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UTA In The News — Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

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STEM partnership

WBAP/820 AM (ABC Radio) interviewed UT Arlington President Vistasp Karbhari about the University’s partnership with the Arlington Independent School District in launching a STEM Academy at Martin High School. The move also strengthens the University’s partnership with the city of Arlington. “The city becomes a true partner in the rise of the University,” Karbhari said. “We’re on a steep slope in terms of what we’ve been able to do in a very short period of time and that is of a tremendous benefit to the city as well.” The program aims to give students who want a degree in science, technology, engineering or math a clear path toward that goal. KLIF/570 AM broadcast a similar report.

Pothole data

KTVT/CBS 11 interviewed Gautam Das, professor and head of the Database Exploration Laboratory in the UT Arlington Department of Computer Science and Engineering, about a patent for technology filed for by Google that would allow it to map and report the locations of potholes using a car’s GPS navigation system. “Just like GPS is telling the world where you exist, a bump is telling when [your car] goes up and down,” said Das, noting that sensors in a person’s car would trigger at each bump. That data would then be sent to satellites and back to Google’s operating system. “I think it’s going to be very accurate. It’s also going to be very cheap,” Das said. Similar versions of the story also appeared online at and on-air at KRLD/1080 AM (CBS Radio).

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Treasure in a landfill

NPR affiliate KERA 90.1 FM and the station's Breakthroughs blog featured Sahadat Hossain, a UT Arlington civil engineering professor, in a story about research that he and Melanie Sattler, an associate professor of civil engineering, are working on to boost methane production in landfills, turning trash into energy at the city of Denton landfill.

Paper addresses MOOC cheating

Science Blog, Harvard Gazette and MIT News quoted George Siemens, executive director of the Learning Innovation and Networked Knowledge Lab at UTA, in a post about an MIT and Harvard study that identifies a new method of cheating specific to Massive Open Online Courses. “This paper addresses a growing challenge as higher education digitizes: ensuring that the work that students do is their work,” said Siemens, who was not involved in the research.

UTA recognized, the San Antonio Express-News website, reported that UT Arlington is among 125 schools nationwide recognized for its undergraduate student impact by Purposeful Networks, formerly known as myActions. In announcing the recipients of its Student Action Awards for the 2015 spring semester, UTA was named a gold level school. The Student Actions Awards celebrate student leadership, student activities and initiatives. Recognition is awarded on four different levels: green, silver, gold and platinum.

Hispanic Network lauds UTA

Hispanic PR Blog reported that UT Arlington is among the nation’s best educational institutions for Latinos, Latinas, Hispanics and Native Americans, according to the 2015 Best of the Best list compiled by Hispanic Network Magazine.

Scholar named

Jasmine Lucero, a UT Arlington senior industrial engineering major, has been named a Great Minds in STEM Class of 2015 Hispanic Engineer National Achievement Awards Corporation (HENAAC) Scholar, Digital Journal and several other media outlets reported. Lucero will receive a merit-based scholarship sponsored by Chevron at the 27th HENAAC STEM Career Conference in Pasadena, Calif., in October. In all, 107 scholarship winners were selected from an applicant pool of more than 1,400 students.

Wrestling photo exhibit

The Von Erich wrestling family, who D Magazine wrote about in one of its 40 greatest stories, features prominently in a new photo exhibition at The University of Texas at Arlington. Ringside: Memories of World Class Championship Wrestling includes photos from North Texas’ wrestling heyday, most of them taken at matches at the Will Rogers Coliseum in Fort Worth in 1982 and 1983, D Magazine Frontburner reported.