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UTA In The News — Monday, August 15, 2016

Monday, August 15, 2016

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Airport development

KXAS NBC 5 reported on UTA’s effort to study the area around Dallas Executive Airport. The study, led by Shima Hamidi, director of the Institute of Urban Studies and an assistant professor of planning in CAPPA, intends to understand how the economic impact will help or hurt the area.

Mining thoughts and Science & Enterprise reported that Heng Huang, a UTA professor in the Computer Science and Engineering Department, has won a three-year, $500,000 National Science Foundation grant to use data mining to efficiently catalog and track depression patients’ “thought records” so that doctors and therapists can better identify patients’ treatment needs.


D Magazine reported that David Arditi, a UTA assistant professor of sociology, is developing an archive of UTA students, professors, alumni and North Texas musicians called MusicDetour. The project plans to house local music, develop big data that is open to all and build community.

Kinesiology PhD program

UTA’s College of Nursing and Health Innovation will begin offering a doctoral degree in kinesiology in the fall, Dallas Innovates reported. The degree, which combines elements of curriculums of kinesiology and nursing, will have three tracks: movement and rehabilitation sciences, applied physiology and physical education.

Economic battles

WREC 600 AM (Memphis, Tenn.) interviewed Allan Saxe about the current economic battles going on between presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

IceCube Neutrino

Business Insider, Business Insider India, Business Insider Australia, the Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel and the Star Tribune reported scientists with the IceCube Neutrino Observatory are 99 percent sure that the particle that holds the clues to our existence doesn’t exist. Ben Jones, a UTA post-doctoral student and one of the leading researchers in the study, was quoted in the article.

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, Huffington Post and DZone reported.

Construction technology

Underground Construction reported on the upcoming 22nd annual Underground Construction Technology International Conference & Exhibition, which will feature continuing education and professional development programs in conjunction with UTA.

Clean energy

UTA and The Korea Institute of Energy Research have joined forces to develop clean energy technologies that improve the lives of citizens worldwide, reported Solar Thermal Magazine.


El Hispano News reported that UTA has started an initiative to encourage college-ready Latino students to apply to the university that includes a series of “ApplyUTA” events where students and their families can meet directly with faculty and staff about recruitment, admissions and financial aid.

Distinguished alumna

UTA College of Education alumnus Shanna Peeples has been selected to received Amarillo College’s Distinguished Alumni Award, reported. Peeples received her associate’s degree at Amarillo College and went on to earn a Master of Education in Curriculum Instructions from UTA.

Alumna's new role

The Glen Rose Reporter profiled alumna Trava Smith, a volleyball coach and educator. Smith is will join Glen Rose ISD as a junior varsity athletics coach and English teacher.