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UTA In The News — Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

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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, Civil + Structural Engineer 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.

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, reported. Nygren and Radeka received the award during the APS "New Technologies for Discovery" Workshop Monday at UTA.

Improving health care

A University of Texas at Arlington researcher has received a grant for nearly $1 million that will enable him to build a robotic nursing assistant designed to assist nurses and other healthcare providers with routine duties, reported. Dan Popa, an associate professor in the Electrical Engineering Department, received the National Science Foundation grant for the three-year project that partners with the UT Arlington College of Nursing and Health Innovation, Texas Health Resources and the UT Arlington Research Institute. AUVSI News reported a similar story.

Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition

The Smithsonian newsdesk reported that UT Arlington Assistant Professor of Art and Art History Sedrick Huckaby has been named a finalist in a national competition hosted by the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. Huckaby is one of seven finalists in the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition and his work will be included in a juried exhibition set to open in Washington, D.C., on March 12, 2016. The first-prize winner will receive $25,000, as well as a commission to create a portrait of a living individual for the museum’s permanent collection. Winners will be announced March 10.

Much ado about Yik Yak

Motherboard published a piece by Oliver Bateman, UT Arlington assistant professor of history, about his students obsession with Yik Yak, an anonymous sharing app that allows users in close proximity to share information with one another. After surveying 92 of his students, Bateman concluded: “It’s far too early to know whether Yik Yak represents a genuine shift in communication or merely a passing, fatigued reaction to the burden of identity construction in late capitalist society. In either case, these Yik Yak users appear to be invoking two of the most quintessentially American of desires: the right to speak freely, and the right to be left alone.”

Wrestling exhibit

KERA noted a new wrestling exhibit at the UT Arlington Libraries in its look at five stories that have North Texas talking.

Alumni's new role

The San Francisco Symphony announced on Monday that UT Arlington alumnus Matthew Spivey has been named its new director of artistic planning, the San Francisco Classical Voice reported. Spivey earned an executive MBA from UT Arlington.

Bed Races

The longest-running tradition at UT Arlington, the 35th Annual Bed Races, continues tonight at Maverick Stadium, KTVT/CBS 11 reported. Teams of up to five students will push beds on wheels while decked out in creative costumes.

Trash into treasure

A Fort Worth Star-Telegram article on learning to make compost interviewed James Darling, UT Arlington’s composter. Darling collects organic kitchen waste, coffee grounds and leaves from the 420-acre campus to make compost that goes back into the UTA landscape and a community garden nearby.