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UTA In The News — Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

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Using technology effectively

A new study finds that young adults believe they learn more from technology than from fellow humans, Inside Higher Ed reported. Peggy Semingson, a UTA associate professor of curriculum and instruction, was quoted extensively in the article. She said skepticism about the power of technology in academia is shortsighted. After all, nearly all technology has human fingerprints on it. “Why are we knowledge guardians? Some people are clinging to that,” Semingson said. “I don’t see it that way. I see my role as guiding students but also giving them tools to more effectively use technology.”

Talanta Medal winner

Sandy Dasgupta, the Hamish Small Chair of Ion Analysis in the UTA Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, has been named recipient of the 2017 Talanta Medal, an international award that recognizes world leaders in the analytical chemistry field,, Scienmag and Health Medicine Network reported.

Confederate statues

Allan Saxe, a UTA associate professor of political science, talked about the movement to remove Confederate statues from cities and universities, reported. KXAS NBC 5 also aired the story. Saxe talked about UTA’s move away from its Rebel mascot to the Mavericks in the late 1960s as part of the story. KLIF 570 ran interviewed Saxe on a similar story.

New AHA directive

The American Heart Association will now require the use of an instrumented directive feedback device in all courses that teach adult CPR skills, effective Jan. 31, 2019, the North Dakota Valley City Times Record, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and many other media outlets reported. Beth Mancini, AHA volunteer and UTA professor in the College of Nursing and Health Innovation, said the association trains more than 22 million people in CPR annually through its course offerings. “Integrating science and technology into CPR courses significantly enhances and augments the CPR training experience,” she said.

Ranked nationally

The University of Texas at Arlington was ranked No. 5 nationally as the most affordable online RN to BSN program according to, WVUE Fox 8 in New Orleans, Crossroads Today, and many other websites reported.

Eclipse prediction

Ramon Lopez, a space physicist at UTA, said every organized civilization develops a calendar, which is one of the steps to predicting an eclipse without a computer, Atlas Obscura reported.

Watching total eclipse

Moises Castillo, a UTA PhD physics candidate, will study the total eclipse of the sun Monday at  the UT Rio Grande Valley observatory in Brownsville, KVEO NBC 23 in Harlingen, Texas, reported.

Photographic exhibit

Kenda North, UTA professor and area coordinator in photography, will be featured in an Arlington Museum of Art exhibit titled “Seeing is a Nervous Habit” Aug. 19-Oct. 8, Fort Worth Magazine reported.

Documentary history

In a column, UTA film professor Bart Weiss considers the history of documentaries in an era when truth is distorted as fake. Weiss, an award-winning independent film and video producer, is an associate professor of film at UTA. He also is co-founder of VideoFest and the Video Association of Dallas.

Weather ready

Timber Creek High School in Keller is first school in entire state to be designated weather ready, KRLD 1080 and KTVT CBS 11 reported. UTA was mentioned in the article as also having the weather ready designation.

Alumnus passes exam

Richard Hebert, a UTA alumnus in the College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs, recently passed his licensure exams and became a licensed architect, Biz New Orleans reported. He has been with Sizeler Thompson Brown Architects since 2006.

Downtown Georgetown

Kim McAuliffe, the new downtown development manager for Georgetown, Texas, shared some of her goals for downtown, Community Impact reported. McAuliffe is pursuing her master’s degree in public administration from UTA.