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UTA In The News — Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

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Teaching remotely

Peggy Semingson, associate professor of literacy studies in UTA's College of Education, is featured in an Inside Higher Ed article about the pros and cons of professors working remotely. “I think teaching is now more 24-7,” Semingson said. “People are on the go; people are busy. We have to accommodate and be responsive to that.”

North Texas sustainability

An initiative led by UTA Chief Sustainability Officer Meghna Tare to unify sustainability efforts across North Texas is now the Regional Centre of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development North Texas, Dallas Innovates reported.

Wheelchair treadmill

A UTA senior design project team built a treadmill that can be used by athletes in wheelchairs, Medical News Line and Science & Technology Research News reported. The impetus for the project started with Movin’ Mavs Coach Doug Garner, who wanted something that gave his players a good workout and measured how much effort they were expending.

Wednesday's Child

UTA’s College of Nursing and Health Innovation hosted WFAA ABC 8 for a new edition of Wednesday’s Child, a regular segment aimed at sharing the stories of children in foster care to help them get adopted. Sixteen-year-old Destiney wants to become a registered nurse and got to spend an afternoon working on simulations in CONHI’s Smart Hospital.

Online ranking

Online Schools Report included UTA on its list of Best Online Master’s Degrees in Civil Engineering, WSIL-TV ABC in southern Illinois reported.

Faculty award

Sharareh (Sherri) Kermanshachi, an assistant professor in the UTA Department of Civil Engineering, has won the 2018 Design-Build Institute of America Distinguished Leadership Award in the faculty category, Tech Site reported.

Airplane grease

UTA's Tribology, Lubrication and Coating Laboratory was issued a patent for a universal grease for aircraft applications, F+L Magazine reported. The project began after researchers were approached by Boeing to solve issues created by a superfluity of individual greases on the market.

Amphibian behavior

Former UTA herpetologist Carl Franklin told Wired that obscure Mexican worm lizards often suss out food by picking up chemosensory cues with their tongues, Atlas Obscura reported in a piece about how the amphibian remains underground to survive extreme desert conditions. Franklin was the biological curator and collections manager at UTA’s Amphibian and Reptile Diversity Research Center at the time of the interview.