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UTA In The News — Monday, August 18, 2014

Monday, August 18, 2014

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Computer network aids in 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 website RedOrbit. Their work was published in the June edition of Biomed Research International.

Radio waves lead to exoxmoons location

The website Science Recorder interviewed Joaquin Noyola, a UT Arlington Ph.D. student in physics who was lead author on a recent paper that suggested a new way to locate moons outside our solar system. Zdzislaw Musielak, professor of physics in the UT Arlington College of Science, and Suman Satyal, another doctoral student in Musielak’s lab, co-authored the research that appeared in the The Astrophysical Journal. 

Small motors manufacturing help

UT Arlington has received a $229,214 grant from the Walmart Foundation to build a robotic small motors assembly and testing system that would cut the manufacturing costs of goods, allowing those goods to be produced in the United States that were formerly built overseas, according to the website Bio-Medicine. The Walmart U.S. Manufacturing Innovation Grant was part of an announcement of $4 million in awards to seven research and development institutions at the 2014 U.S. Manufacturing Summit in Denver made possible through the collaboration between Walmart, the U.S. Conference of Mayors and the Walmart Foundation. 

Move-In Day

This morning will be move-in day at UT Arlington, KXAS/NBC 5 reported.  Volunteers will help thousands move back into their residence halls and classes begin Thursday. WFAA/ABC 8 and KDFW/FOX 4 also mentioned move-in day activities at UT Arlington.

Indictment could impact Perry

Allan Saxe, UT Arlington associate professor of political science, was quoted in a Fort Worth Star-Telegram story on the indictment of Gov. Rick Perry on charges he abused his power and the potential effect it could have on Perry’s ambitions.  Saxe said that even if Perry is not convicted: “The word indictment has a very chilling effect. It's really not good politically for Gov. Perry.” The story appeared in several other McClatchy publications including the Miami Herald, Modesto Bee and the Macon Telegraph. Saxe was also featured in the Star-Telegram’s Friday story on the indictment.

UTA makes Best of West list

The Houston Chronicle featured a slide show of the 23 Texas colleges and universities featured in this year’s Princeton Review lists. UT Arlington was included for its placement on the regional Best of the West list.