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UTA In The News — Friday, May 15, 2015

Friday, May 15, 2015

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The UT Arlington schools of Architecture and Urban and Public Affairs combine to strengthen academic and research opportunities under the new College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs, Archinect reported. The University of Texas System Board of Regents approved the creation of the new college, led by founding dean Nan Ellin, this week during its regular meeting in Austin. 

Jean Pierre Bardet, director of the UT Arlington Urban Water Institute, is quoted in a KNBC NBC 4  story looking to Los Angeles's aging infrastructure as a possible reason for a series of water main breaks. "It doesn't take much for a system like that to experience rashes of failures," said Bardet.

Young entrepreneur Jeff Tippey is developing a wireless braking system for trains that will send signals to activate brakes on rail cars, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. Tippey earned his master’s degree in electrical engineering from The University of Texas at Arlington. His Arlington-based startup, InteliRail Systems, is lining up an engineering partner to speed up the development process and move toward tests with major railroads. 

UT Arlington alumnus Jorge Acosta, a 17-year employee of Irving ISD, has been named principal of Gilbert Elementary School, The Dallas Morning News reported. Acosta holds a bachelor's degree in Spanish and a master's degree in Educational Administration and Policy Studies.

Higher Education News and Trends

Relations between the Texas House and Senate appeared to be making headway as members raced to hammer out compromises before last night's deadline to hear bills, The Dallas Morning News and Texas Tribune reported.

A five-member panel made its recommendations regarding UT Austin President Bill Powers role in admissions at Thursday’s meeting of the UT System Board of Regents, The Texas Tribune and Austin-American Statesman reported.

The Texas Tribune reports that military veterans who counted on passing free tuition down to their children could be running out of time. The Hazlewood program has been available for decades to honorably discharged veterans from Texas, each getting 150 free credit hours at a state school. The full details of the programs overhaul haven’t been finalized yet.