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UTA In The News — Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

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SMART bandage

Healio Family Medicine listed UTA’s ‘SMART’ bandage as their top news story of the month. A novel therapeutic tool, the Sensing, Monitoring and Release of Therapeutics bandage system will allow health care providers to better monitor and help heal complex wounds more quickly. 

Simplifying blood sugar testing

Kyungsuk Yum, UTA assistant professor of materials science and engineering, is building an internal nanotechnology device to simplify blood sugar testing, Nanotechnology Now, AZO Nano and Medical Design Technology Magazine 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.

Hydraulic fracking

A UTA study that found well water contamination near oil and natural gas drilling sites where hydraulic fracking was used was cited by WFAA News 8 and KRHD 40 (Waco) in an investigative story about the decision of two Texan families to sue oil and gas drilling companies for contamination of their water wells.

Understanding social norms

A new study led by UTA psychology researcher Eric Russell sheds new light on why many heterosexual women develop close friendships with gay men, Medical Express, Science Daily and Science Codex reported. Russell, a graduate teaching assistant in the Department of Psychology, says there has never been an empirical study of the circumstances that drive such relationships until now.

Lawmakers' workload

Allan Saxe, UTA associate professor of political science, discussed the end of the year rush for lawmakers on KOGO 600 AM (San Diego, Calif.) “Congress has been on vacation, and it’s going to be very difficult for them to get everything they need to do done in the next 15 days.” Saxe said. 

International Career Day

UTA is hosting the World Affairs Council’s International career day for North Texas high school students on Dec. 2, The Dallas Morning News reported. The Council has registered 850 students from 40 North Texas high schools, who will hear from professionals in many international fields including diplomacy, education, humanitarian missions, business and law. 

Alumnus in the spotlight

UTA alumnus Alan Dettlaff has been named dean of the University of Houston’s Graduate College of Social Work, Out Smart Magazine reported. Detlaff earned his Ph.D. in social work from UTA.