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UTA In The News — Friday, April 21, 2017

Friday, April 21, 2017

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New provost hired

Dr. Teik C. Lim, dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Cincinnati, will be the next provost and vice president for academic affairs of UTA, the Star-Telegram, Fort Worth Business, Dallas Business Journal, Yahoo! Finance and many other media reported. The Dallas Business Journal’s People on the Move also announced the hiring.

Coral health

Laura Mydlarz’s research on coral was featured by KDFW Fox 4 prior to the Earth Day Texas events. Mydlarz, a UTA associate professor of biology, and her team are leading a new study aimed at quantifying how susceptible coral species are to disease by examining their immunity through a series of novel experiments and approaches. 

Emerging investigator

The American Society of Mass Spectrometry has named Saiful Chowdhury, assistant professor of chemistry and biochemistry at The University of Texas at Arlington, as one of the leading emerging investigators worldwide for his work developing new techniques using mass spectrometry to differentiate protein modifications linked to cancer and aging, follownews.com reported.

Water quality

UTA was mentioned in a Dallas Morning News op-ed piece about energy industry development interest in West Texas. Apache Corp. hired UTA's Kevin Schug, the Shimadzu Distinguished Professor of Analytical Chemistry and director of the Collaborative Laboratories for Environmental Analysis and Remediation, or CLEAR lab, to conduct baseline water quality studies in West Texas.

Homeless women study

A UTA social work study has found homeless women are at a disadvantage when it comes to reproductive health, SheKnows reported. The study, by Courtney Cronley, UTA assistant professor in the School of Social Work; Kris Hohn and Shamsun Nahar, two former social work students; was published in the journal Women Health. 

Handling hiring freeze

The Star-Telegram outlined how UTA and the UNT Health Science Center are handling the state hiring freeze. 

Alumnus named senior VP, COO

Liberty Hall Capital Partners has appointed UTA alumnus Patrick Russell to the role of senior vice president and chief operating officer of AIM Aerospace Corp., a leading supplier of composite ducting, structural and interior parts for the global aerospace industry, CityBizlist and many other media reported. 

Alumnus named executive director

UTA alumnus Riyad Alsaid was named executive director of technology for Rockwall school district, Blue Ribbon News reported. He earned a bachelor’s degree in management information systems from UTA. 

UTA alums, students on ballot

Several UTA alumni and students are listed among the candidates for the Arlington City Council May 6 ballot, the Star-Telegram reported. Among the candidates are alumni Chris ‘Dobi’ Dobson, Marvin Sutton and Kathryn Wilemon, and UTA students Blerim Elmazi and Dakota Loupe.

Projects questioned

Some Texas lawmakers have complained that universities seem to be taking on ambitious projects that don't serve the needs of the state, The Texas Tribune reported. Lawmakers gave them that power back in 2013.   

Top 10 percent rule

A Texas Senate bill substantially weakens the Top 10 Percent Rule, a 20-year-old policy that promises automatic admission into any state university for students who graduate near the top of their high school's class, The Texas Tribune reported.