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UTA In The News — Friday, March 10, 2017

Friday, March 10, 2017

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Security robot

Stacy Stephens, a UTA alumnus, demonstrated his Knightscope K-5, a fully autonomous robot that can detect crime using a variety of sensors including video cameras, thermal sensors, a laser range finder, air quality sensors and a microphone at UTA’s College Park Center Thursday, KDFW Fox 4, The Dallas Morning News, KTVT CBS 11, WFAA ABC 8, the Star-Telegram. KHOU CBS 11 in Houston, KENS CBS 5 in San Antonio and many other media outlets. Capt. Mike McCord was interviewed by WBAP 820 AM about the robot.

Better imaging

Researchers at The University of Texas at Arlington are working on a project which could have a sizable impact on imaging technologies, by developing new mathematical theories that can help solve outstanding problems, reported. Gaik Ambartsoumian, UTA associate professor of mathematics, is principal investigator of the project.

Changes needed

A study that UTA researchers contributed to gives voice to women who have placed a child for adoption and suggests changes to the options and policies of the counseling industry, Newswise, BioSpace and many other media outlets reported. Dean Scott Ryan, dean and Jenkins Garrett Professor at the UTA School of Social Work, and UTA social work doctoral candidates Olga Verbovaya and Marcus Crawford collaborated on the study with researchers from Baylor University and the University of Alaska-Anchorage.

Honor roll

UTA is one of only 63 institutions in the nation named to Phi Theta Kappa’s 2017 Transfer Honor Roll, reported. The honor roll recognizes excellence and success in the development of community college transfer pathways. 

AT&T challenge

Christoph Csallner, UTA associate professor in Department of Computer Science and Engineering, said whatever caused the 911 outage of AT&T cell phones, the company faces a massive process to search for what caused the problem, KTVT CBS 11 reported.

Trump appointment

Allan Saxe, UTA associate professor of political science, talked about President Trump’s appointment of retired Gen. James Mattis as the new defense secretary, WDRC 1360 AM of Hartford, Conn., reported. He said Mattis isn’t necessarily politically correct but added that is an important factor of why Trump was elected.

Trailblazer featured

UTA’s Kate Holliday, director of the David Dillon Center for Texas Architecture in the College of Architecture, Planning, and Public Affairs, wrote a story about Jane Landry, who was the first woman named fellow of the American Institute of Architects Dallas, and a trailblazer in that industry in AIA Dallas Springboard.

Celebrating women

USA Today reported on a UTA tweet celebrating International Women’s Day saying that women faculty makes up 41 percent of UTA’s Department of Industrial, Manufacturing and Systems Engineering. reported on Kalpana Chawla, a UTA engineering alumnus, as part of its celebration of the day. Chawla died with her seven crewmates in the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster.

Women's team wins

The No. 2-seeded UT Arlington women claimed their first Sun Belt Championship win and advanced to the conference semifinals after defeating South Alabama 65-53 on Thursday night at Lakefront Arena, the Star-Telegram reported.

Disability sports help

A UTA contingent will share its expertise about disability sports programs with leaders on the international front March 11 through April 13, Newroom America reported in a story about Sport for Community. The program is designed to empower people with disabilities and promote rights and inclusion worldwide. The five-week exchange will match the emerging leaders with American executives in top disability sports organizations from across the country.