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UTA In The News — Monday, December 19, 2016

Monday, December 19, 2016

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Pride and honor

UTA student Phyllis McGeath graduated Friday in honor of her son - a Marine who was killed in action before he finished his degree. Her story continues to garner national attention, with interviews on the Fox News Network Sunday morning program, Fox and Friends, as well as KTVT CBS 11, WFAA ABC 8, KXAS NBC 5 and KGBT CBS 4 in the Rio Grande Valley.

Science presentation

UTA scientists participated in the American Geophysical Union's Fall Meeting in San Francisco on Dec. 14, where scientists from various institutes including NASA, UTA and the University of Hawaii presented an overview of the 2017 total solar eclipse, Science World Report, Space.com and MyInforms reported. 

AI mental health tool

UTA Professor of Computer Science and Engineering Fillia Makedon, and Vassilis Athitsos, associate professor of computer science and engineering, are combining computing power and psychiatric expertise to design an artificial intelligence system that can assess attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder or ADHD, Awaken reported. 

Electoral college

UTA Associate Professor of Political Science Allan Saxe was interviewed by KTKS FM 104 in Cocoa Beach, Fla., WREC 600 AM in Memphis, Tenn. and WOOF 99.7 FM in Dothan, Al., about the allegations that Russia hacked the U.S. election process and about the upcoming meeting of the electoral college. 

Men's basketball team

UTA’s men’s basketball team has hung on for an 8th straight win, scoring 56-51 over Bradley, The Associated Press, Yahoo Sports and many other media reported.

Alumnus in the spotlight

Eli Ochoa, president and CEO of ERO Architects and a UTA alumnus, recently completed work on the McAllen Performing Arts Center, Progress Times reported. 

Alumnus in the spotlight

UTA alumnus Vishal Sanghai, a Mumbai-born engineer now working for San Diego-based Peregrine Semiconductors, was quoted in an Outlook India article on President-elect Donald Trump’s plans for Indians on H-1B visas in the United States.

Alumnus in the spotlight

UTA alumnus and Cedar Hill High School head coach Joey McGuire has been hired by Baylor's new football staff, Best College Sports reported. 

Alumna in the spotlight

Respected registered nurse and UTA alumna Sally M. Arendall will be honorably mentioned in the Worldwide Leaders in Healthcare, PR Buzz reported.