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UTA In The News — Thursday, May 8, 2014

Thursday, May 8, 2014

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More and better achievements

Eleven months into his job as president of The University of Texas at Arlington, Vistasp Karbhari has a firm grip on the reins and firm convictions about where he, the University and its more than 34,000 students are headed, a Fort Worth Star-Telegram editorial noted. In short, it’s toward more and better – while taking pride in what the school already has.

Foundation woes

Sahadat Hossain, UT Arlington associate professor of civil engineering, was interviewed as part of a KXAS/NBC 5 investigation into one homeowner’s building issues. Hossain noted the direction of a crack in a wall and a slope in the home’s backyard as indicators of foundation problems.

Physics professor leading ATLAS data needs

The people who found the Higgs boson have serious data needs, and they’re meeting some of them on the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility’s flagship Titan system, the website of the National Center for Computational Sciences at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory reported. Much of the challenge has been in integrating ATLAS’s advanced scheduling and analysis tool, PanDA, with Titan. PanDA (for Production and Distributed Analysis) was developed under the guidance of Kaushik De, a physics professor at The University of Texas at Arlington and Torre Wenaus from Brookhaven National Laboratory.  

Top-notch physicist hired

Digital Journal noted that David Nygren, a renowned scientist recognized for his innovations in particle physics research has been named presidential distinguished professor at The University of Texas at Arlington. Nygren, a member of the National Academy of Sciences, has been on the staff of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley since 1973. He will join UT Arlington’s research team this fall.  

Biggins honored

Fort Worth Star-Telegram blog, Tarrant Business, noted that Lillie Biggins, president of Texas Health Harris Methodist, Fort Worth's largest hospital and current chair of the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport Board, was inducted to the Texas Women's Hall of Fame on Tuesday, one of nine honorees recognized at a ceremony at the state capitol in Austin. Biggins earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from UT Arlington.

UTA filmmakers featured

At college campuses across the country, it’s film festival season. But not every program features grandmothers, meth addicts and multiple wives. That’s what makes The University of Texas at Arlington’s film festival stand out, KERA News.org reported. Two days of screenings wrapped up last night at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.