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UTA In The News — Monday, March 11, 2013

Monday, March 11, 2013

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Finalist profiled

A Fort Worth Star-Telegram profile of Vistasp Karbhari hailed him as a compassionate leader capable of managing crises, connecting with students and linking basic research to real-world needs and business. Karbhari is the sole finalist to become UT Arlington’s next president. The UT System Board of Regents could make a final decision as early as Tuesday.

New critic and faculty member

Mark Lamster, an editor at Architectural Review, a contributing editor for Design Observer and a frequent contributor to national magazines and newspapers, is the new architecture critic at The Dallas Morning News and will have a joint appointment with The University of Texas at Arlington. Lamster will divide duties between the newspaper and UT Arlington, where he will join the faculty of the David Dillon Center for Texas Architecture. There, he will be responsible for a cross-disciplinary graduate seminar on criticism and critical writing and publish long-term research projects.

Campus home to radar

As North Texas nudges into severe storm season, forecasters, researchers and emergency management will have a new tool – a Collaborative Adaptive Sensing of the Atmosphere, or CASA, radar system installed last fall on the roof of Carlisle Hall at The University of Texas at Arlington, according to The Dallas Morning News. The North Central Texas Council of Governments oversees the project. D.J. Seo, an associate professor of civil engineering at UT Arlington, said he already sees the potential in forecasting and responding to very heavy rains.

Robot research

KDFW/Fox 4 rebroadcast an interview with Dan Popa, UT Arlington associate professor of electrical engineering, on its Fox4Ward report during Good Day Saturday. He discussed his research that involves the use of a robot to help diagnose and treat children with autism. The story originally aired last week.

Zebra mussel fears

Robert McMahon, professor emeritus of biology at UT Arlington, was quoted in a Dallas Morning News blog item about the presence of zebra mussel DNA in Lakes Lewisville, Bridgeport and Bob Sandlin. McMahon monitors 14 North Texas reservoirs for the presence of zebra mussels.

Setting the standard

A story on The Verge website about the new Next Generation Science Standards featured UT Arlington professor of physics Ramon Lopez, one of the experts on the standards’ writing team. It is up to each state whether they adopt the standards that Lopez said present a “new picture of Earth as a system.”