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UTA In The News — Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

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Setting the standard

The Star-Telegram published an op-ed article, “Becoming the model 21st-century urban research university,” explaining UTA’s strategic vision and growing impact on the local economy. Author Richard Greene, former Arlington mayor and professor in practice at UTA’s College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs, described how UTA has changed since he started working with the university 20 years ago. 

Strategic Plan

UTA “has galloped forward in its Strategic Plan 2020: “Bold Solutions | Global Impact” by awarding four 2016 interdisciplinary research program grants, Dallas Innovates reported.

Infrared light treatment

UTA bioengineering professor Hanli Liu has demonstrated the benefits of near infrared light treatment on brains traumatized by Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD, suffered many times by U.S. veterans, MedicalXpress reported. 

Endorsement denied

Julian Rodriguez, lecturer in UTA’s Department of Communication, was quoted in a KUVN Univision 23 article on how the Dallas Morning News is not endorsing Donald Trump. He said this was not a new phenomenon. “The newspapers do an analysis of what each candidate proposes, of the data, and how they see their campaigns,” Rodriguez said. 

Yum receives grant

D Healthcare Daily reported on the $100,000 grant UTA assistant professor Kyungsuk Yum received to develop composite hydrogel bioinks that would be compatible with human tissue. Inks are currently a major barrier blocking further research and development of functional 3-D organs. 

Political talk in Texas

Allan Saxe, UTA associate professor of political science, was featured in a Star-Telegram article about how Democrats are hoping Donald Trump helps them turn Texas more blue in November. “The demographics may change so dramatically it may impact all campaigns,” Saxe said. 

Schug interview

Kevin Schug, UTA Shimadzu Distinguished Professor of Analytical Chemistry, was interviewed for a Star-Telegram article that discusses how state regulators are disputing a report linking oil and gas emissions to asthma. The article was also published in the Midland Reporter-Telegram

Zebra mussels

Robert McMahon, UTA professor emeritus of biology, was interviewed by KUT 90.5 FM (Austin) about the zebra mussels invading Texas lakes and waterways. “They impede (water) flow, and in small diameter piping they can actually block flow,” McMahon said. 

In harmony

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra, assisted by UTA’s A Cappella Choir, “brought polish and professionalism to composer Nobuo Uematsu’s music,” Theatre Jones reported. The Dallas Symphony opened its season trying for a new audience, with music from the video game series Final Fantasy.

Saving tigers

UTA doctoral student Courtney Dunn is at the forefront of a movement to save the tiger population for generations to come, The Fresno Bee reported. Dunn is analyzing the vocal communications of tigers by using microphones strategically over the tiger's home ranges, as a tool for conservation but also to help anti-poaching efforts.

Taking care of business

UTA alumnus and Energy Transfer Partners CEO Kelcy Warren was featured in a Bloomberg article focusing on his capacity to make good business moves even during the oil bust. Warren earned an engineering degree from UTA in 1978. 

New principal

UTA alumnus Steven Valkennar has been named the new Bowie Elementary School principal, Times Record News reported. He earned his bachelor of science degree in exercise science from UTA.