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UTA In The News — Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

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The decision to vote

KERA 90.1 FM interviewed Rebecca Deen, chair of the UTA Political Science Department, about how people decide whether to vote. Deen said that decision often involves complicated mental math with potential voters considering whether they believe their vote is meaningful, the chances that their candidate will win and general excitement over the election, among other factors. Listen to the interview here.

Sewer robot

The University of Texas at Arlington and the city of Arlington are collaborating on using a sewer robot to look for potential problems in those pipes, Water Online reported. Equipped with a high-def video camera, lasers, sonar and sensors, the robot evaluates the city’s sewer pipes to see where a problem might occur. Civil Engineering Chair and Professor Ali Abolmaali is leading the UTA effort. “We’ll make recommendations for what to do based on where the robots and sonar detects anomalies within the pipes. This research could provide a blueprint for other cities to copy.”

Higher education & technology

George Siemens, executive director of UTA's Learning Innovation and Networked Knowledge Research Laboratory, was quoted in a Campus Technology article as saying that higher education needs to actively participate in discussions around learning analytics algorithms, transparency and data access.

The world of chemometrics

Kevin Schug, UTA Shimadzu Distinguished Professor of Analytical Chemistry, published an article in Chromatography Online in which he discussed how the world of chemometrics and experimental design statistics can benefit analytical chemists. “Once you see the power of different chemometric tools in discerning minor differences between highly complex sample sets, it will be hard not to find an application in your own work,” Schug wrote.

Civil Rights in Black and Brown

The Corpus Christi Caller-Times reported on the Civil Rights in Black and Brown Oral History Project, a collaboration among UTA, TCU and UNT that involves gathering oral histories of Mexican-Americans, African-Americans and white activists during the civil-rights era in Texas.

New role

Rambler Newspapers reported that alumnus Eric Ogle has been named principal of Lamar Middle School in Irving. Ogle earned a master’s degree in educational leadership and policy studies from UTA.