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UTA In The News — Monday, May 16, 2016

Monday, May 16, 2016

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Science researchers staying busy

From leading a $7.3 million national initiative to develop a more accurate predictor of the effects of space weather events — think solar flares — to helping manage the massive volume of data generated by the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider outside Geneva, UTA physicists are involved in both applied research and big science, the Star-Telegram reported.

SEIR building

The UT System Board of Regents approved the design of the new 220,000-square-foot Science and Engineering Innovation and Research building, which will enable UTA to serve more students and expand its health science focus, KRLD/1080 AM reported.

'Midnight Poem'

CNET.com, Daily Kos, Archaeology News Network, Star-Telegram, Gizmodo India, Science Daily and many other media organizations reported on astronomy software called Starry Night version 7.3 and Digistar 5 used by UTA physics researchers to accurately calculate when the Greek poet Sappho wrote “Midnight Poem.” 

Nursing program excellence

College Choice ranks UTA’s online Master’s in Nursing degree program among the best in the nation, Advance Healthcare Network reported.

Rouse Awards for Excellence

Citybizlist Philadelphia noted that Donald F. Gatzke, AIA, of ULI North Texas, a professor and past dean of the School of Architecture at UTA, is among 15 finalists for Philadelphia’s third annual Willard G. Rouse III Awards for Excellence. Gatzke is a frequent guest critic at architecture schools, has juried professional awards programs and serves on the board of Vision North Texas, which has developed a plan for sustainable growth over the next 40 years. 

Student-created survey

At the swearing in of new Bridgeport City Council members, the council also listened to a citizen satisfaction survey report compiled by UTA students, the Wise County Messenger reported. The students created the survey, which was mailed out to 2,200 Bridgeport residents.

Tennis team history

Despite a loss to Oklahoma in the opening match of the 2016 NCAA Division I Men’s Championship, Tennis World recognized the UTA Men’s Tennis team for a rather historic season. For the first time in school history, UTA claimed 18 wins in the season and made a 5th trip to the NCAA Championship, the first in 10 years. 

Applause for alumnus

Brill Garrett, the wife of Dallas Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett has invested in a Dallas-based real estate technology startup. She will join the advisory board of Terra App Technologies Inc. and assist with strategic partnerships, the San Antonio Express-News and Houston Chronicle reported. Terra is a smartphone app used to coordinate property services for Airbnb hosts and recently relocated homeowners. The company was co-founded by UTA alumnus Kedreon Cole.