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UTA In The News — Monday, July 27, 2015

Monday, July 27, 2015

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Champion of Change

Doug Garner, head coach of the UT Arlington Movin' Mavs, is being honored at the White House this morning as a Champion of Change: Disability Advocate, KDFW Fox 4 and KTVT CBS 11 reported. Garner is being recognized for his efforts to help students and injured service veterans and others who face varying physical challenges.

WNBA's Shock relocating to Arlington

After almost 20 years of waiting and hoping, North Texans will have a WNBA team to cheer when the Tulsa Shock relocates from Oklahoma in time for next season, a Dallas Morning News editorial said in the paper's Hit and Misses column. North Texas and the WNBA should be a great pairing. Many top North Texas high school players have gone on to careers in college or professional basketball, and the area is a well-established professional sports and media market, with a flood of potential corporate sponsors. The team, which might be getting a new nickname, will play at College Park Center on the campus of UT Arlington.

Headed to College Park Center

WNBA officials announced that the Tulsa Shock would be moving to UT Arlington's College Park Center next season, The New York Times, The Washington Post, U.S. News & World Report, USA Today, Yahoo! Sports, ESPN and many other websites reported in an AP story.

Solar energy storage

Researchers have been making progress on scalable storage for solar energy, but one problem that persists is how to store and use energy from the sun even when it’s dark, Design News reported. Now researchers at UT Arlington have found a way to solve this issue with an all-vanadium photo-electrochemical flow cell that can store solar energy on a large scale, even at night. A team in the UT Arlington Materials Science and Engineering Department led by Assistant Professor Fuqiang Liu developed the cell and published a paper on their research in the American Chemical Society journal ACS Catalysis. 

Inside politics

The battle for Texas House District 99 already is turning into a marquee fight that could end up being one of the most expensive legislative races on the ballot next year, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. Allan Saxe, a UT Arlington political science associate professor, said, “It’s very interesting that this race is firing up people so soon. As we all know, it takes lots of money and campaigning to effectively challenge an incumbent, especially someone so prominent as Representative Geren.”