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UTA In The News — Thursday, October 29, 2015

Thursday, October 29, 2015

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Getting personal

Political candidates often invoke coming-to-religion stories to connect with evangelical voters, Ozy reported. Jason Shelton, UTA associate professor of sociology, was quoted in the piece saying, “It humanizes them. It speaks to this notion of Christianity as part of our identity as a nation.”

Company layoffs

Research by Deepak Datta, UTA management professor and the Eunice and James L. West Chair of Private Enterprise and Entrepreneurship, was mentioned in a Mundo Ejecutivo article exploring whether layoffs are the right solution during a financial crisis. Datta and his colleagues examined data from 122 companies that made massive layoffs and statistically analyzed whether the measure had improved their profitability.

Cybersecurity research

Jingguo Wang, associate professor in the UTA College of Business, was quoted in a Network World article about his recent cybersecurity research into financial institution's employee behavior on the corporate network. While many countermeasures for external attacks are in place, "the insider threat is clearly a challenge for organizations," Wang said.

Smart healthcare

The UTA Smart Care Apartment was mentioned in a Real Clear Markets article about the tech revolution currently happening in healthcare. The high-tech apartment features "health-tracking technology built into the appliances, furniture and even the floor."

Budget deal

KHOW/630 AM interviewed Allan Saxe, UTA associate professor of political science, about the latest budget deal passed by the House of Representatives. Saxe also discussed last night’s Republican presidential candidate debate with WBAP/820 AM.

Alumnus spotlight

Yahoo! Finance,, The Canadian Business Journal and various other media outlets reported alumnus Mekonnen "Mack" Asrat has been named Senior Vice President and CFO of SGI, a global leader in high performance solutions for compute, data analytics and data management. Asrat earned a Master of Professional Accounting degree from UTA.

Alumna spotlight

The Mid-Valley Town Crier profiled Elizabeth Alaniz, Weslaco ISD’s director of professional learning. Alaniz earned a Master of Education in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from UTA in 2011.

Police chief candidate

Malik Aziz, currently deputy chief in the Dallas Police Department, is one of three candidates for Tuscan Police Chief, reported. Aziz earned a bachelor’s degree in criminology and criminal justice from UTA.

New board member

Dale K. Fitch has been named a board member of Welcome Home Inc., a temporary shelter/transitional living facility and supportive services provider for homeless veterans in Columbia, the Columbia Daily Tribune reported. Fitch earned a master’s degree and doctorate in social work from UTA.