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UTA In The News — Monday, June 30, 2014

Monday, June 30, 2014

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History professor's op-ed column in The Atlantic

Oliver Bateman, a UT Arlington assistant professor of history, said in an op-ed for The Atlantic that earning high marks at a university shouldn’t be as tough as some instructors make it and should be applauded.

City branding video includes UTA

UT Arlington is featured in a new branding video for the city of Arlington called “The American Dream City,” The Dallas Morning News reported. Electrical Engineering Professor J.-C. Chiao and Research Associate Smitha Rao are featured in the video.

Study recommends more investigation

The high-speed train project between Dallas and Houston is finally headed for a major review, federal officials announced last week. According to reports in CultureMap Austin, a private company hired to develop the plans appears to be planning a route along existing north-south freight lines. A UT Arlington study recommends further detailed investigation into four corridors — I-45 from Houston to Dallas, I-20 between Dallas and Fort Worth, I-35 from DFW through Austin on its way to Laredo, and Route 6 from Houston to Waco.

Muslim unity called for

North Texas Muslims began Ramadan with a plea for unity, tolerance and peace, The Dallas Morning News reported. The article quoted Naureen Syed, an active member of the UT Arlington Muslim Student Association in her days as a UT Arlington student. She said “Shiites were not joining our organization because it was mainly Sunni. We reached out to them and invited them to meetings, to the point we had both communities praying next to one another. I know they can work together. I saw it on a college campus.”

TAMU-Corpus Christi performs first flight tests

Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi’s Lone Star Unmanned Aircraft Systems Center conducted a series of flight missions last week, the first since becoming fully operational as a federally designated test site, General Aviation News reported. The successful FAA test site bid was a team effort among A&M-Corpus Christi, Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station, Camber Corporation, the University of Texas at Arlington Research Institute, the Southwest Research Institute in San Antonio and other research institutions and private-sector companies.