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UTA In The News — Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

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Top art picks

Fresh Perspectives: Benito Huerta and the Collection is on display at the Amon Carter Museum, KERA's Art & Seek reported. Huerta is an art professor and director-curator of The Gallery at UTA. Assistant Curator Maggie Adler teamed up with Huerta for an unusual exhibition. Huerta sifted through the Amon Carter’s collection to choose pieces that spoke to him. Meantime Adler visited Huerta in his studio and home to select works from throughout his career.  Their picks make up the show.

Micro solutions

Liping Tang, a UT Arlington bioengineering professor and interim chair of the bioengineering department, has received a $1.04 million grant from the U.S. Army that aims to regenerate cartilage tissue and reduce osteoarthritis using a patient's own stem cells, A Woman's Health, Stem Cell Investor and Stem Cell Daily reported. Tang will use microscaffolding injections made of biodegradable polymers to spur the use of the patient’s own stem cells.

Scholarship help

Four University of Texas at Arlington students who are affected by spinal cord injury have been tapped to receive scholarship monies from the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation worth $131,000 to help defray costs for 2014-15 academic year, Rehab Management reported.

A danger of disappointment

State Sen. Wendy Davis made national headlines by filibustering a tough Texas abortion law, the Christian Science Monitor reported. But her current gubernatorial bid is in danger of being a disappointment. Allan Saxe, UT Arlington associate professor of political science, said Democrats are betting that the demographics of Texas will change so much in coming years that the state will be a blend of that party and Republicans.

Regions of importance

Republicans appear poised to maintain their grip on every statewide office in Texas for a 16th straight year, yet Tuesday’s election results will yield information beyond winners and losers, KEYE 42 in Austin, Big Country Homepage and several other media outlets reported in publishing a Texas Tribune story. Allan Saxe, a UT Arlington associate professor of political science, said South Texas is most important for Democrats in the gubernatorial race. He said the party must capture that piece of Texas to offset Republican strongholds elsewhere.

The spoilers

Don't expect too much from third-party candidates in today's election, Off The Kuff reported. “Third-party candidates can mean a big difference in close elections,” said Allan Saxe, a UT Arlington associate professor of political science. “Third parties can rarely win. Generally, [they] play a spoiler role.”

Masterpiece home

Dallas Morning News architecture critic Mark Lamster explains in FD how Philip Johnson's Beck House landed him in Dallas. The masterpiece Dallas home is on the market for $27.5 million. Lamster also is a professor in practice in the UT Arlington School of Architecture.