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UTA In The News — Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

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Big data and medicine

Big data has become a big part of our lives, and UTA professor Heng Huang is looking to develop big data mining tools that could help scientists and physicians better predict clinical outcomes and lead to cures for such diseases as cancer, Dallas Innovates, ScienMag,  HealthMedicineNetwork and PublicNow reported.

Best for Vets

UTA was ranked No. 1 in Texas and No. 20 nationally out of 130 schools in the “Best for Vets: College 2017” ranking of four-year schools, Military Times reported. Broadly speaking, institutions were evaluated in five categories: university culture, academic outcomes/quality, student support, academic policies, and cost and financial aid.

UTA Libraries cited

UTA Libraries was cited alongside the Brooklyn Public Library, New York Public Library and Chicago Public Library as an institution that enables staff to contribute to the mission-driven success of the organization, through its Innovation Mini-Grant program, Library Journal reported. 

Endangered languages article

Colleen Fitzgerald, professor in UTA’s Department of Linguistics and TESOL and director for the National Science Foundation's Documenting Endangered Languages Program, published an article on the NSF’s website on researcher Daryl Baldwin. Baldwin is working to preserve the Myaamia language as a vibrant and visible symbol of identity and cultural pride for the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma.

Cognitive psychology seminar

Helen Abadzi, a lecturer in UTA’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction, presented a seminar last week at Cambridge University about her work in the field of cognitive psychology and neuroscience which was featured in the Daily Mail and NewsGrio. According to Abadzi, rote learning for children will help them become better decision makers in the long run.

Multiple phobias

Allan Saxe, UTA associate professor of political science, was featured on KTVT/CBS 11 describing his multiple phobias and how they have affected his life. He was also interviewed by WTKS 104.1 AM (Orlando, Fla.) about early voting and the implications of the new investigation into e-mails associated with Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. 

Political safety

Rebecca Deen, UTA chair of political science, was interviewed by WUHF Fox 4 (Rochester, N.Y.) on how most state house and senate seats are safe for one political party or another. “Political parties are more likely to draw the lines so that they are more likely to keep power,” Deen said. 

UTA to test groundwater

An editorial in the Houston Chronicle on Apache Corp.’s planned operations in West Texas cited UTA chemistry professor Kevin Schug’s project to carry out extensive groundwater testing in the area. 

Distinguished alumni to be honored

UTA’s Distinguished Alumni dinner is at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 10 in the E.H. Hereford University Center, the Star-Telegram reported. Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley, C. Keith Cargill, Maj. Gen. Daniel P. Hughes, Liz Johnson and Jocelyn Zee will be honored.

UTA alumnus on state board

UTA alumnus Brian Brumley has been named to the Texas State Board of Social Work Examiners, GuidryNews.com and Houston Style Magazine reported. Brumley received his master's of social work from UTA. 

SEIR groundbreaking

World Construction Network reported on the groundbreaking of UTA’s $125 million SEIR research building. 

Film crew call

UTA film graduate student Shelly Brandon has advertised a crew call for her short film “The proper care and keeping of joy,” ShortFilmTexas reported. Brandon is studying under Ya'Ke Smith and Bart Weiss, professors in the Department of Art and Art History.

UTA alumna in webinar

UTA alumna Allison J.H. Thompson, director of economic development and tourism for the city of Cedar Hill, is participating in a webinar organized by the International Economic Development Council, Planetizen reported. Thompson holds a master’s degree in urban affairs from UTA.

UTA alumnus in Peace Corps

UTA alumnus Justin Rickey is now a Teaching English as a Foreign Language instructor for the Peace Corps, Anthropologyworks reported. He has bachelor’s degrees in anthropology and history and a master’s degree in education from UTA.

UTA to host astronomical conference

UTA is sponsoring the 229th meeting of the American Astronomical Society, to be held in Grapevine Jan. 3-7, 2017, the American Astronomical Society reported.  The conference will include a kickoff town hall on the National Academies’ 2020 decadal survey of astronomy and astrophysics, and town halls with the leadership from NASA, NSF, and the national observatories.