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UTA In The News — Thursday, May 19, 2016

Thursday, May 19, 2016

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Laser technology

AZO Optics reported that Roger Walker, a UTA professor of computer science and engineering, is working with the Texas A&M Transportation Institute to assess whether scanning lasers can accurately measure microtexture of aggregates, which are used in asphalt and concrete mixtures. The two-year, $671,011 project is funded through the Texas Department of Transportation. The agency currently uses camera-based systems to assess aggregate characteristics. The project is also noted on the TXDOT website.

Community groups' economic importance

Colleen Casey, an associate professor of public affairs at the UTA College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs, emphasized community-based organizations and their link to economic opportunity during a radio panel discussion on income inequality, KCPW.org reported. The Hinckley Institute Radio Hour on KCPW 105.5 FM (Salt Lake City, Utah) hosted the panel.

Educator returning to roots

The Star-Telegram featured a story about Maybellyne Carrion, a new UTA College of Education graduate, who already has found a job -- and her new boss is her former principal. Carrion is returning to Johns Elementary School in Arlington as a fifth-grade bilingual teacher. She earned her bachelor’s degree in bilingual education Saturday.

Nurse career paths

A Global Post article about career paths that nurses should consider noted that the UTA College of Nursing and Health Innovation offers a Master of Science in Nursing, or MSN, with a certificate in pediatric nurse practitioner.

Architecture professor, critic gets fellowship

Mark Lamster, the award-winning architecture critic of The Dallas Morning News and a professor in practice of architecture at the UTA College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs, has been awarded a Loeb Fellowship at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, The Dallas Morning News reported.  

Brain signals

KTVN/CBS 2 (Reno, Nev.) aired a story in which Jodi Tommerdahl, a UTA associate professor in the College of Education, was interviewed about interdisciplinary research with the Colleges of Science, Engineering and School of Social Work. The work 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. The story initially appeared on KTVT/CBS 11.

SEIR building approved

The Arlington Voice reported that The University of Texas System’s Board of Regents approved the design of a new $125 million science and engineering building on the UTA campus. The Science and Engineering Innovation and Research (SEIR) building will support enrollment growth across the campus and further the university’s health science initiatives.

Minority boost needed in STEM

A Florida Politics.com column about the need for boosting the number of African-Americans in the STEM disciplines cited a March article in American Scientist by Ashanti Johnson, UTA assistant vice provost for faculty recruitment and and associate professor of earth and environmental sciences. Johnson wrote: “A highly diverse team generates more innovative ideas than a homogeneous one.”

Jazz students

Hawaii News Now noted that the UTA jazz band will participate in the Iolani School’s summer Jazz Institute starting June 9.

Sleep important

The Huffington Post noted that UTA is among more than 300 college campuses in the U.S. that will take place in the #SleepRevolution College Tour targeted at raising awareness about the importance of sleep and the dangers of sleep deprivation. Participating schools have committed to hosting sleep and wellness programming. The Huffington Post, in partnership with Sleep Number, Marriott, Spotify and other companies, is sponsoring the tour.

New athletics partnership

All Access.com noted UTA and its athletics multimedia rights holder, Learfield's Maverick Sports Properties, have agreed to a new three-year partnership with KEXB/620 AM to serve as the flagship station for live broadcasts of Maverick men's basketball games beginning with the 2016-17 season.