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UTA In The News — Monday, November 16, 2015

Monday, November 16, 2015

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New concrete standard

Ali Abolmaali, professor and chair of the Department of Civil Engineering at UTA, was quoted in a concrete pipe research story at ASTM Newsroom.org. A new ASTM International standard will support the sustainability and resiliency of concrete pipes that are reinforced by synthetic fibers. “Although these pipes are buried underground – where they’re not seen and seldom thought of – they help provide a safe and healthy environment for the public,” said Abolmaali, an ASTM member.

High-tech apartment

In its article about technologies that are making houses smarter and helping to improve the quality of life for patients and caregivers, PharmaVoice.com noted that researchers at UTA are exploring a high-tech apartment where health-tracking technology is built into the appliances, furniture, and even the floor.

Language op-ed

The Houston Chronicle and Quartz carried an op-ed by Laurel Stvan, associate professor and chair of the Department of Linguistics and TESOL at UTA, which addressed the use of the word “Texas” as slang for “crazy.”  The Conversation initially published the piece.

UTA alum talks oil

Energy executive, CPA and UTA alumna Paula Waggoner-Aguilar talked to “In the Oil Patch,” a radio program produced by KTRH/740 AM (Houston) about the oil and gas industry and her own company, The Energy CFO. Waggoner-Aguilar earned her bachelor’s in accounting degree from UTA.