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UTA In The News — Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

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New poem found

The New York Daily News’ Page Views blog featured a report on a UT Arlington professor and student’s discovery of a new poem by African-American poet Jupiter Hammon. While researching Hammon for English associate professor Cedrick May’s electronic text design and web publishing class, student Julie McCown discovered a landmark poem by Hammon buried among the Hillhouse Family Papers at the Yale University Library in Connecticut.

New president noted

The Chronicle of Higher Education reported that Vistasp M. Karbhari, provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at the University of Alabama at Huntsville, will become president of The University of Texas at Arlington on June 1. He will succeed James D. Spaniolo, who is stepping down May 31 after having been president since 2004.

New hire has strong credentials

Mark Lamster, who is joining the staff of The Dallas Morning News as architecture critic and will teach at UT Arlington, comes with strong credentials, most recently as associate American editor of Architectural Review and contributing editor for Design Observer, Dallas Morning News editor Bob Mong wrote in the paper’s Sunday edition. “I believe Mark’s considerable writing talent and grasp of architectural concepts will draw a strong following,” Mong said.

Monitoring algae threats

A University of Texas at Arlington environmental engineer has received a three-year, $561,730 grant to identify harmful algal blooms in fresh and salt water so that water providers can take action to contain and curb the blooms, according to the website Bio-Medicine. The National Institutes of Health and National Science Foundation have awarded Assistant Professor Hyeok Choi the grant to develop and place sensors to find where these biological toxins exist so that the harmful algae can be monitored.

Longtime professor remembered

The Dallas Morning News featured a story about former UT Arlington English professor and department chair Emory D. Estes, who died Saturday at age 87. Estes taught for more than 50 years at UT Arlington.

Helping parents help students

KXTX/Telemundo 39 featured a report on a Latino Parents’ Leadership Conference planned on campus Saturday, March 23. Informational sessions will help parents understand the U.S. educational system and determine strategies for succeeding in high school and beyond.

Watching space weather

A University of Texas at Arlington physicist 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 Earth’s upper atmosphere, the Arlington Citizen-Journal reported. Yue Deng, an assistant physics professor, aims to help scientists and engineers protect satellites, power distribution systems and other vital infrastructure from the potentially harmful effects of these inevitable bursts of energy.