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UTA In The News — Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

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Science education research

The Chromatography Online blog, LCGC, published a post by Kevin Schug, associate professor and Shimadzu Distinguished Professor of Analytical Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry at UT Arlington, about the disconnect between science research and science education research.

Wearable devices

Wireless Design, MCAD Café, Digital Producer magazine, the Phoenix Business Journal and several other media organizations reported on the 2015 International Microwave Symposium being held May 17-22 at the Phoenix Convention Center. During the symposium, J.-C. Chiao, a UT Arlington electrical engineering professor, will present a session about wearable devices utilizing microwaves. A key focus of the event is a Wireless Pavilion featuring emerging wearable electronics that utilize RF and microwave technologies.

Optical Society honor

Baohong Yuan, a UT Arlington associate professor of bioengineering, has been named a new senior member of the Optical Society,, EnhancedOnlineNews,, Digital Journal and many other media outlets reported. The Optical Society Board of Directors approved 135 senior members for the Class of 2015. Among other accomplishments, the distinction recognizes a member’s experience and professional service in the field of optics and photonics.

Assessing the risks

A new study led by Arne Winguth, associate professor of earth and environmental sciences at UT Arlington, finds a high likelihood that extreme storms and higher precipitation will lead to transportation disruption and widespread damage to roads, railways and airport runways in the Dallas-Fort Worth region by the end of the 21st century, ScienceNewsline, ScienceDaily and reported.

Digital higher education

A new study led by George Siemens, director of the UT Arlington Learning Innovation and Networked Knowledge Lab, provides a foundation for the future of digital higher education, Continuing Ed Update reported. Siemens said he hopes the study will help colleges to make smart decisions, based on research and evidence, about their digital campuses.

Ideal market

2e Creative, Inc., a full-service creative agency based in St. Louis, Mo., with expertise in healthcare, science, and technology, will expand to the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex to launch a new strategic PR and corporate communications service, the St. Louis Business Journal reported. The Dallas-Fort Worth area has become an ideal market for the health care, medical device and biotech industries, fueled by local institutions like the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and research universities that include the University of North Texas, the University of Texas at Dallas, and The University of Texas at Arlington. 

International reach

Costa Rican news site,, noted UT Arlington in an article about Universidad San Marcos efforts to develop students’ creativity, idea generation and entrepreneurial spirit through distance education. USAM, through its membership in The Ilumno Network, offers international certifications through collaborations with several institutions, including UT Arlington.

Campaign analysis

KXAS/NBC 5 interviewed Allan Saxe, a UT Arlington associate professor of political science, about the political campaign that resulted in victory for Mayor-elect Jeff Williams. Saxe said Williams, a local businessman, got the right people and right groups behind him, got his name and campaign signs out early, and likely got a boost by supporting the ban on red light cameras, which the majority of voters also supported. “So all those things came together and then he campaigned very hard,” Saxe said.

Artist awarded

Stephen Lapthisophon, guest curator and visiting assistant professor of art in the UT Arlington Department of Art + Art History, has been named a 2015 Awards to Artists recipient by the Dallas Museum of Art, reported. Lapthisophon received the Otis and Velma Davis Dozier Travel Grant.  

Doctoral program

Your Valley reported that Cristina Villalobos, a President’s Endowed Professor in the Department of Mathematics at UT-Pan American, has been elected a member of the Board of Directors of the Society for Advancement of Hispanics/Chicanos and Native Americans in Science. Villalobos hopes to provide more opportunities for Latinos in STEM. She said she encourages her students to pursue higher education and helps them apply to summer research programs. Many of her students have enrolled in Ph.D. programs at The University of Texas at Arlington among other institutions.