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UTA In The News — Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

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Tech Titan Awards

Three faculty and a graduate of UTA won Tech Titans Awards for excellence and leadership in technology fields in 2016, Dallas Business Journal, ScienMag and Public Now announced. Purnendu “Sandy” Dasgupta, UTA professor and Hamish Small Chair in Ion Analysis, was described as a “patent-making machine” in Dallas Business Journal and BizNewsIndex articles about his 2016 Tech Titans Inventors Award. Laura Mydlarz, UTA associate professor and associate chair of biology, was also interviewed by Dallas Business Journal about the 2016 Tech Titans of the Future University Level Award she received alongside UTA chemistry professor Kevin Schug for leading the ASSURE program to promote undergraduate research. 

Innovation in Higher Education

Linda Johnsrud, UTA interim provost and vice president for academic affairs, was named to Washington Monthly's list of most innovative people in higher education. The article mentioned her recent launch of the TransferUTA program. 

Yum earns NSF grant

Kyungsuk Yum, a UTA assistant professor in the Materials Science and Engineering Department, has received a $100,000 National Science Foundation grant to develop nanocomposite hydrogel bioinks that could be used for printing 3-D tissue and organs, ScienMag, AtoZNano, STL Finder, Medical Product Outsourcing, 3Ders (3D Printer News), and reported. 

Schug discusses air contamination research

The San Antonio Express-News and WOAI 1200 AM (San Antonio) interviewed UTA chemistry professor Kevin Schug about his new study on air contamination in and around fracking sites in Texas. ForbesRigZone and Oil News Center published op-ed pieces based on the research citing the need to put a stop to sloppy drilling methods in the natural gas industry. KSTX 89.1 FM (San Antonio), The Texas Tribune,  Marcellus Drilling News, Environmental News Network, Science Newsline, Oil Gas Daily, American Energy News and The Daily Digger reported on the study. 

Princeton Review

The Houston Chronicle, Beaumont Enterprise and other media featured a slide show of the 22 Texas colleges and universities featured in this year’s Princeton Review lists. UTA was included for its placement on the regional Best Western list.

UTA physicists awarded $1.06M grant

UTA physicists have been awarded a $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 to support extremely data-heavy scientific applications such as advanced biology and materials science simulations, Dallas Innovates and Communications of the ACM reported. 

Pacemaker Awards

UTA’s student newspaper The Shorthorn is a finalist for the ACP Newspaper Pacemaker Awards, reported. The winners will be announced in October at the National College Media Convention in Washington D.C.

Alumnus in the spotlight

UTA alumnus and Masergy Communications CEO Chris MacFarland was awarded the Tech Titans Corporate Company CEO Award for 2016, Dallas Business Journal, Big News Network,, Buffalo Breeze, Toronto Telegraph and numerous Indian and African news sites reported. 

Alumnus in the spotlight

UTA alumnus and MidCities Chamber Singers conductor D.J. Bulls will perform at the historic Church of the Holy Cross (Paris, Tex.) at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 17, eParisExtra reported. Bulls earned his master’s degree in choral conducting from UTA.