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UTA In The News — Monday, October 5, 2015

Monday, October 5, 2015

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Evaluating natural resources

A UT Arlington researcher is developing a comprehensive, reliability-based framework to analyze North Texas dams and detect damage from seismic activity, Phys.org reported. Anand Puppala, a professor of civil engineering and associate dean for research in UT Arlington’s College of Engineering, is overseeing a three-year, $1 million project from the Tarrant Regional Water District to analyze data taken at the Eagle Mountain Lake dam, which he will then use to create a framework that future investigators can use to determine if a dam has sustained damage from earthquakes.

TCC Chancellor Hadley remembered

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported the passing of Tarrant County College Chancellor Erma Johnson Hadley, who had led the multicampus system of 57,424 students since 2008. UTA President Vistasp Karbhari said that higher education has lost a “tremendous leader, a champion of education and a wonderful lady,” adding: “UTA will be forever grateful for Chancellor Hadley’s commitment to building a true partnership between our university and the Tarrant County College District and for effectively creating new opportunities to help TCC graduates earn their four-year degrees.” 

Department of Education awards HSIs

The U.S. Department of Education announced that 96 Hispanic-Serving Institutions, including UT Arlington, will receive more than $51 million in new awards to strengthen and expand educational opportunities for Hispanic and low-income students, Imperial Valley News reported.

Yahoo donates computer servers

Black Enterprise magazine noted that Yahoo! Labs previously donated 480 computer servers to UT Arlington in a story about Yahoo’s recent donation of 40 servers to UT El Paso. The donation is part of the tech company's program to develop and educate diverse student populations in computer science and technology careers.

Treadmill under the desk

In its review of the LifeSpan Under the Desk Treadmill, The Dallas Morning News noted a study done in part by UT Arlington, which found that people who use treadmill desks are more productive.

Alumni promotes education

The Santa Ynez Valley News noted that Carlos Pratts, star of ‘McFarland, USA,’ attended UT Arlington before pursuing a career in film in Hollywood. Now on break from acting, Pratts speaks with youths about the importance of obtaining an education and pursing dreams.