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UTA In The News — Monday, February 1, 2016

Monday, February 1, 2016

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Measuring brain performance

Dr. George Kondraske, director of UTA's Human Performance Institute, worked with Pittsburg company RC21X to develop a web-based tool used to assess brain performance following trauma, RC21X executives told WPXI NBC5 (Pittsburg, Pa.). The tool is already used by sports teams to assess athletes following concussions.

Fine art

The work of Sedrick Huckaby, UTA assistant professor of fine arts, and his graduate student Spencer Evans are both featured in an exhibit mounted by the Multicultural Arts Alliance at the George W. Bush Presidential Library to celebrate Black History Month, KXAS NBC 5 reported. The exhibit features local African-American artists.

Cruz campaign

Rebecca Deen, UTA chair of political science, was quoted in a Dallas Observer article analyzing Ted Cruz’ campaign heading into the Iowa caucuses. "Iowa was where, of the first two contests, you would've thought [Cruz] would've done the best against Trump," said Deen. "And then Trump gets the Palin endorsement...which definitely doesn't help Cruz in creating the impression that all of the Tea Partiers and all of the evangelicals are behind him."

Super Tuesday primary

Allan Saxe, UTA associate professor of political science, discussed the upcoming March 1 Super Tuesday primary in Texas on WOAI NBC4 (San Antonio, Tx.) “A lot of the attention.... is going to come to Texas and that is when Ted Cruz’ name will be front and center.”

Cartoons and politics in India

An article by Ritu Khanduri, UTA associate professor and cultural anthropologist, celebrating the life of Indian cartoonist R.K. Laxman, is featured in The Diplomat, the premier international current-affairs magazine for the Asia-Pacific region. Khanduri is the author of “Caricaturing culture in India: cartoons and history in the modern world,” published by Cambridge University Press in 2014. 

Gallery at UTA exhibit

The Gallery at UTA is hosting “Whew ... That’s a Relief! The Madcap World of John Hernandez, 1978-2015,” The Dallas Morning News reported. The show runs through March 30.

Alumnus in the spotlight

UTA visual communication alumnus Dennis Smolek was featured in The Texas Entrepreneur Network blog for developing Showman, a cloud-based management system for digital screens that permits businesses develop digital signage without the need for huge development or IT staff. 

UTA to Harvard Law

UTA alumna Carolyn Ruiz is featured in a Harvard Gazette story about Harvard Law School students helping struggling small business owners, entrepreneurs, and community groups create businesses, obtain permits and licenses, and negotiate contracts and other non-litigation services. Ruiz was among the members of the first graduating class of UTA’s Pre-Law and Legal Studies Center, which launched in 2012. The story is also featured on the Harvard Law School homepage.

Alumnus in the spotlight

UTA alumnus Bruce Eady has joined Mercy Rehabilitation Hospital Springfield as its new chief executive officer, the Springfield News-Leader reported. Eady trained as a critical care/trauma nurse at UTA.