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UTA In The News — Friday, February 28, 2014

Friday, February 28, 2014

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Mega impact

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, Scientific Computing reported. That system, called PanDA (for Production and Distributed Analysis), is used by thousands of physicists around the world in the LHC’s ATLAS collaboration.

Airline policy change

A KTVT/CBS 11 story about American Airlines dropping bereavement fares featured Traci Freling, an associate professor of marketing at UT Arlington, who argues that the move could have consequences. “You have a real opportunity with people in that unfortunate situation to look as though you’re the airline that cares,” she said.

Homeless youth count

ACH Child and Family Services, Tarrant County Homeless Coalition and UT Arlington are conducting the first ever Youth Count in Tarrant and Parker Counties for unaccompanied youth, age 13 – 24, in unstable living arrangements, according to Reuters, National Journal, Yahoo! News and several television news websites throughout the U.S. The effort seeks to provide more detailed and reliable information to all the agencies that serve the youth within that age range.

Boycott, Divestment, Debate

UT Arlington associate professor of political science Brent Sasley participated in an American Prospect-hosted forum on the issue of boycott, divestment and sanctions, also known as BDS, against Israel for its policies of occupation and settlement. Sasley said: “BDS’s ultimate goal is at best ambiguous, at worst disingenuous.”

Excellence honored

The University of Texas at Arlington African-American Alumni Chapter will award Zachary Thompson, Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS) director, with the 24th Annual Outstanding African-American Alumni Award, the Focus Daily News said. Thompson will receive the award at a ceremony March 1 at UT Arlington.