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UTA In The News — Monday, November 25, 2013

Monday, November 25, 2013

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A sustainable beauty

Kathryn Holliday, director of the David Dillon Center for Texas Architecture at The University of Texas at Arlington, was one of the architecture experts quoted in a piece in The New York Times that examined the sustainable new expansion of the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth - called the Renzo Piano Pavilion. She said the pavilion’s sod roof will “avoid lots of wasteful rainwater runoff into a nearby gutter.” Mark Lamster, Dallas Morning News architecture critic and professor in practice in the UT Arlington School of Architecture, also reviewed the new Piano Pavilion for the Morning News.

Envisioning a bullet train

One of the cheapest and most effective ways to build high-speed rail in Texas could be to place the tracks right on top of highway right-of-way, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram said in a story on a new study led by Stephen Mattingly, UT Arlington civil engineering professor. The study adds fuel for thought as passenger rail advocates work on a plan to build a bullet train service connecting Dallas-Fort Worth to Houston, possibly by 2021. “I’m really pleased at the times that were achievable,” said Mattingly.

Health predictions studied

A UT Arlington assistant engineering professor has developed a computational model that can more accurately predict when an epileptic seizure will occur next based on the patient's personalized medical information, according to the website Science Daily and e!Science News. The research conducted by Shouyi Wang, an assistant professor in the Department of Industrial and Manufacturing Systems Engineering, was published under the title "Online Seizure Prediction Using an Adaptive Learning Approach" in IEEE Transactions on Knowledge and Data Engineering.


Sunday night blues

James Campbell Quick, distinguished professor of leadership and organizational behavior at UT Arlington, was quoted in a story on, the website of The Philadelphia Inquirer, about the Sunday Night Blues, anxiety some workers feel before going in on Monday. He said some Sunday night anxiety is to be expected; it’s even healthy.

Assessing a legacy

Allan Saxe, UT Arlington associate professor of political science was quoted in a U.S. News & World Report story about President John F. Kennedy’s legacy following his assassination. "Some people said we mourn Kennedy not for what he did, but for what he was about to do,'' says Saxe.

Commuter service gets a chance

Richard Greene, a former Arlington mayor and EPA official, mentioned UT Arlington in a Fort Worth Star-Telegram column about the two-year trial of commuter bus service that connects the campus to CentrePort station. Greene, also an adjunct professor at UT Arlington, said critics of the experiment risk seeing the city bypassed by regional transportation efforts and should withhold judgment until results are in.