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UTA In The News — Monday, November 21, 2011

Monday, November 21, 2011

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A winning design

Benjamin Johnston, 26, a UT Arlington doctoral student in biomedical engineering, took first place this month in the inaugural Texas Greenovation Contest, a program designed to promote environmental sustainability and increase jobs in manufacturing, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. His prize-winning idea, a modified microbial food cell, could change how organic waste is broken down by food-processing companies and sewage treatment plants. The Greenovation Contest, which was sponsored by UT Arlington's small-business development center in Fort Worth, originated in Pennsylvania in 2008.

Professor says charges in Wood case unlikely

A Christian Science Monitor story about the reopening of a police investigation into the drowning of movie star Natalie Wood featured Elisabeth Cawthon, UT Arlington associate professor of history. Cawthon said: “Is there a possibility that the case could be genuinely (as opposed to technically) re-opened and an indictment handed down? I would say only a minuscule chance, particularly given the strong opinions from Natalie Wood's family that her death was a genuine accident.”

Remembering Oklahoma State coaches

Samantha Morrow, women's basketball coach at The University of Texas Arlington, was among the coaches quoted in a Fort Worth Star-Telegram article about the deaths of Oklahoma State women's basketball coach Kurt Budke and assistant coach Miranda Serna. Morrow said she knew Budke "from way back, and he was a great guy with a big heart and a warm personality -- someone who climbed the ranks in the coaching profession and always understood and supported what others were going through." Oklahoma State’s scheduled game against UT Arlington for Sunday was canceled. Moore was also interviewed on KDFW/Fox 4, KXAS/NBC 5 and KTVT/CBS 11.

Securities lending studied

Securities lending returns are “dramatically lower” when funds use lending agents affiliated with their sponsors, according to a new report co-authored by John Adams, assistant professor of finance at UT Arlington, Global Investor reported. An affiliated agent is where the investment company that manages the fund is under the same umbrella as that fund’s lending agent. Here, returns tend to be smaller and there are conflicts of interests, Adams and his co-authors wrote.

Alumnus making pr news

William Peace University a private four-year university located in downtown Raleigh, has announced that UT Arlington graduate Nabeel Jaitapker has joined the university’s communication department as the communication and social media marketing specialist, according to Jaitapker received a Bachelor of Arts degree in broadcast management from The University of Texas at Arlington, followed by a Master of Arts degree in strategic communication and leadership from Seton Hall University in South Orange, N.J.