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UTA In The News — Friday, December 22, 2017

Friday, December 22, 2017

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Pain management

UTA researchers are studying pain management in older adults, according to Science News Line, Technology Breaking News and Robert Gatchel, UTA Distinguished Professor of Psychology, Nancy P. and John G. Penson Endowed Professor of Clinical Health Psychology and director of UTA’s Center of Excellence in Health and Chronic Illness, and doctoral student Kelley Bevers led the research. Gatchel and Bevers first published their review paper in EC Anesthesia, an international peer-reviewed journal.

Working with the homeless

In an article nominating conductor Jonathan Palant for The Dallas Morning News Texan of the Year award, two UTA professors’ work with the Dallas Street Choir was mentioned. Courtney Cronley, assistant professor in UTA’s School of Social Work, and Anne Nordberg, also an assistant professor in the School of Social Work, are researching the choir’s impact on its homeless members’ lives.

Diversity recognition

Ashley Lemke, assistant professor of anthropology in UTA’s College of Liberal Arts, will receive a Diversity Field School Award from the Society for Historical Archaeology next month, according to Lemke was recognized for her commitment to fostering diversity in a field school last summer. 

Groundwater research extended

The Apache Corp. extended its partnership with UTA’s Collaborative Laboratories for Environmental Analysis and Remediation, or CLEAR, the Fort Worth Business Press, Humanitarian News, Techsite and reported. CLEAR will continue to study surface and groundwater quality in the Alpine High region of West Texas.

Reviewing rainfall estimates

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, asked Nick Fang, assistant professor of civil engineering, to review federal rainfall estimates for Texas. The research could lead to changes in the mapping of flood-prone areas, according to The story about Fang’s work originally appeared in the Austin American-Statesman.

Cheaper high-speed internet

A team of researchers led by a UTA professor made a significant breakthrough that could lead to lower costs and less energy consumption for high-speed internet connections, reported. Michael Vasilyev, an electrical engineering professor in the College of Engineering, worked with a team from the University of Vermont to develop an optical medium in which multiple beams of light can autocorrect their own properties.

Honorary professorship

An honorary professorship was conferred upon Ishfaq Ahmad, a computer science and engineering professor in UTA’s College of Engineering, during an international conference at Amity University in Dubai, reported City Air News. Ahmad is a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, or IEEE, which was a co-sponsor of the conference on smart technologies for infrastructure and services.

Partnering with Patti LaBelle

UTA faculty members, students and alumni appear on legendary entertainer Patti LaBelle’s new holiday album, reported. Jamar Jones, a lecturer of music industry studies and a UTA alumnus, produced the album. Dan Cavanagh, director of UTA’s music industry studies program, arranged sections of several songs and members of an a cappella student group provided background vocals.