Interdisciplinary Professor, EPPS Undergrads Garner Recognition

Dr. Roger Malina, professor of arts and technology and of physics at The University of Texas at Dallas, has been appointed to the International Astronautical Federation Committee for the Cultural Utilisation of Space (ITACCUS).

Malina, who holds dual appointments in the schools of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication (ATEC) and Natural Sciences and Mathematics, is the co-founder and faculty advisor of the ATEC ArtsSciLab, a transdisciplinary research lab that involves art, science, technology and education.

ITACCUS champions innovative utilization of space data, systems and applications by organizations in the cultural sectors of society, including arts and humanities.

“I’m energized. I hope this committee can really have an impact with decision-makers. The social implications of space activities are as important as the technical and scientific implications,” said Malina, who also holds the Arts and Technology Distinguished Chair.

He pointed to a recent paper he wrote with Kathryn Hays MS’19 and Cristobal Kubli Perusquia MS’20, in which they used space as an example of how creativity and cognition can help humans survive in extreme environments.

Malina is a former director of both the Astronomy Observatory of Marseilles Provence (OAMP) and the Marseille Astrophysics Laboratory in France, and is a member of the OAMP’s observational cosmology group, which investigates the nature of dark matter and dark energy. He also is executive editor of the journal Leonardo from MIT Press.

How Music Effects Patients with Alzheimers/Dementia

Know more about how Music Therapy helps patients of Alzheimers/Dementia in faster recovery.

Alzheimers disease is a developing disease during middle or old age that demolishes memory and important mental functions due to the decline of the brain. Alzheimers disease, also known as Dementia, is one of the most common diseases in people over the age of sixty five. It can be caused by a combination of genetics, lifestyle, and environmental factors which can effect the brain over time. The main symptoms of Alzheimers are confusion and memory loss. Many people experience a combination of symptoms that are cognitive, behavioral, mood related, and psychological. Treatment for this disease can involve cognitive-enhancing medication. However, this can only temporarily improve the symptoms. Although, there is no cure for people that have Alzheimers, music has been shown to be a very powerful tool for minimizing symptoms and recalling memories for these patients.

Music therapy has been shown to be one of the most effective ways of helping patients with Alzheimers disease. It is one of the types of active aging programs which are offered to elderly people. Pharmacological treatment for symptoms of this disease requires very high doses of medication. These drugs actually worsen motor function causing a decline in cognitive function. A natural treatment for Alzheimers/Dementia includes music therapy. Music therapy uses music to improve communication, learning, mobility, and other mental and physical functions.

Devi Kasturi graduated from the University of Texas at Dallas in May of 2022 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and a minor in Vocal Music. She has been passionate about music her entire life and can testify that music has made a major difference in her life. Devi has won several awards for singing both state and district wide. She likes to spend her time volunteering at nursing homes and with hospice patients. Devi thinks music is a calling and a gift that will benefit all of mankind. Science and music are a powerful combination and she hopes to continue her research in this field. Her future plans include starting pharmacy school and she will continue to practice music as a way of life.

STONKS : Analyzing Financial Discussions on Reddit

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Diving deep into the analysis of financial talks on Reddit that made the fluctuation in the stock prices.

The following document by Omkar Ajnadkar shows that the social media has become an important part of digital web life, the effect it has on financial decisions is also increasing. The social media conversations on websites like Twitter, Reddit and Facebook are having an ever-increasing effect on stock prices as well as the way in which companies make decisions. This has made it important to analyze this data to make accurate predictions of stock prices in future. In this paper, we try to analyze financial discussions among users of Reddit by extracting hidden patterns, themes and user characters to predict future actions and consequences on the market.

We explore techniques based on natural language processing to pass conversations through data pipeline along with extracting stock tickers, manual as well as automatic theme extraction and word clouds. We also discuss common text processing techniques which can also be applied to other problems involving text analysis along with correlation model focusing on sentiment analysis as a predictor of stock movement.

Omkar Ajnadkar is a MSCS student at The University of Texas at Dallas in Machine and Deep learning . He has worked in the domain of Data Science, Machine Learning and Full Stack Web Development in various startups. He also likes to research in the domain of Computer Vision and Natural Language Processing and have published papers.

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/omkar-ajnadkar/

Portfolio: https://blackbird71sr.github.io/

The Marjorie Duckworth Endowment Award

Marjorie Duckworth Endowment Award

The Marjorie Duckworth Endowment Award supports creative and innovative cross-disciplinary student projects. The award will be given to support a student who is either seeking a degree in the School of Arts, Technology and Emerging Communication (ATEC) or a UT Dallas student who is participating in ATEC-related activities during the 2022-2023 academic year. Award recipients are selected by the ATEC Scholarship Selection Committee.

The award was created to support students who assemble group members from multiple disciplines to jointly develop strategies or solutions to problems. Requests could include conference registration fees, supplies, research support or student enrichment activities. Awards are not limited to these examples. A minimum of two group members are required to receive the award. Both graduate and undergraduate students are eligible for this award.

Completed applications are due no later than April 15, 2022, at 11:59 PM Central Standard Time to ATECScholarships@utdallas.edu

The Crier (March 07)

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The Crier (March 01)

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N-Body Simulations in Python

N-Body Simulations

Simulation of a dynamical system of particles, usually under the influence of physical forces using Python

The following document by Azal Amer details the steps required to create an n-body simulation with many particles. Specific to this simulation is the massless properties of the particles. A project like this would be very useful to create in an educational setting, both due to the experience of design, along with conceptualizing what it represents. This project could enable a more tangible understanding of vector math, along with designing basic algorithms. Learning to work with non-discrete time intervals for Physics simulations became a valuable skill derived from the project, one of whose techniques is described in this paper.

Azal Amer is a high school diploma student in Computer Science at Greenhill School and has completed an internship with ArtSciLab.

The Crier (Feb 14)

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