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UTA In The News — Friday, September 15, 2017

Friday, September 15, 2017

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Hamidi nominated

Dallas Innovates reported that Shima Hamidi, director of the UTA Institute of Urban Studies, has been nominated by Planetizen as one of the “Most Influential Urbanists” of all time. Hamidi, who also is a UTA assistant professor in the College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs, is known for her research on topics such as urban sprawl and upward mobility. You can vote for Hamidi here.

Staying human

George Siemens, executive director of the UTA Learning Innovation & Networked Knowledge or LINK Lab, was interviewed by the Dallas Morning News about a new massive open online class he helped develop examining the idea of what it means to stay human in the digital age. Siemens and his colleague Catherine Spann have created an online yoga course that is expected to draw nearly 30,000 participants.

Low debt

UTA has been ranked the nation’s top public research university for least student debt by U.S. News and World Report, MyInforms reported. UTA also was ranked among the top campuses for ethnic diversity.

Climate change panel

College Planning and Management, Crossroads Today, The Buffalo News and various other media outlets reported that Diane Jones Allen, director of the landscape architecture program in the UTA College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs, has been selected to serve on an American Society of Landscape Architects blue ribbon panel on climate change and resilience. Environment Guru and The Dirt also noted that Allen will give a lecture at the Black in Design conference, hosted by the Harvard University Graduate School of Design.

Urban youth farm

UTA’s College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs assisted La Bajada Urban Youth Farm with project development and design services, WFAA ABC 8 reported. The garden aims to educate teens on sustainable food production and foster community.

Making burgers

The Dallas Morning News reported that alumnus Lou Diamond Phillips may be a star now, but he was making a jalapeño burger for his dad while working at Whataburger before making it big. Phillips hoped to grab a bite at the chain while in town for his recent Maverick Speakers Series event.

Alumnus featured

Alumnus Thaddeus Arroyo, chief executive officer of AT&T Business, was profiled in a Dallas Business Journal article. Arroyo earned a bachelor’s of science in mathematics and computer science from UTA.