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UTA In The News — Monday, March 6, 2017

Monday, March 6, 2017

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Undergraduate research

ASEE First Bell, a newsletter produced by the American Society for Engineering Education, featured UTA undergraduate research by a student team led by Letia Blanco, who is now with Raytheon. The research produced a smart bandage that was recently patented. UTA faculty advisers – Engineering Professors Panos Shiakolas and Pranesh Aswath – advised and guided the student team. The news item appears in the Research and Development section. 

Flu fighter

Perena Gouma, UTA professor in the Materials Science and Engineering Department, explained her research that produced a breathalyzer, which can detect whether a person has the flu, KTVT CBS 11 reported. KGPE CBS 47 in Fresno, Calif., WSBT CBS 22 in South Bend, Ind., KLBK CBS 40 in Lubbock, Texas, WMSN Fox 49 in Madison, Wisc., KWTX CBS 10 in Waco and many other media outlets carried the KTVT story.

Workforce-ready graduates

UTA has the second lowest student debt average in the nation and the third highest number of workforce-ready students among public universities in Texas, UTA President Vistasp Karbhari wrote in a column for TribTalk, the opinion website of The Texas Tribune.

Hervey tabbed

Kevin Hervey, a UTA 6-9 junior forward, is one of the players poised to become a Cinderella star in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament, USA Today and several other media outlets reported. UTA was listed as the No. 13 seed in the Midwest portion of an unofficial NCAA pre-tournament selection bracket, Illinois’ News-Gazette reported. Teams will be invited March 12.

Robot companion

Researchers at The University of Texas at Arlington Research Institute are studying how robots can provide realistic companionship and cognitive therapy to senior citizens, KFDM CBS 25 in Beaumont, Texas, reported. The original report aired on KTVT CBS 11. UTA’s Julienne Greer, an assistant professor in theatre arts, is leading the research.

Microbial impacts studied

The Barnett Shale blog featured a question from UTA’s C.L.E.A.R. Facebook page which asked: does chemistry affect biology or does biology change chemistry? UTA’s Collaborative Laboratories for Environmental Analysis and Remediation or C.L.E.A.R.’s latest work around Texas is examining the groundwater microbiome to determine whether changes in groundwater quality are altering microbial communities or whether changes in microbial diversity are responsible for changes in water quality. Visit for updates.

Folk art festival coming

Arlington will be the sister city for featuring the Santa Fe International Folk Art Market on the UTA campus June 16-17, reported.

Finding more teachers

UTA’s partnership with the Grand Prairie school district, which aims to produce more K-12 teachers, was one of several collaborative efforts featured in a San Marcos Corridor News story. 

Trump talk

Allan Saxe, UTA associate professor of political science, talked about President Trump’s allegations of former President Obama’s wiretapping of his campaign and other Trump disputes on WREC 600 AM in Memphis, Tenn., and WTKS 104.1 FM in Orlando, Fla.

UTA growth

UTA was listed as one of the fastest growing universities in Texas in a Houston Chronicle story about how Houston Community College is working to make it easier to transfer credits to other colleges. UTA is featured on the 14th slide.

Alumnus named to board

EXCO Resources Inc. named Anthony Horton to its board of directors, WVIR NBC 29 in Charlottesville, Va., WLIO NBC 8 in Lima, Ohio, and many other media outlets reported. Horton has a bachelor’s degree in management and economics, and a master’s degree in accounting and finance, both from UTA. Horton is chief financial officer and executive vice president of Energy Future Holdings Corp.

Graduate named pastor

Brett Cottrell has been named the London First Baptist Church pastor, the Courier News in Russellville, Ark., reported. Cottrell received a UTA bachelor’s degree in communication.

Alumnus provides keynote

Bryant Wyatt, Tarleton State University professor of mathematics, provided the keynote talk for last week’s Research Council on Mathematics Learning 2017 Conference in Fort Worth, The Flash Today reported. Wyatt received his doctorate in applied mathematics from UTA.