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UTA In The News — Friday, January 23, 2015

Friday, January 23, 2015

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University highlights research for chancellor's committee

From tiny wind turbines designed to power small electronics to the exploration of life on other planets, The University of Texas at Arlington showcased its research and academic programs to higher education supporters on Thursday, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. Newly appointed UT System Chancellor Bill McRaven made his first public visit to the UTA campus for the event. He pledged to help each of the system’s 15 universities reach its goals, including President Vistasp Karbhari’s drive for UT Arlington to become a nationally recognized research university. (NPR) and KRLD/1080 AM (CBS) also reported on the meeting.

Filmmaker to debut on HBO next month

KXAS/NBC 5 interviewed Ya’Ke Smith, the Morgan Woodward Distinguished Professor of Film at UT Arlington, about his short film, “dawn.” The movie follows a woman’s struggles to readjust to life after she is released from prison. “Dawn.” makes its debut on HBO next month. The story also appears at

Conference to look at water issues

Construction Equipment reported on the Underground Construction Technology International Conference planned Jan. 27-29 in Houston. A key discussion will focus on how funding from the Texas Water Development Board can help Texas cities and water authorities facing critical water issues. Attendees of the UCT educational sessions can earn Continuing Education Units or Professional Development Hours granted by UT Arlington or industry certification, depending on the specific course taken.

Group names UTA graduate as president/CEO

Volunteers of America Texas, a faith-based, nonprofit organization dedicated to helping the vulnerable reach their full potential, has selected Angela King as President and CEO, Bloomberg Businessweek and other media outlets reported.  King, who earned a master’s of science in social work from UT Arlington, will oversee a staff of 330 and an operating budget of $20 million.