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UTA In The News — Monday, February 2, 2015

Monday, February 2, 2015

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Decades before toll roads

UT Arlington History Professor Bob Fairbanks was interviewed extensively on KERA about the history of controversy surrounding the Trinity River that dates back decades before toll roads were even considered. Fairbanks, an urban historian, talked more about the subject at the 16th Annual Dallas History Conference Saturday.

New University Communications vice president

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser, PR Newswire, Congoo News and All Hawaii 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.

Livable communities

Nan Ellin thanked Utah for its sense of community and the reverence it has for livable communities in a Salt Lake Tribune op-ed column. Ellin is the new founding dean of a new college that will unite the School of Architecture and the School of Urban and Public Affairs at UT Arlington. She is the former chair of the Department of City and Metropolitan Planning at the University of Utah.

New leader

The University of Texas at Arlington has selected Kenneth Reifsnider, an internationally known materials scientist and engineer, to lead its new Institute for Predictive Performance of Advanced Materials and Structures, the Fort Worth Business Press reported. Reifsnider, a member of the National Academy of Engineering, will join UT Arlington in June.

Filmmaker in the spotlight

Texas Public Radio affiliate, KSTX/89.1 FM in San Antonio, interviewed Ya’Ke Smith, the Morgan Woodward Distinguished Professor of Film at UT Arlington, about his new film, “dawn.” The movie, about a woman’s challenges to transition back into society after serving time in prison, airs several times this February on HBO.

Eye on the future

North Texas’s brightest sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders participated in a competition with an eye to the future, WFAA/ABC 8 reported. The students presented their solutions for feeding future cities.

Concrete learning

PCI Foundation announced its 2015 university commitments, including supporting UT Arlington studies in digital design tools' impact on the methods and types of precast formwork, Concrete Products reported. Brad Bell, UT Arlington associate professor of architecture, runs the program.

Green in action

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recognized UT Arlington's work for achievements in reducing food waste, Southeast Green reported.

Happel appointment

Brian Happel has been appointed chief executive officer of BBVA Compass, the Fort Worth Business Press reported. He serves on the UT Arlington College of Business Advisory Board among many other organizations.

Texas research funding

The Odessa American published an editorial from The Dallas Morning News, which explained why it believes state lawmakers should increase Texas research funding, noting that the state only has three member institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities, compared with nine for California and six for New York. Dallas-Fort Worth has none. The Texas Research Incentive Program is critical to building research prowess at UT Arlington, UT Dallas and UNT, the editorial said.