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UTA In The News — Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

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Medical technologies

Kyungsuk Yum, UTA assistant professor of materials science and engineering, is building an internal nanotechnology device to simplify blood sugar testing, Nanowerk and HealthCanal reported. Yum’s innovation depends on an injectable, near-infrared optical biosensor nanotube that would read a person’s blood glucose constantly and an optical glucose scanner that can access the data collected by nanotube.

Health sciences

UTA has appointed Dr. Jon Weidanz associate vice president for research and professor of biology, Fort Worth Business and the Dallas Business Journal reported. Dr. Weidanz is the founding chairman of the department of immunotherapeutics and biotechnology in the School of Pharmacy at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. 

Artistic inspiration

FD, the luxury lifestyles magazine published by The Dallas Morning News, has named assistant film professor Ya'Ke Smith, "one to watch" in 2016.

'Texas' crazy

Laurel Stvan, UTA associate professor of linguistics, published an article on Blogging for the ELT Community about an interesting phenomenon in Norway, where the word “Texas” is slang for crazy. For several years Norwegians have used the word “Texas” to describe a situation that is chaotic, out of control or excitingly unpredictable. The piece originally appeared in The Conversation.

Lawmaking rush

Allan Saxe, UTA associate professor of political science, discussed the end of the year rush for lawmakers on KTKS FM104 in Cocoa Beach, Fla., reported. “They are like my students, who need to complete their papers, but they should be more diligent,” Saxe said. 

Philanthropic support

UTA named Rosalinda “Rose” Youngblood, a senior development director at Baylor University, as the assistant vice president for development and university initiatives, Fort Worth Business reported. During her decade with Baylor’s Office of University Development, Youngblood has been a leader in managing the university’s frontline development staff and a program that raises more than $100 million annually.

Industry partnerships

The National Association of Sewer Service Companies is planning to improve its training initiatives by building relationships with academic institutions like UTA, Municipal Sewer and Water reported. The association plans to build links with UTA’s Center for Underground Infrastructure, Research and Education. 

Musical mission

Josh Bailey, UTA alumnus and Yellowhammer High School band director, is featured in a Texas Monthly article about the success of this tiny school band, which competed in the state final competitions. Bailey, who studied music at UTA, is leading a band where two dozen kids put on the kind of show usually performed by hundreds.