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UTA In The News — Monday, February 4, 2013

Monday, February 4, 2013

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Bus plan could be key

An Arlington plan to run a commuter bus between the city’s downtown and the Trinity Rail Express’ CentrePort station may be a tiny, tentative step toward plugging one of the last big holes in the area’s mass transit system, according to The Dallas Morning News. The bus line – which could be key for UT Arlington students - will cost $700,000 a year to operate, with the money coming from the city, UT Arlington and the business community. KDFW/FOX 4 also reported on the plan.

Scholarships for young scientists

Students from UT Arlington are among those receiving scholarships as part of the Next Generation Scientists for Biodiesel, a National Biodiesel Board program that aims to educate and collaborate with young scientists, according to an announcement featured on the Rural Radio Network. The United Soybean Board also supports the program.

Astronaut remembered

Numerous news sites, including The Dallas Morning News, KDFW/FOX4, KLBJ/590AM (Austin) and KSLA/CBS12 (Shreveport), reported on UT Arlington’s efforts to honor alumna Kalpana Chawla on the tenth anniversary of her death aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia. At 7:59 a.m. Friday, students in front of Kalpana Chawla Hall released biodegradable white balloons in her memory. About 50 science and engineering students held a vigil Thursday night.

Graduate helps a top team

The Independent Mail (Anderson, S.C.) featured a story on Jeff Ferguson, director of football operations and sports medicine for the San Francisco 49ers. While doing graduate work at The University of Texas at Arlington, Ferguson spent two years as a graduate assistant athletic trainer that included the task of head athletic trainer for the track and field teams, according to his team biography.

Sharing skills

Doug Garner, coach of the UT Arlington Movin’ Mavs, taught a wheelchair basketball clinic at the Southern Hills Recreation Center in Shreveport, La. this weekend, according to a report on KTAL/NBC 6 (Shreveport). The clinic is a yearly event.