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UTA In The News — Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

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Among the nation's best

Value Colleges named UTA to the top three best values for online graduate education in 2016, Reuters, Bloomberg Business, KFMB CBS 8 in San Diego, WAND 17 NBC in Decatur, Ill., KTVN CBS 2 in Reno, Nev. and many other media outlets around the country reported. UTA joined the University of Houston and Purdue University to grab the top three spots. The ranking, which listed the top 50 values in the nation, highlights the online Master of Education degree programs that provide the best possible balance between cost and quality.

Cancer cell detection

A team of UTA researchers has demonstrated a novel cancer cell detection method based on real time cell behavior tracking on engineered surfaces, The Oncology Nurse, Medical Design Technology and Iran Daily reported. A synthetic RNA molecule is coated on chip surface to identify cancer cells. Samir Iqbal, a UTA electrical engineering professor, said, "The initial results that are shown here hold great potential for applications like cancer screening. A multiple chip-based device targeting several proteins can lead to a generic cancer diagnostic platform."

Education appreciation

After 25 years as an aerospace engineer at Lockheed Martin, UTA graduate Roel Peña has entered a Smith Middle School classroom in Cleburne as a sixth-grade science teacher and has loved every minute, the Cleburne Times Review reported. “I’ve loved rockets since as long as I can remember,” said Peña, who earned his bachelor’s degree from The University of Texas at Arlington. “At the time, only three schools in Texas offered an aerospace degree: Texas A&M, The University of Texas and UTA,” Peña said. “UTA gave me the best school package so I went there.”

Pipeline explosion

Mohammad Najafi, a UTA civil engineering professor and the director of the Center for Underground Infrastructure Research and Education, reviewed a state report explaining what happened at a DeWitt County pipeline explosion in June 2015, the EagleFordTexas.com website reported. The article originally appeared in the Victoria Advocate. Overall, it appeared the line failed because of installation defects, Najafi said. 

Understanding relationships

A study led by UTA psychology researcher Eric Russell sheds new light on why many heterosexual women develop close friendships with gay men, KPPC 89.3's AirTalk in Pasadena, Calif., reported. Russell highlighted the importance of the study with host Larry Mantle. Russell, a graduate teaching assistant in the UTA Department of Psychology, says there has never been an empirical study of the circumstances that drive such relationships until now.