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UTA In The News — Monday, July 24, 2017

Monday, July 24, 2017

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Neutrino research

UTA scientists will play an important role in the development of a 10-year, $1.4 billion international project named Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE), Star-Telegram, Perfscience, myinforms.com and KNBN NBC 21 in Rapid City, S.D., reported. The focus of the experiment will be on subatomic particles known as neutrinos. 

Excavating a mammoth

UTA students are assisting a team of experts to excavate the remains of a mammoth that was recently discovered in Parker County, the Star-Telegram reported. The mammoth is believed to have roamed that area 10,500 years ago. 

Fake news detection

Chengkai Li, a UTA associate professor of computer science and engineering, is working to detect fake news, D Magazine reported. Together with Christoph Csallner, UTA associate professor of computer science, and Mark Tremayne, UTA assistant professor of communication, they will design an algorithm to spot which news comes from social bots.

Salutatorian to attend UTA

Ningzhe “Sandy” Sun has been named salutatorian for Christ the King Cathedral School class of 2017, the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal reported. Sun will attend UTA in the fall. 

Letter commends online resources

In a letter to The Dallas Morning News, Michelle Bobadilla, UTA’s assistant provost for Hispanic Student Success, praised the availability of online resources that make it possible for Spanish-speaking parents to explore STAAR report cards in their native language. She called it an easy way to support a child’s education – even if English is not your first language. 

New executive vice president

Joseph Hoffmann has been named executive vice president and chief financial officer of Chicago-based IFG Companies, one of nation’s largest privately held insurance groups, Fort Worth Business reported. Hoffmann holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from UTA. 

Speechwriter alumna

Suzanne Coleman, who served as chief speechwriter for former Texas Gov. Ann Richards, has died at 70, the Austin American-Statesman reported. Coleman received her master’s degree in political science from UTA.