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UTA In The News — Friday, August 26, 2016

Friday, August 26, 2016

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Physicists awarded

Physicists at UTA have been awarded a new $1.06 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to upgrade the software that runs on the Titan supercomputer at Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility in Tennessee. The technology supports extremely data-heavy scientific applications such as advanced biology and materials science simulations, eScienceNews and reported.

Cat videos

Art & Seek and the Dallas Observer reported on the Dallas iteration of the Internat Cat Video Festival, brought to the metroplex by Bart Weiss, UTA associate professor of film and Dallas VideoFest artistic director. Weiss, owner of four cats, said the animals have always been a part of artistic endeavors. 

Sound problems

Micah Hayes, a senior lecturer on the music industry in the UTA College of Liberal Arts, was quoted in a Star-Telegram article about the hit-and-miss sound at AT&T Stadium during concerts. Hayes described the “direct-to-reverberant ratio," which explains why the sound gets muddy the further away individuals are from the source.

Presidential campaign

Allan Saxe, UTA associate professor of political science, reviewed and discussed the ongoing presidential campaign between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump with KLIF 570 AM.

Cancer therapy reported that physicists from UTA are leading a multidisciplinary project with UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas and UT MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston to develop a new multifunctional platform that can integrate imaging and photo-induced cancer therapy in a single, portable device.

Career Development Center

Public Now reported on the grand opening of the UTA Career Development Center. The state-of-the-art facility will give UTA graduates a critical advantage over their job-seeking competition.

Listen closely

KBGO 95 AM (Waco-Temple-Killeen) interviewed William Ickes, UTA researcher and Distinguished Professor of Psychology, about an article on what men can do to “read” women’s minds. Ickes said men should listen closely for “any words that stand out as being strange in context,” and might be clues to what a woman is really thinking.

Family benefits

Vivian Ta, a UTA Ph.D. psychology student and president of the Graduate Student Senate, was quoted in a Diverse Issues in Higher Education article about family benefits for graduate students. The Graduate Student Senate recently passed a resolution calling for maternity or paternity leave while students are under contract. 


Several UTA students and alumni were highlighted in a Star-Telegram article about Arlington athletes headed to the Paralympics in Rio. The article also included UTA social media videos of UTA students and paralympians Abby Dunkin and Tobi Fawehinmi.

Voice fingerprints

Courtney Dunn, a doctoral student at UTA, is working to identify the sounds of tigers to preserve and boost their population in the wild, The Dallas Morning News reported. Dunn’s researched found that “tiger voices can be used like a fingerprint for the individual.”

Chemistry innovation quoted UTA graduate student Wasiu Lawal in a story about the kick-off of the 2016 Launch Chemistry Innovation Challenge at the American Chemical Society national meeting in Philadelphia. "We have people, we have parts of the world where resources are a little bit scarce. That’s why innovation is very important - because we need to always try to come up with solutions to problems," said Lawal about the potential for attendees to connect with innovators from around the world.

Wings merchandise

The Dallas Business Journal reported that the Dallas Wings now rank second in merchandise sales among the WNBA league. The Dallas Wings play their home games at UTA’s College Park Center.

New chair

Benzinga, KFMB 760 AM,,, Electric Energy Online and many other media outlets reported that Lonestar Resources US has named John Pinkerton as chairman of the board. Pinkerton, who earned a master’s degree from UTA, previously served as director of the company.

Alum to start film fest

The Austin American-Statesman reported on a new film festival in Bastrop, started by David Perkins, who earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from UTA, and his daughter Amanda. Perkins is working on his first film about UTA alumnus Doug Russell, who coached Perkins as a college student.