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UTA In The News — Friday, December 19, 2014

Friday, December 19, 2014

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New Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations named

The University of Texas at Arlington has named Michael K. Kingan, a former senior vice president and chief development officer for The University of New Mexico Foundation with more than two decades of success in advancement positions, as Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations, according to Ticker Technologies, Digital Journal, International Business Times, and numerous local television station websites, such as KTRE/ABC 9 (Longview). At UT Arlington, Kingan will lead the University's comprehensive fundraising and alumni relations efforts to engage UT Arlington's more than 190,000 alumni.

People on the Move

The Dallas Business Journal’s People on the Move section featured several UT Arlington faculty. Michael Vasilyev, UT Arlington professor of Electrical Engineering, has been named a Fellow of The Optical Society. Baohong Yuan, a bioengineering associate professor, and Hyeok Choi, an environmental engineer, received the highly competitive Norman Hackerman Advanced Research Program award from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

Khanduri book offers deeper understanding of impact of newspaper cartoons

A University of Texas at Arlington cultural anthropologist breaks ground in media and South Asian studies with a new book focused on newspaper cartoons, the cartoonists and the public reception of cartoons in India, the blog Anthropologist in the Attic noted. "Caricaturing Culture in India: Cartoons and History in the Modern World" was written by Ritu Gairola Khanduri, an associate professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology in the UT Arlington College of Liberal Arts.

Engineer's tiny windmills provide large possibilities

UT Arlington research associate Smitha Rao and electrical engineering professor J.C. Chiao envision embedding micro-windmills into the sleeves of cell phones so they are available when the battery is low, the blog Soshitech reported. Then, all the user has to do is simply wave the phone in the air, hold it out the window of a moving car or hold it in front of a fan in order to charge it.

Addressing oil & gas safety and health

UT Arlington President Vistasp Karbhari and Lisa London, Assistant Vice President, UT Arlington Division for Enterprise Development, recently gave opening remarks at the 4th-Biennial 2014 OSHA Oil & Gas Safety and Health Conference in Houston, ISHN magazine reported.

Alumna to take new post in CBS11 newsroom

Longtime KTVT/CBS 11 anchor Karen Borta , a UT Arlington graduate, is moving to the anchor chair at CBS 11 News This Morning, after several years of co-anchoring afternoon and evening newscasts, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram said.

"Merry Christmas" really is okay to say, according to state law

The Sacramento Bee, The San Luis Obispo Tribune, The Bellingham (Wash.) Herald and several other McClatchy newspapers featured a story on a new Texas state law that protects citizens’ right to say Merry Christmas that quoted Allan Saxe, associate professor of political science. “Political correctness made the Merry Christmas law necessary,” he said. The story originally appeared in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.