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UTA In The News — Thursday, August 14, 2014

Thursday, August 14, 2014

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Mental illness detection

Jean Gao, a UT Arlington associate professor of computer science and engineering, and Dong-Chul Kim, who recently earned his doctorate in computer science and engineering, are using a genetic computer network inference model that eventually could predict whether a person will suffer from bipolar disorder, schizophrenia or another mental illness, according to the websites HealthCanal, MedicalXpress, and Supercomputing Online. The findings are detailed in the paper “Inference of SNP-Gene Regulatory Networks by Integrating Gene Expressions and Genetic Perturbations,” which was published in the June edition of Biomed Research International.

Exomoon discovery tool

Physicists from The University of Texas at Arlington believe following a trail of radio wave emissions may lead to the discovery of exomoons, or moons outside our solar system, the National Science Foundation’s News from the Field site reported. Zdzislaw Musielak, professor of physics in the UT Arlington College of Science, is co-author of a new paper along with Ph.D. students Joaquin Noyola and Suman Satyal. Their work was partially funded by the NSF.

Selfie subtext

Ben Agger, professor of sociology and director of the Center for Theory at UT Arlington, was featured in an story on the rise of the “selfie.” He said the history of self-portraits goes back to the 1600s. “The subtext of all selfies seems to be, ‘Here I am.’ And for some, ‘Here I am. I’m adorable,’” Agger said. 

Wrestling essay

An article on the websites Salon and Jacobin about the history of professional wrestling and its treatment of its employees quoted an essay by Oliver Bateman, assistant professor of history. Writing about World Wrestling Entertainment, Bateman said: “most low-level performers and members of the female Diva division operate on short-term guaranteed contracts in the mid–five figures, out of which they must pay for their travel, food and lodging.”

Scholarship winner

Eduardo Aguirre, an electrical engineering student at UT Arlington, was the winner of one of 16 $5,000 scholarships from the American Honda and the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, according to the website The News Wheel. The 16 Latino undergraduate students were selected for their exemplary academic performance, interest in pursuing a career in science and engineering, and a working knowledge of the automotive industry.