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UTA In The News — Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

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Helping babies

Hanli Liu, a UTA bioengineering professor, is working with a team from UT Southwestern to help newborns who suffer from encephalopathy, PublicNow reported. Liu is using $500,000 of a $1.73 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to integrate a portable brain imaging system that will better measure the babies' neurophysiology in real time, providing physicians needed analysis to treat encephalopathy more quickly.

McNair Scholars

The University of Texas at Arlington received a $1.4 million, five-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education to further the efforts of the McNair Scholars program, Scienmag reported. The program assists undergraduate students who are first-generation college students, from low-income and minority populations, continue their education and pursue master's and doctoral degrees.

Veterans Upward Bound

The U.S. Department of Education awarded a five-year, $1.3 million grant to The University of Texas at Arlington to renew funding for the University's highly successful Veterans Upward Bound program, PublicNow reported.

CARS profiled

The UTA School of Social Work’s Center for Addiction and Recovery Studies was featured in a story in Arlington Today. “There has really been much more focus on helping people work through the trauma that has not been resolved,” said Debra Woody, associate dean of UTA’s School of Social Work. “That’s part of what we do. That’s kind of our cutting-edge perspective on substance abuse.”

New Orleans work

Diane Jones Allen, the program director for Landscape Architecture at UTA’s College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs, spoke about her work in New Orleans’s Lower Ninth Ward at the second Black in Design conference, The Architect’s Newspaper reported. The Harvard University Graduate School of Design’s African American Student Union organized the three-day event.

Architecture highlighted

Mark Lamster’s book, The Island That Nobody Knows, which explores Boston’s Deer Island, a former prison and quarantine site that now houses the city’s sewage plant, was reviewed in Hyperallergic. Lamster is a professor in practice in UTA’s College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs and the architecture critic at The Dallas Morning News. In separate news, Lamster was one of the panelists at the Dallas Architecture Forum’s Cultural Developments in Dallas event last night, the Dallas Observer reported.

Texas Teacher of the Year

Tara Bordeaux, a media arts teacher at Austin’s Lanier Early College High School, has been named Texas Teacher of the Year, the Star-Telegram reported. Bordeaux received her degree from UTA.

Gas-to-liquids technology

Greenway Technologies recently shared information about its innovative gas-to-liquids technology at the East Africa Chamber of Commerce Conference in Dallas, Financial Buzz and many other media outlets reported. Greenway sponsored a GTL pilot plant at UTA, where the technology is being advanced.

Educational attainment

Dallas-Fort Worth ranks 38th in educational attainment among the nation’s 100 major metros, according to the Census Bureau’s 2016 American Community Survey. The bureau counted 4.65 million adults over the age of 25 in the region, with 1.58 million or 33.9 percent holding four-year degrees, the Dallas Business Journal reported in a story that originally published in Buffalo Business First. UTA ranked first in enrollment in an accompanying list of North Texas public universities.

Trump cabinet

UTA’s Allan Saxe, an associate professor of political science, explained on KLIF 570 AM that President Trump’s infighting with his cabinet is not unprecedented. He said Presidents Lincoln and Lyndon Baines Johnson had public spats with their cabinet members. Saxe also analyzed Trump’s tweets on North Korea, Iran and Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker on Michigan’s WOOD 106.9 FM.

Fairchild appointed

The University of Texas at Arlington has appointed Michael Fairchild as undergraduate adviser for its new construction management program, the ENR Texas & Louisiana reported. Fairchild has been teaching at UTA as an adjunct professor in civil engineering since 2009. He has 40 years of experience in architecture, development and construction. ENR is the Engineering News-Record, which provides engineering and construction news to the industry.

UTA alumnus profiled

Miles Shaffer was featured in The Bowie News after receiving a heart transplant in June. Shaffer is a 2014 UTA graduate.