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UTA In The News — Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

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GM Foundation support

The Dallas Morning News Biz Beat blog reported on a $10,000 GM Foundation grant awarded to UTA’s University Crossroads to help fund education and outreach programs. An accompanying photo showed UTA President Vistasp Karbhari being presented with the GM Arlington STEM Higher Education Service Award.

Mental health

A Quartz article about prenatal depression referenced a study by Cheryl Anderson, an associate professor at the UTA College of Nursing and Health Innovation, which found an estimated 80 percent of depressed pregnant women are never identified. Anderson said the study's recommendations show that healthcare providers who screen for depression during pregnancy simply don’t go far enough when it comes to expectant mothers’ mental wellness.  

Road improvements

Informed Infrastructure reported that a University of Texas at Arlington engineer 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. 

Particle physics

University of Texas at Arlington physicists are preparing the Titan supercomputer at Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility in Tennessee to support the analysis of data generated from the quadrillions of proton collisions expected during this season’s Large Hadron Collider particle physics experiments, Inside HPC reported.

Veteran entrepreneurs

The University of Texas at Arlington is one of six institutions nationwide that have been awarded a Small Business Administration grant to offer educational, training and consulting services to veterans who want to start a business or franchise,, the Star (Scottsbluff, Neb.), the Salt Lake Tribune (Utah) and other media organizations reported. The new centers bring to 19 the number of Veterans Business Outreach Centers in the country.

Political polls

Allan Saxe, a UTA associate professor of political science, offered analysis to WTKS/104.1 FM (Cocoa Beach, Fla.) and KOGO/600 AM (San Diego, Calif.), about the current presidential campaign polls that have Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton tied. Saxe also spoke about Libertarians with KLIF/570 AM.

Art expertise

ETV (Italy) and E-R Emilia-Romagna reported on an international conference on Benedictine patronage in Modena, Italy, at which Mary Vaccaro, a UTA professor of Renaissance art, is a speaker and moderator.

Dual credit courses

The Tyler Morning Telegraph reported that more East Texas students are taking dual credit courses to earn at the same time high school credits from their school district and college credit from Tyler Junior College. The report noted associated costs for attending UTA, Texas A&M University and other Texas schools.

Above the call

The Cleburne Times-Review profiled Deborah Seal, an educational diagnostician in Joshua, who goes above and beyond her duties to help special education students. Even after 26 years in education, Seal said she learns new things every day. She earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education history from UTA.

Special Olympics Texas

The Killeen Daily Herald and Tyler Morning Telegraph reported the Special Olympics Texas Games opening ceremony will be held Friday, May 27, at UTA’s Maverick Stadium.