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UTA In The News — Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

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Leaving the stage

There won’t be a wet eye in the house when the curtain goes down on basketball at UT Arlington’s Texas Hall come month’s end, The Dallas Morning News said in a feature on the history of Maverick basketball at the performance venue. The paper said forty-seven seasons on stage at what remains perhaps Division I college basketball’s most unique venue have been more than enough. UT Arlington’s teams are at long last moving on to a state-of-the-art facility. Sports Business Journal/Sports Business Daily also reported on UT Arlington sports’ exit from the stage at Texas Hall.

Looking for community input

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported that Michael Buckley, who heads the Center for Metropolitan Density at The University of Texas at Arlington, will host a panel discussion Jan. 23 on what it might take to sway investors to replace apartment complexes near Collins Street and Lamar Boulevard in Arlington with costlier buildings featuring screened parking garages, as well as offices, shops and restaurants on the ground floors and condos or apartments on the upper floors. Council members Mel LeBlanc, Jimmy Bennett and other business and community leaders are organizing the event.

Searching for life

A Fort Worth Star-Telegram story about UT Arlington physics professor Zdzislaw Musielak, associate professor Manfred Cuntz and doctoral student Billy Quarles was featured on the websites of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, The Raleigh News & Observer, the Boston Herald and other McClatchy newspapers. The trio grabbed headlines last week as they unveiled research that may help scientists find a planet or moon with some sort of life. Using data from the Kepler mission space telescope and computer modeling, the UT Arlington team is trying to map for scientists where conditions exist to support life within the Kepler-16 system.

A new look

A dozen students from The University of Texas at Arlington's advanced landscape architecture class were recently invited to design a new look for the main entrance of the Sheraton Hotel and Spa in downtown Fort Worth as part of a contest created by hotel leadership and a local public relations firm, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram said. Though the hotel isn’t currently planning a change, a judging panel awarded student Jack “Randy” Phillips first place -- and gift cards for $1,000 worth of rooms and dining at the hotel -- for his ideas.

Growing nerve fiber featured a story on a study coauthored by Samarendra Mohanty, an assistant professor of physics at The University of Texas at Arlington, which showed laser-driven spinning microparticles can direct the growth of nerve fiber.  The research, which appeared in the January issue of Nature Photonics, is based on a hypothesis by Mohanty. His work led a University of California, Irvine, team led by professor Michael Berns to test “micromotors” in guiding neurons.

Outstanding alumna

UT Arlington alumna and Arlington Deputy Police Chief Kim Lemaux recently became the longest-tenured woman at the Arlington Police Department with 30 years of service, the Arlington Citizen-Journal reported. Lemaux, 54, started her career in Arlington as a 911 dispatcher before deciding to become a police officer. After rising through the ranks as a field training officer, sergeant and lieutenant, Police Chief Theron Bowman promoted Lemaux in 2001 to become Arlington's first female deputy police chief.