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UTA In The News — Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

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MOOCs rethought

After setbacks, online courses are being rethought, The New York Times reported. The article quoted George Siemens, an organizer of the recently held Massive Open Online Course conference at UT Arlington. Siemens, a MOOC pioneer, also is UT Arlington executive director of the Learning Innovation and Networked Knowledge lab and a research professor. The emergence of MOOCs in higher education "requires a concerted and urgent research agenda," Siemens said.

Dealing with Iran

Brent Sasley, UT Arlington associate professor of political science, discussed the merits of sanctions and the interim deal with Iran with Tim Farley, host of "The Morning Briefing"on SiriusXM's POTUS (Politics of the United States) channel.

Professor's art lauded

The art exhibition of Sedrick Huckaby, a UT Arlington assistant professor of art and art history, is being featured at the Valley House Gallery, The Dallas Morning News reported. The exhibition offers a look at one of North Texas' most original artists, the review said. Huckaby's paintings are as much as 3 inches thick with paint and have a pictorial aggression that approaches sculpture. They give the word embodiment new meaning because they seem even more material than the men and women they represent, the review said.

Personalizing care

A UT Arlington assistant engineering professor, Shouyi Wang, has developed a computational model that can more accurately predict when an epileptic seizure will occur next based on the patient's personalized medical information, The Almagest reported. Wang is in the Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering. His paper "Online Seizure Prediction Using an Adaptive Learning Approach" was published in IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering.

New fellow named

J. Ping Liu, a UT Arlington physics professor who is working to develop stronger magnets for sustainable energy applications, has been named a fellow of the American Physical Society in 2013, reported.

Analysis method explained

Kevin Schug, UT Arlington associate professor of chemistry, wrote an article for the LCGC Blog addressing flow injection analysis, which he concludes is a powerful technique in quantitative analysis for mass spectrometry. Schug also is the Shimadzu Distinguished Professor of Analytical Chemistry at UT Arlington.

A noteworthy switch

In an instant Monday, the Texas Democratic Party's long absence from statewide office was erased. When Court of Criminal Appeals Judge Larry Meyers turned in paperwork to seek a seat on the state Supreme Court next year — as a Democrat rather than a Republican — he changed his party affiliation and likely his political future, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. The switching of parties may have been a strategic move for Meyers, said Allan Saxe, a UT Arlington associate professor of political science.

New date announced

Anderson Cooper's speaking engagement at UT Arlington has been rescheduled to Feb. 10, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.