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UTA In The News — Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

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UTA research in JAMA

UTA’s Jianzhong Su, professor and chair of mathematics, has discovered that diet changes and early diagnosis could help outcomes for patients with Glucose Transporter Type 1 Deficiency, a rare pediatric neurological disorder that can cause motor developmental problems and trigger seizures and epilepsy, Science Daily, Medical Express,, Health News Digest, Scienmag and Public Now reported. The research was published in the prestigious journal JAMA Neurology.

Community that Cares

UTA President Vistasp Karbhari told students that UTA is here to help whether a sexual assault or harrassment incident occurred on or off campus, the Shorthorn reported. Dr. Karbhari was responding to questions following a UT System survey that asked asked students about their experience with sexual assault and misconduct since entering college. He said UTA has many programs to help under the University's Community that Cares umbrella.

Professor featured

Kevin Schug, Shimadzu Distinguished Professor of Analytical Chemistry at UTA, was interviewed by The Analytical Scientist about how he became a chemist and different projects of his research group.

New provost

ASEE's First Bell reported that UTA has hired Teik C. Lim as provost and vice president for academic affairs. The American Society for Engineering Education newsletter cited a story that originally appeared in the Star-Telegram.

Student receives NSF grant

Shannon Beston, a third-year UTA doctoral student in biology, was selected to receive funds from the National Science Foundation's Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grants program to further her research into how fish brains and eyes evolved in response to predators, ScienMag reported.

Deep brain research

Research by UTA professors J.C. Chiao and Juan Bo Peng reveals that stimulating the deep brain structure may potentially ease chronic pain, and reported. According to researchers, electrical stimulation of the deep, middle brain structure could potentially offer an alternative treatment which is drug-free. 

Pollution prevention

UTA’s Division for Enterprise Development and the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality will co-sponsor a two-day training session on pollution prevention and lean business practices, PublicNow reported. 

Student startup

UTA startup SolGro won an honorable mention at the TCU Neely School of Business 2017 Values and Ventures competition, Fort Worth Business reported. SolGro provides a nano-phosphor embedded plastic to replace greenhouse canopies with technology that amplifies the sun’s UV light by converting the color spectrum unused by plants into wavelengths needed for photosynthesis.

UTA artists featured

Artscape, the Dallas Arboretum’s annual fine art show and sale, will feature UTA artists in its university zone, DFWchild reported. 

Lifetime award

Rhonda Harris, UTA alumna, member of UTA’s College of Engineering Board of Advisors and vice president of Tata and Howard, was awarded the Water Environment Association of Texas Lifetime Achievement Award, PR Web and many other media reported. 

Alumnus hired

UTA alumnus Jim Fant has been named executive managing director – acquisitions for Westmount Realty Capital, CityBizList and many other media reported. Fant earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from UTA.

Astronaut biopic

Priyanka Chopra will play the part of UTA alumna and astronaut Kalpana Chawla in her biopic, Yahoo! and Bollywood Life reported. Chawla was one of the seven crew members who died in the 1997 Space Shuttle Columbia disaster.