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UT Arlington In The News - Wednesday, October 31, 2012

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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

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Valuable radar

Considering that tornadoes and hail caused $1 billion in damage in the Dallas-Fort Worth area in just the first week of April, the investments in a better weather radar system could be worth it, a Fort Worth Star-Telegram editorial said. The white pod set onto UT Arlington's Carlisle Hall is the first of eight advanced radars planned as part of a project out of the University of Massachusetts Amherst called CASA, which stands for Collaborative Adaptive Sensing of the Atmosphere. The project is through the National Science Foundation's Engineering Research Center there. UT Arlington Civil Engineering Associate Professor D.-J. Seo and Assistant  Professor John McEnery are collaborators in the research.

Senate race costly

The cost of battling for the Texas Senate District 10 seat has skyrocketed, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. Incumbent Democratic state Sen. Wendy Davis and Republican challenger state Rep. Mark Shelton have spent about $2.5 million on the race. Allan Saxe, a UT Arlington associate professor of political science, said, "It is a lot of money for both to spend on a state Senate race. This Senate race is of great importance across the state. ... It is an emotional race ... [and] it is making the state Senate very visible."