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UTA In The News — Monday, April 3, 2017

Monday, April 3, 2017

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Student research

UTA student Jessica Lilley has developed a new way to use a thumbprint to determine if someone has handled illegal drugs, KTVT CBS 11, EIN News, KAUZ CBS 6 in Wichita Falls and KYTX CBS 19 in Tyler reported. Lilley worked with a professor on the project and hopes to commercialize the scanner.

Glass Arts featured

KXAS NBC 5 highlighted the UTA Glass Arts Program ahead of the group's annual glass art fundraiser sale. Justin Ginsberg, assistant professor and glass area coordinator, explained the process as students hand-crafted the art.

International collaboration

UTA researchers have partnered with five international universities to create a software tool that provides timely and personalized feedback to help students adjust their studying throughout the course, Scienmag reported.

UTA wins award reported that Gov. Greg Abbott's Committee on People with Disabilities announced the winners of the 34th Annual Barbara Jordan Media Awards, which recognizes media that accurately and positively reports on individuals with disabilities. UTA Senior Video Producer Teresa Schnyder was honored for her video highlighting UTA's selection by the U.S. Department of State to host Ethiopian adaptive sports advocates.

Tiny houses

KXAS NBC 5 reported on "tiny houses" built by UTA College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs students as part of their senior design project. The homes are less than 400 square feet in size.

Immunity requested

Allan Saxe, UTA associate professor of political science, discussed former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn’s willingness to testify in exchange for immunity with WOOD 106.9 FM in Grand Rapids, Mich., and WDRC 102.9 FM in Hartford, Conn.

Heroes of the Dorm

UTA is among four universities with a team in the Final Four of the Heroes of the Dorm collegiate video game tournament, the Times-Standard reported. UTA will play UC Irvine on Saturday and the winner will go on to the grand final. Winners of the tournament can win up to $400,000 in tuition.

Alumna named CFO

Alumna Jill Richardson has joined MAP International as vice president and chief financial officer, Golden Isles News reported. Richardson earned a master of professional accounting degree from UTA.

UTA graduate named superintendent

The Herald-Banner reported that alumnus Dr. Demetrus Liggins has accepted a position superintendent for Greenville Independent School District. Liggins received his doctoral degree in K-16 Educational Leadership from UTA.

New practice leader

Fort Worth Business reported that alumnus Brandon W. O’Donald has been named a new practice leader for Pape-Dawson Engineers Inc. He earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from UTA.

Community that Cares

In a Texas Tribune article, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs Heather Snow and School of Social Work Dean Scott D. Ryan wrote that UTA has a proven record of creating innovative programs to prevent relationship violence and sexual assault on campus.