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UTA In The News — Friday, August 18, 2017

Friday, August 18, 2017

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Earth-like planet

UTA astrophysicists have predicted that an Earth-like planet may be lurking in a star system just 16 light years away, The Times of India, India Live Today,, ScienceDaily, Science Newsline and many other worldwide media outlets reported. Suman Satyal, UTA physics researcher, lecturer and laboratory supervisor; John Griffith, UTA undergraduate student, and long-time UTA physics professor Zdzislaw Musielak co-authored the findings, titled “Dynamics of a probable Earth-Like Planet in the GJ 832 System” in The Astrophysical Journal. KLIF 570 AM and several other Cumulus Media radio stations reported on the story as well.

UAV computing platform

UTA researchers are working on a networked airborne computing platform that will let drones act as generic movable computing devices capable of communicating with each other and their controller, GCN reported. The platform would allow operators to download fused information from unmanned aerial vehicles’ networks and respond in real time, and it would also enable the drones to share information with each other for safer flight management. Yan Wan, an associate professor in UTA's Department of Electrical Engineering, leads the team.


Peggy Semingson, UTA associate professor of curriculum and instruction, wrote a column for The EvoLLLution about how to engage non-traditional students with microlearning and mobile-compatible learning.

Zebra mussel infestation

The invasive zebra mussel has been moving south for years, leaving destruction its wake. Now, it is in Lake Travis, and it will soon make its way downstream, changing the look, feel and maybe even the taste of Austin’s lakes forever, Austin’s KUT 90.5 FM,, the Austin Monitor, Seattle’s KUOW 94.9 FM and many other media outlets reported. Robert McMahon, a UTA professor emeritus and zebra mussel researcher, said sometimes “you can find thousands per square meter.”

Solar eclipse event

The UTA Planetarium is hosting a solar eclipse viewing event Monday, Aug. 21, Fort Worth Magazine reported.

Teaching classical music

Douglas Buchanan, a composer, conductor, educator and performer in Baltimore, is returning to the Dallas area to teach music students from UTA, SMU, and Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, as well as Dallas’ homeless population and the Boys & Girls Club about the creation of classical music, KXAS NBC 5 reported. The Dallas Chamber Symphony and the TACA Bowden & Embrey Family Foundation Fund is commissioning Buchanan’s 18-month residency.