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UTA In The News — Friday, August 12, 2016

Friday, August 12, 2016

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Clean energy

UTA and The Korea Institute of Energy Research have joined forces to develop clean energy technologies intended to improve the lives of residents worldwide, Phys.orgHumanitarian NewsIntelligent Technology Solutions (ITS) for HomeAzo Clean Tech and Fort Worth Business reported. The South Korean government recently unveiled plans to invest about $36.6 billion in developing renewable energy industries, such as solar and wind power and eco-friendly power plants, by 2020. 

Nursing demand

Registered nursing is the most common major among students seeking their bachelor's degree at universities in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, the Dallas Business Journal reported. Beth Mancini, the associate dean for undergraduate nursing at the UTA College of Nursing and Health Innovation, explained that the overall demand for nurses and the changing nature of healthcare provision has had a large impact in individuals’ interest in the field. “It’s a good time to become a nurse,” said Mancini. “People know that healthcare is expanding and that there’s a nursing shortage."

Digital learning

George Siemens, executive director of UTA’s Learning Innovation and Networked Lab, was profiled in The article called Siemens' work on the cutting edge of what’s possible in digital learning.

Understanding addiction

Linda Perrotti, UTA associate professor of psychology, is studying how fluctuating estrogen levels make females increasingly sensitive to the rewarding effects of cocaine and ultimately, vulnerable to cocaine addiction, Healio reported.

Big data

The National Science Foundation has awarded a five-year, $535,763 Faculty Early Career Development, or CAREER, grant to Junzhou Huang, a UTA assistant professor in the Computer Science and Engineering Department, to discover a process by which image-omics data can be combined into files that are small enough that current computing technology will allow scientists to better predict how long a patient will live and how best to treat that patient, Communications of the ACM reported.

After-hour work emails

Marcus Butts, a UTA associate professor of management, was quoted in an article in about how expecting employees to monitor and answer work-related email all the time, even after work hours adds to their emotional exhaustion and upsets work family balance. The story was carried by several other outlets, including,, and

Weights in wings

Sampath Reddy Vengate, who recently graduated with a master’s degree in aerospace engineering from UTA, is  the first person to successfully fly a UAV that uses mass actuation -- a technique that uses moving weights to efficiently turn an aircraft, reported.