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UTA In The News — Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

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Record enrollment

Enrollment of Texas-based students at UTA jumped 6 percent from a year ago to a record 38,650 for the spring 2016 semester, pushing overall enrollment to more than 50,000 students, KXAS NBC 5, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and Fort Worth Business reported.

Laser advancement

Yuze "Alice" Sun, a UTA bioengineering assistant professor, received a National Science Foundation grant from for research on lasers that would detect indicators of disease, Science Business reported. Sun’s research aims to apply laser technology to detect biomarkers, molecules specifically associated with diseases, in minute fluid samples, like those used on lab-on-a-chip devices.

Political insight

Allan Saxe, UTA associate professor of political science, offered commentary on what happened in the New Hampshire primary and what might happen in the presidential primary races, KTRH 740 AM in Houston, WBAP 820 AM, KRLD 1080 AM and KLIF 570 AM reported. 

Campus carry

KXAS NBC 5 reported on where UTA has proposed allowing handguns and where they could be restricted. The campus carry law that allows handguns on public university campuses is scheduled to go into effect in the fall of this year.

Data center efficiencies

UTA is part of a team receiving a $1.1 million grant to support Villanova University’s Center for Energy Smart Electronic Systems, WFIE 14 in Evansville, Ill.; KUSI in San Diego, Calif.; WALB 10 in Albany, Ga.; and many other media outlets reported. In addition to UTA and Villanova, the Georgia Institute of Technology and Binghamton University, the lead university on the project, are in the Collaborative Research Cluster Partnership along with  several companies. The goal of the partnership is to generate more reliable, renewable and more efficient power for data centers.

Power flowers

The American Floral Endowment awarded Rasika Dias, UTA professor and chair of chemistry and biochemistry, $24,900 to look at new and potent inhibitors of ethylene action for improving cut flower longevity, American Nurseryman reported. Dias' grant is part of AFE's award of $310,000 in research projects.


A Fort Worth Star-Telegram editorial called a new UTA fact-checking tool intriguing. Chengkai Li, a UTA associate professor of computer science and engineering, is using a device to check claims in political debates, getting closer to automated fact-checking. 

Environmental play

The Settlers of Catan, a board game exploring how to best manage the world's natural resources, is a favorite of Meghna Tare, executive director of UTA's Institute for Sustainability and Global Impact, and her family. She wrote an op-ed for about the game and its importance in the cause of the environment.

Gender chemistry

Eric Russell, a UTA Ph.D student in experimental psychology, wrote an article for Slate explaining why relationships between straight women and gay men tend to flourish. The article originally appeared in The Conversation.