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UTA In The News — Monday, November 7, 2016

Monday, November 7, 2016

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Rainfall accuracy

D.J. Seo, a UTA civil engineering professor and hydrologic researcher, expects to improve the accuracy of rainfall maps produced by the National Weather Service by 10 to 20 percent for heavy-to-extreme rainfall events through a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration grant, reported. Greg Waller, service coordination hydrologist for the National Weather Service's West Gulf River Forecast Center, said Seo's work will enhance the agency's ability to better serve the public.

Using microwaves

UTA physicists have shown that using microwaves to activate photosensitive nanoparticles produces tissue-heating effects that ultimately lead to cell death within solid tumors, Tech Briefs reported. The new concept, which combines microwaves with photodynamic therapy, opens new avenues for targeting deeper tumors and has proven effective in rapidly and safely reducing tumor size.

UTA Veterans Day events

The University of Texas at Arlington will show appreciation for UTA students, faculty and staff who have served in the U.S. armed forces during Veterans Day 2016 events planned across campus, KXAS/NBC 5 and PublicNow reported. The weeklong celebration began with a Veterans Day Kickoff Party Saturday, Nov. 5, at the Student Veterans Assistance Center.

Editorial advocates awareness

A Houston Chronicle editorial says planned oil and gas operations near Balmorhea State Park by Houston-based Apache Corp. deserve heightened awareness and monitoring. The editorial mentioned that Apache has hired UTA to conduct the best and most comprehensive groundwater study anyone has ever done in the state of Texas.

Early voting soars

The heavy early voting in the presidential election has surprised Allan Saxe, a UTA associate professor of political science, the Star-Telegram and Yahoo! News reported. “For whatever one may think of Donald Trump, he has invigorated the political season,” said Saxe, who also talked with KLIF 570 AM about how the presidential election might shape up on Election Day.

Gubernatorial appointments

Gov. Greg Abbott has appointed Michael Guyton, Tina Mims and Jay Zeidman to the Small Business Assistance Advisory Task Force, reported. Guyton received his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from UTA. Mims received a bachelor of business administration in marketing and economics from UTA.

New principal

Arlington school district’s board of trustees appointed Vanessa Colón as principal of Johns Elementary, PublicNow reported. Colón earned her bachelor’s degree from UTA.

Pediatric nurse named

East Tennessee State University’s Johnson City Community Health Center recently added new pediatric nurse practitioner Becky Morrison to care for young patients, the Johnson City Press in Tennessee and Bristol Herald-Courier in Bristol, Va., reported. Morrison received her master’s degree in nursing from UTA.

Student attitudes

Gary Stidham, director of UTA’s Baptist student ministry, appeared in The State in Columbia, S.C., the Anniston, Ala., Star and many other media discussing the attitudes of Baptist students towards the presidential candidates. Many young UTA Baptists “have an affinity for whistleblowers” and Wikileaks because the leaks lay bare the shadiness of the rich and powerful like Clinton and Trump, Stidham said.