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UTA In The News — Monday, June 18, 2012

Monday, June 18, 2012

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Farrar-Myers weighs in on most notorious political scandals

On Watergate’s 40th anniversary, Victoria Farrar-Myers, a political science professor at UT Arlington, was among three political science experts chosen by The Dallas Morning News to provide their picks for the most notorious government scandals. Of Watergate, Farrar-Myers said, “This brought down a sitting president, but more importantly has shaped the political science landscape of how citizens feel about their government as well as how political actors and the media conduct themselves.”

Medical consortium spreads $600,000 among local universities

A medical technology consortium focused on moving innovation to the marketplace has announced more than $600,000 in a third round of grants to Dallas-Fort Worth area researchers in critical health care fields, the Fort Worth Business Press reported. The six awards from Texas Medical Research Collaborative carry about $100,000 each and aim to propel research in the areas of brain imaging, gas detection through sensors and auditory devices that may reduce the risk of falling. TxMRC was founded in 2009 as a collaborative research partnership among The University of Texas at Arlington, The University of Texas at Dallas, Texas Instruments, Texas Health Research & Education Institute, the research and medical education arm of Texas Health Resources, and the University of North Texas Health Science Center. TMAC, a UT Arlington affiliate formerly known as the Texas Manufacturing Assistance Center, manages the TxMRC partnership.

NASA awards UT Arlington grant to study hypersonic propulsion

KTVT/CBS 11 reported that two University of Texas at Arlington aerospace engineering professors have been awarded a three-year, $640,000 NASA National Research Award to study engine performance at hypersonic speeds – work aimed at reducing air travel times and making space access affordable. According to the Fort Worth Business Press, Luca Maddalena and Luca Massa, both assistant professors in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, are the only collegiate researchers in the country to garner the NASA hypersonic award.

Campus smoking bans becoming more common

Nationwide, community colleges and public and private universities have tightened regulation of tobacco use or banned tobacco products, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. The University of Texas at Arlington went tobacco-free last year, and Tarrant County College campuses became nonsmoking three years ago. The University of North Texas is looking at making the Denton campus tobacco-free by Jan. 1.

Obama Administration won’t deport young immigrants

KTVT/CBS 11 reported live from the UT Arlington campus Friday for a report about President Obama’s executive order, which temporarily spares deportation of some young undocumented immigrants in the U.S. The report included an interview with Jose Moreno, a UT Arlington business student who was brought from Mexico to the U.S. by his parents at age 2. The report also appears on

Elite News features story on Blair Collection at UTA

Elite News featured a story on the new William Blair Jr. Collection at the UT Arlington Special Collections Library, made possible by William Blair, Jr., the founding publisher of Elite News and a former Negro League baseball pitcher. In addition to donating personal items, photographs and memorabilia to the University, the newspaper reported that Blair will establish a scholarship program, lecture series and internship program.

Levine's letter to the editor published in Fort Worth Star-Telegram

In its Letters to the Editor column, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram posted a letter from Daniel Levine, professor of experimental psychology at UT Arlington, in response to a June 6 letter about social science research. “In advocating that the National Science Foundation cut funding for social science research, Charles Lane seems to me to miss the point of that support. He is right that economics, political science and psychology cannot ‘achieve the level of objectivity of the natural sciences’ and ‘are inevitably influenced by value judgments.’ But addressing society’s challenges depends on collaboration between social and natural scientists,” Levine wrote.

UTA cadet talks tough training

Leader’s Training interviewed UT Arlington ROTC Cadet Angela Medrano for a story about the Teamwork Development Course presented to aspiring Army leaders from across the country. A video report also appears on the website.

Juneteenth celebration features Dulaney

W. Marvin Dulaney, associate professor and chair of the UT Arlington Department of History, gave the keynote address at the City of Fort Worth’s 27th annual Juneteenth Celebration, CNN iReport explained. Dulaney is currently completing a book on the social and political history of African-Americans in Dallas.

New engineering course a first of its kind for colleges

Water & Wastes Digest reported that four of the most respected experts in the field of concrete pipe will lead a new course at The University of Texas at Arlington this summer. “Structural Design of Concrete Gravity/Pressure Pipes” has been added to the curriculum of the College of Engineering, marking the first time a course focused solely on concrete pipe design has been offered in a collegiate setting. Professor Ali Abolmaali, Tseng Huang Endowed Professor of Structural Engineering and Applied Mechanics at the University, will be assisted by three leading experts from the North American concrete pipe industry.

Georgiou discusses dance company's season closer on Art & Seek

Art & Seek published an article by Danielle Georgiou, assistant director of the UT Arlington Dance Ensemble, on the season closer performed by Contemporary Ballet Dallas.

Alum puts architecture degree to work in Bishop Arts District

The Dallas Morning News mentioned The University of Texas at Arlington in a story about married designers, Erin and John Paul Hossley, who recently opened a new Bishop Arts District boutique. The business offers services like textile and lighting consultations, custom cabinetry and renovation plans. John Paul Hossley earned a master’s degree in architecture from UT Arlington.

Stars on the Rise

The Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce awarded 273 deserving students more than $4.7 million in college scholarships at its 29th Annual Stars on the Rise Scholarship Banquet, Infórmate DFW reported. The 2012 Stars on the Rise Scholarship Program is sponsored by The University of Texas at Arlington, the Dallas County Community College District, the University of North Texas–Dallas, and Texas A&M University–Commerce, Texas Instruments and DFW International Airport.

New softball coach announced

KLBK-TV (Lubbock) and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported that Texas Tech assistant Kristie Fox will take over the UT Arlington softball program as head coach. “Her youthful energy and knowledge of the game, plus her history of success as both an assistant coach and an accomplished player, made her the perfect fit as we begin an exciting new softball era at UT Arlington,” said Jim Baker, UTA athletic director.