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UTA In The News — Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

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Testing network

George Siemens, executive director of The University of Texas at Arlington's Learning Innovation and Networked Knowledge Lab, will lead a research effort to test the efficacy of the new Inspark Science Network, Reuters, IT, Bloomberg Businessweek and reported. With help from Achieving the Dream, a national organization focused on improving outcomes for low-income and traditionally underserved students, Inspark will produce innovative courseware and work to ensure that faculty and community colleges around the country can access the network.

SPIE Fellow

Weidong Zhou, a University of Texas at Arlington electrical engineering professor, has been elected a Fellow of SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, AZO Optics and reported.

Guest editor

Frank Lewis, Moncrief-O’Donnell chair at the UT Arlington Research Institute and electrical engineering professor, served as guest editor for the CFP: IEEE TNNLS special issue on “New Developments in Neural Network Structures for Signal Processing, Autonomous Decision, and Adaptive Control,” which appeared in the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society blog.

New research vice president named

The University of Texas at Arlington appointed Duane B. Dimos of Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, N.M., as vice president for research, reported. During his 25 years at Sandia, Dr. Dimos has served in a wide variety of leadership and management positions, including as acting vice president of the Science and Technology Division.

New development vice president appointed

The University of Texas at Arlington appointed Michael K. Kingan as vice president for development and alumni relations, the Fort Worth Business Press reported. His first day will be Feb. 16. Kingan is a former senior vice president and chief development officer for the University of New Mexico Foundation with more than two decades in advancement positions, as vice president for development and alumni relations.

Battling anxiety

Among 11 things that help beat end-of-the-weekend anxiety, the most successful people reflect on Sunday nights, a Business Insider article stated. James Campbell Quick, the John and Judy Goolsby-Jacqualyn A. Fouse Endowed Chair in the Goolsby Leadership Academy at UT Arlington, said writing down thoughts on paper provide a valuable emotional release. Quick’s comments originally appeared in a 2013 Huffington Post article.

FabNow Conference

About 200 people, including educators, engineers, librarians and entrepreneurs, attended the two-day FabNow Conference at Tarrant County College’s Trinity River Campus East, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. It was also sponsored by Downtown Fort Worth Inc., UT Arlington’s Fort Worth campus, XTO Energy and RadioShack. The story also appeared in Bloomberg Businessweek.

No France exodus expected

UT Arlington Associate Professor of Political Science Brent Sasley told the International Business Times that he doesn’t expect a mass exodus of French Jews to Israel in the wake of the recent terrorist attacks in Paris. “There is certainly discomfort and concern [after the Paris attacks] but it’s very difficult to pick up and leave a country where you have been living for a long time,” Sasley said.

Film professor featured

WOAI/NBC 4 (San Antonio) interviewed Ya’Ke Smith, the Morgan Woodward Distinguished Professor of Film at UT Arlington, about his short film, “dawn.” The movie follows a woman’s struggles to readjust to life after she is released from prison. The movie will premiere on HBO next month.

Conflict part of magazine

The Cambridge University Press blog posted a piece by Ritu Gairola Khanduri, UT Arlington assistant professor of anthropology, in reaction to the attack on French magazine Charlie Hebdo. Khanduri commented on the complex global history and tension between cartoons and politics. Khanduri’s new book, “Caricaturing Culture in India: Cartoons and History in the Modern World (Cambridge University Press),” interweaves a history of the making of the profession of cartooning in India with a parallel narrative of a refusal to laugh.

Conference highlights minority, police relations

There has been a lot of talk across the country about growing tensions between law enforcement and minority communities, KXAS/NBC 5 reported. Last week, police chiefs and community leaders met at UT Arlington to discuss improving relations with officers. U.S. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, D-Dallas, organized the forum.

Student participates in MLK day of service

A Fort Worth Star-Telegram article detailed how people honoring the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. have made the King holiday into a day of service. “I think he would be proud that people are using his holiday to serve others,” said UT Arlington student Alyssa Dequeant, who participated in community service Monday with members of her campus group, Sigma Alpha Lambda. KXAS/NBC 5 also reported on UT Arlington students who volunteered to serve in the community Monday.

Physicist featured in Maverick Speakers Series

The Maverick Speakers Series at UT Arlington will present Michio Kaku: Physics and the Future on Thursday, Feb. 19 at Texas Hall, CultureMap Dallas noted. Dr. Kaku is one of the most widely renowned contemporary figures in science. His particular area of specialty is Einstein’s unified field theory, which Dr. Kaku is attempting to complete.