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UTA In The News — Friday, November 13, 2015

Friday, November 13, 2015

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Presidential Perspective

UTA President Vistasp Karbhari authored Chapter 3 “What is Lost: The Error of Reducing Complex Higher Education Processes to Metrics and Singular Narratives” for Presidential The higher education presidential thought leadership series published by ARAMARK invites 10 presidents of select universities to contribute a chapter on a theme. This year’s series is called “Innovative Concepts to Achieve Campus Transformation.” The chapters are compiled in a book, which is also digitized for the Web.

Free onine engineering course

Civil Engineering online quoted Pranesh B. Aswath, a professor of materials science and engineering and the associate dean of graduate affairs in the College of Engineering, in its story about The University of Texas System initiative that offers free online college courses to high school students. Some 28,000 students took the introduction to engineering course via the System’s campuses in Arlington, Austin and Permian Basin this fall. Aswath said the opportunities afforded by MOOCs might overcome some of the particular challenges that engineering students face in their early years.

Positron beam

ASEE First Bell reported that UTA researchers are developing a next generation positron beam facility that will enable them to analyze the properties of advanced materials for future electronics applications such as ultra compact high-speed computers and ultra small high-powered batteries. The item initially appeared in Chromatography Techniques.

Future of robots

Scientists at The University of Texas at Arlington Research Institute are researching the future of robots and how they can make life easier for all of us, KOAM/CBS 7 (Joplin, MO) reported. Researchers Mike McNair and Cody Lundberg of UTARI have been programming and studying the use of the PR2 robot, which was manufactured in California. The story initially aired on KTVT/CBS 11 (Dallas).

Mixing business with fun

KXAS/NBC 5 reported on UTA siblings Anthony and Brian Brooks, who are gaining popularity for their talent at speedcubing. The secret behind their success to solving the Rubik’s Cube puzzle has to do with algorithms they’ve learned. They hope to capitalize on their success after college. “We’re business students here at UTA, and it’s great to be able to apply what we’re learning in the classroom into taking this skill and trying to make it profitable,” Anthony Brooks said. The story also appears online at

Apollo's Flight

DFW noted Apollo’s Flight at the Planetarium at UT Arlington. The live music performance includes original electronic music by Marek Eneti, light projections, electronic progressive live instrumentation, pristine sound and spacey film footage created by Planetarium program coordinator, Amy Barraclough.

Basketball season opener

The Dallas Morning News reported on the UTA men’s basketball team, which opens the season on Saturday against Fordham at College Park Center. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported on the Mavericks’ Coach Scott Cross, the only winning coach in UTA men’s basketball program history.

Lady Mavs

This much is certain about the UTA women: The Lady Mavs will not be overlooked in the Sun Belt, the Dallas Morning News reported. They did the surprise thing last year, fashioning the biggest turnaround in NCAA Division I with a 13-win increase. Picked ninth in the preseason coaches' poll, they tied for fourth, finishing 17-13. Baylor noted that the fifth-ranked Baylor Lady Bears open their 42nd season of competition by hosting UTA in the opening round of the Preseason WNIT tonight at 6.