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UTA In The News — Friday, September 23, 2016

Friday, September 23, 2016

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Debt strategies

Ron Elsenbaumer, UTA interim provost and vice president for academic affairs, was a guest panelist on KERA’s Think program about student loan debt and strategies of paying for college. The hour-long discussion Wednesday was part of the KERA 90.1’s "One Crisis Away: Drowning in Debt" series.

UTA growth

KXAS NBC 5 reported that UTA could overtake UT Austin as the largest campus in the UT System.

New VP hired

UTA has hired Dr. Troy Johnson as its new vice president for enrollment management, WJBC 1230 AM in Illinois reported. Johnson held a similar position at Illinois State University. He will start at UTA in November.

Water contamination

A UTA study has found abnormalities in drinking water in the Eagle Ford Shale region, indicative of some contamination from industrial or agricultural activities in the area, United Press International, KTVT CBS 11Oil and Gas 360, Science Daily and Phys.org reported. The research, led by Chemistry Professor Kevin Schug, was published recently in the journal "Science of the Total Environment."

New fuel

The Tasmin News Agency of Turkey, Innovation Toronto and Daily Me reported that UTA chemists are the first to prove that inexpensive semiconducting organic polymers can harvest sunlight to split carbon dioxide into alcohol fuels. Principal researcher Krishnan Rajeshwar, UTA distinguished professor of chemistry and biochemistry and co-director of UTA’s Center for Renewable Energy, Science & Technology, led the study.

Embracing Challenge Award

Kytai Nguyen, UTA bioengineering professor, has won the inaugural Elsevier's Materials Today Embracing Challenge Award, ABC/NBC WALB News 10 in Albany, Ga., ABC WLOX 8 in Biloxi, Miss., Yahoo! Finance, USA Life Sciences and many other websites reported. Nguyen will receive her award Nov. 29 in Boston at the Materials Research Society’s fall meeting. Elsevier, publisher of Materials Today, is a world-leading provider of information solutions and publisher of more than 2,500 journals and 33,000 book titles.

Life science summit

About 400 life science and health care leaders are expected to attend the second annual iC3 Life Science Summit in Arlington, Fort Worth Business reported. Presented by bionorthTX, a regional life sciences industry association, the Wednesday, Oct. 26, event will convene at UTA’s College Park Center.

Giving day

A Star-Telegram editorial urged people to donate during North Texas Giving Day yesterday. Some organizations, like UTA, will offer donation matching.

Sewer robot

UTA’s sewer-exploring robot was highlighted on the ASCEgamechangers.org website. ASCE is the American Society of Civil Engineers. The University of Texas at Arlington has an agreement with the city of Arlington to monitor and evaluate 48 miles of its sewers. 

New school board member

Kal Kallison, a former Eanes school board member, was reappointed to fill Beau Ross’ seat, the Austin American-Statesman reported. Ross resigned due to health problems. Kallison, a former UTA faculty member, has a 40-year career in education.

Alum collects honor

Gary Trietsch, a UTA alumnus and College of Engineering Advisory Board member, accepted top honors for the Harris County Toll Road Authority in the technology category at the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association’s 84th annual meeting and exhibition in Denver, Colo., recently, PR Newswire reported. Trietsch, who also has received the UTA Engineering Distinguished Alumni Award, received the award for the authority’s rapid alert system technology.

Presidential campaign

Allan Saxe, UTA associate professor of political science, said Donald Trump has made up considerable ground in the presidential campaign against Hillary Clinton, WREC 600 AM in Memphis, Tenn., reported.

Texas Trust a partner

The Downtown Arlington Management Corp. has named Texas Trust Credit Union a premier partner, PR.com and CU Insight reported. Tony Rutigliano, president and CEO of the DAMC, said Texas Trust already has made a mark in making new opportunities for its members, including UTA.

New police department hire

Pat Bridges, city administrator for Stephenville, announced he was leaving for a job with the UTA Police Department, the Stephenville Empire-Tribune reported.

Wings pleased with first year

While the Dallas Wings didn’t accomplish its goal of making the playoffs, team coaches and players enjoyed their first season at UTA’s College Park Center, the Star-Telegram reported. The WNBA Wings defeated San Antonio in the first game at the UTA venue in front of a sellout crowd.