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UTA In The News — Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

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High-profile cancer researcher to join UTA

The University of Texas at Arlington has received an $823,067 grant to recruit star cell biology researcher Mark Pellegrino from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas, Fort Worth Business reported. Pellegrino will join the UTA College of Science as an assistant biology professor in August. He is an internationally recognized biologist whose discovery that mitochondria are an important activator of innate immunity was published in Nature in 2014.

Diamonds as semiconductors

Researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and The University of Texas at Arlington have taken an important step toward prepping diamonds for their debut as semiconductors, with a new way to dope a single crystal of a diamond, which is a crucial process for developing electronic devices, Electronics 360 reported.

Patient safety

Scientists from UTA are among the inaugural fellows who will contribute research and mentoring to the UNT Health Science Center’s new Institute for Patient Safety, Becker’s Hospital Review reported.

SEIR Building

The University of Texas at Arlington will begin construction in fall of 2016 on the $125 million Science and Engineering Innovation and Research Building, Tradeline reported. Designed by Page and ZGF Architects to support collaborative, team-based learning and discovery, the six-story, 220,000-square foot facility will provide two floors of instructional space, with research activities occupying four floors and a basement level.

Mental health

A Parent Herald article about prenatal depression referenced a 2015 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. The article originated in Quartz.

Disability rights

Fifteen sport leaders from thirteen countries are in the United States for a five-week mentorship program that focuses on using sports to promote disability rights and inclusion, Tennessee Today reported. The program is being implemented by the University of Tennessee’s Center for Sport, Peace, and Society as part of the U.S. Department of State’s Global Sports Mentoring Program, and includes UTA, the U.S. Olympic Committee, and other organizations as partners.

Influential in college

The City Influencer has named UTA student Lorin Washington one of Dallas-Fort Worth’s Most Influential College Students of 2016. In all, 14 winners are recognized. The goal of the initiative is to celebrate African-American college students who are the epitome of what makes DFW such a special place in which to live, work and play.