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UTA In The News — Monday, October 17, 2016

Monday, October 17, 2016

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Smartphone fire concern

KDFW FOX 4 interviewed Ankur Jain, an assistant professor in the UTA Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department, about the U.S. Department of Transportation’s decision to ban all Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones from airplanes. Numerous fires have been reported as a result of the phone. 

Computer learning

UTA researchers, 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.

Abusive bosses

Marcus Butts, associate professor of management in UTA’s College of Business, co-wrote a Harvard Business Review article on abusive bosses. The article stated that anyone can lash out when sleep deprived or dealing with issues at home.

Women & Gender Studies

Sonja Watson, associate professor of Spanish and director of the Women’s and Gender Studies program at UTA, appeared on KDFW FOX 4 to discuss LUNAFEST, an annual film festival of films by, about and for women. The event is Thursday, Oct. 20 at the Maverick Activities Center.

Cancer treatment

UTA physicists are the first to demonstrate a new potential cancer treatment using microwaves to target deeply situated tumors, reported,, Science Daily, Fierce Biotech,, Medical News Today, San Antonio Post, Dallas Sun, Daily Mail (UK), The Times of London, Institute for Biotechnology and Medicine Industry (China) and (China).

Unprecedented partnership

The Texas Standard,, Houston Chronicle and Longview News-Journal reported on an “unprecedented” partnership between chemists at UTA and Apache Corporation. The collaborative team will conduct a baseline water quality study of groundwater and surface water in West Texas.

'Cool' technology

UTA’s effort to preserve more than five million photo negatives in cold storage was reported on by KXAS NBC 5. Brenda McClurkin, head of Special Collections at UTA Libraries, said the negatives represent our national history. The Dallas Sun and eWallstreeter also ran the piece.

New role

Business Wire, Financial Buzz, Digital Journal, WOIO CBS 19 (Cleveland), WAVE NBC 3 (Louisville, KY) and CityBizList reported that Duane Dimos, UTA vice president for research, has joined the board for bionorthTX. The non-profit aims to accelerate the growth of North Texas life science companies.

Eye on politics

UTA Political Scientist Allan Saxe was quoted in a Star-Telegram article about Arlington voters split on the Texas Rangers ballpark proposal. Saxe said many voters don’t believe the team will leave Arlington, but that it would be a “serious financial and psychological blow to the stomach,” if the team did. Saxe also appeared on WTKS 104.1 FM (Cocoa Beach, Fla.) to discuss the ongoing presidential election.


ACRL Insider, a publication of the Association for College & Research Libraries, reported that UTA Open Education Librarian Michelle Reed received a scholarship to attend OpenCon 2016 in Washington, DC. The conference is designed to to advance open access, open education and open data.

Open for business

Coppell Student Media reported on a new business co-founded by UTA student Ahmad Haj and his two cousins. Haj attends morning classes at UTA in order to manage the business, Metroplex Wheels and Tires, in the afternoon.