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UTA In The News — Thursday, April 30, 2015

Thursday, April 30, 2015

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The digital campus

A new report shows where research is headed on MOOCs, The Chronicle of Higher Education reported. George Siemens, an author of the report who also is credited with helping to create what we now know as a Massive Open Online Courses, said he hopes the report will help colleges to make smart decisions, based on research and evidence, about their digital campuses. Seimens is the director of the UT Arlington Learning Innovation and Networked Knowledge Lab or LINK Lab.

Longer lasting flowers

The American Floral Endowment has approved $24,900 to Rasika Das, chair of the UT Arlington Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, for studying ways to improve cut flowers' longevity, Greenhouse Management reported. The project is part of more than $310,000 in AFE scientific research project funding for 2015-2016.

E-cigarette concerns

New bills could impose strict rules on manufacture and sale of electronic nicotine delivery devices, Al Jazeera America reported. Thomas Marshall, a UT Arlington political science professor who is writing a book about policy, public opinion and smoking, said there are many unanswered questions about e-cigarettes and the liquids in them. Some of those questions, he said, include "whether the vapors do or don't contain harmful ingredients" and "what is actually in the materials used [in the liquids], which are mostly manufactured in China."

National Teacher of the Year

Shanna Peeples, an educator from Palo Duro High School in Amarillo, Texas, and UT Arlington graduate, was named the 65th National Teacher of the Year, Benzinga, the Austin American-Statesman and several other media websites reported. Peeples was recognized by President Barack Obama in a White House ceremony. Obama said Peeples teaches students from Iraq, Somalia and other places of trauma and violence that have faced challenges that would overwhelm even adults.

Does America need restoring? A viewpoint

Dallas Morning News columnist Steve Blow enlisted the help of Allan Saxe, UT Arlington associate professor of political science, in a column exploring whether America needs to be restored. Saxe, in his 50th year of teaching at UT Arlington, said he thinks America civilization is on its downside.

Nepalese earthquake victims remembered

UT Arlington Nepalese students gathered last night to honor and raise money for earthquake victims in their homeland, KXAS NBC 5 reported.

Structural component design optimization

Robert Taylor, professor in practice in UT Arlington’s Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department, will make a presentation on structural component design optimization at the 2015 Americas Altair Technology Conference in Dearborn, Mich., May 5-7 KUSI in San Diego, WAFF 48 in Huntsville, Ala., WRCB 3 in Chatranooga, Tenn. and many other websites reported. He will demonstrate how additive manufacturing removes many of the constraints on product design, including weight.

Terrell ArtWalk to feature work by artist Sedrick Huckaby

The work of nationally acclaimed artist Sedrick Huckaby, a UT Arlington assistant professor of art, will be featured at the conclusion of Terrell ArtWalk on Saturday in a special reception in the main lobby of American National Bank of Texas, The Terrell Tribune reported. Huckaby’s work has been displayed at art houses and galleries in Dallas, Boston, Chicago, North Carolina, Minneapolis and Fort Worth.

Former UT Arlington journalism professor retires

After 54 years of teaching and preparing collegiate journalists, David McHam, a former UT Arlington journalism professor, has retired, reported. McHam retired from the University of Houston but also taught at SMU, Baylor and UT Arlington. He wrote professionally for the Spartanburg Herald, the Waco News-Tribune, the Dallas Times Herald and the Associated Press.

Mining fire documentary

A new documentary-style training video funded by a grant from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health to The University of Texas at Arlington highlights the Wilberg Mine Fire in Emory County, Utah, that killed 27 people on Dec. 19, 1984, EHS Works reported. EHS Works is a blog from the American Society of Safety Engineers.

Financial Literacy Month

In recognition of Financial Literacy Month, UT Arlington is offering a series of workshops for students and community members through Friday, The Dallas Morning News reported.