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UTA In The News — Friday, January 30, 2015

Friday, January 30, 2015

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NAE member named center director

The Dallas Business Journal People on the Move column recognized Kenneth Reifsnider, who has been hired to lead the new UT Arlington Institute for Predictive Performance of Advanced Materials and Structures. Reifsnider is an internationally known expert in high temperature energy systems and composite materials and a member of the National Academy of Engineering.

New communications vice president appointed

The Fort Worth Business Press, Dallas Business Journal and many other media organizations reported that Lynne T. Waters, associate vice president for external affairs and university relations for the University of Hawai’i System, has been appointed by the University of Texas at Arlington as vice president for university communications.

Professor named to national committee

The Waco Tribune reported that Marvin Dulaney, associate professor and chair of the UT Arlington Department of History, has been selected to serve on a national committee led by U.S. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, D-Texas, that will push for a Medal of Honor to be awarded posthumously to World War II hero and Waco native Dorie Miller. Miller was a mess cook aboard the USS West Virginia when the ship was attacked at Pearl Harbor. After Japanese fighters shot his captain, Miller carried him to safety, and then manned a .50-caliber machine gun to shoot down enemy aircraft, despite having no formal weaponry training.

UTA filmmaker featured

The San Antonio Express-News published a feature story on Ya’Ke Smith, the Morgan Woodward Distinguished Professor of Film at UT Arlington. A San Antonio native, Smith shot his latest film, “dawn.” in his hometown. The movie will premiere on HBO next month.

Graduate tabbed to chair board

Better Online Solutions has appointed Yossef Lahad as its new chairman of the B.O.S Board of Directors, CNN Money, and other media outlets reported. Lahad serves as director of JPI Group China, a leading strategic planning firm, advising companies entering the Chinese market, and as an active chairman of several startup companies. He holds a master’s degree in engineering from The University of Texas at Arlington.

HKS collaborates with UTA consortium

Architect reported that Dallas-based HKS Architects’ in-house research team, the Laboratory for Intensive Exploration, collaborates with students at UT Arlington’s Digital Architecture Research Consortium to explore how novel materials can enhance wall systems’ dimensionality.

UTA police officer saves life

KXAS/NBC 5 reported on UT Arlington Police Officer James Vernier, who is being hailed as a hero for helping to resuscitate Sun Belt Conference referee Steve Pyatt. Pyatt suffered a heart attack and collapsed during the Jan. 10 basketball matchup between UTA and Arkansas State at College Park Center. He said he looks forward to returning to Arlington to thank the officer for saving his life.