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UTA In The News — Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

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Research power house

In an editorial, the Star-Telegram lauded UTA for aggressively working to attain Tier 1 status.  “UTA is now a research power house and the consistently high number of doctoral degrees granted over a sustained period of time reflects this excellence,” UTA President Vistasp Karbhari said in the editorial.

Among the best

Value Colleges ranked UTA among the top 50 Best Value Graduate Schools for 2017. UTA was ranked 31st. The evaluators said UTA’s location gives students access to one of the nation’s leading economic centers.

Hao wins NIH grant

Yaowu Hao, an associate professor in UTA’s Materials Science and Engineering Department, has earned a three-year, $477,000 R15 grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop radiotherapeutic nanoseeds that will work from inside inoperable solid tumors and cause less damage to healthy cells, Science Magazine reported.

Crow donation

Trammell S. Crow, who transformed Earth Day Texas into the largest celebration of its kind in the world, has donated $150,000 to support the ongoing research efforts of UTA’s Collaborative Laboratories for Environmental Analysis and Remediation or CLEAR lab, Science Magazine and Phys.org reported.

Leading the way

D Magazine published a profile of Nan Ellin, dean of UTA’s College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs, and the role she and the college are playing in managing and planning the region’s growth.

Texas infrastructure

UTA is making strides to improve their state's infrastructure through research of a new method of freight transportation, Landscape Online reported.

Water molecules

UTA biologists have demonstrated that removing water molecules can deactivate caspase-3 enzymes, which opens new doors for treatment of autoimmune diseases like arthritis, which have been linked to overactive enzymes, Health Medicine Network, Science Newsline and Health Consumer reported.

Oil extraction

Zacariah Hildenbrand, a collaborator with UTA’s CLEAR Lab, was quoted in a Texas Monthly story about the possibility of oil extraction at or near the Balmorhea State Park. He noted that the ecology out there is very sensitive, that there are natural fault lines and the pools are home to a number of endangered species.

Academic safe spaces

Lewis Wasserman, director of UTA’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, was quoted in a story in The Atlantic about academic safe spaces that protect certain forms of freedom of expression on university campuses. 

Online master's degree rankings

UTA’s online master's degree program in educational leadership has been ranked third in the nation by Educational Leadership Degree Programs, KETK/Channel 56 in Jacksonville, Texas reported.

Cold storage vault

UTA’s library is moving about 5 million historical film negatives into the cold storage vault so they do not become damaged and this way will be preserved for 500 years or more, the Star-Telegram reported.

New appointment

Duane Dimos, UTA’s vice-president for research, has been appointed to the board of directors of BionorthTX, Dallas Innovates reported. 

Vice presidential debate

UTA Associate Professor of Political Science Rebecca Deen was quoted in a Dallas Morning News story about what to expect in the vice-presidential debate. She said Kaine’s job in the debate would be to “do no harm.”

Vice presidential debate

UTA Political Scientist Allan Saxe appeared on several radio programs, including WBAP AM 820 and KLBJ AM 590 to discuss Tuesday night’s vice-presidential debate between Senator Tim Kaine and Governor Michael Pence.

Maverick Speakers Series

The Dallas Morning News noted that journalists Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn will speak on the UTA campus on Thursday, October 6 as part of the university’s Maverick Speakers Series at Texas Hall at 7:30 pm. 

Social Work ranking

Numerous news outlets, including WMBF/Channel 10 in Myrtle Beach, SC; WAND/Channel 17 in Decatur, Ill; and WMC/Channel 5  in Memphis posted stories about College Choice’s ranking of UTA’s online master’s in social work program as one of the top ones in the country.