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Alumni Newsletter |  Institutional Advancement at The University of Texas at Arlington


Disability Programs honored

Four disability-focused programs at UTA have been awarded the Martha Arbuckle Award, a statewide honor recognizing the most innovative local committee project. The award is given by the Texas Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities each year. The Disability Studies Minor, Office for Students with Disabilities, Movin’ Mavs Adapted Sports & Recreation, and UTA Libraries’ Texas Disability History Collection received the award. READ MORE

optimizing networks
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Frank Lewis, the Moncrief-O’Donnell Professor of Electrical Engineering, Yan Wan, and Ali Davoudi, associate professors of electrical engineering, are using a $220,000 Early-concept Grant for Exploratory Research, or EAGER, from the National Science Foundation to use real-time learning to create a unified theory on how to optimize microgrid capacity through DC distribution. Junfei Xie, an assistant professor of computer science at Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi, is assisting the team with data analysis. READ MORE

Rapid Evolution
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UTA researchers have set out to determine whether Burmese pythons, native to Southeast Asia but frequently found in Florida, could have adapted to an extreme Florida freeze event in 2010. By scanning regions of the Burmese python genome, they identified parts of the genome that changed significantly before and after the freeze, providing clear evidence of evolution occurring over a very short time scale in this population. READ MORE

CAPPA rankings
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For the first time ever, two CAPPA programs were recognized as "Most Hired from by Firms" in the recent rankings released by Design Intelligence. Architecture ranked number 16 while Landscape Architecture came in at number 12. READ MORE

moving technology
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Teams of transportation agencies, researchers, and policymakers are meeting this week in Arlington to discuss strategies and present their visions for innovative mobility solutions as part of the third annual Texas Mobility Summit, co-hosted by UTA. READ MORE

alumni spotlight
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The World Bank has appointed Jingdong Hua ('93) vice president and treasurer. In his new role, Hua will be responsible for the World Bank's $200 billion debt portfolio and an asset portfolio of nearly $200 billion managed for the World Bank Group and 65 clients including central banks, pension funds, and sovereign wealth funds. READ MORE

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Mark Your Calendar

November 9 | Friday

Distinguished Alumni Awards | Our annual celebration of UTA alumni and friends of the University who have made significant contributions to their field or community takes place on November 9. Individual tickets as well as event sponsorships are now available. GET YOUR TICKETS

November 10 | Saturday

Homecoming 2018 | Mark your calendar for this year's UTA Homecoming celebrations. From special alumni group receptions to the parade, basketball game, and much more, don't miss out on all the fun! Event registration pages are now open, so make your plans to celebrate all things UTA! SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

November 20 | Tuesday

MSS: Naomi Oreskes | Get your tickets to see Naomi Oreskes, the author of “The Scientific Consensus on Climate Change” and professor of the history of science at Harvard University. The event takes place at 7:30 PM in Texas Hall. GET YOUR TICKETS

November 29 | Thursday

Engineering Alumni Chapter | Join the College of Engineering Alumni - Greater Fort Worth Chapter from 6 to 7:30 PM at T&P Tavern to network, enjoy food and drinks, and hear from Matt Oliver, communication director for Trinity River Vision Authority. REGISTER

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