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UTA In The News — Monday, October 2, 2017

Monday, October 2, 2017

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Zinc study

Zinc supplements can significantly inhibit the proliferation of esophageal cancer cells, according to a new study co-authored by Zui Pan, an associate professor of nursing in UTA’s College of Nursing and Health Innovation, Medindia, The Hindu Business Line, Malay Mail Online, Free Malaysia Today, Yahoo! Style and many other media outlets reported. The finding was published this month in The FASEB Journal, the official journal of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology.

Better composites

The University of Texas at Arlington has received a $600,000 grant from Boeing to test composite components that officials believe will lead to longer-lasting aircraft and identify when those components might fail, Dallas Innovates and Composites Manufacturing Magazine reported. Andrew Makeev, UTA professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering and director of the Advanced Materials and Structures Lab, will lead the project.

Weather mapping

Seongjin Noh, assistant professor for research in UTA's Civil Engineering Department, will use a two-year, $209,564 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration grant to create a streamflow data assimilator to improve the National Weather Service's ability to monitor and predict floods and droughts in the nation's rivers and streams, Scienmag reported.

Water research

A new research partnership between the Water Environment & Reuse Foundation and UTA seeks to tackle one of the most challenging and persistent water contaminants — perfluorooctane sulfonate, Chemical Engineering reported.

National panel

University of Texas at Arlington’s Diane Jones Allen has been selected to a national panel looking at what urban design policies can help cities better withstand natural disasters, Dallas Innovates reported. Allen is the program director for landscape architecture at UTA’s College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs.

Space traveler

Anousheh Ansari, entrepreneur and space explorer, is the next Maverick Speakers Series speaker Tuesday night, Texas Book Lover reported. Ansari will speak about and sign her book: My Dream of Stars: From Daughter of Iran to Space Pioneer.

Provost announcement

Teik Lim, former dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Cincinnati, in Ohio, has been appointed provost and vice president for academic affairs at the University of Texas at Arlington, Inside Higher Ed reported.

Semingson featured

Peggy Semingson, associate professor of Literacy Studies Education at UTA’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction in the College of Education, was featured in a profile on the Literacy Daily blog on the International Literacy Association website.

UTA doing testing

UTA is collaborating with Apache Corp. to study the water situation around West Texas’ Balmorhea, including baseline testing before drilling starts, the Austin American-Statesman reported. Apache is mining the West Texas area for oil and natural gas.

UTA hackathon

Students from all over North Texas took part in a 24-hour hackathon at The University of Texas at Arlington this past weekend, KXAS NBC 5 reported. The groups were focused on disaster recovery and how technology can help automate systems or even distribute supplies.

Mass transportation

Arlington is exploring mass transportation options like employing 14-passenger vans this year, the Star-Telegram reported. The article also said the city, UTA and businesses have teamed up for MAX, short for Metro ArlingtonXpress, that runs from the TRE/Centreport station to downtown Arlington and UTA. But City Manager Trey Yelverton said that service will cease when the contract expires at the end of the year.

National Night Out

UTA police will host its National Night Out event Tuesday, reported.

College and Career Night

Hundreds of students filled the floor of the Bell County Expo Center this week to figure out what to do after graduation, the Temple Daily Telegram reported. UTA was one of the universities represented during the Centex College & Career Night at the center.

UTA prof to deliver lecture

Kenton Rambsy, UTA assistant professor of English, will deliver a lecture at Arcadia University this week, Pennsylvania’s reported.

Alumnus hired

Andrew Wells, a UTA College of Business alumnus, was hired as Masaba Inc.’s new regional sales manager for the southwestern United States, Iowa’s Sioux City Journal reported.

New executive director

Cape Cod Young Professionals announced Lauren Barker as its new executive director, Massachusetts’ The Falmouth Enterprise reported. Barker received her master’s degree in public administration from UTA.