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UTA In The News — Thursday, February 19, 2015

Thursday, February 19, 2015

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Protein interactions research

GenomeWeb interviewed Saiful Chowdhury, assistant professor in the UT Arlington Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, about National Institutes of Health funding that he received to study protein-protein interactions in toll-like receptors signaling. "Finding [target protein-protein] interactions in large-scale data is equal to finding a needle in a haystack," Chowdhury said. To address these issues, he and his team are setting out to develop novel mass spectrometry-cleavable cross-linkers designed to be more compact and effective than standard ones. At the same time, he and his team are working on software better suited to analyzing the datasets from systems-level protein-interaction studies. A similar report appeared in News-Medical.net.

Biologist honored with lifetime achievement

UT Arlington biology professor emeritus Robert McMahon will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Invasive Species Council, SeedQuest reported.

Immigration talk

WTKS/1290 AM (Savannah, GA) interviewed Allan Saxe, UT Arlington associate professor of political science, about a federal judge’s temporary block of President Obama’s executive order on immigration that could spare from deportation as many as 5 million people who are in the U.S. illegally. The president vowed to appeal the court ruling. “I think the 5th Circuit, which is a very conservative circuit, will uphold this preliminary injunction,” Saxe said.

UTA artist featured

D Magazine reported on five new art gallery openings in Dallas, including one by Stephen Lapthisophon, a UT Arlington visiting assistant professor. He’s working with artists Jeff Gibbons and Vincent Ramos at Conduit Gallery. The magazine said: Lapthisophon is somewhat of a godfather figure to a lot of the artists around town, many of whom you can recognize by a kind of conceptually grounded practice that is driven by deep references or invisible allusions.

Car-sharing program

KXTX 39/Telemundo Dallas reported on the new car-sharing program that launched this month at UT Arlington through the Institute of Sustainability and Global Impact. The program is aimed at improving the quality of life by reducing traffic congestion and making it easier for students to get around town.

Renowned physicist

KERA’s Art and Seek, the Dallas Observer and IrvingTexas.com noted that Michio Kaku, renowned physicist and face of The Science Channel, will lecture tonight at 7:30 p.m. at UT Arlington as part of the University’s Maverick Speakers Series. His particular area of specialty is Einstein’s unified field theory, which Dr. Kaku is attempting to complete.