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UTA In The News — Monday, November 23, 2015

Monday, November 23, 2015

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Rebecca Johnson, a UTA kinesiology student studying in Paris, was inside the Stade de France football stadium when terrorists began to explode bombs in the area. Last Friday night, she spoke to KXAS NBC 5 about her experience and why she won’t cut her stay in France short despite the attack. Dallas Sun and eWallstreeter also ran the story.

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, Congoo.com reported. The article had previously appeared in IConnect007

UTA researchers are conducting a three-year, $1 million seismic safety project to analyze data from the Eagle Mountain Lake dam, Informed Infrastructure reported. Anand Puppala, UTA professor of civil engineering and leader of the project, said “Dams in this region were not designed to withstand seismic events, so we want to be able to test them to determine if they are in danger of failing.”

Allan Saxe, UTA associate professor of political science, was quoted in a Fort Worth Star-Telegram article about the dozens of local candidates filing for spots on the 2016 ballot for posts ranging from state representative to sheriff to party chair. Saxe said that “the election season this year is highly charged,” and that “incumbents likely are not thrilled.” 

UTA ranks among the leading U.S. colleges for campus diversity, according to in U.S. News and World Report’s “campus ethnic diversity” index, The Houston Chronicle and Beaumont Enterprise reported. The index ranks schools “where students are most likely to encounter undergraduates from racial or ethnic groups different from their own.”

Crescent Real Estate Equities LLC rewarded Polytechnic High School teacher Jamie Cox with the prestigious Chair of Teaching Excellence Award for inspiring students to learn and feel valued, KAIT-TV 8 (Jonesboro, Ark.), WAFF-TV 48 (Huntsville, Al.) and numerous other outlets reported. Cox earned a master’s in administrative and leadership education from UTA. 

UTA graduate Elizabeth Stover published an article in the Global Post analyzing whether gummy snacks are good for toddlers. She concluded that toddlers might enjoy a few gummy snacks but should have healthier snacks regularly. Stover earned her master’s degree in education curriculum and instruction from UTA.