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UTA In The News — Friday, February 10, 2012

Friday, February 10, 2012

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Spotlight on energy conservation efforts

KTVT/CBS 11’s EcoWatch segment profiled UT Arlington’s Engineering Research Building, which recently received elite LEED Gold certification. Construction of the 200,000 square foot building used fewer raw materials, produced less waste and now uses less water and electricity than a typical building its size. The report also mentioned the energy conservation features of the new College Park Center.

Push for mass transit

KXAS/NBC 5 reported on the online petition started by Anthia Meme, a UT Arlington student, to get public transit in Arlington, the largest city in the U.S. without public transportation. So far, she has 400 of the 500 signatures needed to bring the issue before Arlington City Council.

Studying hydraulic fracking

WFAA/Channel 8 interviewed Max Hu, a UT Arlington assistant professor of earth and environmental sciences, for a story about hydraulic fracking. More than 1 million gas wells have been drilled nationwide — 14,000 in the Fort Worth area. Hu said it could take decades for a problem to show up and for an aquifer to purge any related pollution. He said monitoring wells are a necessary safeguard.

The rise and fall of malls

WBAP/820 AM interviewed Paul Geisel, professor emeritus in the UT Arlington School of Urban and Public Affairs, about the rise and fall of North Texas’ shopping malls. Valley View Center in Dallas is the third area mall to sink into foreclosure in the past two years. “Malls are generally at major intersections and then what happens is a better intersection emerges,” Geisel said. “Six Flags (Mall) went under when I-20 came along, and then The Parks at Arlington was developed.” He cited a shift in consumers’ preference toward mixed-use development and the concept of “new urbanism.”

Showing Maverick pride

KDFW/Fox 4 broadcast video of UT Arlington students participating in the Maverick Homecoming 2012 ‘Paint Your Ride with Maverick Pride’ event. The report noted the homecoming parade, men’s basketball game, and other homecoming activities scheduled for this weekend.

Hottest team... and ticket in town

KXAS/NBC 5 mentioned UT Arlington’s new College Park Center and the men’s basketball team, calling the Mavericks the hottest team right now on the court.