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UTA In The News — Friday, December 13, 2013

Friday, December 13, 2013

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Physicist honored

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. The Dallas Business Journal also reported on Liu being recognized as a fellow.

Visualizing cell phone signals

Ian Kersey has created a new image on iconic American locales by visualizing the millions of cell phone signals emanating from those areas, Thought Catalog reported. Kersey verified his artistic photographs with electrical engineers from across the country including J.-C. Chiao, a UT Arlington electrical engineering professor.

Lottery logic

With the Mega Millions lottery eclipsing the $400 million mark for tonight's drawing, the Chicago Tribune weighed some of the reasons people fork out the money. The story quoted Daniel Levine, a professor of psychology at the University of Texas at Arlington, who said people often make decisions in terms of what's possible rather than what's probable. "They're drawn to the fact that there is a chance that they'll win, and they're not thinking about the numbers. Our decisions don't always fall into a rational model."

The MOOC concept

A New York Times report said that massive online open courses that seemed to be a promising and revolutionary concept that gives free online courses showed disappointing results, Jobs & Hire reported. MOOC scholars and pioneers met at UT Arlington conference last week to discuss what needs to change in presenting and offering these courses using this new technology to make them more successful.

Wireless capabilities

AT&T showed off its wireless capabilities during a tour at AT&T Stadium, The Dallas Morning News reported. A business section photo from the event included UT Arlington President Vistasp Karbhari.

Change at the top

Ralph Hawkins, HKS Inc. president, CEO and chairman, has stepped down as the longtime leader of the Dallas-based architecture firm, the Dallas Business Journal reported. Hawkins is a UT Arlington graduate, Distinguished Alumni, Development Board chairman and donor.

UNT's next president is UTA alum

The University of North Texas Board of Regents has named Neal Smatresk as its next president, the Denton Record-Chronicle, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, The Dallas Morning News, NBC 5 and many other media outlets reported. Smatresk was served as chairman of the biology department and College of Science dean at UT Arlington.

Award of Merit presented to UTA alum

The American Society for Testing and Materials presented Donivan Porterfield, an analytical chemistry and radiochemical measurements scientist at Los Alamos National Laboratory, with the Award of Merit, reported. Porterfield earned his bachelor's degree from UT Arlington.

Larry Travis remembered

Larry Travis, a former UT Arlington associate professor of art and acting chair of the Department of Art & Art History (1988-1993), died Monday after a long battle with prostate cancer, FD Luxe, a Dallas Morning News magazine, reported. Travis had worked for FD Luxe.