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UTA In The News — Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

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Harvesting water

UT Arlington Engineering Professor Cheng Luo and his doctoral student, Xin Heng, say their new highly efficient fog collector could help the most parched areas of Saudi Arabia to water-scarce areas of the western U.S., the website Environmental Research Web reported. The team came up with their design after noting how long-billed shorebirds with thin beaks get water. The research is featured in the journal ACS Applied Materials & Interface.

Perfect partnership

KUVN/Univision 23 featured a story about Proyecto U, a partnership developed between Univision-Dallas, UT Arlington and UNT. The project involves the production of four newscasts, three pre-recorded and one live, throughout the fall semester. Students under the supervision of faculty and professional mentors produce the newscasts.

What makes a city?

UT Arlington School of Architecture Dean Don Gatzke will be one of the experts on cities, urban planning and architecture who will join city officials and business and civic leaders Oct. 23 for a daylong conference on “What Makes a City” at the Latino Cultural Center, a column in The Dallas Morning News announced. The event will be co-presented by The Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture, The Trinity Trust Foundation and Dallas CityDesign Studio.

Facing farce and fact

Contemporary American political satirists such as Jon Stewart, Stephen Colbert, and John Oliver provide comic relief in the face of social injustice, but humor can undermine the fight to address serious issues, Oliver Bateman, UT Arlington assistant professor of history, said in an article on Stir Journal. He said; “Our comedians are so good at skewering the age in which they live (and our age so rife with comical events) that they’ve become indistinguishable from all of the other infotainers who vie for our attention.”

Leaving the logo: the Lesson

Oliver Bateman, a UT Arlington assistant professor of history, wrote an Al Jazeera America opinion piece about retailer Abercrombie & Fitch’s recent decision to remove its once-ubiquitous logo from most clothing. Bateman said: “That one of the last of the voraciously logo-driven clothing companies is choosing to de-emphasize its logo underscores a profound change in the relationship between commodity-desiring consumers and the corporations that create and manipulate those desires.”

KERA's Yearbook project

As part of the KERA/90.1 FM Yearbook project, local students were interviewed for a story about the strong headwinds as they pursue their college dreams – and college officials explained how they're trying to help. Jeniece Madison, a UT Arlington student set to graduate with a degree in finance in 2016, credited the Baptist student ministry and getting a job on campus with helping her persevere. “My parents think that I have everything together, so they leave it up to me whether to decide to stay in school or not,” she said.

A rising star

Laura Quintero, a Dallas designer and 2012 University of Texas at Arlington School of Architecture graduate, was named by the National Hispana Leadership Institute (NHLI) as one of its 2014 Rising Stars, reported. The award is given to two Hispanic females under age 30 for their accomplishments and service as role models for other young Hispanic women.