UTA In The News — Wednesday, October 14, 2020
Karla Hernandez, UTA admissions counselor, was interviewed on KUVN Univision 23 about the University’s admission process and what students and parents should consider when choosing the right college.
Coronavirus cases on the rise
Coronavirus case counts and hospitalizations are on the rise in Dallas County and public health experts are urging residents to prepare themselves ahead of an impending surge, the Dallas Observer reported. UTA’s Erin Carlson, associate clinical professor and director of graduate public health programs in the College of Nursing and Health Innovation and graduate, said that it’s unclear what exactly is causing cases to soar. “Honestly, I’m kind of stupefied by the sudden spike, and the only thing I can think of is just quarantine fatigue,” she said.
Named IAAM fellow
The International Association of Advanced Materials selected Wei Chen, UTA physics professor, physicist and renowned cancer researcher, as a fellow in recognition of his research in the fields of materials science, engineering and technology, Targeted News Service reported. According to the organization, awarding fellow status serves as a way to recognize and honor far-reaching involvement and contributions of a scientist who has spent at least two decades working in the sphere of advanced materials.
Won Hwa Kim, UTA assistant professor of computer science, is using a two-year, $175,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to apply machine learning for earlier detection of Alzheimer’s disease, Network Daily News reported. Kim’s study will develop a novel deep learning technique that uses algorithms that mimic the structure and function of neural networks in the brain. “Instead of studying the entire brain, we’ll be able to pinpoint and focus on specific areas in the brain to slow and treat the disease’s progression,” Kim said.
Sahadat Hossain, UT Arlington civil engineering professor and director of UTA’s Solid Waste Institute for Sustainability, wrote an op-ed for Bangladesh’s Dhaka Tribune asking whether waste-to-energy initiatives would work in that country.