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UTA In The News — Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

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Analyzing the presidential visit

Roger Meiners, chairman of the economics department in the UT Arlington College of Business, was a guest on KTVT/CBS11 to discuss President Barack Obama's appearance in North Texas Tuesday. Meiners said the President's jobs proposal is "largely a campaign stunt" and the way to strengthen employment opportunities is to ease uncertainty about government policy. 

Oil pipeline debate

Mohammad Najafi, an assistant professor and the director of the Center for Underground Infrastructure Research and Education at The University of Texas at Arlington, was one of seven experts in a New York Times Room for Debate feature about the Keystone XL project, a plan to deliver crude oil from an oil supply hub in Alberta, Canada to points in Oklahoma and Texas. Najafi said since no technology is risk-free, the best way to avoid pipeline system failures is to avoid the extraction of oil from the sensitive Alberta wilderness.

Exhibit focuses on drug war

The Dallas Morning News' Spanish-language newspaper, Al Dia, reported on the Dominic Bracco II lecture and photography exhibit at The University of Texas at Arlington, which looks at youths and the violent drug war in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. Bracco is a UT Arlington graduate and Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting grantee. The exhibit, "Life and Death in the Northern Pass," runs until January 14, 2012 at the UT Arlington Central Library.

State award for student architects, urban planners

The Arlington Urban Design Center has won the 2011 Current Planning Award from the American Planning Association Texas Chapter, according to the Dallas Business Journal. Students from The University of Texas at Arlington’s Schools of Urban and Public Affairs and School of Architecture worked with City of Arlington professionals in the center on design projects, civic space planning, beautification projects and redevelopment. Since opening in 2009, the center has taken on more than 70 projects, including endeavors in the downtown area and near UT Arlington.

Greenovation Contest debuts

Yahoo! News and the San Francisco Chronicle’s website reported an announcement by IMC Inc. that the Texas Manufacturing Assistance Program(TMAC), along with the Small Business Development Center for Enterprise Excellence (SBDCEE), are hosting their first annual Greenovation Contest. The SBDCEE and TMAC are both housed at the University of Texas Arlington’s Automation and Robotics Research Institute. Their goal is to host the contest annually.

Making rare maps available

About 5,000 historically significant and rare maps will be placed on the Portal to Texas History maintained by the University of North Texas Libraries as part of the libraries’ “Mapping the Southwest” project, according to North Texas e-News. The project, which is being funded by a three-year, $314,688 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, will provide online access to many of the maps in The University of Texas at Arlington’s Cartographic History Library, which is part of the Special Collections at UT Arlington’s library.