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UTA In The News — Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

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Department of Education grant to HSIs

The U.S. Department of Education announced that 96 Hispanic-Serving Institutions, including UT Arlington, will receive more than $51 million in new awards to strengthen and expand educational opportunities for Hispanic and low-income students, Ed.gov and PubMemo.com reported.

Karbhari visits India

BizNews.In reported that UT Arlington President Vistasp Karbhari will promote educational opportunities in the U.S. and at UTA during a visit to India Sept. 30 through Oct. 2. As part of his travel, President Karbhari will meet with a number of leading universities and speak at the IMFS Global EDUfest in Mumbai.

Storing solar energy

SPIE.org, the website for the International Society for Optics and Photonics, reported that 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.

Political lines drawn

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram interviewed Allan Saxe, a UT Arlington associate professor of political science, about the battles ramping up for local House seats. “Some ‘establishment’ conservatives may still be angry that Rep. Tony Tinderholt defeated longtime favorite Diane Patrick and may try and unseat him,” Saxe said about House District 94, which includes central West Arlington, Pantego and Dalworthington Gardens.

School of Social Work research

The Donaldson Adoption Institute blog announced the organization’s collaboration with the UT Arlington School of Social Work on a new research study of options counseling experiences. Assistant Professor Elissa Madden and Scott Ryan, professor and dean of the School of Social Work, will conduct the study. The team will investigate the decision-making experiences of women and men who relinquished their parental rights as well as the context and standards that guide professionals who provide options counseling.

Attracting top researchers to Texas

There is a push to bring the top researchers in the world to Texas universities. This will not only help schools shine brighter, but also elevate the state’s economy, KXAN.com (Austin) reported. Governor Greg Abbott’s University Research Initiative would offer grants matched by the schools for creating labs and other costs.