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UTA In The News — Monday, November 11, 2013

Monday, November 11, 2013

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Guarding medical data

The work of two UT Arlington computer science and engineering professors to protect sensitive electronic medical data was featured in a Fort Worth Star-Telegram business column. Heng Huang and Guatam Das, through a $740,000 National Science Foundation project, have developed a computational model that will guard private information while still allowing the medical data to be used.

Intern program at research institute highlighted

An Arlington Citizen-Journal story highlighted the internships and real world results being produced via projects that involve simulators at The University of Texas at Arlington Research Institute.

Scientists to promote environmental sustainability

Two University of Texas at Arlington scientists working on innovative energy supply solutions are included in the first round of grants for a new National Science Foundation program aimed at promoting environmental sustainability, and reported. Fred MacDonnell, a chemistry professor, and Qiming Zhang, a physics professor, were among the 101 scientists and engineers sharing in $49 million in inaugural grant awards for the Sustainable Chemistry, Engineering and Materials program.

Industrial and Manufacturing Systems engineer provides help with software

UT Arlington researchers have developed new software that can help predict when an epilepsy patient may suffer from a seizure, MedIndia reported. The study is published in the International Journal of Data Mining and Bioinformatics.

Assistant professor comments about national health care plan

World Magazine quoted Daniel Sledge, UT Arlington assistant professor of political science, about President Obama’s apology to Americans who are surprised they’re losing their current health insurance plans. Many will need to upgrade their coverage. “The tendency in the administration is basically to act as if people who have these lower quality health insurance plans don’t have coverage,” Sledge said. “The administration viewed those as something people would be happy to get rid of.”

Veterans Assistance Center highlighted

KDFW/Fox 4 mentioned UT Arlington’s new Veterans Assistance Center that offers special assistance, tutoring, counseling and other services to military veterans.

Dean offers expertise on urban villages

UT Arlington School of Public Affairs Dean Barbara Becker was quoted in a Fort Worth Star-Telegram story about the success of urban villages, which were created to reinvigorate central-city areas that had fallen into neglect and disrepair. Becker said that the West Seventh Street corridor is an example of such a project done right. The Fort Worth City Council is considering including $9 million for its inner-city renewal effort in the 2014 bond package.

Architecture professor analyzes Sundance Square Plaza

James Richards, co-founder of an urban design consultancy and an associate professor in the UT Arlington School of Architecture, wrote an analysis of the opening of Sundance Square Plaza for the Fort Worth Business Press. He said it: “Is more in the tradition of the grand plazas of Europe, which become symbols of their cities, attract visitors from around the world, and energize commercial and retail activity in the surrounding districts.”

Physics professor studying solutions for eye disease

UT Arlington researchers are exploring a better method for initiating certain gene therapies that could better fight the sight-deteriorating disease retinitis pigmentosa. and reported. Samarendra Mohanty, assistant professor of physics, expects to receive a total of $384,269 over the next two years from the NIH’s National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.