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UTA In The News — Monday, January 26, 2015

Monday, January 26, 2015

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National leader

Dr. Kenneth Reifsnider, an internationally recognized expert in high temperature energy systems and composite materials and a member of the prestigious National Academy of Engineering, will join UT Arlington in June to lead the new Institute for Predictive Performance of Advanced Materials and Structures, the Houston Business Journal,, Renewable Energy, Sys-Con Media, Bloomberg Businessweek and various media organizations reported.

Plans for the future

As an admiral, William McRaven traveled around the world. Now, as the new head of the University of Texas system, he’s been traveling across Texas, KERA reported. His most recent stop was at UT Arlington for a meeting with major donors. It was his first visit to North Texas as chancellor. “The best thing he can do is support the ambitions of each of our campuses. If you look at UT Arlington, we obviously have ambitions of being one of the best in the nation,” UT Arlington President Vistasp Karbhari said.

Jesters as commentators

The Business Standard (India) carried a review of a new book on political cartooning in India by Ritu Khanduri, associate professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at UT Arlington. Understanding what makes political caricature funny to some but not to others is critical today, said Khanduri in an interview. Her book, Caricaturing Culture in India: Cartoons and History in the Modern World, traces India’s political history through political caricatures.

Environmentally aware

A Southeast article about reducing food waste noted that UT Arlington is among six organizations in the EPA Dallas Region that participated in the Food Recovery Challenge for several years. The EPA thanked the partners for their hard work in fighting climate change through food waste reduction.

The challenging climb to the top

The Austin American-Statesman noted that UT Arlington is among seven public universities in Texas aspiring to become major national research institutions. The article said that politics and the lack of funding is challenging the universities’ climb to top tier.

Tuition debate for "Dreamers" in Texas

Fort Worth Star-Telegram columnist Bud Kennedy mentioned UT Arlington in an op-ed about “Dreamers,” one of more than 100,000 children born elsewhere but brought to Texas as children and raised as Texans. Soon, state lawmakers will decide whether Dreamers can continue to attend Texas colleges at state residential tuition rates. At UT Arlington, for example, the difference is nearly $9,000 per year, or nearly $36,000 over a four-year education.

College Promise plan

The Dallas Morning News columnist MaryAnn Taylor mentioned UT Arlington in an op-ed about President Obama’s proposed America’s College Promise plan. If approved, the plan would make two years of community college available for free for all American students. Taylor called it a ‘recipe for disaster’ adding that it would further hobble public education. “Besides, costs are already low. At The University of Texas at Arlington, a 12-hour load costs $4,439,” Taylor wrote.

Architecture student recognized

The Fort Worth Business Press noted that UT Arlington student Alexei Dukov won the American Institute of Architect Fort Worth chapter’s 2015 Student Design Merit Award for “A Museum of the Hudson Estuary.” AIA Fort Worth presented the awards at the Kimbell Art Museum on Saturday.

Museum district's evolution

The Fort Worth Business Press quoted Donald Gatzke, immediate past president of the American Institute of Architect’s Fort Worth chapter and former dean of the UT Arlington School of Architecture, in a story about the evolution of Fort Worth’s museum district.

Under new management

The Duncanville City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to hire Wichita Falls Assistant City Manager Kevin Hugman as Duncanville’s new city manager, Focus Daily News reported. The retired Navy captain earned a master’s degree in public administration from UT Arlington.