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UTA In The News — Thursday, May 26, 2016

Thursday, May 26, 2016

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Protecting biodiversity

A UTA biologist has shown that freshwater communities experienced significantly lower disparity between common and rare species in favorable, low-stress environments, Science Daily reported. Conversely, harsh stressful environments led to a decline in sensitive species and a greater disparity between common and rare species.

Transgender bathroom debate

The Star-Telegram published an opinion-editorial by Richard Cole, a professor of public affairs in the UTA College of Architecture, Planning, and Public Affairs, that suggested states be given a first chance to address the transgender bathroom debate on their own. “As with same-sex marriage, at some later point federal involvement may need to be more robust and more aggressive, as reluctant states must, by court order or otherwise, be forced into compliance. But first, why not give states a chance? Results might be surprising,” Cole wrote.

Possible partnership

A Texas Monthly article about UNT’s efforts to partner with the Dallas Cowboys noted that the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education earlier this year designated UNT, along with UTA, UT Dallas, and Texas Tech, as tier one schools.

UTA alumnus takes new role

UTA alumnus Gordon Mayer has been named interim director of utilities in Tyler, KLTV.com (Tyler) reported. Mayer previously held the role of deputy director of public works and city engineer for the City of Southlake. Mayer holds an MBA from UTA.

UTA alumnus named principal

UTA alumnus Gerald Sarpy II has been named principal of Berry Middle School in Mesquite, the Mesquite News reported. Sarpy previously served as assistant principal at North Mesquite High School. He holds a master’s degree from UTA.

Special Olympics Texas

KXAS/NBC 5 reported that the 2016 Special Olympics Texas begins tomorrow morning on the UTA campus.

Leadership in physics

The U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Science website noted that UTA physicists are preparing the Titan supercomputer at Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility in Tennessee to support the analysis of data generated from the quadrillions of proton collisions expected during this season’s Large Hadron Collider particle physics experiments.

Planetarium research

LeMonde (Paris, France) reported that UTA scientists used advanced astronomical software to accurately date lyric poet Sappho's "Midnight Poem," which describes the night sky over Greece more than 2,500 years ago.