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UTA In The News — Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

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Sustainable roads

Engineers at The University of Texas at Arlington are looking to give drivers a smoother ride while potentially saving the state tens of millions of dollars a year, The Dallas Morning News reported. The University's Civil Engineering department held a demonstration Tuesday of its year-old Accelerated Pavement Testing Center in an East Fort Worth industrial park. The University and the Texas Department of Transportation are working together to determine the most durable or cost-efficient asphalt mix.

Better road surfaces

KXAS/NBC 5 and KRLD 1080AM also reported on UT Arlington’s Accelerated Pavement Testing Facility and civil engineering research with the Texas Department of Transportation into which asphalt mixtures hold up the best on Texas roads. The story noted that recycled materials may be part of the answer. “It is important to come up with a better solution because it has a major impact on the economy," said Stefan Romanoschi, lead researcher and an associate professor of civil engineering.

Policing practices

W. Marvin Dulaney, associate professor and chair of the UT Arlington History Department, wrote about the troubled origins of American policing in The Crime Report. Dulaney examined how the impacts of 17th century policing still reverberate in society today.

Snake genes

Red Orbit reported on a UT Arlington study that analyzed the changes that occur to the snake species in the days after it first ingests a meal. This research, the first to associate the extreme changes of the Burmese python’s body with gene expression, could shed new light on how vertebrates control organ growth and function.

Marketing impact

Elten Briggs, a UT Arlington associate professor of marketing in the College of Business, was interviewed by KRLD 1080 AM about KFC’s recent decision to bring back Colonel Sanders for its latest campaign. “When you have an icon that really makes an imprint on a generation, that feeling doesn’t go away,“ Briggs said.

International politics

Foreign Affairs published a commentary by Brent Sasley, UT Arlington associate professor of political science, about Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s coalition government lasting longer than most had assumed. Sasley wrote: “This is for two reasons: because a balance of fear exists between Netanyahu and his coalition partner-rivals, and because of the temptation for members of the opposition to join the coalition."

Creative class

The City of Arlington website, MyArlingtonTX, featured Darryl Lauster, Intermedia artist and a UT Arlington associate professor of sculpture, in its American Dream City series. “UTA provides me an incubator to allow my students and I to converse about engaging with the community to create this dynamic creative class that will ultimately become embedded in the City of Arlington,” said Lauster.

Good urbanism

An Arizona Republic editorial credited Nan Ellin, dean of the UT Arlington College of Architecture, Planning, and Public Affairs, as one of the urban design brains behind “Canalscape” projects that would redesign privately owned land along irrigation canals into attractive commercial developments. The newspaper said that the initiative would breathe new life into the communities. Ellin formerly led programs in planning, Urban and Metropolitan Studies and a doctoral program in architecture and environmental design at Arizona State University.

Aspiring teacher

Destiny Ortega will pursue her dream of teaching while living her dream of hoops glory playing at The University of Texas at Arlington on full scholarship, the Crowley Star reported. “I want to teach second grade. I want to be a teacher to make a difference like I had teachers who made a difference in my life,” Ortega said.

Special Olympics

Kicking off the Special Olympics in Texas games, law enforcement officers ran alongside athletes with the Flame of Hope, KVUE/ABC 24 in Austin reported. The annual event will be held at UT Arlington Thursday through Sunday this week.