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UTA In The News — Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

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Bad soil

Anand Puppala, distinguished teaching professor of civil engineering and associate dean for research in the College of Engineering at UT Arlington, provided analysis for a KTVT/CBS 11 investigative piece about a falling retaining wall. A Fort Worth homeowner is fighting to get the wall fixed. “I’ve seen this kinds of failures,” Puppala noted after examining the wall. “But the soil that is in the front of the wall is probably one of the worse ones I’ve seen.” He said soil, the quality of material to build the wall and proper drainage are all major factors in its failure.

Israel elections

In an International Business Times article about the Israel elections, Brent Sasley, UT Arlington associate professor of political science, said that “the whole political spectrum has shifted.” Though there have always been third parties at the center of Israel’s political spectrum, what has really empowered the Zionist Union and other centrist parties during this election is “the growth of centrist voters who are not happy with the way that the country’s social and economic trajectory has gone,” he said.

Campus carry

A Dallas Morning News Trailblazers blog post noted that about 3 percent of all Texans own concealed handgun licenses. So by applying that 3 percent rate to UT Arlington’s student group that lives on campus, it appears that it would be about 85 students who would likely carry under the “campus carry” bill. An article in Sunday’s paper reported that only a small fraction of students at five other Texas biggest public universities would probably carry a concealed handgun in campus buildings under the proposed legislation.

Tier One quest

An Odessa American column about university research included UT Arlington among the list of Texas universities emerging to attain Tier One status.

Arlington history

UT Arlington history comes alive in the new book, University of Texas at Arlington, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. Though Librarians Evelyn Barker and Lea Worcester outline the story of the school’s history, it’s the vintage black-and-white pictures that will likely keep graduates turning pages. Most of the photos are from UTA Libraries’ Special Collections.

Cuba photo essay published an NBC photo essay about Cuba’s vibrant Afro-Cuban community that was written and photographed by David LaFevor, a UT Arlington assistant professor of Latin American history.