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UTA In The News — Monday, May 5, 2014

Monday, May 5, 2014

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Growing crops locally

The Dallas Morning News reported that UT Arlington School of Architecture plans for a West Dallas community farm are taking root. Graduate architecture students spent last semester developing ideas for the La Bajada Urban Youth Farm. At a recent public meeting, a final proposal drew positive feedback. A separate nonprofit has been created to direct the operation. Fundraising continues. And leaders of the partner organizations say they believe the venture — modeled on the Grow Dat Youth Farm in New Orleans — will definitely happen. “I’m as confident as I can be with any project that involves a community client and external funding. The level of support is very high,” said Don Gatzke, dean of the UT Arlington School of Architecture.

DFW Airport officials say China flights could increase

At a UT Arlington symposium last week celebrating DFW Airport’s 40th anniversary, American Airlines chief executive Doug Parker and DFW chief executive Sean Donohue both talked about future flights to the Chinese capital, a Star-Telegram business column noted. “We would like to see even more flights to the region over time,” Parker said, adding that he expects the daily flights to Hong Kong and Shanghai to do well. “We’d like to fly to Beijing."

Nursing makes list

Six Texas schools, including UT Arlington, tied at No. 64 on the list of the nation’s best graduate nursing programs released in March by U.S. News and World Report, Nurse.com reported. UT Arlington also achieved top 25 status in one specialty, ranking 24th with its NP family program.

Research would help pharmaceuticals

A UT Arlington chemistry professor, renowned for his work in the area of chemical separations, is leading an effort to find a more accurate way to measure water content in pharmaceuticals – a major quality issue for drug manufacturers, BioNews Texas reported. Daniel W. Armstrong, UT Arlington's Robert A. Welch Chair in Chemistry, says the new technique could be 100 times more sensitive than one of the most popular current methods.

Where could life exist?

A recently published paper investigates whether life could cope with a hotter, brighter star than the sun, Yahoo! News Canada and Women Citizen.com reported. Manfred Cuntz, a professor of physics at UT Arlington and lead scientist of the project, said it has been argued that K-type or M-type stars are the most likely candidates for life on other planets but "the only case known for life to exist is the environment of our Sun, identified as a relatively hot and massive G-type star."

New THR board member sits on UTA advisory board

Texas Health Resources has added a former president of Texas Health Arlington’s medical staff to the system’s board of trustees, D Magazine Healthcare Daily reported. Dr. Ignacio Nunez is an obstetrician and gynecologist on the medical staff at Texas Health Arlington memorial Hospital. He also serves on the UT Arlington College of Science Advisory Board.

Cinco de Mayo celebration of key battle

Fort Worth Star-Telegram story about Cinco de Mayor quoted William Arce, assistant director for the Center for Mexican American Studies at UT Arlington, on the tradition of celebrating May 5 and the Battle of Puebla. Arce said: "The Battle of Puebla is more famous north of the Rio Grande than in Mexico,” and said that Arce said that Cinco de Mayo is not to be confused with Mexico’s Independence Day, which dates to Sept. 16, 1810, and is “hugely celebrated.” On May 5, 1862, poorly equipped Mexican forces defeated French troops at the Battle of Puebla. “It is basically a rag-tag militia out of Puebla defeats the French,” Arce said. “The little guy gets to beat the big guy.”

Professor comments on steroid use

In an Al Jazeera America column, Oliver Bateman, UT Arlington assistant professor of history, said whether steroidal usage causes heart disease remains a debated issue. “However, the sudden death of yet another prominent star from the World Wrestling Entertainment’s drug-ridden golden era raises new questions about the company’s far from pristine reputation and ought to cloud sunny predictions about its future as a leading provider of content on demand.” Bateman also authored a commentary about his professional journey in Salon.com.

Political scientist says Wednesday debate could be crucial

Allan Saxe, a UT Arlington associate professor of political sicence, commented on the potential impact of Wednesday's scheduled debate with David Dewhurst and Dan Patrick, candidates for Texas Attorney General, in a Fort Worth Star-Telegram story. Saxe said the debate will give Texas voters another chance to see the candidates in action, which could be important for what is expected to be a sparse runoff election May 27, adding: “The turnout in the primaries is very low and the runoff lower yet. The political junkies like myself will find this of interest since the runoff has become a battle of TV ads between Dewhurst and Patrick and some becoming pretty tough.”