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UTA In The News — Monday, February 15, 2016

Monday, February 15, 2016

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Origins of the universe

About 150 physicists from around the world gathered last month at UTA to discuss plans for an estimated $1 billion project to investigate neutrinos, the Star-Telegram reported. The Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment, or DUNE, would be the first major high-energy physics experiment on U.S. soil since the superconducting super collider project near Waxahachie was canceled in 1993.

Figures in African-American literature

KXAS/NBC 5 reported on an English course taught by Kenton Rambsy, an assistant professor of African-American literature, that asks students to analyze business mogul and rap star Jay Z’s influence from a literary perspective.

Assessing risks

Anand Puppala, UTA Distinguished Teaching Professor and associate dean for research for the College of Engineering, said work his team is doing at Eagle Mountain Lake could be used to assess risk at other dams once more data is collected, The Dallas Morning News reported in a story about proposed gas drilling at Lake Lewisville. However, Puppala said the ground is different at different lake locations.

Early voting

Rebecca Deen, chair of UTA’s Political Science Department, said much like 2008, when the Democratic race was still a real contest when Texans went to the polls, it looks like the March 1 primary will have the same sort of dynamic in a Star-Telegram story about early voting, which starts Tuesday.

Research partner

UTA’s Center for Underground Infrastructure Research and Education was mentioned as a research partner with the National Association of Sewer Service Companies, Underground Construction reported.

Status meaning

Some Texas universities are taking an obscure new label to mean they’ve reached the coveted if elusive “Tier One” status, even though they may fall short by other measures, The Dallas Morning News reported. The University of North Texas, UT Arlington, UT Dallas and Texas Tech were elevated this month to doctoral universities with the “highest research activity,” according to The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, based at Indiana University’s Center for Postsecondary Research.

Running for office

Dallas County Commissioner Theresa Daniel is on the Democratic primary ballot for the same position, the Lakewood Advocate reported. Daniel earned her doctorate in public administration from UTA.

Relationships examined

A new study explains why straight female and gay male friendships are so strong, Psychology Today reported. Eric Russell, a UTA Ph.D student in experimental psychology, researched the topic and wrote an article that originally appeared in The Conversation and has populated across the web.

Laser efficiency

An ultrathin semiconductor laser under development at UTA can be integrated with mainstream electronics on the same silicon substrate with increased capacity and energy efficiency, and BioNews Texas reported. Professor Weidong Zhou has received $1.5 million in grants to advance lab-on-a-chip technology.