UTA In The News — Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 • Media Contact : UT Arlington Media Relations

Online teaching aids

Peggy Semingson, UTA associate professor of curriculum and instruction, told Inside Higher Ed about aspects of online teaching that worked well and those that didn’t. She said one successful tool she uses is “nudge” emails based on predictive analytics data.

Reformulating oil

Pranesh Aswath, professor in UTA’s Department of Materials Science and Engineering, recommends in a new study that reformulating lubricating oils for internal combustion engines could significantly improve the life of the oil and engine, Canada’s CBC News reported. Aswath also is UTA’s vice provost for academic planning and policy.

Transfer student help

Texas lawmakers are working to improve how the state keeps transfer students on track, The Dallas Morning News reported in a story about transfer students. The story said that earlier this month UTA signed an agreement with Dallas County Community College District to streamline the transfer process. The story also said that UTA is working to make those transfer students successful once they get to Arlington with programs like the I.D.E.A.S Center—short for Innovation, Diversity, Excellence, Access and Success—that employs mostly transfer students to work as mentors and tutors.

Calling all business plans

Fort Worth’s ninth annual Business Plan Competition has started, the Fort Worth Business Press reported. UTA’s College of Business will offer coaching and professional development workshops to entrants.

Boeing grant

George Siemens, UTA professor of psychology, has received a grant from The Boeing Co. to construct an integrated data infrastructure that will centralize digital learning and engagement tools, Phys.org, Bioengineer.org, Scienmag and MarketScreener reported. The project’s goal is to enable a better understanding of both learning in digital environments and the personalized learning constructs needed by workers. 

New book debuts

Kathryn Holliday, director of the UTA David Dillon Center for Texas Architecture and an associate professor in the College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs, is lecturing and conducting a book signing honoring the just-released book, The Open-Ended City, Eventa reported. The book is a collection of articles written by long-time Dallas Morning News architecture critic Dillon and edited by Holliday. 

Alumnus named VP

National Circuit Assembly appointed Stephen Lehocky to vice president of operations, SMT Today and iConnect007.com reported. Lehocky is working toward his doctorate in industrial engineering at UTA.

Scholarship winners

Bosco Nkunsurwanda received the Bob Potts Family Working and Luck Family Foundation scholarships, and Diego Lara Garcia received the Jason Oglesby Memorial Scholarship, the Lake Highlands Advocate reported in announcing the Lake Highlands Exchange Club awards. Both students will attend UTA.