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UTA In The News — Monday, August 25, 2014

Monday, August 25, 2014

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Outstanding educators

The University of Texas System board of regents awarded four UT Arlington faculty members with Outstanding Teaching Awards, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. UT Arlington’s winners are: Krystal Beamon, assistant professor of sociology; Darryl Lauster, assistant professor of art and art history; Allan Saxe, associate professor of political science; and Kevin Schug, Shimadzu Distinguished Professor of Analytical Chemistry.

Hunting for new moons

UT Arlington physicists have discovered a way to utilize radio waves to determine the existence and location of exomoons in space, CultureMap Dallas reported.

Technology to market

The commercialization of research at universities in North Texas focused on UT Arlington and National Science Foundation funding for the development of an arsenic analyzer by Purnendu Dasgupta, Jenkins Garrett Professor of Chemistry, and Aditya Das, senior research scientist at the UT Arlington Research Institute, the Valdosta, Ga., Daily Times reported. The story, which originally appeared in The Dallas Morning News, also noted that UT Arlington has partnered with startup incubator Tech Fort Worth to enhance its efforts.

Engineering excellence

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers honored Rumanda Young of Fort Worth with the Lt. Gen. John W. Morris Civilian of the Year Award, which recognizes the single civilian employee achieving the highest overall standards of excellence, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and DVIDS reported. Young is chief of the Master Planning Section of the Fort Worth District’s Regional Planning and Environmental Center and also serves as regional energy program manager for the Corps’ Southwestern Division in Dallas. She earned her doctorate in environmental planning and public policy from UT Arlington, where she also teaches.

Speaker series debut

Bob Costas, famous sports broadcaster, leads off the free UT Arlington Maverick Speakers Series this academic year, CultureMap Dallas reported.

Movin' Mavs

Columnist Steve Goldberg wrote about UT Arlington’s wheelchair basketball program in the FIBA Magazine. FIBA is the International Basketball Federation. Goldberg focused on Malat Lueth Wei, who is playing for UT Arlington’s wheelchair basketball team on scholarship.

Leading the discussion

Civitas Learning named George Siemens to its 10-member, advisory board, Individual.com reported. Siemens is the executive director of the Learning Innovation and Networked Knowledge Research Lab at UT Arlington.

Smaller homes debated

Southlake residents convinced officials to reject a developer's request to build smaller homes on smaller lots in the affluent North Texas community, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. The story quoted Shai Roos, an adjunct professor of the UT Arlington School of Urban and Public Affairs. “We've now gotten to a point where people are not wanting huge homes and huge, big yards. They would rather have a community feeling — a smaller place, a smaller yard.” However, in Southlake that just isn't the case. Business Week also carried the Star-Telegram story.

Peaceful protest

Fox 4 News reported on a local peaceful protest at UT Arlington concerning the recent St. Louis shooting where a teenager was killed by a police officer. UTA student and rally organizer Bryana Peoples was interviewed in the story.

Nonprofit leadership

Chester Jourdan Jr. has been selected as the new executive director of the Red Cross – Southeast Texas Chapter, The Guidry News reported. Jourdan earned his UT Arlington master’s degree in urban and regional affairs.