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UTA In The News — Monday, October 26, 2015

Monday, October 26, 2015

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International honor

David Nygren, a UTA physicist and member of the National Academy of Sciences, is one of two recipients of a new instrumentation award from the American Physical Society for his widespread and lifelong contributions in the field of particle physics, Fort Worth Business reported. Nygren is the Presidential Distinguished Professor of Physics in UTA’s College of Science. He developed the Time Projection Chamber in 1974 to enable accurate and complete capture of results when high-energy particles collide.

Faculty excellence

UT Arlington physics professor Kaushik De has been elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society for his work in developing cloud computing architectures that enabled global collaboration and big data analysis on the ATLAS experiment at CERN, Fort Worth Business reported. CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research’s laboratory near Geneva, Switzerland, is where scientists discovered the Higgs boson or “God particle” in 2012.

Computational fact-checking

"A call to arms to the computing and journalism communities" can be found in a paper on computational fact-checking presented two weeks ago at the Computation+Journalism symposium, a Poynter.org blog reported. Naeemul Hassan of The University of Texas at Arlington and Bill Adair of Duke University presented ‘Claimbuster.’ The paper calls for greater collaboration between computer scientists and journalists on the challenge of computational fact-checking. The basic premise behind all these efforts is that human fact-checkers are unable to sift through zettabytes of content unaided by technology. What makes Claimbuster different from other tools is that it appears essentially ready for fruitful deployment in a traditional fact-checking organization.

Campus carry discussions

Texas public university campuses are conducting open carry discussions now to refine how they will comply with the law in fall 2016, when it will go into effect, The Dallas Morning News reported in a pro-con op-ed piece. The campus carry law would allow concealed handgun license holders to carry concealed handguns on campus. The DMN produced a video interviewing several UT Arlington professors, students and administrators about the issue. A DMN opinion blog asked for both sides to listen to one another.

Computing norms and trends

Representatives from Ayoka Systems, an Arlington-based software firm, spoke to UTA computer science students about industry norms and trends, Virtual Strategy Magazine reported. Company representatives visited UTA's Association for Computing Machinery members. ACM is the largest education and scientific computing society.

State of the City

Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams spoke of new plans under way to collaborate with The University of Texas at Arlington in his first State of the City address, a Fort Worth Star-Telegram column reported. The collaboration was one of many topics the new mayor emphasized.

Innovation Day

Eighteen high school and collegiate teams presented miniature prototype vehicles at Innovation Day at UTA, KRTV 3 in Montana reported. There also was a technology showcase which included everything from a social interaction robot to a full-scale formula car. Innovation Day at UTA also featured speakers that outlined ways of commercializing inventions.