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UTA In The News — Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

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Ceramics research

Modified molecular structures are allowing engineers to come up with a new type of ceramic that may soon be used in building spacecraft and structuring power plants, Tech Times reported. A UT Arlington team of researchers, led by Ashfaq Adnan, assistant professor at the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department, was given $120,000 by the National Science Foundation as an Early-concept Grant for Exploratory Research to develop that new family of ceramics.

Nursing Education Center of Excellence

The University of Texas at Arlington College of Nursing and Health Innovation has been designated a Center of Excellence by the National League for Nursing, the nation's foremost organization for nursing faculty and leaders in nursing education, Topix.com and Congoo News reported. The College of Nursing and Health Innovation achieved the honor by demonstrating sustained, evidence-based and substantive innovation in the category of "Creating Environments that Enhance Student Learning and Professional Development," the organization said.

Post-Ebola Sierra Leone

After almost 14 months since the Ebola virus ravaged Sierra Leone and West Africa, the non-governmental organization, Restore Hope, is partnering with other nonprofit organizations, to host a post-Ebola summit Aug. 13-14 in Arlington, Sierra Express Media reported. The summit will focus on the status of the nation, post-Ebola recovery and needed strategies to enhance opportunities for the people of Sierra Leone. It also will explore partnership opportunities among the non-profits. Professor Alusine Jalloh and his African program at UT Arlington is the main architect for Restore Hope projects.

Roger Meiners, chairman of the economics department at UT Arlington, conducted an analysis on the economic merits of a coupon system for alcohol that said it would be beneficial for consumers and the industry, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported in an article about how that industry has not embraced the use of coupons. 

Paxton's politics

KLIF 570 AM interviewed Allan Saxe, a UT Arlington associate professor of political science, about the indictment of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton on charges of securities law violations.

Alum appointment

Gov. Greg Abbott has appointed Robert Rivera to the Texas Lottery Commission, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Houston Style Magazine, The Police News and GuidryNews.com reported. Rivera, vice president of public finance for Stephens Inc., is a current Arlington city council member and a UT Arlington graduate.