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UTA In The News — Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

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Detecting bots

A UTA-led team is building computer tools to detect social bots within the worldwide web that create and spread fake news, Hindustan Times, India-based Outlook, The, Scienmag, Science X Newsletter’s The Edge and many other media outlets reported. Chengkai Li and Christoph Csaller, UTA associate professors in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, and Mark Tremayne, UTA assistant professor in the Department of Communication, are on the team.

Better laser

UTA electrical engineering professor Weidong Zhou is leading research to develop a laser with a significantly smaller frame and the same amount of power, reported.

Piper professor

Bob Woods, a longtime UTA mechanical engineering professor and founder of the UTA racing team, has been named a 2017 Piper Professor by the San Antonio-based Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation, pressreader reported in publishing an article that originally ran in The Dallas Morning News.

New rankings

UTA’s online master’s of education degree in educational leadership and policy and online master’s of science degree in nursing have been ranked No. 3 and 6, respectively, according to College Values Online, reported.

Jazz band

The UTA Jazz Band is performing at the Hawaii Summer Jazz Institute today, KGMB CBS 23 in Honolulu reported.

Scholarship winners

Ankitkumar Patel, April Horton and Chibueze Enyinnaya will be attending UTA after receiving individual scholarships from the Material Handling Education Foundation, and reported.

Outstanding students

Yadira Cisneros of Bryan Adams High School and Samone Oliver of Seagoville High School will be attending UTA after receiving United Negro College Fund scholarships, Dallas school district’s The Hub reported.

Former provost news

Prairie View A&M University President George Wright is stepping down to return full time to the classroom to teach history, an Associated Press story said in the Houston Chronicle, the Austin American-Statesman, KRIS NBC 6 in Corpus Christi and many other media outlets. Wright was executive vice president for academic affairs and provost at UTA earlier in his career.

Alumnus move

Matt Childs has joined HawkeyePedershaab Concrete Technologies Inc. as a precast machinery specialist, Concrete Products reported. Childs was president of the American Concrete Association for the last 12 years. Childs holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering from UTA.