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UTA In The News — Friday, June 10, 2016

Friday, June 10, 2016

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Clinton nomination

Although many Texas women politicians applauded Hillary Clinton’s nomination, Rebecca Deen, the UTA political science department chair, said the glass ceiling is not yet shattered, the San Antonio Express-News reported. “We have a saying in social science. One data point does not a trend make.”

Keynote speaker

UTA President Vistasp M. Karbhari will be the keynote speaker at 5th Annual Immigrant Journey Awards, WFIE 14 ABC in Evansville, Ind., KLKN 8 ABC in Lincoln, Neb., WALB 10 ABC/NBC in Albany, Ga., and many other websites reported. The program recognizes and honors exceptional immigrant individuals who have chosen to make this country their home and who have demonstrated leadership in business by contributing to the civic and economic vitality of North Texas.

UTA-EPA agreement

A newly announced partnership between The University of Texas at Arlington and the Environmental Protection Agency targets a growing need for environmental engineering workers, Sustainable City Network reported. "UTA is positioned to become a significant research and education partner for the EPA through our environmental research expertise and our commitment to lifelong workforce education," said UTA President Vistasp Karbhari. 

Assistive robots

In the not-too-distant future, robots could do everyday tasks for humans, the National Science Foundation Discovery website and Phys.org reported. Dan Popa, a former UTA professor and now at the University of Louisville, was interviewed in the article. Popa still teams with researchers and professors at UTA. One of the projects he continues to work on with UTA is a nursing assistant robot.

New director

Matthew Wright, a UTA associate professor in computer science and engineering, has been named director of the Rochester Institute of Technology's Center for Cybersecurity, the Rochester (N.Y.) Business Journal reported. Wright also will become a faculty member in the Department of Computing Security.

New dean

Texas Woman’s University announced that Christopher Ray will become the new dean for its College of Health Sciences, the Dallas Business Journal reported. Ray is the associate dean for research at UTA's College of Nursing and Health Innovation.

Fair Park study

The Dallas Morning News published a more extensive analysis of “Fair Park: The Reinvigoration of a National Treasure,” a study released last week by graduate students in The University of Texas at Arlington’s Institute of Urban Studies. The study divvies Dallas’ historic Fair Park into zone and hubs, calls for additional green space, pedestrian corridors and transit links to connect the amenity to neighborhoods and the city at large. 

Scholarship winner

Megan Clawson received a Liberty, Texas, Rotary Club scholarship, The Vindicator reported. Clawson plans to attend UTA studying computer science. She wants to become a health care systems analyst working in a hospital.