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UTA In The News — Monday, April 11, 2016

Monday, April 11, 2016

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Defense grant

Yue Deng, a UTA associate professor of physics, is one of the many professors receiving a Department of Defense grant through the Multidisciplinary University Research Initiative program, the DoD website reported. Deng's work will research the upper atmosphere. It is part of a total of $162 million in funding for 23 DoD awards under the MURI program.

High-profile CEOs

Fort Worth Business highlighted UTA's College of Business Executive Dinner last week that featured Matthew Rose, executive chairman, BNSF Railway; Thomas Falk, CEO and chairman of the board, Kimberly-Clark; and Robert Kaplan, president, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. The dinner also celebrated the college's 50th anniversary.

Process could reduce solvents

Chemists from UTA and North Carolina State University have documented a water-based process that could lessen industry’s dependence on solvents, the Total Care Cosmetics blog reported.

Scholarship winner

UTA student Mayra Cordova of Dallas won a $3,500 scholarship from the Texas Association of Press Broadcasters Headliners competition, the Houston Chronicle, the San Antonio Express-News, the Beaumont Enterprise and several other websites reported.

UTA places second

KXAS/NBC 5 reported that UTA came in second in the ESPN Heroes of the Dorm tournament this past weekend. Arizona State University edged out UTA in the finals of the collegiate videogame tournament, which pitted university teams against each other vying for scholarship money and other prizes.

Pain control

UTA researchers are working on using an implantable wireless electrical stimulation device to better control pain, Digital Trends and several other websites reported.

Gas-to-liquids technology

UMED Holdings Inc., through its wholly owned subsidiary Greenway Innovative Energy Inc. has committed $750,000 to establish the F. Conrad Greer Lab at The University of Texas at Arlington where a small scale version of its gas-to-liquids conversion unit will be constructed, New Tech Magazine reported.

Alum curates museum

A Duncanville museum displays antique automated musical instruments, the Star-Telegram reported. Curator Rick Wilkins, a UTA graduate, restored and sold vintage phonographs to help pay for his college to get started in the business.

SFA faculty member honored

Steven Estrada, the undergraduate program coordinator in Stephen F. Austin University's Department of Psychology and an assistant professor, will be honored with others at the annual Teaching Excellence Convocation Wednesday, Everything Nac reported. Estrada received his bachelor of arts from The University of Texas at Arlington.

Pinnacle new hire a UTA alum

The newest member of Pinnacle's property marketing team, Jake Brizendine, supports the South Central region from Austin, where he lends his expertise in marketing technology and big data management, Financial Buzz and several other websites reported. Brizendine earned a bachelor's in business administration degree from UTA.