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UTA In The News — Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

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More snakes

University of Louisiana Monroe’s amphibian and reptile collection has now taken up residence at UTA’s Amphibian and Reptile Diversity Research Center, KXAS NBC 5WFAA ABC 8, KTVT CBS 11 and KVUE ABC 39 in Austin reported. The 50,000-specimen collection includes snakes, lizards and frogs.

Detecting malware

A UTA research group is developing tools to detect and analyze malware, KERA 90.1 FM reported. The group is led by Christoph Csallner, an associate professor of computer science and engineering.

Making computing airborne

Yan Wan, UTA associate professor of electrical engineering, will lead a team of researchers that will produce an airborne computing platform for multiple unmanned aerial systems, Dallas Innovates reported.

Micro learning

An article about microlearning by Peggy Semingson, UTA associate professor of curriculum and instruction, was summarized in In the article, which originally appeared in Evolllution, Semingson said that micro content, defined as short bursts of learning that could be delivered electronically, could benefit busy non-traditional students. 

Glass birds featured

Blanket of Hope, a glass art project by UTA art lecturer Christine Heimerman, was featured on KTVT CBS 11. Heimerman is making glass birds, each of which represent one of the United Nations’ 193 member countries. Her goal is to have the birds displayed as a public art projects that inspire people to work toward peace.

Outstanding chapter

UTA’s campus chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists has been honored as one of the nation’s 12 outstanding campus chapters, reported. The chapter was honored for supporting the society’s missions, members and journalism. 

Scholarship winner

Pablo Arauz, a UTA journalism major, received a $5,000 scholarship from the Dallas Press Club, the Dallas Voice reported. Arauz is expected to graduate in May 2018. 

Alumnus named secretary

Alfred Vidaurri Jr. has been elected secretary of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards' board of directors, reported. Vidaurri, who serves as vice president of Freese and Nichols Inc., holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in architecture from UTA.

Law could hurt enrollment

Mindia Whittier, a UTA senior lecturer in the Department of Communication, spoke out against the state’s anti-sanctuary law at an Arlington City Council meeting, WBAP 820 AM reported. She said the law would hurt enrollment at UTA.

Saxe on Afghanistan

Allan Saxe, UTA associate professor of political science, was interviewed on WBAP 820 AM about President Trump’s decision to increase troop deployment in Afghanistan. Saxe said he believes Trump will not micromanage operations of the 16-year war.