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UTA In The News — Friday, January 29, 2016

Friday, January 29, 2016

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UTA inventors

With three new National Academy of Inventors fellows, UTA is one step closer to becoming a Tier One university, Fort Worth Weekly reported. The story said: “When Vistasp Karbhari became president of The University of Texas at Arlington in 2013, he made it clear that he wanted the school to be categorized as Tier One, a status afforded to nationally recognized research facilities such as Texas A&M University, Rice University and the University of Texas at Austin. He is now three steps closer to achieving that goal.”

Research dollars growing

Research spending at UTA and UT Dallas is more robust and growing fast, according to an editorial in The Dallas Morning News that discussed the need to boost research efforts in North Texas in the context of the UT System Chancellor Bill McCraven’s plan to expand the UT System into Houston.

Return policies

Research by Narayan Janakiraman, UTA assistant professor of marketing, was cited in a Huffington Post article on the psychology of store returns. He discovered that the longer a store allows its customers to return something after purchasing, the less likely they are to ever actually return it. The article previously appeared earlier this week in New York Magazine.

Safer cold therapy

UTA and UT Austin researchers are designing safer cryotherapy devices to minimize tissue and nerve damage, Phys.org, Medical Design Technologies and Bionity.com reported. Risks to exposed skin and blood vessels constricted by temperatures of 50 degrees Fahrenheit or below can be severe, leading in some cases to nerve and tissue damage, neuropathy and more serious impacts on the treated limb.

Shockwave research

BioNews Texas reported on UTA Bioengineering Chair Michael Cho’s $1.24 million navy grant to show how shockwaves injure the brains of soldiers in battle. The article also mentioned the recent appointment of Jon Weidanz, whose field of expertise is in cancer diagnostic and treatment products, as associate vice president for research and professor of biology to strengthen the school’s health science initiatives.

Saxe on debate

Allan Saxe, UTA associate professor of political science, was interviewed by WLIF 101.9 FM (Baltimore, Md.), WBAP 820 AM and KRLD 1080 AM on last night’s political debate. “Marco Rubio stood out very well, but a lot of people are looking at Jeb Bush,” Saxe said. “Jeb Bush in the end may make some moves.” 

MOOC focus

UTA's George Siemens was quoted in an Inside Higher Ed report on Coursera's decision to charge learners in some massive open online courses up front. Siemens, executive director of the Learning Innovation and Networked Knowledge or LINK lab, said that the company is “playing a short-term venture capital game” instead of focusing on the larger goal of improving access to education.

Cavanagh's works

The Kandinsky Trio will perform works by UTA music professor Dan Cavanagh at the University of Oklahoma School of Music on Feb. 5, Edmondsun.com reported. The Kandinsky Trio is one of this country’s most enduring chamber music residencies at historic Roanoke College with over a thousand concerts of high caliber chamber music throughout the United States, Europe and Canada.

Jazz composition

The Texas Jazz Education Association (TJEA) Feb. 2016 Newsletter included an article about UTA’s new Masters of Music in Jazz Composition, to begin in Fall 2016. The new Masters will allow the students intensive, one-on-one studies with music professor Dan Cavanagh.

UTA alum appointed

UTA alumna Laura Sullivan has been appointed by Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder to the Flint Water Interagency Coordinating Committee to set in place long-term solutions to Flint’s water system, RealEstateRama and Michigan.gov reported. Sullivan earned a master’s degree and a doctorate in materials science and engineering from UTA.

UTA alum on panel

UTA alumna Amanda Kalesky is participating on the Feb. 9 Dallas Architecture Forum panel to discuss “The Social Initiative,” UptownBubbleLife reported. Kalesky completed her master of architecture degree at UTA in 2011.

NASA memorial mentions Chawla

UTA alumna and astronaut Kalpana Chawla was mentioned in KTVT/CBS 11 article on NASA’s memorial services for astronauts who died in shuttle accidents.