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UTA In The News — Monday, June 1, 2015

Monday, June 1, 2015

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College construction

After a long wait, dozens of new buildings could soon be coming to university campuses across Texas. That's thanks to legislation sent to Gov. Greg Abbott on Saturday, The Texas Tribune, Fort Worth Business Press, The Dallas Morning News and other media reported. By a 26-5 vote, the Senate approved the conference committee report on House Bill 100 on Saturday; one day after the House did the same. The legislation authorizes $3.1 billion worth of construction bonds. UT Arlington will get $70 million for a science education, innovation and research building.  

Better batteries

David Wetz, UT Arlington associate professor of electrical engineering, is using funding through the Office of Naval Research to determine how batteries age when used at high rates, Converter News.com and ECNmag.com reported. The project is one of more than a half-dozen grants Wetz has been working on during the last few years that total more than $2 million in funding.

Tops for Latinos

UT Arlington is one of several Texas colleges featured in a San Antonio Express-News photo slideshow about Texas being a top state for Latinos in college. UT Arlington is ranked No. 9 of 22 schools, with the University’s total Hispanic enrollment at 1,156 or 19 percent of the total student body, the Express-News stated.

Vocal leaders

Some musical North Texas students are about to perform with one of the world's greatest rock bands: The Rolling Stones have chosen The University of Texas at Arlington A Cappella Choir to join them on their June 6 stop at AT&T Stadium, CultureMap Dallas reported. What the students are singing will not be revealed until they appear onstage, but the victory is in the opportunity. This is the only Texas stop for the Stones on their 15-city Zip Code Tour.

Mental health

If you are worried about a teen’s mental health, go ahead and ask, wrote Sharolyn Dihigo, clinical assistant professor, director of the DNPprogram and lead teacher for the Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Program in the UT Arlington Graduate College of Nursing and Health Innovation, for Science 2.0. The piece originally ran on The Conversation.

Native languages

Indian Country Today Media Network mentioned an Indigenous Language Video Contest sponsored by the Native American Language Lab of The University of Texas at Arlington in its story about online challenges to save indigenous languages in the Americas.

Track feat

Three more UT Arlington athletes punched their tickets to the NCAA Championships on Friday night at the NCAA West Preliminary Round in Austin, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. Quentin Butler ran a personal-best time of 9.9 to win the third and final heat. It was the second-fastest time in the competition and also the No. 2 time in school history. Clayton Vaughn won his heat with a 10.08, the sixth-fastest time among the 24 runners. Emil Blomberg qualified in the 3,000-meter steeplechase for the second straight year. He posted a time of 8:48.60 to finish second in the final heat.