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UTA In The News — Monday, August 13, 2012

Monday, August 13, 2012

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Spaniolo on higher education issues

UT Arlington President James Spaniolo, who recently announced plans to retire, discussed his presidency and his views on higher education issues such as state funding, philanthropy and athletics with the Austin American-Statesman. The paper noted that Spaniolo has had a “good run” as president, with major increases in research spending, enrollment and campus improvements that helped UT Arlington shed its commuter school image.

Hypersonic travel considered

Dora Musielak, an adjunct professor of physics at The University of Texas at Arlington, was quoted in a Los Angeles Times piece about news that an unmanned experimental aircraft will attempt to fly at Mach 6 for 300 seconds Tuesday. Aerospace engineers say that harnessing technology capable of sustaining hypersonic speeds is crucial to the next generation of missiles, military aircraft, spacecraft — and even passenger planes. "Once the military proves out the concept, hypersonic transport becomes a step closer to reality," Musielak said.

Support for veterans

A story about UT Arlington’s efforts to help veterans transition to college life appeared on KTVT/CBS 11’s website. The story highlighted the School of Social Work’s efforts as well as an event last week where injured veterans learned new ways to enjoy sports from wheel-chair basketball to archery.

Expert advice on zebra mussels

The appearance of zebra mussels in Lake Ray Roberts — and from there possibly through the length of the Trinity River Basin — brings a couple of certainties and a whole lot of variables, according to a Dallas Morning News story that quoted UT Arlington professor emeritus of biology Robert McMahon. “As a scientist, I’d say each lake is different,” said McMahon, an expert in invasive freshwater mollusks. “It depends on conditions, how much food is in the lake.”

College Park Center becomes major venue

The opening of The University of Texas at Arlington’s College Park Center gave the university a glitzy new venue to host hip-hop superstar Drake in March, according to a Pegasus News story that appeared Sunday in The Dallas Morning News’ Arts & Life section. It was a turning point for UT Arlington when the show sold out in a matter of hours, bringing positive attention the university’s way and securing them a place as a major venue in DFW for big-name shows.

Measuring solar power

UT Arlington’s College Park development is in the final stages of construction, but a new website is already tracking energy saved by 1,638 photovoltaic panels on top of the school’s Park North and Park Central parking garages, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram’s Extra Credit blog reported. The University expects to offset about 30 percent of the energy used by the College Park development with help from the sun.