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UTA In The News — Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

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Chemistry chair featured

The Analytical Scientist featured Daniel Armstrong, professor and UT Arlington Robert A. Welch Chemistry Chair, in an article about the 39th Annual International Symposium on Capillary Chromatography & 12th GCxGC Symposium that he will lead May 16 in Fort Worth. Among the conference highlights, Sandy Dasgupta, the Jenkins Garrett Professor of Chemistry at UT Arlington, will present a recently published paper on “An Ion Chromatograph for Extraterrestrial Explorations – A Mission to Mars.” The paper details Dasgupta’s NASA-funded project that produced a device to analyze soil samples from Mars. Information about the conference is here.

Weather and roads

A new study by researchers at The University of Texas at Arlington finds a high likelihood that extreme storms and higher precipitation will lead to transportation disruption and widespread damage to roads, railways and airport runways in the Dallas-Fort Worth region by the end of the 21st century, reported. Arne Winguth, associate professor of earth and environmental sciences at UT Arlington, served as lead author of the study, "Climate Change/Extreme Weather Vulnerability and Risk Assessment for Transportation Infrastructure in Dallas and Tarrant Counties." The report, funded by the Federal Highway Administration, was submitted in March to the North Central Texas Council of Governments.

UTA one of 50 best

Bloomberg Business reported that UT Arlington’s Distance Education Center is among the 50 best schools for earning an online master’s degree in public administration, according to a ranking published by Top Management Degrees, an online business education and career guide. The ranking combines the results of the most influential higher education rankings: The Princeton Review, U.S. News & World Report, The National Center for Education and Statistics, and PayScale's Graduate School Salary Report. InvestorPoint, Digital, Corporate Media News, Green Technology World, Education Technology and many other media organizations also reported the ranking.

Everyday mind reading

The Columbia Journalism Review reported that people may not literally be capable of reading each other’s thoughts, but they come closer than they may realize and it’s done through empathy. Psychologists and neuroscientists think of this as an individual’s natural inclination for “everyday mind reading.” That’s the title of a book by University of Texas at Arlington psychology professor William Ickes, and the term he uses to describe empathy. His point is that empathy is very much like mind reading; it’s the ability to map other people’s emotional and mental terrain based on their words and body language.

Men dominate political analysis

In March of this year, the Texas Research Institute released an article showing that seven men dominated political analysis in Texas, the Texas Observer reported. Following tremendous public feedback, a follow-up TRI article now names Rebecca Deen, associate professor and chair of the UT Arlington Department of Political Science, as a recommended expert who can provide equally valuable political analysis in the state’s discourse.

New mayor like limits on campus carry

Arlington Mayor-elect Jeff Williams told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that he is ready to lead. On the continuing gun debate in the Legislature on open carry and concealed “campus carry” in buildings at state schools such as The University of Texas at Arlington, Williams said that while he’s an advocate of gun rights, he sees a need for limits. “I’m very much for the Second Amendment, but yet still we need regulations,” he said. “You just can’t be carrying wherever it is.”

UTA contributes to bottom line

Financial media outlet, Benzinga, reported on Arlington’s upgraded ‘AAA’ bonds rating and noted that higher education rounds out the city’s economic base with the presence of The University of Texas at Arlington. The article also reported that UT Arlington is one of the city’s top employers.