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UTA In The News — Friday, July 19, 2019

Friday, July 19, 2019

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Careers in the arts

While other universities have chosen to cut arts programs, pointing to declining enrollment numbers in these fields, UTA has responded in a very different way to the changing landscape of arts education, Inside Higher Ed reported. UTA President Vistasp Karbhari said that as trends continue to change in regards to liberal arts, he hopes to continue to show the value of a degree when put in the right economic context.

Hypersonic wind tunnel

Luca Maddalena, UTA aerospace engineering associate professor and director of the Aerodynamics Research Center, and his team brought an arc-heated, hypersonic wind tunnel online, marking a new era in the University’s long history of aerodynamics innovation and discovery, Dallas Innovates reported. The wind tunnel, the only one of its kind in the nation at a university, was designed and built with a $1.01 million Defense University Research Instrumentation Program, or DURIP, grant, as well as substantial funds provided by UTA.

UAV competition

Yan Wan, UTA associate professor of electrical engineering and an expert in multiple unmanned aerial vehicle networks, led her team to a strong showing at the 2019 Swarm and Search AI Challenge, Defense & Aerospace Daily reported. The competition challenged participants to map wildfires using unmanned aerial vehicles and newly developed Air Force software. Wan has a $442,000 National Science Foundation CAREER award to develop an innovative theoretical framework for cyber-physical systems that enable airborne networking, direct flight-to-flight communication for flexible information sharing, safe maneuvering and coordination of time-critical missions.

Dedicated to discovery

Venu Varanasi, UTA associate professor of nursing, refuses to let deteriorating vision, caused by a genetic retinal disorder, slow his search for better cranial injury treatments, Targeted News Service reported. His projects in the College of Nursing and Health Innovation's Bone-Muscle Research Center are too important to let declining vision hamper his work, he said. 


Levent Gurdemir, UTA planetarium director, spoke to KXAS NBC 5 about the lasting impacts of the moon landing 50 years ago and the importance of speaking about this historic event to younger generations. On Saturday July 20, UTA will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing with an all-day event hosted inside and outside the planetarium.