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UTA In The News — Thursday, October 24, 2013

Thursday, October 24, 2013

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Mining health records

A UT Arlington computer scientist is leading a new, National Science Foundation project to mine electronic medical records data to help physicians personalize patient treatment, predict health care needs and identify risks that can lead to readmission, TMCnet reported. Heng Huang, an associate professor of the Computer Science & Engineering Department, is the principal investigator on a $461,098 grant titled “Robust Large-Scale Electronic Medical Record Data Mining Framework to Conduct Risk Stratification for Personalized Intervention.”

Award-winning nurse

Daisha Cipher, associate director of The University of Texas at Arlington’s Center for Nursing Research, has been honored nationally for her work on a study of ways to support injured veterans in the workforce, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram’s City by City page reported. Cipher was part of a research team that recently received the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine’s Elizabeth and Sidney Licht Award for Excellence in Scientific Writing in Rehabilitation Medicine.

Looking at MOOCs

The University of Texas at Arlington is hosting a conference about online learning in December with the help of a $97,200 grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, reported. The event will bring in speakers from universities around the country that offer massive open online courses, otherwise known as MOOCs.

Capturing history

Ya'Ke Smith, a UT Arlington assistant film professor and filmmaker, was featured in a KERA/90.1 FM discussion of "12 Years a Slave," a new movie about a free black man who was kidnapped and sold into slavery in 1841. Smith said the film is the first he has seen that "really authentically captures what it was like to be a slave in America.”

Helping STEM students

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram’s City by City page noted that a new $623,608 National Science Foundation S-STEM grant to the UT Arlington mathematics department will help undergraduates with up to $10,000 in stipends, tuition and fees as they pursue their future in teaching, research or other math-based professions. UT Arlington’s S-STEM program is called SURGE or “Scholarships for Undergraduates to Reach Goals in Education.”

Study spurs conversion

UT Arlington Assistant Professor Seokjin Jeong’s recent study on bullying was mentioned in a Slate column criticizing a segment on FOX News national. Jeong’s research found that school programs to combat bullying may be having the opposite effect by teaching students ways to bully their peers. The FOX news piece questioned whether efforts to combat bullying “suppress” conservative students’ right to free speech.