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UTA In The News — Friday, March 22, 2013

Friday, March 22, 2013

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Art with mystery

Stephen Lapthisophon, a visiting UT Arlington professor of art and art history, was featured in a Dallas Observer story about the Dallas Contemporary’s new DC University lecture series, in which he spoke. "I think that we return to good and interesting pieces of art because they baffle us," he says. "We return to things for the mystery of things."

The secrets to longevity

The Spanish-language website for The Huffington Post featured a story in which Susan Gonzalez Baker, director of the Center for Mexican American Studies at The University of Texas at Arlington, addressed statistics showing that despite living in difficult socio-economic conditions, Hispanic elders in the U.S. live longer than whites and African Americans. "Hispanics have practices that preserve us and protect life better,” said Baker. The story originally appeared on the website New America Media.

Mussel monitoring

Robert McMahon, professor emeritus of biology at UT Arlington, was quoted in a story that ran on the North Texas-based Star Newspapers website 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.

A fitting tribute

The special retirement tribute to UT Arlington President James Spaniolo during the annual 1895 Society Gala featured several innovative production elements that gave the evening a distinctive feel, the website Lighting and Sound America said.

Improving cell coverage

A UT Arlington electrical engineering professor is developing a system in which a cell phone could automatically locate available space within a bandwidth, reducing or eliminating “dead spots” in coverage, the website reported. Qilian Liang, the electrical engineering professor, received a three-year, $470,000 National Science Foundation grant that creates and implements a plan that researches spectrum -sharing technologies.