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UTA In The News — Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

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Transportation infrastructure

Sharareh "Sherri" Kermanshachi, assistant professor in the UTA Department of Civil Engineering, has received grants from the Texas Department of Transportation and the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development aimed at identifying and formulating best practices for the construction of transportation projects, Phys.org reported.

Cancer research

UTA is among the North Texas institutions that have received significant funding from the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas, The Dallas Morning News reported. UTA has received $4.4 million in CPRIT funds intended to bring established researchers and their labs to the state, as well as accelerate work by early-stage investigators.

Snake expertise

After a Walmart employee in Cross Roads, Texas, discovered a large snake in a shopping cart, a number of news outlets turned to UTA’s experts at the Amphibian and Reptile Diversity Research Center to determine the species of snake and whether or not it posed a threat. News outlets that covered the story included KWTX CBS 10 in Woodway, Texas, The Wichita Eagle in Kansas and WCSC CBS 5 in Charleston, S.C.

Data science

Sharma Chakravarthy, UTA professor of computer science and engineering, served as a featured speaker at a two-day workshop on data science organized by the Dr. B.R. Ambedkar National Institute of Technology in India, The Tribune India reported. Chakravarthy reported on different approaches for managing and analyzing data that have emerged over the past 40 years.

Saigon performance

Martha Walvoord, associate professor of music at UTA, will be featured as a guest instrumentalist in the HCMC Ballet, Symphony Orchestra and Opera’s presentation of “Music of the German Masters” on June 2 at the Saigon Opera House, Vietnam Net reported.

Zebra mussels

Texas Public Radio cited expertise from Robert McMahon, professor emeritus of biology at UTA, in its reporting on the invasive zebra mussels taking over Texas lakes and waterways. McMahon said the rate at which zebra mussels reproduce and evolve make them difficult to eradicate.

Congressional action

Rebecca Deen, UTA political science chair and associate professor, told The Texas Standard about the implications and potential strategy of objections to Congressional legislation allocating $19.1 billion for disaster relief by U.S. Rep. Chip Roy, R-Austin.