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UTA In The News — Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

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Presidential pick expected

There is not likely to be a decision affecting the University of Texas at Arlington made during the next decade that will be more important than the one UT System regents are expected to make today, according to an editorial in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. The nine regents have scheduled a special 10 a.m. telephone meeting to discuss hiring sole finalist Vistasp M. Karbhari to succeed James Spaniolo as UT Arlington's president. The newspaper said: “His qualifications are clear, his personality apparently fit to the role, and his engineering research background a needed strength for furthering UT Arlington's research ambitions.”

Renowned critic hired

The Dallas Morning News and The University of Texas at Arlington have collaborated to recruit acclaimed architecture writer, critic and editor Mark Lamster to be a new Morning News critic and UT Arlington faculty member, according to Architectural Record, Reuters and  Lamster is currently associate American editor of Architectural Review, contributing editor for Design Observer and a regular contributor to national magazines and newspapers. On its website, D Magazine called the hire a boon for Dallas.

Talk on telecommuting

Marcus Butts, assistant professor of management at UT Arlington, was featured in a KDFW/FOX 4 report on changing attitudes about the value of telecommuting, especially a high-profile decision to end the practice at Yahoo!. Butts said the decision could have consequences. “They do run the risk of some highly productive employees leaving the company,” he said.

NASA funding awarded

UT Arlington assistant professor of physics Yue Deng has been awarded more than $400,000 in NASA funding to develop a 3D look at how electrodynamic energy from solar winds enters and moves throughout the Earth's upper atmosphere, according to the website Deng also is the 2010 recipient of a National Science Foundation Early Career Development or CAREER award.