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UTA In The News — Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

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Center helps University realize dreams

The University of Texas at Arlington has long wanted to shed its reputation as a commuter school where students flee campus the second class ends. And civic leaders here have advocated for a lively downtown worthy of one of the state’s largest cities. After decades of planning and countless millions spent, those intertwined dreams appear to be within reach or maybe even realized. UT Arlington’s $78 million College Park Center arena opens Feb. 1, while adjacent student housing for 600 and 27,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space will follow in August, The Dallas Morning News reported.

Moore lends expertise on presidential race

Michael Moore, UT Arlington associate professor of political science and senior vice provost, commented on Gov. Rick Perry's exit from the presidential race and the Republican primaries in general in an NBC 5 Nonstop Nightly discussion.

Physics professor speaks to potential space hurricane

Planet Earth was struck Tuesday by a “space hurricane” with the potential to scramble cell phones and satellites, disrupt air traffic and electrical systems and cause trillions of dollars in damage, The Dallas Morning News reported. Luckily, it wasn’t a direct hit. “A space hurricane is giving us sort of a glancing blow," said Ramon Lopez, a UT Arlington physics professor who’s working on predictive measures to prevent disasters caused by the phenomenon.