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UTA In The News — Monday, April 17, 2017

Monday, April 17, 2017

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Software tool

George Siemens, executive director of UTA’s LINK Research Lab, was interviewed by EdSurge about UTA’s involvement in the partnership involving six colleges around the world to build a software tool, OnTask, that allows professors to organize and pre-write email communications with students. “OnTask identifies the challenges students face and gives regular feedback in the form of a detailed automated email that’s personalized,” Siemens said. The LINK Lab is the Learning Innovation and Networked Knowledge Lab at UTA.

Parking, security app

John Priest, a UTA professor in the Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering Department, and 13 industrial engineering students, have created a smartphone app conceptual design to help students, faculty and staff locate and reserve available parking spots and make students more secure, ASEE First Bell reported. The app “would receive data collected by lamppost-mounted high-resolution cameras, which would then feed that information” to users. The article initially appeared in Dallas Innovates.

Fair housing

Stephen Mattingly, a UTA civil engineering associate professor, is leading an interdisciplinary study to assess fair housing challenges across the region, looking at proactively removing barriers among affected populations, reported. 

Trump talk

Allan Saxe, UTA associate professor of political science, was interviewed by WREC 600 AM in Memphis, Tenn., WTKS 104.1 AM in Cocoa Beach, Fla., and local KLIF 570 AM about President Trump’s negotiations with the Democrats about health insurance plans and other pressing issues like the potential conflict in Korea. 

Texas history book

UTA history lecturer Bradley Folsom was interviewed by Texas Public Radio KUT News about his new biography about Joaquin de Arredondo, “Arredondo: Last Spanish Ruler of Texas and Northeastern New Spain.” Folsom says that Arredondo and his troops reduced Texas’ population by half during the Battle of Medina in 1813, the bloodiest battle in Texas history. 

Robotics demonstration

The Dallas Morning News featured a photograph of UTA research scientist Kris Doelling demonstrating the use of Microsoft HoloLens during the 2017 National Robotics Week Showcase at UTARI, The University of Texas at Arlington Research Institute. 

Main Street festival

UTA sponsors the UTA MAIN Stage at Ninth Street at the Main Street Arts Festival April 20-23, Fort Worth Business reported. 

Student running for mayor

UTA political science student Dakota Joseph Loupe is a candidate in the local Arlington mayor's race May 9, a Star-Telegram editorial in support of incumbent Mayor Jeff Williams reported.

Teacher of the year

UTA alumna Janice Michelle Duncan of Cherokee High School was awarded 9-12 Division Teacher of the Year by Tennessee's Hawkins County School System, The Rogersville Review reported. Duncan earned a master's of education leadership and policy studies from UTA. 

Alumna earns new post

UTA alumna Ginny Goldsmith has joined Westmount Realty Capital as director of property management – office and industrial, CityBizList and many other media outlets reported.  

New principal

UTA alumna Jenny Harstrom has been named principal of Lewis Elementary School in the Forney Independent School District, reported.