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UTA In The News — Thursday, December 3, 2015

Thursday, December 3, 2015

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Glucose reading device

Kyungsuk Yum, UTA assistant professor of materials science and engineering, is developing an internal nanotechnology device to simplify blood sugar testing, Science and Enterprise, and 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.

Friendship rationale

A new study led by UTA psychology researcher Eric Russell that sheds new light on why many heterosexual women develop close friendships with gay men is garnering international attention, with coverage now appearing in Britain’s Daily Mail, Gay Star News, Medical Daily and PsychCentral. 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.

UTA men's team

The UTA men’s basketball team aims to bounce back against North Texas, the Star-Telegram reported. UTA (5-2) has more offensive rebounds than any team in the nation, an impressive feat for a team that doesn’t have a player taller than 6-foot-8. They get another chance to get back on track with the revival of their local rivalry with North Texas at 7 p.m. Thursday at the College Park Center.

Alum honored

Kelcy Warren, CEO and chairman of the board of Energy Transfer Partners, has been selected for a 2016 Horatio Alger Award, given to those who come from “humble” backgrounds but go on to achieve “success and the fulfillment of their dreams,” The Dallas Morning News reported. Warren earned his undergraduate degree in civil engineering from UTA and has become a billionaire entrepreneur in the oil sector.

Legendary photograph

A 1921 photograph of legendary cattleman Charles Goodnight from the UTA Libraries collection was featured in a Star-Telegram article on Goodnight’s links to Texas. Goodnight liked to say he was born the same year as the Republic of Texas — 1836 — and “joined” Texas when his family moved from Illinois to Milam County in 1845, the year of Texas statehood.

Mixed-use development

Dallas-based developers Catalyst Urban Development and LandPlan Development have landed the capital needed to develop 101 Center, an upscale, urban mixed-use development planned for a 2.35-acre tract two blocks from the UTA campus, The Dallas Business Journal, Dallas citybizlist and Multifamilybiz reported.

Day of Remembrance

Mothers Against Drunk Driving will host a local Day of Remembrance event Thursday, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. in the Maverick Activities Center at UTA, Wylie News reported. Events are taking place Thursday in cities across the country to commemorate the hundreds of thousands of people impacted by drunk and drugged driving and underage drinking.