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UTA In The News — Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

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Interdisciplinary research

KTVT/CBS 11 interviewed Jodi Tommerdahl, a UTA associate professor in the College of Education, about research collaboration with UTA's Colleges of Science, Engineering and School of Social Work that is focused on identifying brain signals associated with anger. The goal is to build a wearable device that would help violent offenders manage the emotions that often get them into trouble. A web version of the story appears at KOTV/CBS 6 (Tulsa, Okla.) and WBBA/ABC 7 (Jackson, Tenn.) aired segments of the CBS 11 broadcast.

Midnight Poem

The Smithsonian’s online magazine, UDN (China), Lenta (Russia), the United Kingdom's Daily Mail and Huffington Post UK, Cosmos, ECN, Cambodian Times, Pakistan Today, Media INAF (Italy), Avaruus (Finland) and many other international media organizations reported on astronomy software called Starry Night version 7.3 and Digistar 5, used by UTA physics researchers to precisely date when the ancient Greek poet Sappho wrote “Midnight Poem.” 

Nursing's future

D Magazine’s Healthcare Daily published an opinion column by Anne Bavier, dean of the UTA College of Nursing and Health Innovation and president of the National League for Nursing, about the nursing profession’s need for education and partnerships. 

Global warming

The City of Arlington news site,, reported that a team of scientists led by researchers at The University of Texas at Arlington is examining global warming events that happened millions of years ago in order to gain new insights into present-day climate change.  

Road to the White House

KOGO/600 AM (San Diego, Calif.) and WREC/600 AM (Memphis, Tenn.) interviewed Allan Saxe, a UTA associate professor of political science, about talk that Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) could be a running mate for Democratic presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton. Saxe also was interviewed by KLIF/570 AM about Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump.

Identifying 'walkable' neighborhoods

Advocate magazine noted that an effort to identify the most walkable neighborhoods in the Dallas-Fort Worth region will recruit UTA doctoral students in architecture and design to identify every piece of real estate in the area. In addition to UTA, the project has secured support from DART, North Central Texas Council of Governments and the Texas Real Estate Commission.

UTA welcomes international emerging leaders

The U.S. State Department website reported that 15 international emerging leaders working in the field of disability sports will be welcomed to the U.S. now through June 16 for a new Sport for Community Exchange program. The Exchange focuses on disability rights and inclusion, and pairs participants with mentors at American institutions, such as UTA.

40 Under 40, Street and many other media organizations noted that Fort Worth Business has honored Kathy Weaver, Ryan senior vice president and chief human resources officer, as one of the region’s 40 most highly accomplished corporate leaders under the age of 40. Weaver earned an Executive MBA from UTA. Ryan is an award-winning global tax services firm.

Diversity research grant

The American Library reported that the ALA’s Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services has awarded UTA with a 2016 Diversity Research Grant. Brett D. Currier, director of scholarly communications, and Tessa White, service desk manager at the UTA Libraries, will examine existing library polices, civil rights settlement agreements and best practices for transgender individuals to draft a model policy for libraries. This research will raise awareness of policies and best practices for other institutions to adopt.

Alumnus appointed CEO of Horizon Air

Alaska Air Group has appointed UTA alumnus David Campbell to chief executive officer and president of Horizon Air, Aviation Pros, Financial Buzz, (Oklahoma City) and many other media organizations reported. Campbell, a former vice president at American Airlines and JetBlue, holds a master's of business administration in management from UTA.

Historic tennis season ends

A historic season came to an end for UTA as No. 11-seed Oklahoma downed the Mavericks 4-0 on Friday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at the Headington Family Tennis Center in Norman, Okla., the Sun Belt website reported.