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UTA In The News — Monday, February 13, 2012

Monday, February 13, 2012

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DFW universities benefit from international alums

A growing number of international alumni are donating to universities where they earned degrees, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. Businessman Mustaque Ahmed’s home country is Bangladesh, but philanthropy ties him to The University of Texas at Arlington, where he graduated in 1981. His gifts helped to create the Festival of Ideas Global Research Institute.

Heavier loads, worse roads?

Stefan Romanoschi, a UT Arlington associate professor of civil and environmental engineering, told KDAF/CW 33 that a proposed weight increase change for commercial trucks would affect the life of a highway. “It means that the road that is designed to last 20 years, it will last probably 18 years. So you are looking at an increase in maintenance and rehabilitation costs probably around 10 to 25 percent at least,” he said. A bill in Congress called the Safe and Efficient Transportation Act would allow the maximum weight on trucks to increase from 80,000 pounds to 97,000 pounds on federal highways.

New IRS tool aids FAFSA accuracy

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram interviewed Karen Krause, director of financial aid at UT Arlington, about the IRS Data Retrieval Tool, which improves the accuracy of information on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid form. Krause said the first step to using the new IRS tool is to file your taxes – and soon. “If you file your taxes electronically, give it two weeks before you fill out the FAFSA,” she said. “There is a tiny delay to be able to use it.”

Concussion summit planned

KXAS/NBC5 interviewed Jacob Resch, assistant professor of kinesiology at UT Arlington, about his concussion research in partnership with Texas Health Resources and UT Southwestern. He said since the study began last year, more people are aware of the dangers of concussions. “I believe the atmosphere is starting to shift where beforehand, I think it was really hard to break that stigma of what the injury actually was,” Resch said. UT Arlington will bring together experts from across America for its first concussion summit March 9-10.

College Park Center a boon for Arlington

Frank Bullock, a real estate executive and D Magazine guest columnist, wrote about the new College Park Center at UT Arlington, calling it a boon for Arlington. He also recognized the development’s partnership with First Baptist Church Arlington.

Mass transit push published a KXAS/NBC 5 story about a UT Arlington student’s efforts to bring mass transit to Arlington. Arlington is the largest city in the U.S. without public transportation. D Magazine’s FrontBurner reported a similar story.

Grammy Awards eliminates 31 categories

The Christian Science Monitor interviewed Ben Agger, professor and director of UT Arlington’s Center for Theory, about the elimination of 31 categories from the Grammy Awards.