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UTA In The News — Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

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Autocross weekend

Collegiate auto racing teams from across the country will converge on The University of Texas at Arlington campus to rev their engines and compete against the clock at the 17th Annual Texas Autocross Weekend July 8-9, Public Now reported.

Gas-to-liquid lab

UTA researchers are helping Greenway Innovative Energy turn natural gas into liquid fuel, The Dallas Morning News reported. The article highlighted the opening of the Conrad Greer Lab on campus and featured the work of Brian Dennis, professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Fred MacDonnell, professor and chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.

Interdisciplinary projects

UTA has awarded three seed grants for interdisciplinary research projects that propose new ways to treat skin cancer, provide for more rapid and cost-effective evaluation of chemotherapy drugs, and to develop innovative programs to reduce the mental health risks of homeless youth, Phys.org reported.

Paleomap project

Christopher Scotese, UTA professor emeritus of earth and environmental sciences, is responsible for the Paleomap project, a website that produces paleogreographic maps illustrating the Earth's plate tectonic, paleogeographic, climatic, oceanographic and biogeographic development, MetaFilter reported.

Reptiles, amphibians headed to UTA

The University of Louisiana at Monroe reptile and amphibian collection has been donated to UTA, Inside Higher Ed reported. Transfers are in process and likely to be complete by August.

Jordan needs new policies

UTA alumnus Marwan Alshammari wrote an op-ed column for The Jordan Times about the need to develop new public policy methods in Jordan. Alshammari holds a doctorate in strategic management from UTA and is a faculty member at Hashemite University.

Nurse educator

UTA alumna Catherine Van Zandt earned the designation Certified Nurse Educator after meeting strict eligibility criteria and successfully completing a rigorous certification examination, The Corsicana Daily Sun reported. Van Zandt earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing Degree from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1984.

Alumna shows STEM success

UTA alumna and dyslexic single parent Lori Gibson was featured in a North Texas e-News article that discussed her success as a STEM Scholar in the Dallas County Community College District before transferring to UTA. In May, she graduated from UTA with a bachelor’s degree in biology and composite science with nearly a 4.0 grade point average.