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UTA In The News — Friday, November 10, 2017

Friday, November 10, 2017

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Award for excellence

Kevin Schug, the Shimadzu Distinguished Professor of Analytical Chemistry in the College of Science, received the 2017 J. Calvin Giddings Award for Excellence in Education, Life Plus Health and the New Brunswick Herald reported. The award recognizes scientists who enhance the personal and professional development of students in the field of analytical chemistry.

Facial recognition

Apple’s new facial recognition software is not fail proof, a WFAA ABC 8 story proved. Vassilis Athitsos, associate professor in UTA’s Computer Science and Engineering Department, explained how the technology uses millions of data points to learn what facial features to recognize.

Political analysis

Allan Saxe, UTA associate professor of political science, rejected a Texas congressman’s attempt to force an impeachment vote on President Donald Trump before Christmas on KRLD 1080 AM, saying it was folly unless the Democrats gain control of the House. Saxe also analyzed Tuesday’s election results with KLIF 570 AM and WBAP 820 AM.

History in the making

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram predicted the upcoming UTA men’s basketball season could be the most successful in history. In a story titled, “Why you might want to get on the UTA hoops bandwagon now,” the paper said the Mavericks have all the parts in place to earn a bid to the NCAA tournament.

Climate resiliency

Nick Fang, UTA assistant professor of civil engineering, served on a climate-resilient infrastructure panel that discussed how well those structures fared following natural disasters, ASCE News reported. The panel was one of several featured at the American Society of Civil Engineers’ International Conference on Sustainable Infrastructure.

20 under 40

Max Kidd, associate director of technology for the UTA Police Department, was named to the “20 Under 40” class of 2017, compiled by Security Systems News. The list honors the next generation of security professionals leading the industry.

Alumna hired

The media landscape is changing, and new ideas and creative strategies are necessary to form extended reach into communities, according to The Westside Gazette, a newspaper in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., serving the African-American community. The newspaper hired UTA alumna Rochelle Davis-Cox as its new strategic marketing coordinator. 

Social worker honored

Anna Moulder Cloud, who earned a master of social work degree from UTA, received Howard Payne University’s Spirit of Social Work Award, reported KOXE 101.3 FM. According to the story, while at UTA, Cloud assisted with research on the evaluation of day care centers.