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UTA In The News — Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

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UTA president travel warning

UTA President Vistasp M. Karbhari has urged students and faculty from the seven countries covered by President Donald Trump’s temporary travel ban not to travel outside the United States, the Star-Telegram and the Arlington Voice reported. 

UTA-BRIT agreement

UTA and the Botanical Research Institute of Texas are teaming up to offer expanded research opportunities for students, the Star-Telegram and the Fort Worth Business Press reported. The goal is to create new discoveries and enable job creation for the area.

Flu detection

Perena Gouma, a professor in UTA’s Materials Science and Engineering Department, has published an article in the journal Sensors that describes her invention of a hand-held breath monitor that can potentially detect the flu virus, Science Daily, Outbreak News TodayNews-Medical.net and several other media outlets reported.

Increasing energy

Sahadat Hossain, a UTA civil engineering professor, is working with the city of Denton to boost methane gas production of that city’s landfill, Waste360 reported. Hossain, who heads up UTA’s Solid Waste Institute for Sustainability, also is conducting landfill mining there to extend the life of the landfill.

Hormones-addiction link

Research about the link between hormones and cocaine addiction by Linda Perrotti, UTA associate professor of psychology, was cited in an article that suggests birth control hormone-based drugs could help some women kick a cocaine habit, The Fix reported.

New AIAA Fellow

Frank Lu, a professor in UTA’s Aerospace Engineering Department, has been named a Fellow of the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics, Science Magazine reported. He is the first UTA faculty member to earn the honor.

"Bromosexual" relationships

Eric Russell, a UTA doctoral student in social psychology, co-authored an article in Inverse Science about “bromosexual” friendships or friendships between gay and straight men. The authors write that such friendships are starting to gain more attention and acceptance. 

Boosting under-represented groups

UTA is one of 10 major universities that have joined together with the goal of increasing the number of university faculty from under-represented groups, according to The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education. The other institutions include Cornell University, Northwestern University and Boston University. 

UTA nursing lauded

In an interview on WFAA ABC 8, Joanna Slaton, early college director of Grand Prairie ISD, described UTA’s nursing program as one of the best in the state. 

Travel impact

Bart Weiss, UTA associate professor of art and film, said the Dallas International Film Festival could face difficulties bringing foreign filmmakers to town because of the presidential executive order restricting travel from certain nations, The Dallas Morning News reported.

Health impact

Kevin Schug, UTA Shimadzu Distinguished Professor of Analytical Chemistry, talked about the potential health impact of a foul-smelling gas seeping into homes in a Plano neighborhood, KTVT CBS 11 reported.

Dean welcomes new nursing leader

Anne Bavier, dean of UTA’s College of Nursing and Health Innovation, said Cole Edmonson will fulfill the National Leauge of Nursing's mission of preparing "an outstanding, diverse and culturally competent nursing workforce,"  WAVE NBC 3 in Louisville, Ky., WFLX Fox 29 in West Palm Beach, Fla., and many other media outlets reported. Bavier, who is the NLN president, was addressing Edmonson being named chair of the NLN Foundation for Nursing Education.

Alum Pulitzer guest speaker

Dominic Bracco II, a UTA Spanish and journalism graduate and freelance reporter and photographer based in Mexico City, was the guest speaker at the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting in Washington D.C.  Bracco’s work has appeared in numerous leading publications, including The Washington Post, The New York Times magazine and Harper’s.