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UTA In The News — Friday, November 14, 2014

Friday, November 14, 2014

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The Built Environment

Nan Ellin, a University of Utah professor, has been named dean for a new college to be formed from the existing schools of Architecture and Urban and Public Affairs at The University of Texas at Arlington, The Dallas Morning News and the Fort Worth Business Press reported. The combined college is an ambitious attempt to combine two distinct programs, and Dr. Ellin has ambitious plans for it. “This is one of the most rapidly growing regions in the country, and we’re a college that works on enhancing places and communities,” she said. “We can help grow this new region.”

Phenotypic plasticity

Matthew Walsh, an assistant professor of biology at UT Arlington, recently published a paper in Proceedings of the Royal Society B that challenges current thinking on "phenotypic plasticity,” when an organism changes its trait expressions or physical characteristics, or those of its offspring, because of external factors, the websites BioNews Texas and BrightSurf.com said. Current theory says similar conditions will favor phenotype changes within and across generations. "The surprising aspect of our research is, they couldn't do both," said Walsh.

Texas House Speaker's race

Allan Saxe, a political science professor at the University of Texas at Arlington, was quoted in a Houston Chronicle story about efforts by Rep. Scott Turner to oust House Speaker Joe Straus. Saxe predicted Straus will be "overwhelmingly re-elected” as speaker though not without noise from his right.