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UTA In The News — Monday, November 7, 2011

Monday, November 7, 2011

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Oklahoma earthquake felt in several states

KXAS/NBC 5 interviewed Glen Mattioli, a UT Arlington professor of earth and environmental sciences, about a 5.6 magnitude earthquake that hit Oklahoma Saturday night. “We don’t have very many earthquakes here in the mid-continent, because this is not an area that’s near a plate boundary,” Mattioli said.

Partnering on research to treat PTSD and brain injury

KTVT/CBS 11 featured Alexa Smith-Osborne, an assistant professor in the UT Arlington School of Social Work and Hanli Liu, a bioengineering professor at UT Arlington, about their research, which is marrying methods of evaluating Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Traumatic Brain Injury to better serve vets who suffer from those conditions.

Bank Transfer Day

Roger Meiners, the John and Judy Goolsby Distinguished Professor of Economics and Law, and chairman of the UT Arlington Department of Economics, was referenced in a article about “Bank Transfer Day,” which urged people dissatisfied with bank fees to move their money to credit unions on Saturday. Meiners suggested that consumers consider alternatives before deciding to withdraw all of their money.

Privacy concerns at public meetings

KTVT/CBS 11 interviewed Allan Saxe, UT Arlington associate professor of political science, about privacy concerns at public meetings in Dallas. Citizens are required to state out loud their home address and phone number. “I would think it could have a deterrent effect on citizens who want to stand up and have a comment,” Saxe said. The story is also posted at

Renowned FSAE program marks 30 years

KRLD/News Radio 1080 interviewed Bob Woods, UT Arlington professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, and adviser to the University’s renowned Formula Society of Automotive Engineers program, which celebrated its 30th anniversary over the weekend. He said it’s not hard to recruit students into the program. “It’s a very interesting competition to develop their professionalism and their engineering education in ways that we could never teach in the classroom,” Woods said.

Sports in North Texas

Joshua Price, UT Arlington assistant professor of economics, will be among a distinguished panel of experts Tuesday, Nov. 8, discussing the impact of sports in North Texas at the Real Estate Council’s Bank of Texas Speaker Series, PRLog reported.

Fallen soldier remembered

A UT Arlington alum is being remembered for his patriotism and willingness to help others. KDFW/FOX 4, KDAF/CW 33, and WFAA/ABC 8 reported the death in Iraq last week of 1st Lt. Dustin Vincent, 25, of Mesquite. He died Thursday after coming under enemy fire in Kirkuk. Lt. Vincent studied engineering at UT Arlington on a full Army/ROTC scholarship. He graduated in 2009.

New scholarship awarded to UT Arlington biology major

UT Arlington biology major Valerie Hernandez is the first recipient of the Judith Carrier Scholarship, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. The $1,000 scholarship is awarded annually to a student from UT Arlington or Tarrant County College Southeast Campus, where Judith Carrier was the founding president.

College campuses exploring gas leases

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette mentioned UT Arlington in a story about colleges exploring gas leases. The article said a lease signed by UT Arlington in 2007 guarantees a 27 percent royalty on gas removed from the Barnett Shale deposit beneath campus.