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UTA In The News — Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

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Memorable moments

NBC’s Bob Costas talked about his love for sports with Dallas Cowboys and NFL Foundation executive Charlotte Jones Anderson in front of 2,000 people Monday night at College Park Center as the part of the UT Arlington Maverick Speakers Series, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. He also highlighted some of the memorable moments from his 40-plus years as a broadcaster. KXAS/NBC 5 discussed the idea of shortening the baseball season with Costas ahead of last night. WFAA/Channel 8’s Good Morning Texas interviewed Bob Costas during its live broadcast Monday morning. 

Improving healthcare

Science & Enterprise noted Fillia Makedon, Jenkins-Garrett Distinguished Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at UT Arlington, in an item about the iPerform Center for Assistive Technologies to Enhance Human Performance, which she directs. The National Science Foundation will fund the center formed by UT Arlington and UT Dallas for five years. Researchers will study software solutions for assistive technologies that benefit disabled and able-bodied people alike. 

AIMBE fellow hired as new biomedical engineering chair

The University of Texas at Arlington has hired Michael Cho, a fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biomedical Engineering and professor at University of Illinois-Chicago, to be the new chair of the UT Arlington Bioengineering Department, the Dallas Business Journal’s People on the Move section reported.

Elemental carbon seen as early construction material

A new study led by UT Arlington scientists Merlynd Nestell and Andrew Hunt demonstrates for the first time how elemental carbon became an important construction material of some forms of ocean life after one of the greatest mass extinctions in the history of Earth more than 252 million years ago, reported.

MOOC leader says technology must be embraced

The (Bryan-College Station) reported that George Siemens, executive director of the LINK Research Lab at The University of Texas at Arlington, held a lecture on teaching technologies and challenged audience members to acknowledge the drivers behind the technology changes. "What's important, instead, is rather than learning how to do a specific technical thing is to start to recognize what we are all a part of as academics is a fundamental power shift in the university system that is rearranging the power players," Siemens said. The lecture came during the Center for the Integration of Teaching and Learning forum being held at Texas A&M University.

Political scientist says Clinton wanted no questions

KLIF/570 AM interviewed Allan Saxe, UT Arlington associate professor of political science, about Hillary Clinton’s “soft” announcement via videotaped message Sunday that she is running for president. “She did not want any questions is what it amounts to. She did not want any questions,” Saxe said.

Film professor featured in city's American Dream City series

The City of Arlington website, MyArlingtonTX, interviewed Ya’Ke Smith, the Morgan Woodward Distinguished Professor of Film at UT Arlington, in its American Dream City series. “My goal has always been to touch the lives of people with anything that I do and I think Arlington has given me the opportunity to do that,” said Smith, whose new short, “One Hitta Quitta” will screen at the Dallas International Film Festival this week.

Cellist explains the physics of sound noted a lecture by cellist and UT Arlington music professor John Burton given during the 2015 American String Teachers Association Conference last month. He explained how the physics of sound relates to good tone. "When you are playing the violin, viola, cello or bass, you're playing a complex standing wave," Burton said. "We have the ability to be very discriminant, when it comes to intonation."  

Coaches, students interviewed on The Ticket

KTCK Sportsradio 1310 The Ticket broadcast its live morning program Monday from College Park Center as part of its college campus tour week. The show’s “Musers” interviewed UT Arlington Men’s Basketball Coach Scott Cross, Movin’ Mavs Wheelchair Basketball Coach Doug Garner, various student-athletes, cheerleaders and UTA Radio students. 

University announces women's golf debut

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported that UT Arlington will add women’s golf in 2017. “Enhancing opportunities for female student-athletes is part of our mission here at UT Arlington,” athletic director Jim Baker said in a written statement. “The addition of women’s golf furthers our commitment to building and fielding championship-caliber Division I programs in each of our sport programs.”