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UTA In The News — Monday, July 20, 2015

Monday, July 20, 2015

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Race car weekend

UT Arlington students hosted the 15th Annual Texas Autocross this weekend, WFAA Channel 8 and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. KRLD 1080, KDFW Fox 4 and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram also previewed the event, which featured student formula race cars from at least a dozen universities across the country.

New composities

A University of Texas at Arlington professor is collaborating with Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. through a $1.35 million grant to design more durable materials and accelerate their implementation in composite aircraft, and Helihub reported. Andrew Makeev, professor in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department and director of the UT Arlington Advanced Materials and Structures Lab, received the grant from the Army National Rotorcraft Technology Center to build stronger and more durable composite materials for aircraft.

Environmental impact

The University of Texas at Arlington has established the Solid Waste Institute for Sustainability to provide leadership and expertise to countries and cities around the globe in how to make waste management and landfills more efficient and sustainable, the International Solid Waste Association newsletter reported. SWIS’ mission is to work on developing clean and healthy urban cities through sustainable waste management. The center is developed in agreement with ISWA. The ISWA president also mentioned SWIS in his message in the newsletter. The newsletter is circulated to more than 80 countries.

Health and human condition

Hydrocephalus Kids reported that scientists from The University of Texas at Arlington and the University of North Texas Health Science Center are building a prototype for an implantable in-line shunt flow monitoring system that would deliver both on-demand and continuous readings of hydrocephalus.

Alumna uses past struggle to help others

UT Arlington graduate Chelsea Roff and her struggles with eating disorders were featured in Huffington Post. Roff has started a nonprofit – Eat, Breathe, Thrive – that combines yoga, community, service and lessons to people in hospitals, community centers and college campuses.

Confederate names

Confederate names and icons are raising questions at some Texas schools, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. Some are calling for their removal while others are calling for preservation of those names and icons. Christopher Morris, a UT Arlington history professor and Southern history expert, said Lee was a Virginia gentlemen who fought for slavery and owned slaves. “Our expectations have changed. We need to appreciate that, and we also need to understand why he did what he did,” Morris said.

Additive manufacturing

America Makes, the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute, announced that UT Arlington is among the awardees of its Project Call No. 3 for additive manufacturing applied research and development projects, Additive reported. Up to $8 million in funding will be awarded to a total of nine teams. The project, “A Design Guidance System for AM” is led by the Georgia Institute of Technology, in conjunction with UT Arlington, UT Austin, Siemens Corporate Technology, MSC, Senvol, Lockheed Martin, GKN Aerospace, Woodward, Siemens Energy and Siemens PLM. 

Grant aimed at helping college students succeed

The University of Texas at Arlington received a $362,566 grant from the U.S. Department of Education to provide students with academic and other support services they need to succeed in college, reported. The grant was one of a total of $270 million for 968 student support services program projects.

Faculty recognition

Taryn Ozuna Allen, a UT Arlington assistant professor, has been named a member of the 2015 Class of Greater Texas Foundation Faculty Fellows, The Dallas Morning News reported. Allen is one of only four fellows chosen from across the state this year. She works in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies.

Alumnus named Rockwall city manager

Ryan Miller has been named the new city of Rockwall director of planning, Blue Ribbon News reported. Miller received his Master of Public Administration and Master of City & Regional Planning degrees from UT Arlington.

Job fair

The Laredo Community College is hosting a job fair aimed for students enrolled in a highway construction training program, LMTonline reported. UT Arlington is one of the sponsors of the job fair.