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UTA In The News — Friday, June 27, 2014

Friday, June 27, 2014

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Texas politics

The Houston Chronicle and San Antonio Express-News quoted Rebecca Deen, associate professor and chair of the UT Arlington Department of Political Science, in its story about the Texas Democratic Convention. Democrats want the election “to be about mobilizing new voters,” Deen said, adding, “That's really their path to success, because if they just rely on the existing electorate, it's overwhelmingly Republican and conservative.” The convention gets down to business Friday showcasing two women: Sens. Wendy Davis of Fort Worth for governor and Leticia Van de Putte of San Antonio for lieutenant governor. 

Political scientist says Davis' gender doesn't get her votes

KTVT/CBS 11 quoted Allan Saxe, UT Arlington associate professor of political science, in its story about the excitement that will be generated at the Texas Democratic Convention because of two women at the top of the ticket: Sens. Wendy Davis of Fort Worth for governor and Leticia Van de Putte of San Antonio for lieutenant governor. “It [gender] could make a difference, but the polls show that women today are not all that energized by the fact that Wendy Davis is a woman.” 

Researchers study fragile Y chromosome

A UT Arlington research team says their study of genetic information from more than 4,000 beetle species has yielded a new theory about why some species lose their Y chromosome and others, such as humans, hang on to it, Genetic Times reported. Researchers call it the "fragile Y hypothesis." The biologists' idea is that the fate of the Y chromosome is heavily influenced by how meiosis, or the production of sperm, works in an organism.

Urban giants examined

Kate Holliday, UT Arlington associate professor of architecture, was featured in a new film, Urban Giants, which was part of a Gizmodo website article. The film talks about the old New York City telecommunications buildings, including the Western Union and AT&T Long Lines buildings. The film goes inside these towers, both designed by Ralph Walker, who also designed the Barclay-Vesey Telephone Building, now known as the Verizon Building. Architectural historian Holliday wrote a book about Walker. She also is the director of the David Dillon Center for Texas Architecture.

Internet anonymity contributes to harassing behavior

In an Al Jazeera America column, Oliver Bateman, UT Arlington assistant professor of history, said the Internet too often shields people who harass others in ways they wouldn’t on the street. “We must recognize that our online communications, far from being shouted into an electronic abyss or vacuum, have the ability not merely to offend but to threaten and terrorize others.”  

New city of Arlington branding features University

KXAS/NBC 5 reported on the new logo and branding that the City of Arlington and the Arlington Convention & Visitors Bureau rolled out this week. The “Arlington: The American Dream City,” campaign promotes institutions like UT Arlington, the Arlington General Motors plant and economic opportunities the city provides. 

Test flying can begin at South Texas site

KRWG.org posted video of Federal Aviation Administration-approved drone testing that began this week in south Texas through Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s Lone Star Unmanned Aircraft Systems Center of Excellence & Innovation. LSUASC is a consortium of 16 research institutions and private-sector service companies including the University of Texas at Arlington Research Institute.  

Lost poem mentioned

About.com mentioned UT Arlington in a piece about once lost, published poems by well-known authors that have recently been uncovered in attics, auction houses and libraries. UT Arlington doctoral student Julie McCown discovered Jupiter Hammon’s poem, “An Essay on Slavery,” while researching an English assignment. The poem was buried in documents at the Manuscripts and Archives at Yale University Library.