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UTA In The News — Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

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Evaluating natural resources

The Tarrant Regional Water District is spending $1 million during the next three years for a team from The University of Texas at Arlington to study if recent earthquakes in the area have had any impact on safety at Eagle Mountain Dam in Tarrant County, reported.

Star Awards finalist

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board announced Monday the names of the seven finalists for its 2015 Star Awards for exceptional contributions toward meeting one or more of the goals of the soon-to-be-completed Texas higher education plan, Closing the Gaps by 2015. The list includes The University of Texas at Arlington – Pathways to College Access and Career Readiness, reported.

Diversity recognized, Yahoo! Finance Canada, and other media outlets reported that The University of Texas at Arlington is among the Top 50 Ethnically Diverse Schools in America, according to Best College Reviews, a ranking service for American colleges and universities.

Partnership impact

Alan Klein, assistant director for the Institute of Urban Studies at UTA, was quoted in a Fort Worth Star-Telegram article about the economic impact being felt in Mansfield through partnerships with venues such as Big League Dreams. “BLD has been featured in economic development events that I have been to that talked about how hotel and motel construction really began to increase there in Mansfield because of the tournaments that started to come in,” Klein said.

Davis memoir

In her memoir to be published Tuesday, former Texas state senator Wendy Davis reveals that she terminated two pregnancies for medical reasons in the 1990s, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. Allan Saxe, a UTA associate professor of political science, said Davis’ memoir would probably not bring people into her camp, but could energize her supporters.  “I think a lot of people go through these things, but they don’t talk about them,” Saxe said. “She does. I think these revelations will strike a chord in some of these women’s groups.”

Big Band benefit concert

German newspaper, Westfalen-Blatt, noted that Tim Ishii, a professor of saxophone and director of jazz studies at UTA, performed in a weekend Opera Big Band concert with members of the Bielefeld Philharmonic. The event Saturday raised money on behalf of refugees in Bielefeld.