UTA In The News — Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Wednesday, Sep 28, 2022 • Media Contact : UT Arlington Media Relations

Biotech prize

Venu Varanasi, associate professor of graduate nursing and adjunct assistant professor in materials science and engineering, won the pitch competition at BioNTX’s iC3 Life Science Summit, Dallas Innovates reported. Varanasi is developing biomaterials for bone regeneration. His winning concept will speed up the healing process for severe cranial and facial injuries.

More efficient software testing

Allison Sullivan, assistant professor of computer science and engineering, received a three-year, $490,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to test software updates without testing unchanged parts of code, Dallas Innovates reported. Sullivan is using Alloy modeling software to explore three ways of interacting with a model: writing, testing and synthesizing.

Asteroid deflection

McKenna Dowd, programs coordinator for the UT Arlington planetarium, spoke to Fox 4 News about NASA’s DART mission to test the world’s ability to redirect asteroids that get too close to Earth. "What I think is really cool about planetary defense is that it's a global issue so this mission itself is very good for global cooperation and that sort of collaboration with the world in defending our planet,” Dowd said.