Perchlorate and breast milk research
A team led by Purnendu “Sandy” Dasgupta, Jenkins Garrett Professor of
Chemistry and Biochemistry at UT Arlington, has found evidence that
breast-fed babies can metabolize the environmental contaminant
perchlorate, decreasing their risks of detrimental developmental effects
from exposure, Medical Xpress
reported. The research suggests a link between this characteristic and
bifidobacteria, bacteria that is plentiful in the digestive systems of
Center for African American Studies and Oral History Project
The Associated Press reported on UT Arlington's new Center for African
American Studies and an oral history project focused on black alumni
that is the center's first major undertaking. The center is described as
unique to North Texas and will offer an introductory course and a new
minor in African-American studies. A national search for a center
director is under way. It is a collaboration between the School of
Social Work and the College of Liberal Arts. The AP story was picked up
by CBS DFW, the Houston Chronicle and the San Antonio Express-News, among other news sites.
SI.com, ESPN.com, The Washington Post, KIII-TV.com, KVUE.com and
several other media organizations reported that UT San Antonio is
poised to leave the Western Athletic Conference for Conference USA. The
University of Texas System Board of Regents has scheduled a vote for
Wednesday, and Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa has recommended approving
the move only months before UTSA is set to begin its first season in the
WAC. UT Arlington previously announced that it will move to the WAC
UT Arlington volunteers along with the City of Arlington planted 100 new trees to round the pond outside Rangers Ballpark, WFAA/ABC 8 reported, in an Arbor Day story about the ongoing problem of dead trees in Texas.
KXAS/NBC 5 reported
on UT Arlington’s Oozeball event, which benefits the Student Alumni
Association Sophomore Scholarship. The mud volleyball tournament is
hosted by the Department of Campus Recreation and the UT Arlington
David Dillon Center for Texas Architecture
The Dallas Morning News and D Magazine mentioned
the David Dillon Symposium at the Dallas Museum of Art and the Nasher
Sculpture Center. The newly established David Dillon Center for Texas
Architecture is named for the longtime architecture critic for The
Dallas Morning News, who died in 2010. His wife, Sally, donated his
papers, reports and notes to UT Arlington’s School of Architecture.
Air toxic monitors
The Denton Record-Chronicle mentioned
UT Arlington in a story about new air toxics monitors that are
scheduled to be installed in Denton, Wise and Tarrant counties this
summer. Other than at The University of Texas at Arlington, no locations
for the air toxics monitors have been announced.
Presidential race and fundraising in Texas
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram quoted
Allan Saxe, UT Arlington associate professor of political science, in a
story about Texans, who have been among the biggest donors in this
year’s presidential race. “We are the second most populous state in the
Union with lots of wealthy donors, both Democratic and Republican and
other parties as well,” Saxe said. “Oil, lots of highways, ranching and
farming have both fueled and been recipients of campaign cash.”
Texas Supreme Court
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported
on Texas Supreme Court incumbents seeking re-election. Three of the
nine justices on the all-Republican court, include Justice Steve Smith,
who graduated from UT Arlington.
Woman of Distinction
Anna “Michelle” Bobadilla, the UT Arlington senior associate vice
president for Outreach Services and Community Engagement and assistant
provost for Hispanic Student Success, has been named one of 13 Women of
Distinction for 2012 by the Texas Association of Mexican American
Chambers of Commerce, Hispanic Trending.net reported.
Music to UTA alum's musical ears
Conner Gray Covington has been appointed assistant conductor of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, the Commercial Appeal reported.
Covington graduated summa cum laude with a degree in violin performance
from UT Arlington, where he served as concertmaster and assistant
conductor of the UTA Symphony.
Race team sponsorship
Desktop Engineering.com reported
that Pointwise is sponsoring five teams for the SAE Collegiate Design
Series 2012, including the UT Arlington Formula SAE Racing team and the
UTA Formula Hybrid team.