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UTA In The News — Monday, November 13, 2017

Monday, November 13, 2017

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Facial recognition

Vassilis Athitsos, UTA associate professor of computer science and engineering, was interviewed for a WFAA ABC 8 story about facial recognition software on the new iPhone. He assured viewers that a “two-dimensional photo” should not be able to unlock the phone. The story also was aired on KREM CBS 2 in Spokane, Wash., WVEC ABC 13 in Norfolk, Va. and WFMY CBS 2 in Greensboro, N.C.

Brain stimulation

Hanli Liu, UTA bioengineering professor, is leading a multi-institutional Texas project to develop a new, non-invasive neuromodulation tool to enhance cognitive function in the human brain by using a technology called transcranial infrared brain stimulation, or TIBS, The Daily Texan reported. 

Helping telemedicine

A study by RadhaKanta Mahapatra, a professor in the Department of Information Systems and Operations Management in the UTA College of Business, highlights how micro-entrepreneurship can help to make the provision of telemedicine in such areas affordable and sustainable, DZone reported.

UTA teams win openers

UTA’s Kevin Hervey scored 28 points and his teammate Erick Neal hit three crucial 3-pointers to help fuel a second half rally and help the UTA men's team slip past Loyola Marymount for an 85-80 win in the season opener for both teams Saturday night, USA Today, the Star-Telegram and many other media reported. The Star-Telegram also reported that UTA's women's basketball team won Saturday, defeating Incarnate Word 61-48 in its home opener. Senior Rebekah VanDijk had a game-high 11 points and nine rebounds for UTA.

Politics book debuts

José Angel Gutiérrez, UTA professor emeritus in political science, has written a book about Chicana Severita Lara’s journey from being a migrant worker to mayor of her hometown, Crystal City, the Corpus Christi Caller-Times reported. The book is titled, “We won’t back down! Severita Lara’s rise from student leader to mayor.” 

UTA chemists honored

Two UTA chemists have been named among the top analytical scientists in the world by The Analytical Scientist magazine, Dallas Innovates reported. Daniel Armstrong and Purnendu “Sandy” Dasgupta were included in the magazine’s fifth annual Power List edition.

End User list

Max Kidd, associate director of technology in UTA Police Department, has been named an End User "20 under 40," Security Systems News reported. Kidd handles all the physical security in regards to cameras and intrusion. 

Campus Rec interview

Campus Rec Magazine asked Dax Kuykendall, UTA’s director of campus recreation, six questions about his role in campus recreation at the University.

Senate candidate

Democratic Congressman Beto O’Rourke of El Paso held a town hall meeting at UTA that attracted a standing room only crowd of 300 people inside a lecture hall, CBS reported. O’Rourke is challenging Republican incumbent Ted Cruz for a seat in the U.S. Senate. 

Homecoming featured

UTA’s Homecoming Celebration was featured on the Arlington Voice website, which included a schedule of Saturday’s events, including the 7 p.m. basketball game with the Maverick men's basketball team taking on the Loyola Marymount Lions.

Students want Max bus

Some UTA students are resisting the Arlington City Council’s decision to end the Max bus service for an alternative rideshare service called Via, which goes live Dec. 11, KXAX NBC 5 reported. "We're dependent on this," UTA Senior Yolanda Easley said. "We are coming from Plano, Richardson, Carrollton, Farmers Branch, Mesquite and this is the only bus Arlington has."

Dreamers demonstrate

Some UTA students, including Linda Rivas of Mavericks United UTA, demonstrated outside the offices of Republican Sen. John Cornyn to request support for the Dream Act to create a permanent solution for undocumented youths, Mundo Hispanico reported. 

Veterans Day memories

Shawn Mathiews, a UTA alumnus, Huntsville High School assistant athletic trainer and veteran, was interviewed in the Cleburne Times and Mineral Wells Index on Veteran’s Day about how he joined the army, where he worked as a medic specializing as a physical therapy technician. He earned his bachelor’s degree at UTA.