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UTA In The News — Thursday, August 29, 2013

Thursday, August 29, 2013

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Faith in film

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram interviewed Ya’Ke Smith, the Morgan Woodward Distinguished Professor in the Department of Art and Art History at UT Arlington, about the growing number of Christian filmmakers shooting their movies in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. “Faith-based companies can directly tap into that audience because [the audience] is here,” said Smith, noting the presence of mega-churches and pastors like T. D. Jakes, who is hosting an international faith and family film festival this week as part of a three-day extravaganza of conferences in Dallas.

Limited strikes

KLIF/570 AM and KRLD/1080 AM interviewed Brent Sasley, UT Arlington associate professor of political science, about the consequences of possible limited strikes by the U.S. government on Syria. “It’s to convince the Assad regime not to go back to using chemical weapons. Maybe even to cut back a little bit on a fierce military campaign that it is running, but it is not to stop the government from conducting the war and it’s certainly not to try to remove Assad and his regime from power,” Sasley said.

General, alumnus keeps leading and several other media organizations reported the appointment of U.S. Army Retired Gen. Tommy Franks to the U.S. Rare Earths Board of Directors. U.S. Rare Earths is an exploration company with mining claims in Idaho, Montana and Colorado. Franks earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from UT Arlington.

Fed strategy reviewed

Housing Wire interviewed Roger Meiners, UT Arlington economics chair and the Goolsby Distinguished Professor of Economics and Law, on Federal Reserve strategy. While the Fed appears afraid that mortgage-backed securities purchases will push rates higher and harm housing, the inevitable carve back has to come at some point, Meiners said, adding: “It will happen some time for sure, but the administration seems to pressure the Fed to keep pumping cheap money out. The longer we wait to end the program the worse things will be at the other end.”

No troops on the ground

KOSA/CBS 7 (Odessa) interviewed Allan Saxe, UT Arlington associate professor of political science, about the developments in Syria, that country’s history and the U.S. government’s response. “We’ll never go in with troops on the ground. All the talk is about cruise missiles, maybe some strategic bombing. We’re not going to get involved in a man-to-man combat situation on the ground. That, I think, is out of the question,” Saxe said.

School and the iPad

The Christian Science Monitor interviewed Ben Agger, UT Arlington professor of sociology and director of the Center for Theory, about the Los Angeles Unified School District’s decision to give iPads to all 650,000 of its students this fall as part of a $1 billion high-tech investment. “They [students] may not turn in their Shakespeare papers on time, but they blog, post, and text in creative and liberating ways. The LA school district gets this,” Agger said.

Making chemistry green

A University of Texas at Arlington junior who found a way to blend a passion for chemistry with ideals of environmental sustainability is getting help from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to further his education and his research, reported. John Gurak is one of less than 40 scholars nationwide to be awarded the EPA National Center for Environmental Research's two-year fellowship for undergraduate study this year.

Planning for change

The Kaufman Herald noted that UT Arlington’s Institute of Urban Studies in 2012 produced “Discover Kaufman,” a design plan for downtown Kaufman. Residents now want the city council to consider previous efforts to revitalize the downtown area as it plans the 2013-2014 fiscal budget.

A place for wounded warriors

Dozens of ill, wounded and injured soldiers from Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas and Oklahoma are taking part in a fun four-day muster at UT Arlington, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. Activities include playing wheelchair basketball, seated volleyball, wheelchair tennis and fencing. “It’s all about using sports to help transition and reintegrate back into society,” said Doug Garner, coach of UTA’s wheelchair basketball team. The paper also featured a photo gallery of the wounded warriors.

Seeing rarely seen photos

An exhibit opening Sept. 9 at The University of Texas at Arlington Library Special Collections will feature rarely seen photographs of President John F. Kennedy’s visit to Fort Worth 50 years ago, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and Pegasus News reported.