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UTA In The News — Monday, April 30, 2012

Monday, April 30, 2012

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Perchlorate and breast milk research

A team led by Purnendu “Sandy” Dasgupta, Jenkins Garrett Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at UT Arlington, has found evidence that breast-fed babies can metabolize the environmental contaminant perchlorate, decreasing their risks of detrimental developmental effects from exposure, Medical Xpress reported. The research suggests a link between this characteristic and bifidobacteria, bacteria that is plentiful in the digestive systems of breast-fed babies.

Center for African American Studies and Oral History Project

The Associated Press reported on UT Arlington's new Center for African American Studies and an oral history project focused on black alumni that is the center's first major undertaking. The center is described as unique to North Texas and will offer an introductory course and a new minor in African-American studies. A national search for a center director is under way. It is a collaboration between the School of Social Work and the College of Liberal Arts. The AP story was picked up by CBS DFW, the Houston Chronicle and the San Antonio Express-News, among other news sites.

Conference questions

SI.comESPN.comThe Washington and several other media organizations reported that UT San Antonio is poised to leave the Western Athletic Conference for Conference USA. The University of Texas System Board of Regents has scheduled a vote for Wednesday, and Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa has recommended approving the move only months before UTSA is set to begin its first season in the WAC. UT Arlington previously announced that it will move to the WAC this summer.

Planting trees

UT Arlington volunteers along with the City of Arlington planted 100 new trees to round the pond outside Rangers Ballpark, WFAA/ABC 8 reported, in an Arbor Day story about the ongoing problem of dead trees in Texas.


KXAS/NBC 5 reported on UT Arlington’s Oozeball event, which benefits the Student Alumni Association Sophomore Scholarship. The mud volleyball tournament is hosted by the Department of Campus Recreation and the UT Arlington Alumni Association.

David Dillon Center for Texas Architecture

The Dallas Morning News and D Magazine mentioned the David Dillon Symposium at the Dallas Museum of Art and the Nasher Sculpture Center. The newly established David Dillon Center for Texas Architecture is named for the longtime architecture critic for The Dallas Morning News, who died in 2010. His wife, Sally, donated his papers, reports and notes to UT Arlington’s School of Architecture.

Air toxic monitors

The Denton Record-Chronicle mentioned UT Arlington in a story about new air toxics monitors that are scheduled to be installed in Denton, Wise and Tarrant counties this summer. Other than at The University of Texas at Arlington, no locations for the air toxics monitors have been announced.

Presidential race and fundraising in Texas

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram quoted Allan Saxe, UT Arlington associate professor of political science, in a story about Texans, who have been among the biggest donors in this year’s presidential race. “We are the second most populous state in the Union with lots of wealthy donors, both Democratic and Republican and other parties as well,” Saxe said. “Oil, lots of highways, ranching and farming have both fueled and been recipients of campaign cash.”

Texas Supreme Court

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported on Texas Supreme Court incumbents seeking re-election. Three of the nine justices on the all-Republican court, include Justice Steve Smith, who graduated from UT Arlington.

Woman of Distinction

Anna “Michelle” Bobadilla, the UT Arlington senior associate vice president for Outreach Services and Community Engagement and assistant provost for Hispanic Student Success, has been named one of 13 Women of Distinction for 2012 by the Texas Association of Mexican American Chambers of Commerce, Hispanic reported.

Music to UTA alum's musical ears

Conner Gray Covington has been appointed assistant conductor of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, the Commercial Appeal reported. Covington graduated summa cum laude with a degree in violin performance from UT Arlington, where he served as concertmaster and assistant conductor of the UTA Symphony.

Race team sponsorship

Desktop reported that Pointwise is sponsoring five teams for the SAE Collegiate Design Series 2012, including the UT Arlington Formula SAE Racing team and the UTA Formula Hybrid team.