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UTA In The News — Friday, October 28, 2016

Friday, October 28, 2016

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SEIR Building groundbreaking

UTA broke ground Thursday on its $125 million Science and Engineering Innovation and Research building, which officials say will bolster the university’s already recognized standing among research institutions, Star-Telegram, Fort Worth Texas magazine,, Fort Worth Business, KTVT CBS 11, WBAP 820 AM, KDFW Fox 4, KRLD 1080 AMArlingtonTx TV and Hard Hat Texas reported. "This building is the next step in our goal to become one of the pre-emiment universities in the United States," said UTA President Vistasp Karbhari. 

Impact on the community

WFAA Channel 8 interviewed Duane Dimos, UTA’s vice-president for research, prior to the groundbreaking about how the research could benefit the community, especially in the areas of brain health and cancer.  

iC3 Life Science Summit

Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price, along with Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams, spoke about developing their cities to attract and retain life science companies and scientists at the second iC3 Life Science Summit, held by BionorthTX on Wednesday at UTA’s College Park Center, Star-Telegram reported.

NEXT experiments

David Nygren, UTA Presidential Distinguished Professor of Physics, was interviewed by Symmetry magazine about his participation in the NEXT experiments, which look at whether neutrinos are their own antiparticles. He is now looking at whether biochemistry techniques like single-molecule fluorescence imaging could make neutrinoless double-beta decay stand out from the crowd.

Using smartphones in lectures

EIN Presswire and many other media quoted Stephanie Cole, UTA history professor, in a report about using smartphones in lectures to increase student engagement. "Students who might not otherwise engage in class are now using their phones to ask questions; as a faculty member, I'm receiving insights into what aspects of the lecture created confusion, and what parts students annotate or replay," Cole said.

Voting problems reported through social media

WFAA/Channel 8 talked to Mark Tremayne, UTA assistant professor of communication, about voting problems reported through social media. Thousands of Facebook users spread the word after an Arlington woman’s claim that an electronic machine switched her straight party vote. Tremayne said the huge social media response is expected and predicts voters will be vigilante by posting and sharing their experiences.   

Lead levels in drinking water

KDFW Fox 4 interviewed UTA chemistry professor Kevin Schug for an investigative report on unsafe lead levels in drinking water in Fort Worth schools, where he said it is important to know how much lead is in any child, as lead poisoning can cause multiple health and learning issues.

Clarinet recital

UTA clarinet lecturer Cheyenne Cruz is presenting a recital Friday, Oct. 28 at 7:30 p.m. at Magale Recital Hall at Northwestern State University as part of the duo WoodWired, PublicNow reported. 

Alumnus named emergency management/safety & risk manager

UTA alumnus William Griffith has been named emergency management/safety and risk manager for Keller, KWHI 1280 AM reported. Griffith holds a bachelor of science in biology and a master of science in chemistry from UTA.