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UTA In The News — Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

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Patent ranking

The UT System was ranked 4th among the Top 100 Worldwide Universities Granted U.S. Utility Patent Ranking for 2015, UT System reported. The UT System release featured patented inventions by Frank Lewis, a UTA electrical engineering professor, and comments from Teri Schultz, director of UTA’s Office of Technology Management. 

Mass spectrometry

Kevin Schug, Shimadzu Distinguished Professor of Analytical Chemistry, published an article in Chromatography Online on mass spectrometry-based bacterial identification in the environment. He described how matrix-assisted laser desorption–ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry is one of the most versatile tools for fingerprinting mixtures.

Improving class performance

Stephanie Cole, a UTA associate professor of history, is improving class performance by encouraging the use of mobile devices, Campus Technology reported. Cole and her students are using Echo360's active learning platform, a system that combines lecture capture with student engagement, learner analytics and content management.

Racial differences in police use of force

Roland Fryer, UTA alumnus and Henry Lee Professor of Economics at Harvard University, has published a new paper, “An Empirical Analysis of Racial Differences in Police Use of Force,” that explores racial differences in police use of force. Fryer entered UTA on an athletics scholarship and earned his bachelor’s degree in economics in just two and a half years. 

FitSteps for Life focuses on cancer patients

UTA alumnus Josh Rader is offering the FitSteps for Life exercise program for cancer patients at his fitness center in Abilene, The Abilene Reporter-News reported. Rader earned a bachelor's degree in exercise physiology in 2014 from UTA.

Steel bridge design

UTA alumnus Domenic Coletti led the first of eight sessions on steel bridge design for the American Institute of Steel Construction’s annual “Night School” series, Informed Infrastructure reported. Coletti received his master’s degree in civil engineering from UTA.