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UTA In The News — Monday, October 27, 2014

Monday, October 27, 2014

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Chemistry power list

Kevin Schug, UT Arlington associate professor and Shimadzu Distinguished Professor of Analytical Chemistry, was named to the 2014 Top 40 Under 40 Power List by the Analytical Scientist magazine. Schug said he loves his job and has been "blessed with my surroundings, including superb colleagues and students with whom to work."

Business of politics

The Dallas Morning News quoted Rachel Croson, dean of the UT Arlington College of Business, in an article that compared the credentials of Texas gubernatorial candidates Democratic state Sen. Wendy Davis and Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott. Of their economic smarts, Croson noted that a background in economics allows officials to see what policies promote business best. A knowledge of finance, she said, is essential. “You know the impact of policies on economic activity,” Croson said.

Learning in mind

National Public Radio blog, Ed, quoted Evie Malaia, an assistant professor at the Southwest Center for Mind, Brain and Education in the UT Arlington of College of Education, in a piece about curiosity and how it helps us learn. "Say a kid wants to be an astronaut," Malaia said. "Well, how do you link that goal with learning multiplication tables?" A teacher may choose to ask her class an interesting word problem that involves space exploration, Malaia said.

Building a just city

Architect Magazine called the Third Annual David Dillon Symposium the latest attempt to broaden the discussion about design in Dallas by UT Arlington School of Architecture professor in practice and Dallas Morning News Architecture Critic Marc Lamster. The article also mentioned Kate Holliday, UT Arlington associate professor of architecture and architecture historian, saying that the two colleagues assembled a diverse group of speakers to explore the idea of “Building the Just City.”

Jumps in demand

The Fort Worth Business Press quoted Edmund Prater, a UT Arlington associate professor in the College of Business’ Information Systems and Operation Management Department, in a story about how companies deal with sudden demand. “Surge demand tests the ability of any type of manufacturer to handle a big jump in demand,” Prater said. “Classically the way to deal with some of this is put on extra shifts, hire more workers, run 24-7, etc.”

Strontium safety

A Denton Record-Chronicle story about the Environmental Protection Agency seeking input on the safety of strontium mentioned Zacariah Hildenbrand, a research associate at UT Arlington and owner of Inform Environmental. Hildenbrand is currently conducting a large study on groundwater contaminants in the Barnett Shale, a geological formation that includes the ground under Denton County.

Overlooking education

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram quoted Allan Saxe, UT Arlington associate professor of political science, in a story about the State Board of Education races and voter disinterest regarding those races. “The State Board of Education is one of the most overlooked elected agencies in Texas,” Saxe said. “Very few persons have even heard of the State Board of Education.”

Making Texas home

San Angelo quoted Ya’Ke Smith, filmmaker and Morgan Woodward Distinguished Professor of Film/Video at UT Arlington, in a story that asked why filmmakers stay in Texas. “The bigger question is, 'Why leave Texas?'” Smith said. “Texas is not only producing some of the most exciting new filmmakers, but it has so much to offer, including: the most bang for the independent filmmaker buck, a huge array of very varied geographical locales, and a supportive network of people and organizations that are willing and ready to help you bring your project to fruition."

National voice

A 2002 UT Arlington College of Nursing graduate at the center of a public debate about whether aid workers returning from Ebola-affected regions should be quarantined against their will, even if they test negative for the virus, will be discharged from a New Jersey hospital. Prior to the announcement, Kaci Hickox wrote an op-ed critical of her quarantine for The Dallas Morning News. The story received attention by dozens of media organizations, including the Associated Press, National Public Radio, KDFW/Fox 4, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, The New York Times, WFAA/ABC 8, KTVT/CBS 11, WABC Radio (New York) and CBS News online.

Engineering alum

A Forbes article about chief executive officers who reported record quarterly earnings last week featured Charles Liang, CEO and chairman of Super Micro Computer, Inc. Liang earned his master’s degree in electrical engineering at UT Arlington. Last week, his company reported quarterly earnings of $443 million and net income of $20.9 million, a 43.5 percent and 171 percent improvement year over year, respectively. Liang’s 7.35 million shares — 16 percent of the company — increased in value from $176 million to $226 million, a $50 million jump.

Research star

The Dallas Business Journal recognized Sarah Hernandez, a UT Arlington College of Science doctorate student, in its People on the Move column. Hernandez presented her research on the stabilization of delta phase plutonium by the element gallium at the American Nuclear Society’s Plutonium Futures – The Science conference in September. She took home the prize for best poster presentation on plutonium materials.

Gridlock stopper

University of Texas at Arlington Computer Science and Engineering students Zedd Mekhaiel, James Staud and Nhat Trahave have won a $10,000 prize in the NTx Apps Challenge, PCC Mobile Broadband reported. The “GridLock” smart traffic light network app adjusts traffic light schedules to make traffic flow more efficient.

Conference unease

Science reported that organizers behind a creationist conference set for Nov. 1 at Michigan State University are trying to find a partner organization to help them organize a similar event at UT Arlington. The MSU event is already creating unease among some of the school’s students and faculty, which include several prominent evolutionary biologists.