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UTA In The News — Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

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Groundbreaking year

UT Arlington set enrollment records in 2014, powered by healthy gains in its nursing, education, engineering and online-degree programs, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported in highlighting some of the University's 2014 top stories. The University recorded its busiest year in research. UT Arlington President Vistasp Karbhari said, “I think our faculty and our students are heavily engaged in research. The more research being done, the more graduate students get involved, and the numbers continue to grow.”

Stadium impact

A study by UT Arlington management professors shows that when businesses synchronized their operations around major events at the then-new AT&T Stadium, they experienced success, Science Newsline, e! Science News, and Phenomenica.com reported. The study also shows that businesses closer to the stadium that saw the stadium as a negative became paralyzed when trying to adapt to the changing economic environment.

Language revitalization

Colleen Fitzgerald, director of the 2014 Institute on Collaborative Language Research at The University of Texas at Arlington, wrote a guest column about the Enduring Voices project to revitalize indigenous languages in Humanitarian News and Global Voices Online.

MLK Advancing the Dream celebration

The popular events that Arlington residents have come to expect and enjoy from the four-day annual Arlington MLK Advancing the Dream Celebration will return again this year, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Social Eyes column reported. Heading the committee is Lisa Thompson, director of the TRIO Pre-College Programs at UT Arlington. The awards banquet on Jan. 16 at UTA’s Bluebonnet Ballroom will feature entertainment and present annual awards in an essay contest. The keynote speaker, state Sen. Royce West, D-Dallas, will give an address centered on the banquet theme, “Advancing the Dream: Our Greatness, My Service.”

A better method

A UT Arlington study in a recent edition of Analytica Chimica Acta shows that a new, more sensitive method of detecting trace amounts of estrogen in small samples could improve research into cancer, Alzheimer’s disease and other conditions, MDT, Device Space, BioSpace, Bright Surf and many other websites reported. The technique, which was developed by UT Arlington scientists and colleagues from Palacký University in the Czech Republic, uses chromatography instrumentation and mass spectrometry to detect trace amounts of the hormone at less than 10 parts per trillion in a 100 microliter sample – equal to a drop of water in 20 Olympic-size swimming pools.

Film recognized as one of the best in 2014

Ya'Ke Smith's latest film, dawn., was recognized as one of the best short films of 2014 by D Magazine. Smith is a UT Arlington assistant professor of film. The film is follows the struggles of an ex-convict as she strives to reimplement herself into family and society. Christian Vasquez, a UT Arlington film student, wrote the piece for D. Vasquez is known for his Department of Education-commissioned film 50 Years about the Civil Rights era.

Reflections of Cuba

David LaFevor's Cuba: Histories of the Present, was featured in FW Weekly. It's a collection of photographs looking at contemporary street life in Cuba. LaFevor is a UT Arlington assistant professor of Latin American history and digital humanities.

Search for life

Research by UT Arlington astrophysicist Manfred Cuntz sheds greater light on S-type and P-type binary stars and forms the basis for BinHab, a new online tool that can be used to calculate the regions of binary systems favorable for life, commonly known as habitable zones, Astrobiology.com reported.