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UTA In The News — Monday, April 20, 2015

Monday, April 20, 2015

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Oil prices, insurance jobs and the economy

A Dallas Business Journal article about lower oil prices and a general reluctance of businesses to expand quoted Roger Meiners, professor and chair of the Department of Economics at UT Arlington. Meiners said the North Texas economy won’t be battered as badly as areas more dependent on the energy industry, such as Houston and West Texas. A separate DBJ article quoted Meiners on the substantial number of insurance industry jobs headed to North Texas.

Economic impact of ACM Awards

David Arditi, an assistant professor of interdisciplinary studies at The University of Texas at Arlington who does research on the music industry, doubts that the American Country Music Awards will be a boon for the local economy in the end, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. “These kinds of economic packages are often billed as a stimulus to the economy, but there is little economic data to demonstrate this,” Arditi said.

The StartUp Lounge

A new entrepreneurial space – The StartUp Lounge – has opened at the University of Texas at Arlington, the Fort Worth Business Press Tech Notes and Dallas Business Journal Tech Flash blog reported. The StartUp Lounge expects to augment institutions that exist within the North Texas Region by facilitating initial steps within the entrepreneurial process. The initiative is a collaborative, with representation from Shimadzu Scientific Instruments, Shimadzu Institute for Research Technologies, the UT Arlington schools and colleges of business, science and engineering, and TECH Fort Worth through TECHFW@UTA.

Help for hearing-impaired people

A University of Texas at Arlington electrical engineering researcher is developing a more efficient, low–power integrated circuit for directional hearing aids that will lead to a better quality of life for hearing-impaired people, reported. Sungyong Jung, an associate professor of electrical engineering, received a two–year, $144,000 grant from the Korean Electrotechnology Research Institute to build an integrated circuit for a tiny microphone that would mimic the auditory system of a Ornia ochracea – a parasitic fly known for its exceptionally miniscule ear.

Recognizing diversity

For included Ashanti Johnson, assistant vice provost for faculty recruitment and associate professor of earth and environmental sciences at UT Arlington, in its article, “9 Black Women Game-Changers in the STEM Fields.” Johnson is the first African-American woman to graduate with a doctorate in oceanography from Texas A&M University. In January 2010, she received a Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring at the White House, in recognition of her professional achievements and diversity-related activities. 

No shining STAAR

A Fort Worth Star-Telegram story about parents nationwide who are opting their children out of the STAAR testing quoted Kathryn Pole, assistant professor of literacy studies in the UT Arlington College of Education. “The movement is definitely growing,” Pole said. “Since the early days of No Child Left Behind, in the mid-2000s, there were small pockets of parents who resisted standardized tests, but over the past three years we’ve seen a dramatic rise in the number of parents choosing to opt out of these tests.”

History maker honored

Focus Daily News reported that W. Marvin Dulaney, associate professor and chair of the Department of History at UT Arlington, discussed the legacy of Judge Louis A. Bedford during the 2015 Royce West Forum and Lecture Series at Prairie View A&M University on Friday. Bedford was the first African-American judge to serve in Dallas County in 1966. He died last year. A related item appeared in Texas Lawyer.

Energy-saving leader

The Dallas Morning News mentioned UT Arlington in a story that lauded the energy savings efforts of Fort Worth’s Village Creek Water Reclamation Facility. Delegates from the Department of Energy saluted the progress last week as part of a national initiative, which calls on communities and companies to boost energy efficiency 20 percent by 2020. UT Arlington is a local network member committed to cutting energy costs as well.

Award-worthy tech companies

Three emerging technology companies will be spotlighted at this year’s TECH Fort Worth IMPACT Awards on Wednesday, May 13, the Fort Worth Business Press reported. The IMPACT Awards recognize and celebrate the global impact of emerging technologies in North Texas. Sponsors of TECH Fort Worth include UT Arlington and other institutions.

Everything old is new again

NY Arts Magazine carried an op-ed authored by Darryl Lauster, UT Arlington associate professor of sculpture that focused on debate spurred by Ohad Meromi’s “Sunbather,” an abstract figuration embellished in bright pink that has been selected for installation in Long Island City.  The op-ed originally appeared in The Conversation.

Artist in the spotlight

Photographer and Artist Patrick Kratz, a UT Arlington alumnus, was featured in a article. The piece said: “With a B.S. in architecture from The University of Texas in Arlington and inspiration gleaned from a childhood gazing at the heroic peaks ringing Alamagordo, New Mexico, Kratz conceptually mines the rugged beauty of Western ranges into crumpled paper.”

Artistic endeavor

A story about the Dallas Art Fair noted The Consortium, a collaborative of graduate students and faculty at UT Arlington, Southern Methodist University and University of Texas at Dallas.

Overcoming odds

KDAF/CW 33 profiled Katelyn Stepp, a Brewer High School graduating senior, recognized for her academic achievements and for overcoming great odds with the help of Communities in Schools, a dropout prevention organization in Tarrant County. Stepp said she has been accepted to UT Arlington and plans to pursue a degree in nursing.