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UTA In The News — Thursday, October 8, 2015

Thursday, October 8, 2015

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Evaluating natural resources

WFAA/ABC 8 interviewed Anand Puppala, a professor of civil engineering and associate dean for research in UTA’s College of Engineering, about a project he is leading from the Tarrant Regional Water District to analyze data taken at the Eagle Mountain Lake dam. Puppala will use the data to create a framework that future investigators can use to determine if a dam has sustained damage from earthquakes. A web version of the story also appears at WFAA.com.  WBAP/820 AM also reported on the research.

Focus on robotics

UTA researchers were noted in a story about the upcoming SPIE Defense and Commercial Sensing meeting, reported by BioSpace, ITBusinessnet.com and other media. Topics at the robotics portion of the conference will include direct contact and pressure sensors, with applications such as in robot “skin,” said Dan Popa, UTA associate professor of electrical engineering. Popa and Muthu Wijesundara, principal research scientist at the UT Arlington Research Institute, will co-chair the event.

A 'textbook case'

KXAS/NBC 5 interviewed Marvin Dulaney, associate professor and chair of the UTA Department of History, about controversy surrounding a McGraw-Hill textbook that refers to Africans brought to America during the slave trade as “workers.” The State Board of Education said hundreds of people reviewed the book, but critics call it more than just a reading oversight. “The textbook process is very political,” Dulaney said. “We have a Republican majority on the State Board of Education and so they want the textbooks and the curriculum to reflect their viewpoint. That’s primarily the problem.” McGraw-Hill said it regrets the error and changes will be made.

Farrow kicks off 2015-16 Maverick Speakers Series season

Actress and humanitarian Mia Farrow will kick off UT Arlington’s 2015-16 Maverick Speakers Series at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Texas Hall, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. In an interview with the paper, she explained her interest in sharing her message of activism with college students. “I prefer to talk to young people, because they have their whole lives ahead of them to find the most and to do the most — they’ve got time on their side. And they’re also more fun,” Farrow said. CultureMap Dallas also reported on the event tonight at UTA.

Teaching students strategies

The University of Texas System is launching the UT System Bystander Intervention Initiative to teach students strategies to help prevent harmful situations, South Jersey Journal reported. Participating UT System campuses, including UTA, are creating their own individual initiatives using core Bystander Intervention Initiative action steps to recognize a problem, choose to respond and take action.

Age of discovery

A Fort Worth Weekly story noted that two UTA students helped to discover the Arlington Archosaur site that is situated among 95 million-year-old rocks within what is called the Woodbine Formation.

Bed Races

The longest-running tradition at UT Arlington, the 35th Annual Bed Races, continued Wednesday night at Maverick Stadium, KTVT/CBS 11 reported. Teams of up to five students pushed beds on wheels while decked out in creative costumes.