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UTA In The News — Thursday, February 11, 2016

Thursday, February 11, 2016

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Editorial touts growth

A Star-Telegram editorial said new spring 2016 enrollment figures at UTA point to strong continued growth. Enrollment showed a 6 percent increase from a year ago with total campus and online students hitting 50,661.

Concrete show lauds UTA study

New advances in concrete chemistry were on display at the World of Concrete show in Las Vegas recently, the Engineering News-Record reported. Chemical giant BASF was touting the recent results of its strength tests on concrete pipe, bolstered by a UTA study that used synthetic macrofibers instead of more traditional means.

Clinton holds advantage

Allan Saxe, UTA associate professor of political science, told KRLD 1080 AM that Hillary Clinton has a distinct advantage heading into the southern primaries.

Regents consider funding

University of Texas System regents are expected on Thursday to tap the system’s endowment for $45.8 million to underwrite three high-priority initiatives, including creating a statewide telemedicine network that would allow patients in rural areas to get specialty care without driving hundreds of miles, the Austin American-Statesman reported. Regents also are expected to allocate $5 million in endowment-backed bonds to improve laboratories and other research infrastructure at many member institutions, including UTA.

Psychedelic art

Ryan Clayton places viewers at the center of his psychedelic art, the Fort Worth Weekly reported. Clayton, a 2009 UTA graduate, launched Fever Dream Interactive with his wife and collaborator, Vanessa Clayton. Every show is different, but all of them are based on hands-on mixed media, interactive projections and optical art.

Sweet photos

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Time Frames photo feature highlighted a Valentine's Day treat showing Pangburn Candy Co. workers creating dipped chocolates in the 1960s. The weekly photo feature comes from UTA Libraries Special Collections archives.

Sun's NSF grant on lasers

Yuze "Alice" Sun, a UTA bioengineering assistant professor, received a National Science Foundation grant from for research on lasers that would better detect indicators of disease, and AZO Optics 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.