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May 2017

  • UTA’s AbeXXa Biologics named one of 40 "Best University Startups 2017" by National Council of Entrepreneurial Tech Transfer
    Fighting cancer

    Monday, May 22, 2017

    News Topics: awards, biology, faculty, research

    AbeXXa Biologics, a UTA faculty startup, was named one of the 40 “Best University Startups 2017” by the National Council of Entrepreneurial Tech Transfer, a Washington-based association of startup officers from the top research universities in the United States.

  • UTA students named to several sports national teams
    National teams

    Thursday, May 18, 2017

    News Topics: alumni, diversity, health and fitness, nursing, sports

    Six University of Texas at Arlington students have been selected for four national sports teams: women’s wheelchair basketball, men’s under-23 wheelchair basketball, rugby and the U.S. Military Invictus Games.

  • UTA educator awarded NSF CAREER grant to focus on community college transfer students in STEM fields
    Finding STEM success

    Thursday, May 18, 2017

    News Topics: education, research, student life, students

    A UTA assistant professor received the first National Science Foundation CAREER award for the College of Education. Her research will lead to better outcomes for community college transfer students in the STEM fields.

  • UTA civil engineer’s book illustrates the power of recycled plastic in shoring up roads
    Soil reinforcement

    Thursday, May 18, 2017

    News Topics: engineering, faculty, research, sustainability, transportation

    A UTA civil engineer has written a book about his research concerning the use of recycled plastic pins to bolster soil strength surrounding Texas highways. His research has yielded positive results in some parts of North Texas.

  • UTA researcher focuses international attention on how patients’ doubts about never getting better influences chronic pain treatment success
    Easing chronic pain

    Tuesday, May 16, 2017

    News Topics: psychology, research

    Robert Gatchel, UTA psychology professor, has focused international attention on how a chronic pain patient’s irrational doubts about never getting better can influence both his reactions to pain and even treatment outcomes. Chronic pain costs the U.S. up to $635 billion each year in medical treatment and lost productivity, and is considered a problem of epidemic proportions.

  • UTA announces new office, appointment for Executive Director for Veterans Services
    Serving veterans

    Monday, May 15, 2017

    News Topics: alumni, Arlington, staff, students

    After an extensive nationwide search, The University of Texas at Arlington is proud to announce the hiring of James Kumm, combat veteran and seasoned higher education administrator, into the newly established position of Executive Director for Veterans Programs.

  • UTA official named to Committee on Economic and Social Sustainability for Airports by the national Transportation Research Board
    National recognition

    Friday, May 12, 2017

    Meghna Tare, executive director of UTA’s Institute for Sustainability and Global Impact, has been named to the Committee on Economic and Social Sustainability for Airports by the Transportation Research Board. This Board is one of seven program units of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine.

  • UTA, City of Arlington to host Renowned International Folk Art Festival
    International art

    Wednesday, May 10, 2017

    News Topics: Arlington, art, College Park Center, global, student life, visual arts

    After two years of planning, the renowned International Folk Art Market|Santa Fe—rated the Best Art Festival in America by USA Today—is coming to the city of Arlington at The University of Texas at Arlington.

  • UTA graduates largest class in University history
    2017 Commencement

    Wednesday, May 10, 2017

    News Topics: commencement

    UTA is graduating another record class this week. The Colleges of Nursing and Health Innovation and Engineering realized significant gains. About 5,600 students will receive undergraduate and graduate degrees this week.

  • UTA hosts Sun Belt Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championship this weekend
    Track & field

    Monday, May 8, 2017

    News Topics: sports, students

    UTA's men's and women's track and field teams will be competing this weekend at Mavericks Stadium in the Sun Belt Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championship.

  • UTA’s Ramon Lopez named Fellow of the American Association of Physics Professors
    National recognition

    Friday, May 5, 2017

    News Topics: physics

    Ramon Lopez, UTA physics professor, has been recognized for his outstanding contributions to physics education with a Fellowship from the American Association of Physics Teachers. The criterion for selection of Fellows is exceptional contribution to AAPT's mission – to enhance the understanding and appreciation of physics through teaching.

  • American Scientific Publishers give UTA physicist Wei Chen Best Paper Award
    Fighting cancer

    Friday, May 5, 2017

    News Topics: awards, physics, research

    American Scientific Publishers, a publisher of scientific journals and books in the fields of science, engineering, and technology, has given Wei Chen, a UTA physics professor, a Best Paper Award for a journal article cited 364 times to date. The article opened a new field of research using light and nanoparticles to fight cancer.

  • UTA team wins Brain Bowl neuroscience quiz show
    Winning team

    Thursday, May 4, 2017

    News Topics: research, science, students

    A UTA team has won the 2017 Brain Bowl organized by University of Texas Health Science Center - San Antonio Center for Biomedical Neuroscience, beating out teams from Trinity University and the defending champions University of Texas at Dallas.

  • Gov. Abbott appoints UTA police chief to law enforcement commission
    Overseeing standards

    Tuesday, May 2, 2017

    News Topics: awards, staff

    Gov. Greg Abbott has appointed UTA Police Chief Kim Lemaux to the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement, a state regulatory agency that ensures standards for law enforcement officers in Texas.

  • Woods named 2017 Minnie Stevens Piper professor
    Piper professor

    Tuesday, May 2, 2017

    News Topics: awards, engineering, faculty, staff

    A San Antonio foundation has named Bob Woods a Piper Professor, a prestigious honor that recognizes outstanding college professors across Texas. Woods joined the UTA College of Engineering in 1974. He founded the student racing program in 1982.

April 2017

  • UTA Libraries awarded grant to test maker literacies program
    Makerspaces

    Friday, April 28, 2017

    News Topics: education, research, student life, students

    A UTA team will use an Institute of Museum and Library Services grant to identify and collaborate with three pilot sites to test the effectiveness of early-stage maker-based competencies. UTA's makerspace is the FabLab, which opened in 2014 and has been a leader in connecting maker services to campus needs.

  • UTA professor’s book explains complex world of public health, individual medical services
    Health Divided

    Friday, April 28, 2017

    News Topics: economics, faculty, liberal arts

    A UTA associate professor of political science wrote a recently published book exploring the U.S. health system and how it evolved into current health care.

  • UTA student wins UT System Regents award
    Short story winner

    Friday, April 28, 2017

    News Topics: awards, liberal arts, students

    A UTA senior won a UT System Board of Regents annual Regents’ Outstanding Arts and Humanities Award for a short story titled "Airstrikes." He was one of two award winners systemwide. The honor was created to foster excellence in student performance, reward outstanding students, stimulate the arts and humanities and promote continuous quality in education.

  • Two UTA students earn prestigious NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program funding to support doctoral studies
    NSF funds for graduate school

    Thursday, April 27, 2017

    News Topics: biology, research, science

    Two UTA College of Science students have been named recipients of National Science Foundation funds to further their graduate education through the NSF’s prestigious Graduate Research Fellowship Program for 2017. Priscilla Glenn, a senior biology major, and Mayowa Olawoyin, a second-year Ph.D. student in mathematics, are among the awardees.

  • UTA history professor awarded Humboldt Fellowship for Experienced Researchers
    Fellowship Award

    Wednesday, April 26, 2017

    News Topics: faculty, global, history, humanities, liberal arts, research

    Patryk Babiracki, an associate professor in the UTA Department of History, has been awarded a Humboldt Fellowship for Experience Researchers from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation. Babiracki will spend 18 months in Berlin working on his fellowship.

  • prestigious NSF grant to further research into ecological drivers of eye and brain size evolution in fish
    Student excellence

    Tuesday, April 25, 2017

    News Topics: research, science

    Shannon Beston, a third-year UTA Ph.D. student in biology, was selected to receive funds from the National Science Foundation’s Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grants program to further her research into how brains and eyes evolved in response to predation among populations of killifish, Rivulus hartii, found in the waters of the Caribbean off the island of Trinidad.

  • UTA, UT Southwestern researchers’ findings challenge current approach to rare pediatric neurological disorder
    New views on disease

    Monday, April 24, 2017

    News Topics: biology, chemistry, research, science

    Researchers at UTA have discovered that diet changes and early diagnosis could help outcomes for patients with Glucose Transporter Type 1 Deficiency, a rare pediatric neurological disorder that can cause motor developmental problems and trigger seizures and epilepsy. The journal JAMA Neurology published this research.

  • UTA assistant professor named ASMS “emerging investigator” for developing new ways to analyze protein modifications linked to cancer, aging
    Research excellence

    Thursday, April 20, 2017

    The American Society of Mass Spectrometry has named Saiful Chowdhury, UTA assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry, as one of the leading emerging investigators worldwide for his work developing new techniques using mass spectrometry to differentiate protein modifications linked to cancer and aging.

  • Rick Perry, U.S. Secretary of Energy, keynote speaker at UTA’s ‘Responsible Shale Energy Extraction’ Conference tomorrow as part of Earth Day Texas 2017
    Energy expertise

    Thursday, April 20, 2017

    News Topics: biology, chemistry, energy, engineering, environment, faculty, research, science

    U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry is inaugural speaker at UTA’s “Responsible Shale Energy Extraction” Conference April 21-22 at Fair Park in Dallas, as part of Earth Day Texas. This free event is chaired by UTA’s Collaborative Laboratories for Environmental Analysis and Remediation or CLEAR lab.

  • UTA appoints a world renowned researcher and distinguished scholar as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
    Renowned researcher and scholar

    Wednesday, April 19, 2017

    Dr. Teik C. Lim, Dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Cincinnati (UC), will be the next Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs of UTA. Lim will work in close partnership with the President to provide overall leadership for the campus.

  • Employee excellence recognized at annual awards ceremony
    Employee excellence

    Tuesday, April 18, 2017

    News Topics: awards, employment, staff

    The University of Texas at Arlington honored eight individuals and one team at the annual Outstanding Maverick Awards. Employees with 10 to 35 years of service were also recognized.

  • UTA summer camp offerings expand
    Summer camp

    Tuesday, April 18, 2017

    News Topics: Arlington, community service

    Summer is quickly approaching, which means it is time to register for youth academic and athletic camps offered by The University of Texas at Arlington. The camps fill quickly as they are popular with families.

  • UTA Adds more hands-on demonstrations, exhibits at Main St. Arts Festival
    Community focus

    Tuesday, April 18, 2017

    News Topics: alumni, art, student life

    UTA expands its presence at this year's Main St. Arts Festival with more information, demonstrations, and hands-on experiences in downtown Fort Worth.

  • UTA bioengineer wins grant to train top doctoral students to use nanotechnology to battle cardiovascular, pulmonary ailments
    Nano leader

    Monday, April 17, 2017

    News Topics: engineering, students

    UTA has received a highly valued National Institutes of Health grant that will help the university train doctoral students in using and developing more nanotechnology tools that will battle cardiovascular and pulmonary ailments.

  • UTA art student selected for Yale summer program and grant
    Excellence in art

    Monday, April 17, 2017

    News Topics: art, liberal arts, students

    UTA sophomore Miso Kim is one of only 26 students selected from more than 250 applicants across the world who will attend the prestigious Yale University Norfolk Summer School of of Art program.

  • UTA Nursing Professor receives $308,000 NIH grant
    NIH grant awarded

    Thursday, April 13, 2017

    News Topics: faculty, health and fitness, nursing, research, science

    A cardiovascular exercise scientist at the University of Texas at Arlington’s College of Nursing and Health Innovation has received a $308,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health to study exercise intolerance in older heart failure patients with preserved ejection fraction, or HFpEF.

  • UTA History professor named fellow of National Humanities Center
    History Fellow

    Wednesday, April 12, 2017

    News Topics: awards, global, history, humanities, liberal arts, research

    John Garrigus, a professor in the Department of History at The University of Texas at Arlington, has been named a Fellow of the National Humanities Center. Garrigus' research will explore 18th century events in Haiti.

  • The Shorthorn earns top honors
    National news

    Tuesday, April 11, 2017

    News Topics: awards, liberal arts, student life, students

    The Shorthorn, The University of Texas at Arlington's student-run news agency, brought home an impressive 97 awards from three industry conferences over a two-week time period.

  • UTA Esports team wins top prize of free tuition
    Gaming for tuition

    Tuesday, April 11, 2017

    News Topics: admissions, business, engineering, liberal arts, science, student life, students

    Five students from The University of Texas at Arlington ESports Club have won free tuition for the remainder of the collegiate careers after winning the Heroes of the Dorm video gaming tournament.

  • UTA Cheerleaders win fourth consecutive NCA National Championship!
    National champs

    Friday, April 7, 2017

    The University of Texas at Arlington cheerleading team won its fourth consecutive National Championship at the National Cheerleaders Association collegiate cheer competition. This is the team's fifth title since 2010.

  • Award-winning Latina journalist Maria Hinojosa to speak at UTA
    Distinguished speaker

    Thursday, April 6, 2017

    News Topics: Arlington, immigration

    Maria Hinojosa, one of the United States’ most prominent Latina journalists, will deliver a lecture at The University of Texas at Arlington on Wednesday, April 19 at 6:30 p.m. Students, faculty, staff and the general public are invited.

  • UTA engineer earns grant to develop materials for 3-D printed blood vessels for children
    Healing hearts

    Wednesday, April 5, 2017

    News Topics: engineering, faculty, innovation

    An engineer at The University of Texas at Arlington has been awarded a $211,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop materials that will allow doctors to use a 3-D printer to create unique new blood vessels for children with vascular defects.

  • Nursing research symposium at UTA to feature leading scientists
    Advancing nursing research

    Tuesday, April 4, 2017

    News Topics: nursing

    The Delta Theta chapter of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing will host the “Science and Health Innovation: Advancing Clinical Practice Research Symposium” on Saturday, April 22, 8:00 a.m. - 5 p.m., at UTA.

  • UTA supports community with The Big Event
    The Big Event

    Tuesday, April 4, 2017

    News Topics: Arlington, community service, faculty, staff, student life, students

    More than 1,300 students, faculty and staff from The University of Texas at Arlington will help residents and communities across Dallas and Fort Worth during an annual day of service known as The Big Event.

  • UTA assistant professor awarded American Physical Society’s Mitsuyoshi Tanaka Dissertation Award in Experimental Particle Physics
    Leading in physics

    Monday, April 3, 2017

    News Topics: awards, physics, research

    The American Physical Society has awarded Benjamin Jones, UTA assistant professor of Physics, the Mitsuyoshi Tanaka Dissertation Award in Experimental Particle Physics, which is widely considered the most prestigious dissertation award in the field.

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Best startup

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The National Council of Entrepreneurial Tech Transfer has named AbeXXa Biologics, a UTA faculty startup, one of 40 “Best University Startups 2017,” Scienmag and Dallas Innovates reported. 

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