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UTA In The News — Friday, October 14, 2016

Friday, October 14, 2016

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Water quality study

Chemists from The University of Texas at Arlington have partnered with Apache Corporation to conduct a baseline water quality study of groundwater and surface water in the newly discovered Alpine High resource play in West Texas, the Star-Telegram, KERA 90.1 FM, Houston Chronicle, KOSA CBS 7 (Odessa), My San Antonio, Fuel Fix, and many other outlets reported.

Leading the way

Dallas Innovates reported that UTA looks to lead DFW in becoming a ‘mega-city’ with the merger of two programs into the UTA College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs.

Early Transfer Identification Program

The Star-Telegram editorial board highlighted the Early Transfer Identification Program, a partnership between UTA and Tarrant County College, in an editorial about ensuring community college students have a seamless transition to earning their bachelor’s degree. The piece also appeared in the Dallas Sun.

Learning difficulties in children

Researchers in UTA's College of Engineering, led by Professor Fillia Makedon, will use artificial intelligence and advanced computational models to help experts assess learning difficulties in children at a very early age, leading to help for these children, reported The project uses the latest technology in computer vision, machine learning and data mining.

Programs and professors lauded

Several UTA programs and professors were mentioned in different stories in the fall/winter 2016 edition of NTX, the North Texas Commission's magazine. UTA's collaborative project with the city of Arlington to analyze much of its sewer pipe network with a robot was highlighted on page 50. UTA's Smart Care apartment technology was featured on pages 52-54. The article quoted Kathryn Daniel, a nursing associate professor and director of UTAs Adult & Gerontologic Nurse Practitioner Program. Samir Iqbal, associate professor of electrical engineering, was quoted in a story about his research using nanotechnology to detect cancer at a very early stage.

Potential cancer treatment

KDFW FOX 4, Star-Telegram,, Mideast Clinics Directory, Innovations Report,, Nanowerk, AZO Nano and various other media outlets reported that UTA physicists are the first to demonstrate a new potential cancer treatment using microwaves to target deeply situated tumors.

New role

Duane Dimos, UTA vice president for research, has joined the bionorthTX board, reported. The non-profit organization will host the iC3 Life Science Summit on Oct. 26 at UTA’s College Park Center.

College of Business accolade

MetroMBA reported that CEO magazine listed the UTA College of Business in the highly selective international Tier 1 list.

Che earns nearly $800,000 NSF grant

Hao Che, an associate professor in the UTA Computer Science and Engineering Department, has earned a three-year, $799,950 grant from the National Science Foundation to develop a model that will make it possible for service providers to guarantee service-level objectives without unneeded resources, The Stack and Data Center Knowledge reported.

Battle for NTX legislative seats

UTA Political Scientist Allan Saxe was quoted in a Star-Telegram article about the battle for North Texas legislative seats. Saxe said he believes Donald Trump has inspired many to run for office. The Dallas Morning New also quoted Saxe in an article about fractures among Arlington conservatives and the upcoming vote on the new Texas Rangers Stadium. A separate Star-Telegram article featured Saxe commenting on how Donald Trump is polling among women.

Teaching with data

Dustin Harp, a UTA professor of communication, was mentioned in an American Press Institute article about hiring temporary staff to deal with universities' need to teach using data. Harp recently took a course to better teach her students.

Processing data for planetarium show

UTA researchers were part of the team processing data for the new “Phantom of the Universe” planetarium show, Berkeley Lab news center, EIN and reported. Led by Berkeley Lab, the project focuses on dark matter - which makes up an estimated 85 percent of the total mass of the universe.

New small dwarf planet

Business Insider, Collective Evolution and Sputnik News posted a The Christian Science Monitor article quoting UTA Physics Professor Manfred Cuntz about the newly discovered 2014 UZ224, a small dwarf planet orbiting our sun.

What is American?

UTA broadcast communications senior Javier Giribet-Vargas, a U.S. citizen who immigrated from Mexico and an intern at KERA 90.1 FM, was featured on Wednesday’s episode of “Think” to discuss what it means to be an American.

Police brutality

WBAP 820 AM reported on a peaceful march by UTA students to raise awareness about ongoing police brutality.

H1-B visa holder's story

Losing a job could mean career derailment for H1-B visa holders, The Houston Chronicle reported. The article featured alumnus Ashwani Chandra, who was forced to return to india after falling victim to the oil bust. Chandra earned a master's degree in mechanical engineering from UTA.