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UTA In The News — Monday, March 20, 2017

Monday, March 20, 2017

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Lockheed Martin naming

Lockheed Martin officials plan to announce a $1.5 million gift to UTA today, making the manufacturer the name sponsor of UTA’s Career Development Center, the Star-Telegram reported. Nearly 1,400 UTA graduates currently work for Lockheed Martin Aeronautics.

Funding proposal

A funding plan proposed by state Sen. Kel Seliger, R-Amarillo, would hit fast-growing universities, such as UTA, The Dallas Morning News reported. Under a proposed adjustment, UTA would lose $15 million.

UTA exceeding expectations

In a guest column in TribTalk, former Arlington Mayor Richard Greene said UTA is exceeding its own expectations in several spheres, including enrollment and research. Greene is an adjunct faculty member in the College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs. TribTalk is the opinion page for the online Texas Tribune.

Mavs defeat BYU

The Maverick’s triumph over BYU in the opening round of the National Invitation Tournament was the subject of many news stories, including the Ledger-Enquirer and KSL NBC 5 in Salt Lake City.

Native Americans project

Sam Haynes, a UTA professor of history, was interviewed on KERA 90.1 FM about his project tracking violence against Native Americans in Texas in the early 19th Century. He said contacts between Native Americans and Anglos or Mexicans often ended violently. Haynes was also quoted in a Star-Telegram column about the role of some Irish immigrants in the Mexican-American war. He said Mexico recruited some of these immigrants as soldiers by playing up the Catholic angle. 

New robots

UTA was mentioned in a Dallas Innovates article about new robots that armed with 360-degree cameras and license plate recognition have the ability to sniff out and identify cell phones. The robots were recently displayed at UTA.

Alumnus author

“The Queen of France,” a book by Tim Wadham, assistant director of the St. Louis County Library, will debut this month, St. Louis Sprout & About reported. Wadham holds a Ph.D. in comparative literature from UTA and is one of the nation’s foremost experts on youth services.

Healthcare leader

Doris Jackson, a registered nurse and legal nurse consultant, will be included in the prestigious Worldwide Leaders in Healthcare, according to University Chronicle. Jackson obtained her nursing degree from UTA. 

Alumnus named consultant

Jason Sickles, a nearly 30-year veteran of newspapers, broadcast and online media, has been appointed legal media consultant of Androvett Legal Media & Marketing, several news outlets, including KTIV NBC 4 in Sioux City, Iowa, reported. Sickles has a bachelor’s degree in criminology and criminal justice from UTA.

Keynote speaker

Minerva Cordero, UTA’s associate dean of Academic Affairs, was the keynote speaker Youngstown State University’s STEM career day on March 3, thejambar.com reported. 

Breakfast taco bid

Allan Saxe, a UTA associate professor of political science, was quoted in a dfw.com story about the breakfast taco’s bid to become the state’s official breakfast item. Saxe said the taco had been part of legislative lore for years. 

Pitching business idea

The Lewisville Leader featured Peyton Symonds, a junior at Premier High School in Lewisville who is designing a business plan to produce more comfortable classroom chairs. Symonds pitched his plan at the recent UTA Student Innovation Competition.