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UTA In The News — Thursday, May 29, 2014

Thursday, May 29, 2014

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Brian Huff, associate professor of industrial and manufacturing systems engineering at UT Arlington, was featured in a WFAA/ABC 8 report on a Texas man who is at odds with the FAA over his desire to use unmanned aerial vehicles as a volunteer in emergency search and rescue situations. “The sooner that we can establish a set of rules … the faster that this nation will be able to join the rest of the world in successfully deploying unmanned aerial systems,” Huff said.

Oliver Bateman, an assistant professor of history at UT Arlington, discussed social media policies for faculty at higher education institutions in an Al Jazeera America column. He said that because scholars are increasingly presenting and discussing their research through online channels, such a policy, given a sufficiently broad interpretation, could have a chilling effect on liberal arts and social science scholarship.

A Fort Worth Star-Telegram story about the primary defeat Tuesday of longtime House Republican Ralph Hall quoted Allan Saxe, an associate political science professor at the University of Texas at Arlington. “Perhaps he relied too much on incumbency, and this time the strong conservatives were mad at everybody and Ralph Hall was in the way,” Saxe said. Saxe was also quoted in a KTVT/CBS 11 report about the strong primary election showing by candidates backed by the Tea Party.

Stories by the the Mansfield News-Mirror and the Grand Prairie Reporter featured UT Arlington’s plans for expanding the Bound for Success early college admission program. President Vistasp Karbhari and officials and students from each district announced the expansion together Tuesday.

Aaly Meherali, a graduate of the UT Arlington College of Science, was named the Secondary Teacher of the Year for 2014 by the Irving school district, The Dallas Morning News reported.  Meherali, a chemistry teacher at Jack E. Singley Academy, worked as a research associate in the genomics lab at UT Arlington before becoming a teacher.

Alisa White, a former graduate adviser and associate professor at UT Arlington, has been selected as the candidate to be the next president of Tennessee’s Austin Peay State University, according to The Leaf-Chronicle (Clarksville). White is currently the provost and senior vice present for Academic Affairs at the University of Texas at Tyler.