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UTA In The News — Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

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The meaning matters

The Texas Standard interviewed Laurel Stvan, associate professor and chair of the UTA Department of Linguistics & TESOL, about the term “alien.” It has many uses, but Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, says alien has no business in the official language of the United States. He’s calling for the word to be banned because he says it is dehumanizing. “Part of the current negative emotion today has to do with the power of ‘alien’ as a noun, rather than as an adjective,” Stvan said. “Usually nouns are more negatively used to portray a group because they reduce it to just a single characteristic.” The story also ran on Texas Public Radio and KUT 90.5/KUTX 98.9 in Austin.

Creating new knowledge

The University of Texas at Arlington Library’s FabLab is part of a regional trend of libraries offering 3D printers, reported the Fort Worth Star-Telegram in an article about North Richland Hill Library’s The Maker Spot. The FabLab opened in October 2014 and is planning to triple its space to 8,000 square feet with a planned January grand opening. “While we primarily serve the UTA community, the public is welcome to use the UTA FabLab at no cost, though we do charge for consumables like 3D printer filament,” said Evelyn Barker, UT Arlington Libraries’ director of marketing and communications.

Eye on Capitol Hill

Allan Saxe, a UTA associate professor in political science, talked about outgoing House Speaker John Boehner's deal with President Obama, the impending debt limit increase and Republican presidential candidates on Denver's KHOW 630 AM.

Welcome funding

Acme Brick Co. is providing some funding for The University of Texas at Arlington's new Brick/Block Masonry Certificate at facilities in Grand Prairie and Houston, Ceramic Industry Magazine reported. Acme has donated $50,000 and offered to match another $10,000 for scholarships. Contractors and manufacturers from across the state and the Waco-based Texas Masonry Council also have donated money and in-kind contributions, as well, to start the program. 

Center for Underground Infrastructure Research and Education lauded

UTA's Center for Underground Infrastructure Research and Education was lauded in a Municipal, Sewer & Water Magazine column about the value of teaching trenchless technology. Mo Najafi, a UTA civil engineering professor, runs the Center, which is a university/government/industry cooperative research center. One of the center's aims is to develop new and cost-effective solutions to construct and renew aging underground infrastructure.