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UTA In The News — Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

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UT Arlington inventors honored

The National Academy of Inventors (NAI) on Tuesday announced the election of 170 distinguished innovators as Fellows of the NAI for 2014, including UT Arlington chemistry professors Daniel W. Armstrong and Richard Timmons, Digital Journal, The Street, the Orlando Business Journal, Spoke and several other websites reported. Election to NAI Fellow status is a high professional distinction accorded to academic inventors who have demonstrated a highly prolific spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development, and the welfare of society.

Hollywood's influence

HuffPost Live interviewed Ya’Ke Smith, the Morgan Woodward Distinguished Professor of Film/Video at UT Arlington, about Hollywood and race. Host Ricky Camilleri asked whether movies about crime with African-American characters can be lighthearted like caper stories with white characters. “I think the minute that you see a black criminal on screen, he’s set up to be feared,” Smith said. "He’s not someone that you’re going to sit down and laugh with. The moment that you see black criminals on screen, the whole tone of the film changes.”

Fossil fuel divestment

UT Arlington business and law professor Roger Meiners argued in a Breaking Energy opinion piece that divesting from fossil fuels when the world depends on these resources for affordable sources of energy does not effectively address the issue of climate change. Instead, he said, it is a diversion and “real problems require real action, not symbolism.”