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UTA In The News — Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

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Structural engineer speaks to Allen stadium report

A KDFW/FOX4 report on problems with the Allen High School Eagle Stadium featured a look inside the Civil Engineering Laboratory at UT Arlington and an interview with Simon Chao, an associate professor of structural engineering and applied mechanics. Chao said he was troubled by reports of problems with load-bearing walls. “If that’s the case, that’d be a big problem,” Chao said.

Underneath the cracks

Simon Chao, UT Arlington College of Engineering associate professor, was featured in a WFAA/ABC 8 story about cracks in the concourse of the Allen High School Eagle Stadium and plans to close the $60 million facility during the coming football season. The report said “stirrups” designed to prevent diagonal cracks were too far apart, violating building codes. Choa told News 8 that engineers prefer to keep the space between stirrups small.

Preventing falls

KERA/90.1FM, the Dallas NPR affiliate, aired the third installment in its Broken Hip series, which featured ongoing work at the UT Arlington Center for Healthy Living and Longevity by Christopher Ray, associate professor of kinesiology. Ray said studies show that improving balance can prevents falls in the elderly population and intervention for seniors who have already fallen is key. “The greatest predictor of a future fall is a previous fall,” Ray said. The report is also featured on the station website.

Ways to save

Shakeela Hunter, director of the Student Money Management Center at the University of Texas at Arlington, was featured in a U.S. News & World Report story on ways parents can save for their child’s college education. "See if your student’s high school offers dual credit and/or [advanced placement] courses, which count as college credit hours,” she said.

Addressing discrimination abroad

Brent Sasley, associate professor of political science at UT Arlington, wrote an opinion piece for The Jerusalem Post about the need for Israel to address discrimination of its Arab population. The Jerusalem Post is Israel’s best-selling English-language daily.

Public administration graduate program lauded

UT Arlington’s public administration graduate program received nine stars in a recent survey by, putting it at the top of a nationwide list of schools the website released Wednesday, and other websites said. The rankings were based on student reviews from the site.

Team dance competition

Students from several North Texas schools participated in the Colors of the Rainbow team dance competition at UT Arlington’s Texas Hall Tuesday night, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. A KDFW/FOX 4 report mentioned UT Arlington research to improve the program.

Change a part of working democracy

A Houston Chronicle story about elections in Montgomery County that feature a host of new faces quoted Allan Saxe, UT Arlington associate professor of political science. Saxe said change is good for a working democracy. "Someone who occupies an office for a very long time cuts off younger people with different ideas,” he said.