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UTA In The News — Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

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Green chemistry

Morteza Khaledi, dean of UTA’s College of Science, has devised a safer, more environmentally friendly, less expensive and more efficient water-based system for the synthesis of organic compounds used in pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, plastics, textiles and household chemicals, Science Daily, Science Newsline, Phys.org, Science Codex, eScience News, Technology Networks, ScienMag and Novistiplaneti (Russia) reported. The research was originally published in the Royal Society of Chemistry magazine “Green Chemistry.”

Alternative fuels

Frederick MacDonnell, a professor and chair of the UTA Department of Chemistry, and Brian Dennis, a professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, were featured on KTVT/CBS 11 discussing their process to convert carbon dioxide and water directly into renewable diesel fuels. The story also mentioned other research converting natural gas into liquid fuels.

Ready for robotics

Carter Tiernan, assistant dean in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at UTA, was featured in a Dallas Morning News article on the Sunset High School Robo*Flash robotics team, which features members with disabilities. “I would expect that their participation is hampered by the … idea that only ‘smart’ students or students who ‘like math’ or students who already know how to use technology can really do robotics,” Tiernan said. “None of these ideas is true.”

Huckaby exhibit

Sedrick Huckaby, artist and UTA assistant professor of art, opens a new show at Valley House Gallery & Sculpture Garden in Dallas this coming weekend, The Dallas Morning News reported. His exhibit “Three Forbidden F Words: Faith, Family, and Fathers” runs through May 7. Huckaby will deliver an artist talk on April 23.

The Gallery at UTA exhibit

The Gallery at UTA will host a “casual closing reception” on Wednesday for the show “Whew … That’s a Relief!” The Dallas Morning News reported. The exhibit celebrates “the madcap world of John Hernandez, 1978-2015” and features almost 40 years of work by the San Antonio artist.

Relief efforts

More than 200 Muslim students from 19 Texas universities attended an annual Muslim Student Association Showdown at UTA during which they raised $16,442 for relief efforts for Syrian refugees, Breibart.com reported. The event – called Project Sadaqa – was held for three days over this past weekend to aid Islamic Relief USA.  

New role

UTA alumnus David Bradford has been named Chief Financial Officer of Environmental Pest Service (EPS), Tampa Bay newswire reported. Bradford earned a Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Finance from UTA.

Plans submitted

Texas universities are juggling a mishmash of “campus carry” rules, according to a Dallas Morning News education blog. UTA was mentioned as one of the public universities that has submitted its plans for approval.