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UTA In The News — Friday, November 18, 2016

Friday, November 18, 2016

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SEIR building a science showcase

The new UTA Science and Engineering Innovation and Research building will become a facility to put science on display, The Dallas Morning News reported. Construction Dive also reported that the SEIR building was one of the top seven highest valued projects among higher education construction projects announced in October.

Former astronaut visits

Former Astronaut José Hernández told a packed house at UTA's Nedderman Hall about his journey from being a migrant farm worker as a child to an astronaut for NASA, KXTX Telemundo 39 reported. Hernández’s speech was sponsored by UTA, GM and the U.S. Hispanic Leadership Institute.

Improved drugs

UTA biochemists have demonstrated the mechanism behind how thiopurine drugs suppress immune response, HealthCanal, MyInforms and PublicNow reported. This knowledge could lead to an improvement of those drugs, which are commonly used to treat autoimmune disorders and cancers. Jongyun Heo, associate professor of chemistry, led the study published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry.

ApplyUTA explored

Infórmate DFW magazine reported on ApplyUTA, a program to identify and assist exceptional college-ready students in the Latino community interested in enrolling at UTA. Through the initiative, students can meet in-person on and off campus with UTA faculty and staff who are knowledgeable about recruitment, admissions and the financial aid process. The article appears on pg. 20 of the magazine

CPRIT award

Baohong Yuan, a UTA bioengineering associate professor, is one of several researchers who received Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas awards, PublicNow reported. Yuan’s project is titled “Super-resolution imaging of tumor angiogenesis in deep tissue with high specificity and sensitivity.”

Technology aids learning

Researchers at the University of Texas at Arlington are using computers and wearable technology to explore how physical and emotional states affect attention and self-regulation during learning, SmartBrief reported. The findings are expected to help guide schools' investments and educators' instructional methods.

Dancing Classrooms

Larry Nelson, UTA associate professor of kinesiology, is transforming physical education in some Dallas and Fort Worth School districts with Dancing Classrooms, MultiBriefs reported. The purpose of the program is to build social awareness, confidence and self-esteem through social dance. Ten years after its establishment, the program has been implemented in 275 schools in the area and continues to grow. 

Textbook rejected

The Texas State Board of Education preliminarily voted 14-0 to reject a Mexican-American history textbook that scholars have said was riddled with inaccuracies, Austin-based KUT 90.5 FM reported. Sam Haynes, UTA history professor and director of the Center for Greater Southwestern Studies, said the use of 1940s and 1950s B-movies about Texas struck him as odd about the textbook. He said the book also tends to perpetuate this narrative of “Anglo-Saxon civilization and Native American savagery.”

Groundwater study

Apache Corp. has announced a significant discovery in oil and natural gas in West Texas, reported. Apache has funded UTA to conduct a significant water study in the area.

UTA alum named town manager

SoVaNow, which is the South Boston News & Record and Mecklenburg Sun, reported that Angela Lawrence has been named the new Chase City town manager. Lawrence received her master’s degree in management from UTA.