UTA In The News — Friday, January 10, 2020

Friday, Jan 10, 2020 • Media Contact : UT Arlington Media Relations

UTA professor named SPIE fellow

Michael Vasilyev, an expert in classical and quantum communications and UTA professor of electrical engineering, has been named a Fellow of the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE), Scienmag and Bioengineer.org reported. Vasilyev is one of 72 newly elected Fellows and was recognized for his “achievements in nonlinear-optical signal processing.” He is the fourth current College of Engineering professor to be honored as a SPIE Fellow; the others are James Coleman, Robert Magnusson and Weidong Zhou.

UTA takes on US loneliness crisis

UTA researchers Julienne Greer, Ling Xu, Kate Hyun and Kathryn Daniel are tackling the problem of social isolation from multiple disciplines: social work, health care, civil engineering and theatre arts, Mirage News and Targeted News Service reported. According to research, effects of chronic loneliness or social isolation can extend far beyond feelings of sadness, putting individuals at greater risk for a variety of diseases and premature mortality.

United States - Iran relations

Brent Sasley, UTA associate professor of political science, spoke on KRLD 1080 AM radio about the ongoing tensions and conflict between the United States and Iran.

Alumnus named Plano chief of police

Plano City Council members selected Ed Drain, UTA criminal justice alumnus, as the city’s new chief of police, KTVT-TV CBS 11 and other media outlets reported. Drain began his law enforcement career with the Plano Police Department in 1994 and has served as the police chief for the Amarillo Police Department since October 2016.