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UTA In The News — Thursday, February 5, 2015

Thursday, February 5, 2015

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Distinguished film professor earns critics' praise

Ya'Ke Smith, the Morgan Woodward Distinguished Professor of Film at UT Arlington, discussed prison, recidivism, his new movie "dawn." and his inspiration behind the film, in an interview with KERA 90.1 FM. The short film airs this month on HBO. Smith also discussed his work, which is largely shot in his hometown of San Antonio, with the San Antonio Current blog. His film also topped the list of critics' picks in DFW.com.

Anthropologist receives prestigious grant

The Leakey Foundation.org blog featured a story about Naomi Cleghorn, assistant professor of anthropology at UT Arlington, who recently received a Leakey Foundation grant to research early humans in Knynsa, South Africa.

Magazine features UTA researchers

Kay-Yut Chen and Edmund Prater, professor and associate professor, respectively, in the Department of Information Systems and Operations Management of the College of Business, were featured in the Winter-Spring 2015 edition of NTX, magazine of the North Texas Commission. Chen, featured on page 70, said he merges the classroom with the boardroom, showing how scientific analytics can be used at every level of a company to help with decision making. Prater, featured on page 63, talked about how students who are veterans are intrigued by the idea of entrepreneurship.

Car-sharing program rolls out

KTVT/CBS 11 and KDFW/Fox 4 mentioned the new car-sharing program that launched Wednesday at UT Arlington. Zipcar is available to students, faculty, staff and Arlington residents.

Saxe on Cruz's pot admission

KTSA 550 AM in San Antonio interviewed Allan Saxe, UT Arlington associate professor of political science, about Sen. Ted Cruz’s recent admission that he smoked marijuana in the 1970s. Saxe said the revelation is not a big deal like it would have been years ago. “They want to say before anyone discovers it, ‘Yeah, I did it and that’s the end of it.’”

LINK Lab director gives lecture

George Siemens, UT Arlington executive director of the Learning Innovation and Networked Knowledge Research Lab, spoke about online education and MOOCs at the University of the Fraser Valley's President's Leadership Lecture, Abbotsford Today in British Columbia, Canada, reported.