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UTA In The News — Thursday, July 14, 2016

Thursday, July 14, 2016

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Improving market intelligence

Gene Moo Lee, a UTA assistant professor of information systems and operations management, has created a new method that uses big data analytics and text-mining techniques to improve market intelligence and explain potential mergers and acquisitions of startup companies in the fast-moving high-technology industry, Phys.org, Science X and (e) Science News reported.  

Walkability study for Dallas

Shima Hamidi, director of UTA’s Institute of Urban Studies and an assistant professor of planning in the College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs, is launching Dallas’ first-ever walkability study, covering 66 intersections and 186 street segments in the city’s downtown core, Next City reported. 

Eye on the polls

KLIF/570 AM interviewed Allan Saxe, a UTA associate professor of political science, about the new political polls that showed presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump trailing in Virginia and Colorado. “The demographics in Virginia are changing due to immigration… it used to be a solidly conservative state,” Saxe said. 

High-speed rail in Texas

A feasibility study on high-speed rail in Texas by Stephen Mattingly, a UTA associate professor of civil engineering, was cited in a NRDC article on Texas Central Railway’s plan to run trains between Dallas and Houston. The UTA study concluded that a T-shaped route connecting the Dallas Fort Worth metroplex, Houston, and San Antonio could draw as many as 22,000 passengers daily.

Instability in the Mideast

Marwan Alshammari, a UTA Ph.D. student in strategy, international economics and political economy, wrote a column for The Huffington Post titled “The Chaotic Middle East: Reform is the only solution.”  Alshammari wrote that the instability in the region doesn’t seem to be stoppable unless the true values of democracy are promoted.

Alumna joins Christus

UTA alumna Elaine Ballard has joined CHRISTUS Trinity Mother Frances Health System, The Gilmer Mirror reported. Ballard earned her master in the science of nursing degree from UTA.