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UTA In The News — Monday, October 6, 2014

Monday, October 6, 2014

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Tracing Ebola

UT Arlington Math Professor Christopher Kribs said Ebola isn't likely to surge in the United States even though one case was found in Dallas last week, WFAA Channel 8 reported. Kribs charts and graphs the spread of infectious diseases throughout the world.

Promoting trade

Ambassadors from Mexico, Peru, Chile and Colombia called for integration in international trade and cooperation with partners at an economic forum sponsored by UT Arlington and American Airlines, Al Dia, La Estrella and Technology Today reported. The Dallas and Fort Worth mayors traveled to the campus to court trade with the ambassadors, The Dallas Morning News reported.

VideoFest returns for 27th year

The Dallas VideoFest returns for its 27th year with a new level of reinvention, Theater Jones reported. The article quoted Dallas VideoFest's founder and director, Bart Weiss, who also is a UT Arlington associate professor of film and video.

UTA research could lead to homeland security and medical advances

UT Arlington researchers say recently identified radiation detection properties of a light-emitting nanostructure built in their lab could open doors for homeland security and medical advances, Product, Design & Development, One News Page and NanoDaily reported. In a recently published paper, Physics Professor Wei Chen and his co-authors describe a new method to fabricate transparent nanoscintillators by heating nanoparticles composed of lanthanum, yttrium and oxygen until a transparent ceramic is formed. A scintillator refers to a material that glows in response to radiation.

A 'just city'

Dallas needs to heal the broken relationship between the built city and its promise of justice, a process that could take decades, Mark Lamster, a UT Arlington School of Architecture professor, wrote in a Dallas Morning News column. A just city provides its citizens with adequate facilities for education and economic opportunity, mobility and play — not just incarceration. Lamster, also the architecture critic for The News, said UT Arlington architectural historian Kathryn Holliday has recently revealed that George Dahl’s firm was responsible for and buoyed by its work expanding the Texas prison system. Lamster will moderate one of the panel discussions about a "just" city at the third annual David Dillon Symposium, The Dallas Morning News reported in a separate story.

Schug writes about unconventional oil and gas extraction

Unconventional oil and gas extraction, which includes processes such as horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing, has created major positive geopolitical and economic advantages for the United States, wrote Kevin Schug, UT Arlington associate professor of chemistry, in Chromatography Online. Schug also is the Shimadzu Distinguished Professor of Analytical Chemistry. The process also has generated extremely polarizing views regarding its provenance for, on one hand, providing abundant (and perhaps, cleaner) sources of energy, and on the other, its potentially deleterious effects on the environment.

Gatzke honored

The Texas Society of Architects bestowed Don Gatzke, UT Arlington's former School of Architecture dean, with an award for outstanding educational contributions in honor of Edward Romieniec. The honor was part of the society's 2014 Texas Architects Honor Awards.

New title for UT Arlington alumna

Rhonda Robertson, Fort Worth's assistant police chief, has been named a board member of the Tarrant County College Foundation, TMCnet reported. Robertson has a master's degree from UT Arlington.

Artistic alumna featured in Dallas Morning News piece

Metal artist and blacksmith Liz Covert of Dallas remembers pulling off of scenic farm roads with her mother between Malone and Plattsburgh, N.Y., when she was young. They shared the thrill of the hunt for interesting old items, The Dallas Morning News reported in a feature about Covert, a UT Arlington graduate.

Tale of Texas tuition

All public universities in Texas were required for the first time this fall to offer incoming students the option of a payment plan that fixed their tuition at a particular rate for four years, The New York Times reported in publishing a Texas Tribune story. While some schools have made fixed-rate tuition mandatory, at campuses where it is optional, student interest has proved mixed.

Group brainstorming done right is valuable, Paulus says

The concept of group brainstorming has changed greatly since its debut in 1940s and 50s, Success magazine reported. The concept has its proponents and skeptics. UT Arlington Psychology Professor Paul Paulus said if done right, it can be valuable. He said it's imperative to inform the group of the subject matter in advance of the meeting. Paulus also said it's important to structure the problem. He suggests dividing the issue into sub-areas that the group can focus on one by one.

Major award for Coppell teacher, a UT Arlington alum

Mike Yakubovsky, a Coppell High School teacher, was one of six in the world to receive the 2014 National Instruments Excellence in Engineering Education Awards, the Coppell Gazette reported. Yakubovsky is a UT Arlington graduate.

Student housing

UT Arlington uses a software matching program called StarRez, which is a comprehensive student housing application, the Palm Beach Post and the Austin American-Statesman reported in carrying a story about roommate matching and rating that originally appeared in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.