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UTA In The News — Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

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International honor

The inaugural American Physical Society Division of Particles and Fields Instrumentation Award has been presented jointly to David Nygren, the UT Arlington Presidential Distinguished Professor of Physics, and scientist Veljko Radeka of the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory, eScience News and Newswise reported. Nygren and Radeka received the award during the APS "New Technologies for Discovery" Workshop yesterday at UTA.

Evaluating natural resources

A UT Arlington researcher is developing a comprehensive, reliability-based framework to analyze North Texas dams and detect damage from seismic activity, Informed Infrastructure reported. Anand Puppala, a professor of civil engineering and associate dean for research in UT Arlington’s College of Engineering, is overseeing a three-year, $1 million project from the Tarrant Regional Water District to analyze data taken at the Eagle Mountain Lake dam, which he will then use to create a framework that future investigators can use to determine if a dam has sustained damage from earthquakes.

Harnessing big data

Healio reported that Heng Huang, a professor in the UTA Department of Computer Science and Engineering, has won a $2 million National Institutes of Health grant to investigate the possibility of predicting whether a person is predisposed to develop Alzheimer’s disease by analyzing complex genomics data.

Improving health care

RE2 Inc., a leading developer of robotic manipulator arms, is collaborating with UT Arlington to build a robotic nurse assistant for the National Science Foundation, Yahoo! Finance (UK & Ireland), BioSpace,, Digital Journal, Sys-Con Media, Pittsburgh Business Times and other media outlets reported.  

Life science commercialization

In a story about efforts by biotech companies, entrepreneurs, academic institutions and others to boost life science commercialization in the Dallas-Fort Worth region, noted the Texas Medical Research Collaborative at UT Arlington’s Research Institute in Fort Worth.

Analytical chemistry expert cited

WLS/ABC 7 (Chicago) interviewed Kevin Schug, UT Arlington’s Shimadzu Distinguished Professor of Analytical Chemistry, for an investigation involving Illinois state crime labs. The report uncovered a pattern of forensic failures that could put criminal cases in jeopardy and risk thousands of drunk driving charges and convictions being thrown out. Schug recently wrote an article for an online toxicology magazine about Illinois' lack of "due diligence." "You simply don't do analytical chemistry without validating your methods and people have known that for many, many years," Schug said. "It certainly could affect justice, it could be false positives, it could be false negatives, there's just a lack of data to verify that the data is reliable."

Campus Carry

KXAS/NBC 5 reported from UTA for a story about colleges preparing for the campus carry law that will allow licensed Texans to carry concealed handguns in campus buildings. In a related story, the Huffington Post reported that Texas professors say allowing guns in class will inhibit free speech.

DISD AlumNow!

Michele Bobadilla, senior associate vice president for Outreach Services and Community Engagement and assistant provost for Hispanic Student Success at UT Arlington, was profiled for AlumNow!, a feature of the Dallas ISD online newsroom site, The Hub. Bobadilla graduated from DISD’s Woodrow Wilson High School.

Sundays at the Symphony

The Dallas Morning News blog, Your Northwest Dallas County, reported that the New Philharmonic Orchestra of Irving, Sergio Espinosa, conductor, opens its 28th annual “Sundays at the Symphony” season Oct. 18 with jazz and classical music from African-American composers. The UTA Jazz Orchestra, Tim Ishii, director, will join the New Philharmonic on the Irving Art Center’s Carpenter Hall stage. Espinosa is an associate professor of music at UTA. Ishii has been director of Jazz Studies at UTA since 2004.

Alumni's new position,,, and other media outlets noted the addition of 13 associates to Thompson & Knight LLP in Texas. New attorneys in the Dallas office include UT Arlington alumnus Matthew Cornelia, who will specialize in intellectual property.