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UTA In The News — Thursday, November 12, 2015

Thursday, November 12, 2015

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Heart of the Matter

KXAS/NBC 5 interviewed Beth Mancini, senior associate dean in the UTA College of Nursing and Health Innovation, about the 2015 American Heart Association Guidelines Update for CPR that she helped to develop. The story also appears online at

Future of Robots

Scientists at The University of Texas at Arlington Research Institute are researching the future of robots and how they can make life easier for all of us, KTVT/CBS 11 reported. Researchers Mike McNair and Cody Lundberg of UTARI have been programming and studying the use of the PR2 robot, which was manufactured in California. The story also appears online at

Robotic convoys

The U.S. Department of Transportation has done some work with robotic convoys, Mike McNair, autonomous and intelligent systems director at The University of Texas at Arlington Research Institute, or UTARI, said in an article in Unmanned Systems. He added that interest in driverless convoys is international as Japan, Germany, Sweden and others all have significant ongoing work with driverless truck convoy research.

Positron beam

Researchers at The University of Texas at Arlington are developing a next generation positron beam facility that will enable them to analyze the properties of advanced materials for future electronics applications such as ultra compact high-speed computers and ultra small high-powered batteries, Chromatography Techniques reported.

REHEAL glove

Houston Public Radio station, KUHF 88.7 FM, reported on the REHEAL glove, a specialized glove developed at the UTA Research Institute that can deliver medicine to an injured hand to help speed up healing time and make the process less painful. Principal research scientist Muthu Wijesundara is interviewed in the story that initially aired on Dallas NPR affiliate KERA/90.1 FM.

New meanings

The Conversation published an op-ed by Laurel Stvan, associate professor and chair of the Department of Linguistics & TESOL at UTA, which addressed the use of the word “Texas” as slang for “crazy.” 

Social media for good

Susanna Khavul, an associate professor of management in the UTA College of Business, said social media sites such as GoFundMe have created an environment where it is easy to provide information without going to a great deal of expense, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.

Future of business

The lively and clearly brilliant dean of the UTA College of Business engaged an audience and created a buzz about the future of business during the 23rd Annual Women’s Business Luncheon and Eagle Awards presentation, reported. The Fort Worth Metropolitan Black Chamber of Commerce hosted the event last month.

Time Frames

A Fort Worth Star-Telegram Time Frames piece on Veterans Day noted that The University of Texas at Arlington Libraries offer a rich and diverse collection of materials on the history of Texas and the Southwest.

New role for alumnus

The Synergy IE blog reported that UTA alumnus Carmelo D’Anzi has been named the new vice president of sales for Synergy WorldWide Europe. He has 11 years of sales and marketing experience from working in various executive capacities throughout Europe, the U.S., and Latin America. D’Anzi earned his international business degree from UTA.