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UTA In The News — Thursday, September 25, 2014

Thursday, September 25, 2014

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Airstrikes against ISIS

Brent Sasley, UT Arlington associate professor of political science, was interviewed extensively on-air by KLIF/550AM about a network of al Qaeda terrorists known as the Corazon Group in Syria, ISIS, and the U.S. airstrike response. “I think the Obama Administration is doing what it thinks is plausible, what the American people will tolerate, and what Obama, himself, is interested in,” Sasley said.

Best architecture critic

Mark Lamster, a faculty member in the UT Arlington School of Architecture and The Dallas Morning News’ architecture critic, was named Best Architecture Critic in the Dallas Observer Best of Awards for 2014. The Observer said: “He not only critiques Dallas' fancy new buildings — though there's plenty of that — he casts a critical eye on how the city is built.”

"Latte salute" scrutinized

A KTVT/CBS 11 report about President Obama’s so-called “latte salute” noted the UT Arlington Department of History. The White House posted a video on Instagram Tuesday of the President stepping off Marine One and saluting two U.S. Marines while holding a cup of coffee. The video went viral and critics ridiculed the President for failing to salute properly. A UT Arlington history expert confirmed that the first 39 U.S. Presidents did not actually salute the military, and that it was former President Ronald Reagan who started what has now become a tradition.

Women in the ranks

A Dallas Morning News story on the inaugural Women in Law Enforcement Conference in Southlake noted that the UT Arlington police department is among the 1 percent of U.S. law enforcement agencies with a female chief. One conference speaker said simply adding more women to the ranks isn’t enough. Female officers should be rising within their own law enforcement agencies — and helping each other to do it.

New title for alumna

MaryAnn Means-Dufrene, a UT Arlington graduate and deputy chief of staff for Mayor Betsy Price and the Fort Worth City Council, is taking a new job as the executive director of the Susan G. Komen Greater Fort Worth Affiliate, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and the Fort Worth Business Press reported. Means-Dufrene has a master’s degrees in public administration and human resource management from UT Arlington.