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UTA In The News — Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

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Geofoam blocks

A UT Arlington research team is using giant lightweight geofoam blocks to bolster the earth beneath roads and bridges and slow down the settling of roadways and bridges, GCR reported. Anand Puppala, UT Arlington associate dean for research in the College of Engineering and distinguished scholar professor in the Civil Engineering Department, said that the majority of the world's largest cities, often built in areas near water bodies, have soft and compressible soils. The blocks would help alleviate that soft soil.

New pollution rules coming

The Need for the Truth blog questioned a CNN report about how well the U.S. economy is performing. In the article, Melanie Sattler, a UT Arlington civil engineering associate professor, said more and more oil and natural gas wells are being drilled in urban areas. The article said that new pollution rules could mean thousands of those wells would have to have their leaks fixed.

Volunteers help library

Fort Worth's Fairmount Library is alive and well after a few neighborhood volunteers stepped in to save it, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. One of those volunteers, UT Arlington graduate student Christina Carney, said, “It has been phenomenal to watch poetry nights grow. This event has been a hit, maybe because there wasn’t a dedicated venue for poetry before.” A seven-member volunteer board runs the operation, from accounting to event planning.

Open carry implementation

Law enforcement officials and lawyers are worried about implementation and enforcement of Texas' open carry law the legislature just passed, the San Antonio Express-News reported in carrying a previously published Houston Chronicle story. In the article, W. Marvin Dulaney, history department chair at The University of Texas at Arlington, said he plans to openly carry a handgun but he expects other African Americans will not out of fear of being targeted by police.

Organ recital

Joshua Lang, organist and choirmaster of St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church in Mansfield, will give a free organ recital at St. Gregory's Wednesday night, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. Lang graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington with a bachelor's degree in music theory.