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UTA In The News — Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

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Terry Scholars

The University of Texas at Arlington has welcomed 20 student leaders who have demonstrated strong academic ability into its charter class of Terry Foundation Scholars for the 2015-16 academic year, The Dallas Morning News reported. The Terry Foundation was established by Houston philanthropists Howard and Nancy Terry and is the largest private source of scholarships in Texas.

Storing solar energy

A University of Texas at Arlington Materials Science and Engineering Department team, led by Assistant Professor Fuqiang Liu, has developed an all-vanadium photoelectrochemical flow cell that can store solar energy on a large scale, even at night, the ASME and Design News reported.

Tech Titan

Liping Tang, UT Arlington bioengineering professor, was a finalist in the Tech Titans awards, the Dallas Business Journals reported. Tang was a finalist for helping invent an implantable cancer trap.

New appointment

Robert Rivera, an Arlington council member since 2005 and UT Arlington graduate, has been sworn in as a commissioner of the Texas Lottery Commission, the Dallas Post Tribune reported. Gov. Greg Abbott appointed Rivera to a term that will expire on Feb. 1, 2021. Rivera is an investment banker and board member of the National Association of Latino Elected Officials and the Salvation Army.

New appointment

Gov. Greg Abbott appointed Derrelynn Perryman to the Texas Criminal Justice Board, which oversees the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, the HeraldDemocrat reported. Perryman, who is the victim services coordinator for the Arlington Police Department, is an adjunct instructor in UT Arlington's School of Social Work and the Criminal Justice and Criminology Department.

Hitting a high note

Pentatonix, an a capella group that first formed at UT Arlington, accompanied Kelly Clarkson at Gexa Energy Pavilion Sunday night, the Dallas Observer reported. The crowd welcomed back Arlington’s own Pentatonix and Clarkson, who is from Burleson.