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UTA In The News — Friday, October 16, 2015

Friday, October 16, 2015

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Free online courses

Pranesh Aswath, professor and an associate dean in the UTA College of Engineering, was mentioned in a Houston Chronicle article about the UT System’s decision to debut free online classes, becoming he largest public university system to do so. Aswath, who won a grant to teach an intro course to almost 30,000 students, said he hoped the free online course could help reduce the number of engineering students who switch majors.

Helping gloves

The UTA Research Institute has developed two prototype gloves to heal hands faster, WBRC/FOX (Birmingham, Ala.), KFOX (El Paso) and KTBC/FOX (Austin) reported. The Rehab Glove improves hand function after stroke or surgery and the ReHeal Glove delivers topical therapies to severely burned hands. The story originally aired on KTVT/CBS 11.

Cybersecurity research

NSF.gov and Phys.org reported that Jingguo Wang, a UTA associate professor in the Information Systems and Operations Management Department, and the University of Buffalo received a NSF grant for cybersecurity research looking to guard networks from "insider threats."

Middle East politics

The Israeli government must respond to Arab citizens of Israel, as well as Palestinians outside the borders, before the country can find peace wrote Brent Sasley, UTA associate professor professor of political science, in a Foreign Affairs opinion piece.

UTA professor addresses IEEE conference

Gautam Das, UTA professor of Computer Science and Engineering, recently spoke at the IEEE Power, Communication and Information Technology conference in India, The New Indian Express and The Pioneer reported.

L.A. museum review

Mark Lamster, architecture critic for The Dallas Morning News and professor in practice in the UTA College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs, reviewed the new Broad Museum in Los Angeles, which is said to look like a cheese grater.

Aswath honored

TheFabricator.com reported the 2015 ASM International Class of Fellows was honored at an awards dinner recognizing members' distinguished contributions to materials science, engineering, or manufacturing. Pranesh Aswath, professor and an associate dean in the UTA College of Engineering, was among the honorees.

UTA to participate in showcase

YourHoustonNews.com reported that the Russian Cultural Center will present the 9th Annual Russian Documentary Showcase “Images of Russia” in collaboration with six Texas universities, including UTA.

Tuition friendly

A Dallas Morning News guest column by James Huffines, former chairman of the UT System Board of Regents, applauded the UT System’s decision to allow its 14 institutions to propose modest tuition increases. The column notes that UTA is among a handful of Texas universities working toward Tier 1 status, making the University a crucial piece of the regional infrastructure.