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UTA In The News — Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

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Flooding concerns

Mark Lamster, architecture critic of The Dallas Morning News and a professor in the UT Arlington School of Architecture, wrote an op-ed about the recent flooding of the Dallas Trinity River. “The flooding has prompted a pair of long-range questions about the development of the Trinity corridor,” he wrote. “Should we really be building a tollway in there?” and “If it would destroy a road wouldn’t it destroy a park, too?”

Campus carry

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported that opinions are mixed among college faculty and staff about the bill that will allow licensed Texans to carry concealed handguns on campuses. “I am a gun rights person, but from a philosophical perspective it is terrible that we have to arm ourselves against our fellow humans,” said Allan Saxe, an associate professor of political science at UT Arlington. “And of all places college campuses, which are supposed to be about learning, contemplation, reading, discussion and quiet serenity. But I do understand the problem.” 

Battery research

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, Green Car 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.

Hemingway exhibit

Repeating Islands reported that James Richards, an associate professor of design at the UT Arlington School of Architecture, will present the exhibit “La Cuba de Hemingway: en acuarelas,” at Finca Vigía. The museum is the house where Ernest Hemingway lived in Cuba from 1940 until his death, and where he wrote The Old Man and the Sea, among other works, which led him to win the 1954 Nobel Prize for Literature. Translated, La Cuba de Hemingway: en acuarelas means Hemingway’s Cuba through watercolors. The exhibition precedes the June 18-21 Ernest Hemingway Colloquium, in which a greater presence of U.S. scholars is expected, as a result of the thaw in relations between both countries.

New position

The city of Plano has named Sam Greif as its new fire chief, reported. He comes from the Fort Worth Fire Department, where he served as the assistant chief of operations since 2011. Greif earned a master’s degree in public administration from UT Arlington in 2008.