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News Releases by Louisa Kellie

Media Contact Louisa Kellie was found in 59 news releases in the year 2017.

December 2017

  • UTA leads Texas universities in number of National Academy of Inventors Fellows
    National Honor

    Thursday, December 14, 2017

    News Topics: research

    The election of Dereje Agonafer, Jenkins Garrett Professor in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department at The University of Texas at Arlington, to the National Academy of Inventors brings the number of NAI Fellows at UTA to 12. This marks the highest number of NAI Fellows at any university in Texas.

  • UTA professor of chemistry and biochemistry receives Doctor Honoris Causa
    International recognition

    Wednesday, December 13, 2017

    News Topics: awards, chemistry, research

    Krishnan Rajeshwar, UTA distinguished professor of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Texas at Arlington, received a Doctor Honoris Causa degree last month from the University of Szeged in Hungary, in recognition for his outstanding achievements in support for the mission of the University.

  •  UTA researchers identify proteins that may help stressed mitochondria to recover
    Disease therapy possibilities

    Monday, December 4, 2017

    News Topics: biology, research

    UTA Researchers have identified proteins in a signaling pathway in mammals that help mitochondria recover from stress. The discovery could pave the way to the development of new treatments for cancer and some neurological diseases.

  • UTA’s Matsler wins statewide award for excellence in science education
    Skoog Award

    Friday, December 1, 2017

    Karen Jo Matsler, master teacher in science for UTA’s UTeach Arlington program, received the 2017 Skoog Cup College Faculty Award from the Science Teachers Association of Texas or STAT for her outstanding efforts in science education.

November 2017

  • UTA researchers publish expert review on new cancer biomarkers
    Decoding cancer

    Tuesday, November 28, 2017

    News Topics: chemistry, research

    UTA researchers have published a review article in the prestigious journal Cancer Research on the potential use of long non-coding RNA or lncRNA as novel biomarkers and therapeutic targets for cancer.

  •  Three studies from UTA’s CLEAR Lab detect harmful pathogenic bacteria in Texas groundwater near natural gas extraction sites
    Protecting groundwater

    Tuesday, November 21, 2017

    News Topics: research, science

    Three new research studies from the University of Texas at Arlington have found harmful pathogenic bacteria in Texas groundwater near unconventional natural gas extraction sites.

  • UTA’s Emotional Robotics Living Lab will research how robots can be integrated into homes as companions and caregivers
    Robots and Theatre

    Monday, November 13, 2017

    News Topics: liberal arts, students

    The University of Texas at Arlington has launched a new Emotional Robotics Living Lab to investigate what our future will look like with robots and how they can be integrated into the home to provide physical and emotional support.

  • UTA chemist Kevin Schug wins ACS J. Calvin Giddings Award
    Improving student experience

    Tuesday, November 7, 2017

    News Topics: awards, chemistry, research, students

    A chemist at The University of Texas at Arlington is the recipient of a prestigious award from the American Chemical Society for his efforts to improve the educational experience of students in the field of analytical chemistry.

  • UTA professor wins Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award, Liaoning China Friendship Award, named Thompson Reuters Highly Cited Scholar
    Lifetime Achievements

    Friday, November 3, 2017

    News Topics: engineering, research, robotics

    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, has added to his many achievements two new awards, the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award and the Liaoning China Friendship Award.

  • UTA’s Armstrong, Dasgupta named to 2017 Power List by The Analytical Scientist magazine
    International recognition

    Thursday, November 2, 2017

    News Topics: chemistry, research

    Two renowned chemists at The University of Texas at Arlington are among those honored as the best and brightest analytical scientists in the world by The Analytical Scientist magazine.

October 2017

September 2017

  •  UTA and Lumen Learning organize Massive Online Open Course on open education, costs and learning outcomes
    Future of education

    Monday, September 18, 2017

    News Topics: computer science, education, research

    UTA has partnered with Lumen Learning for a Massive Online Open Course or MOOC that aims to introduce graduate students, faculty and learning designers to open education concepts and equip them to use these resources within their own institutions.

  • UTA’s David Nygren receives Marie Sklodowska-Curie award
    International recognition

    Thursday, September 7, 2017

    News Topics: science

    David Nygren, Presidential Distinguished Professor of Physics at The University of Texas at Arlington and a member of the National Academy of Sciences, has been honored with a prestigious international award for his pioneering work in radiation detector developments and for enabling major discoveries in diverse areas of science.

  • UTA welcomes largest freshman class ever
    Academic excellence

    Wednesday, September 6, 2017

    UTA's freshman class is now the largest in the University’s history, with 3,346 new students joining us from across the U.S. and around the world. This represents a 12 percent increase as compared to fall semester last year.

August 2017

  • UTA astrophysicists predict Earth-like planet may exist in star system only 16 light years away
    Potential new earth

    Thursday, August 17, 2017

    News Topics: physics, research

    UTA astrophysicists have predicted that an Earth-like planet may be lurking in a star system just 16 light years away. The researchers published their findings today as “Dynamics of a probable Earth-Like Planet in the GJ 832 System” in The Astrophysical Journal.

  • Undergraduates find “transformative experience” through UTA’s sponsorship of new undergraduate research programs
    Transformative experience

    Wednesday, August 16, 2017

    News Topics: research, staff, students

    Peter Zotor studies biochemistry at UTA and plans to attend medical school. One of the first cohort of 21 undergraduates who received $3,000 to pursue undergraduate research over the summer, he described the new UTA-sponsored Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program as a “transformative experience.”

  • UTA chemistry professor awarded Talanta Medal for outstanding contributions to analytical chemistry
    International recognition

    Tuesday, August 15, 2017

    News Topics: awards, chemistry, research

    Purnendu “Sandy” Dasgupta, the Hamish Small Chair of Ion Analysis in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at UTA, has been named recipient of the 2017 Talanta Medal, an international award that recognizes world leaders in the analytical chemistry field.

  • UTA psychologist Robert J. Gatchel wins American Psychological Foundation’s 2017 Gold Medal Award for Life Achievement
    Lifetime achievement award

    Wednesday, August 9, 2017

    News Topics: awards, psychology, research

    Robert J. Gatchel, UTA Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Nancy P. & John G. Penson Endowed Professor of Clinical Health Psychology, has been awarded the American Psychological Foundation’s 2017 Gold Medal Award for Life Achievement in the Application of Psychology.

  • UTA professor of chemistry and biochemistry named Doctor Honoris Causa of the University of Szeged in Hungary
    International Honor

    Wednesday, August 9, 2017

    News Topics: chemistry, research, students

    Krishnan Rajeshwar, distinguished professor of chemistry and biochemistry, has been named Doctor Honoris Causa of the University of Szeged in Hungary, in recognition for his outstanding achievements in support of the mission of the University.

  • UTA biologist works with internationally recognized museums on the evolution of vision
    International collaborations

    Tuesday, August 1, 2017

    News Topics: biology, exhibitions, research

    A UTA biologist is working with the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and the Natural History Museum in London – the two most-visited natural history museums in the world - on a research project which uses frogs as a model to investigate the evolution of vision.

July 2017

  • UTA physics graduate’s journey to success took him from Africa to UTA
    Alumni success story

    Wednesday, July 26, 2017

    News Topics: alumni, physics, research

    Last Feremenga, a native of Zimbabwe who received his doctoral degree in December, used skills he honed at UTA while analyzing massive quantities of data from the Large Hadron Collider high energy physics experiment in Switzerland to land a job as a data scientist at a top technology company.

  • UTA biologist wins NSF CAREER grant to study effects of predators on the evolution of Daphnia water fleas
    Evolutionary biology

    Wednesday, July 19, 2017

    News Topics: biology, research

    Matthew Walsh, an assistant professor of biology, has been awarded a five-year, $600,000 grant from the NSF’s Faculty Early Career Development Program. His project is titled “CAREER: Does behavioral plasticity promote or constrain adaptation? A test using resurrection,” and will address a long-standing question in evolutionary biology.

  • UTA-linked startup TissueGen, recognized with “Medical Device Engineering Breakthrough” award
    Biotech startup

    Wednesday, July 12, 2017

    UTA-linked startup TissueGen received the "Medical Device Engineering Breakthrough" award for its patented ELUTE® fiber, which provides pharmaceutical, therapeutic and medical device companies with topical and implantable drug delivery from biodegradable polymer-based fibers.

  • UTA biology student Kyle O'Connell receives prestigious NSF doctoral dissertation grant funding
    Evolutionary biology

    Monday, July 3, 2017

    Kyle O'Connell, a fifth-year Ph.D. student in biology, was selected to receive funds from the NSF's Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grants program, which typically awards funding to between 100 and 200 projects nationwide each year. O'Connell's faculty advisor is Matt Fujita, assistant professor of biology.

June 2017

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 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 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’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.

April 2017

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

March 2017

  • UTA partners with five universities to develop software tool to help instructors provide students with personalized feedback to improve learning
    International collaborations

    Thursday, March 30, 2017

    News Topics: research

    UTA researchers have partnered with five international universities to create a software tool that provides timely and personalized feedback to help students adjust their studying throughout the course. The tool uses data from video engagement, assessments, student information systems, electronic textbooks and discussion forums.

  • UTA biologist concludes that the body’s own immune system regulates bacterial communities in the intestine to promote health
    Developing new oral vaccines

    Monday, March 27, 2017

    News Topics: biology, research, science

    Researchers at UTA and University of Utah have concluded that the body’s own immune response regulates the composition of bacterial communities in the intestine that improve health and help fight off infections.

  • UTA biologist quantifying coral species’ disease susceptibility by examining immune traits
    Saving coral reefs

    Friday, March 24, 2017

    News Topics: biology, research, science

    UTA biologist Laura Mydlarz is leading a new study aimed at quantifying how susceptible coral species are to disease by examining their immunity through a series of novel experiments and approaches.

  • UTA organizes inaugural ‘Responsible Shale Energy Extraction’ Conference as part of Earth Day Texas 2017
    Hosting multiple perspectives

    Thursday, March 16, 2017

    News Topics: chemistry, economics, energy, engineering, environment, science, sustainability

    UTA is organizing the inaugural “Responsible Shale Energy Extraction” Conference on April 21-22 at Fair Park in Dallas as part of Earth Day Texas, the world’s largest annual forum for sharing the latest initiatives, discoveries, research, innovations, policies, and corporate practices that are reshaping our world.

  • UTA researcher uses mathematical modeling to predict student success, dropout rates
    Social research

    Monday, March 13, 2017

    News Topics: education, science

    A UTA researcher has used mathematical modeling to demonstrate that negative peer pressures can spread in a high-risk setting, influencing students’ decisions to drop out of school. The study, “Why do students quit school? Implications from a dynamic modeling study,” was published in the Royal Society Journal Proceedings A.

  • UTA hosting aspiring innovators, scientists and engineers for the 2017 ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camps 
    Inspiring innovation

    Monday, March 13, 2017

    News Topics: science, student life, students

    UTA is hosting the 2017 ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp June 11-23. Applications are now open for middle school students aspiring to study science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) and experience college life at the same time at http://www.uta.edu/sciencecamp. 

  • UTA researchers to develop new math theory for improvement of imaging technology
    New math theories

    Wednesday, March 8, 2017

    News Topics: science

    UTA researchers are working on a project which could have a sizable impact on imaging technologies, by developing new mathematical theories that can help solve outstanding problems. Technologies that could benefit include: modern healthcare equipment, national security, space exploration and industrial applications.

February 2017

January 2017

  • UTA’s Innovation Day 2017 to showcase student “Shark Tank”- style competition, student and faculty startup pitches
    Building the innovation ecosystem

    Tuesday, January 31, 2017

    News Topics: computer science, research, robotics

    UTA will feature a high school and college student “Shark Tank”-style competition, student and faculty startup pitches and posters, and a showcase of community startup companies and services for entrepreneurs at its annual InnovationDay@UTA, 8:40 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday Feb. 6, at the E.H. Hereford University Center, 300 W. First St., in Arlington.

  • UTA launches new programs to promote undergraduate research, student success
    Helping students succeed

    Monday, January 30, 2017

    News Topics: admissions, research

    UTA has developed a new program that allows students to use their federal work-study hours to work as undergraduate research assistants, developing valuable skills that will enhance their education and workforce readiness.

  • UTA awarded $6 million in 2016 to find new ways to identify and treat cancer
    Leading in cancer

    Tuesday, January 24, 2017

    News Topics: biology, computer science, engineering, genetics, medicine, science

    UTA is becoming a major cancer research institution, receiving more than $6 million dollars in new grants in 2016 to strengthen its integrated cancer research program and improve outcomes across the complete spectrum of the patient experience.

  • UTA works with Boeing and NASA to understand social networks’ impact on online students’ grades, completion rates
    Helping students succeed online

    Thursday, January 19, 2017

    News Topics: Internet

    UTA researchers are working with Boeing and NASA to better understand the role that social networks play in the completion rates and academic performance of students taking online courses.

  • National initiative focused on increasing the number of university faculty from under-represented minority groups launched at UTA
    Diversity in Higher Ed

    Tuesday, January 17, 2017

    News Topics: biology, chemistry, computer science, research, science

    This weekend UTA hosted the launch of a multi-year collaborative project among 10 leading educational institutions that aims to increase the number of university faculty from under-represented minority groups.

  • UTA researchers to develop faster, cheaper methods to synthesize chemical compounds used in drug discovery, development
    Helping drug development

    Wednesday, January 4, 2017

    News Topics: chemistry, science

    UTA researchers are working to develop faster, cheaper methods to synthesize chemical compounds used in drug discovery and development. The project is funded by a $424,720 grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences.