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UTA In The News — Friday, February 21, 2014

Friday, February 21, 2014

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Mega money

Computer tools that UT Arlington physicist Kaushik De co-designed for use by the Large Hadron Collider project will be the basis for a new Russian, $3.4 million "mega-grant" project, Interactions.org, Hispanic Business.com, TMCnet.com, ECNmag.com and Newswise.com reported.

Tops in separations

Daniel W. Armstrong, a professor of chemistry and biochemistry at The University of Texas at Arlington, is to receive the 2014 American Chemical Society Award in Separations Science and Technology, Chromatography Online.com reported. This is the second time this year that the ACS has recognized the work of Armstrong — in August last year he was selected to join the ACS Class of Fellows 2013.

Charting growth

As Grayson County prepares for expected exponential growth over the next several decades, the Grayson County Regional Mobility Authority held a meeting with large landholders to discuss the upcoming thoroughfare plan for future transportation growth in Grayson County, the Herald Democrat.com reported. The RMA contracted The University of Texas at Arlington’s School of Urban and Public Affairs to oversee the creation of the plan.

Help for veterans

The Financial reported on a new grant that The University of Texas at Arlington received from JPMorgan Chase that will allow the University to expand its successful Student Veteran Project. Alexa Smith-Osborne, UT Arlington associate professor of social work, is principal investigator of the Student Veteran Project. She said Chase's support will make it possible to provide enhanced services to student veterans at the onset of their first academic year based on the model developed by the University's Center for Clinical Social Work.

A more diverse field

The Winston-Salem Journal (N.C,) quoted Judy Corley-Lay, a pavement management engineer and the first woman to earn an engineering degree from UT Arlington, in a story about the North Carolina Department of Transportation’s efforts to broaden the base of women engineers. The number of women in the field has grown and will continue to do so she said, but there is still work to be done. There are still very few women in the highest levels of profession, though she expects that will change as the current crop of female engineers gain experience.

Love your mother

The Native American Times published a commentary by Colleen Fitzgerald, a UT Arlington professor of Linguistics and TESOL and co-director of the Oklahoma Breath of Life Workshop, about International Mother Language Day and the danger in losing a language. In June, UT Arlington will host CoLang 2014, the Institute on Collaborative Language Research. Fitzgerald wrote: “This international institute provides training for documentation, revitalization and teaching.  Our campus and the Metroplex itself will be even more vibrant with indigenous languages of the Americas, Australia, Africa and beyond."

Heart health needs oxygen

Inktel.com quoted Judy Wilson, a UT Arlington assistant professor of kinesiology, in an article about cardiovascular fitness. Research shows that cardio helps protect against heart disease. As fitness goes up, the incidence of heart disease goes down. “Put simply, the more oxygen one can utilize, the more ‘fit’ that person is,” Wilson said.

Talking opera

Bart Weiss, UT Arlington associate professor of film/video and founder of “3 Stars Jewish Cinema,” will participate in a Feb. 25 panel discussion regarding the life and work of exiled 20th Century composer Eric Wolfgang Korngold, the Dallas Opera.org reported. The Dallas Opera and Dallas Holocaust Museum are sponsors of the event that begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Aaron Family Jewish Community Center in Dallas.

Oversharing your selfies

Tech, the NBC Today Show website, referenced a book by Ben Agger, UT Arlington sociology professor and director of the Center for Theory, in an item about a photograph taken of oneself, or ‘selfie.’ The female-dominated selfie phenomenon represents "the male gaze gone viral," said Agger, author of "Oversharing: Presentations of Self in the Internet Age."

Architecture accolades

Four UT Arlington architecture students were honored for their entries in the Better Philadelphia Challenge – the student competition portion of the Bacon Awards, presented annually by the Philadelphia Center for Architecture, Plan Philly.com reported. This year’s challenge asked what life in Philadelphia would look like if cars, buses, taxis and other vehicles drove themselves around the city, communicating with each other and with the people who summon them to get to work or play. Jury prizes for Most Visionary went to UT Arlington’s Dylan Stewart and Susan Justus for “ECOtonomy.” Design of User Experience went to UT Arlington’s Xitong Li and Karen Teague for “Zero-gap Commute.” This year, 140 teams from 80 schools and 35 countries registered for the competition, with just 15 producing and submitting a project for judging.