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UTA In The News — Friday, January 12, 2018

Friday, January 12, 2018

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Tunnel research

Research by Mohammed Najafi, UTA professor of Civil Engineering, focused on moving goods through an underground network of tunnels, was featured in an article in The Fuse. The article highlighted automated technologies in the freight and logistics sector that will improve highway safety, reduce congestion and significantly cut fuel consumption. In a presentation at the Transportation Research Board annual conference in Washington, D.C., this week, Najafi pointed out that moving freight through underground pipelines is less expensive than rail or truck on a cost per mile basis.

Spotting fake news

Research by Chengkai Li, an associate professor in UTA’s Department of Computer Science and Engineering, focused on creating computer bots to spot and flag social bots that create and spread misinformation, was featured in an article about fake news in Fort Worth Weekly. The UTA project, entitled “Bot vs. Bot: Automated Detection of Fake News Bots,” focuses on Twitter accounts run by computer programs that automatically publish and forward content, follow other accounts, leave comments and conduct activity that seems “real” but isn’t driven by an actual person.

Women candidates

Rebecca Deen, UTA chair and associate professor of political science, was interviewed by Houston Public Media about the possibility that more women will be elected to Congress from Texas in 2018. Deen said women have often declined to run because the state’s Republican tilt worked against them. “Where you have a very strong one-party state,” she added, “it creates fewer opportunity structures for any kind of challengers. And then you couple that with the fact that women are more likely to run as Democrats and be successful in Democratic contests.”

Immigration issues

Allan Saxe, UTA associate professor of political science, was interviewed by Talk Radio 640 WGST in Atlanta about immigration issues in the United States and the debate around Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA. “I think that DACA will be finalized, perhaps in a broader immigration bill,” he said. 

Mujeres Legendarias

Maria Martinez-Cosio, associate vice provost for faculty development at The University of Texas at Arlington, was one of just four North Texas women honored by Ford Motor Co. with a Mujeres Legendarias Award, 4-Traders, Education Letter and NewsRX Health and Science reported. Martinez-Cosio, who also is a UTA associate professor in the College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs, was honored for leading efforts that resulted in transformational change on the UTA campus in the critical areas of access and success for traditionally underserved populations such as low-income, Hispanic or first-generation students.

Golf course to have Rangers moniker

The Texas Rangers baseball team and the city of Arlington have reached a first of its kind agreement that will put the team's name on Chester W. Ditto Golf Course, which has recently been renovated and redesigned, The Dallas Morning News reported. UTA director of golf Stuart Deane, who was at the meeting, said the school's golf teams look forward to using the facilities. John Colligan, an Arlington golf course architect, headed up the project. Colligan is a UTA alumnus.

Alumna named sales director

UTA alumna Lock Khemkeo has been named sales and marketing director at the Iris Memory Care’s newest location in Rowlett, New Vision and Star Local Media reported. Khemkeo earned her master’s degree in social work at UTA.