award Rassel Raihan, a research scientist at the Institute for Predictive Performance Methodologies at the UTA Research Institute, won the Young Professionals Emerging Leadership Award from the Society for the Advancement of Materials and Process Engineering.

fellowship Kytai Nguyen, bioengineering professor, was elected a fellow of the Biomedical Engineering Society.

grant Biology Chair and Professor Clay Clark received a four-year, $1.17 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to investigate the regulation of proteins responsible for programmed cell death.

award A project led by civil engineering Assistant Professor Mohsen Shahandashti and Professor Sahadat Hossain was named to the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials’ 2019 “Sweet Sixteen” high-value research projects list.

appointment Physics Professor Ramón López was named to the UT System Academy of Distinguished Teachers for his excellence in teaching and mentoring students.

fellowship Nursing Associate Professor Kathryn Daniel was inducted into the American Academy of Nursing’s 2019 Class of Fellows. Dr. Daniel is also the director of the College of Nursing and Health Innovation’s Adult Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Program.

grant Presidential Distinguished Professor of Physics David Nygren and Assistant Professor Ben Jones won a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to build a detector that may offer key insights into the lingering mystery of the universe’s matter-antimatter imbalance.

award Matthew Walsh, associate professor of biology, was named a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers by President Donald Trump.

grant Sharareh “Sherri” Kermanshachi, assistant professor in the Department of Civil Engineering, is working with both the Texas Department of Transportation and the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development to identify and formulate best practices for transportation projects.

paper A study by Narayanan Janakiraman, assistant professor of marketing, published in the Journal of Marketing shows that marketers of relatively high-priced products should consider keeping prices high, as many consumers associate high price with high quality.

appointment The journal Mexican Studies/Estudios Mexicanos named Christian Zlolniski its new editor. He is an associate professor of sociology and anthropology and director of the Center for Mexican American Studies.

grant Haiying Huang, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, earned a pair of grants worth nearly $900,000 from the Department of Defense and the Office of Naval Research to monitor structural health in ship hulls and detect when and where damage happens.

paper Arne Winguth, associate professor and chair of the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, and Cornelia Winguth, assistant professor of instruction, co-authored a study for Nature Communications that used multiple forms of analysis to provide new insights into the largest mass extinction in the geological record, the end-Permian extinction.

award The American Society of Mechanical Engineers awarded Dereje Agonafer, Jenkins Garrett Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, its prestigious Heat Transfer Memorial Award.

award The first album released by UTA Records was named to Audiophile’s Best of 2018 Classical Releases list. In the Loop features the compositions and performances of UTA clarinet lecturer Cheyenne Cruz and flautist Hannah Leffler. Dan Cavanagh, chair of the Department of Music, produced the album.

fellowship Presidential Distinguished Professor Surendra Shah was named a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors.

award Daniel Armstrong, Robert A. Welch Distinguished Professor; Purnendu “Sandy” Dasgupta, the Hamish Small Chair in Ion Analysis; and Kevin Schug, Shimadzu Distinguished Professor of Analytical Chemistry, were named to the 2019 “Power List” compiled by The Analytical Scientist magazine.

grant Civil engineering Assistant Professor Mohsen Shahandashti and Professor Sahadat Hossain received two, two-year projects worth $518,245 to help TxDOT more effectively conduct underground geophysical explorations and develop action plans to mitigate soil failures.

award Fillia Makedon, the Jenkins Garrett Professor in the Computer Science and Engineering Department, was among the winners of the Dallas Business Journal’s Women in Technology Award.

fellowship Gautam Das, the associate dean for research in the College of Engineering, was named a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.

paper Ard Anjomani, professor in the College of Architecture, Planning, and Public Affairs, and Saad AlQuhtani, a recent alumnus, published a study of transit-oriented developments across the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex in the Journal of Transport Geography.

appointment Edmund Prater is the first person from UTA to be appointed a Jefferson Science Fellow by the National Academy of Sciences. The professor of information systems and operations management will spend one year on assignment at the U.S. State Department or USAID.

grant The National Institutes of Health awarded Jody Greaney, assistant professor of kinesiology, a $248,000 grant to study the effect depression has on the human brain’s control of blood pressure and how it can cause long-term detrimental changes to a person’s cardiovascular system.

appointment Matthew Brothers, associate professor of kinesiology, was elected president of the Texas chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine, an organization that represents more than 70 occupations in the sports medicine field.

award The UT System Board of Regents recognized Amy Austin and Holly Hungerford-Kresser with Outstanding Teaching Awards. Dr. Austin is an assistant professor of instruction in the Department of Modern Languages; Dr. Hungerford-Kresser is an associate professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction.

paper A study published by economics Professor Michael Ward found no link between violent video games and acts of violence. It was published in the journal Contemporary Economic Policy.

appointment Associate Vice President for Research Jon Weidanz is one of 66 faculty, scientists, and administrators elected to the inaugural class of Senior Members of the National Academy of Inventors.

award Teresa Doughty, dean of the College of Education, was recognized for her special education research and advocacy with the 2020 Burton-Blatt Humanitarian Award from the Division on Autism and Development Disabilities.

fellowship Electrical Engineering Professor Michael Vasilyev is one of 72 newly elected fellows of the International Society for Optics and Photonics.

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