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UTA In The News — Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

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Pain outcomes

Robert J. Gatchel, UTA Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Nancy P. & John G. Penson Endowed Professor of Clinical Health Psychology, has focused international attention on how chronic pain patients' irrational doubts about never getting better can influence treatment outcomes, Science Magazine,, and reported. 

Texas artist award

Sedrick Huckaby, UTA assistant professor of art, has been named the 2018 Texas State Visual Artist 2D by the Texas Commission on the Arts

Texas Trust help

Texas Trust Credit Union’s Spirit Debit Reward card has generated $50,000 for UTA, according to Business Wire. The money earned from the debit card will go directly to the UTA Mavericks general scholarship fund. 

Greenway energy

Greenway Innovative Energy Inc. has successfully installed its proprietary GIE G-Reformer® unit, according to the Daily Times Leader. The unit performs the initial natural gas to syngas conversion in a new lab at UTA for producing pure high cetane synfuel.

New veterans executive director

James Krumm, a combat veteran and experienced higher education administrator, has been hired as UTA’s executive director for veteran’s programs, according to

Alumna profiled

Leann Denney, a chemotherapy nurse at the VA Hospital in Oklahoma City, was profiled in the Oklahoma Nursing Times. As an undergraduate, Denney attended UTA’s College of Nursing and Health Innovation.

Alumnus hired

Austin Nguyen has joined KAGS NBC 23 in College Station as a multi-media journalist, the outlet reported. Nguyen obtained his bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism from UTA. 

Colorado licensed

Katie Butler has been admitted to practice law in the state of Colorado, according to Law Week Colorado. Butler received her undergraduate degree from UTA. 

Transportation forum

The City of Arlington will host a public transportation forum on Thursday, May 25 at UTA’s Lone Star Theater, reported. 

Student veteran featured

Luis Martinez, a single dad and veteran who received a free solar panel from another veteran, was featured in a story on KIDY Fox 19 in San Angelo, Texas. Martinez is working on a master’s at UTA. 

Intelligence talk

Allan Saxe, UTA Associate Professor of political science, was interviewed on KLIF 570 AM about President Trump’s decision to share intelligence information with Russian officials. Saxe said it is important to consider whether Russia is an ally or an adversary.


Art therapy

A seed grant from the College of Liberal Arts funded Artopia, a series of art therapy workshops for veterans dealing with service-related trauma.  A cross-disciplinary research team is studying the results of the program.