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UTA In The News — Monday, November 30, 2015

Monday, November 30, 2015

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EAGER grant

Ankur Jain, UTA assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, is co-leading a team that is seeking ways to harness heat energy lost from automobiles, buildings and other devices,, Nanowerk and e Science News reported. Jain is one of the principal investigators on a highly competitive, $225,000 Early-concept Grant for Exploratory Research, or EAGER, award from the National Science Foundation to advance the work.

High-flying hoops

UTA men's basketball is on the rise following the program’s biggest wins, KERA News reported. The UTA Mavericks beat mighty Ohio State and Memphis on their respective courts — and, on Tuesday, the Mavs take their road show to the home of the Longhorns.

UTA study

A UTA study that found well water contamination near oil and natural gas drilling sites where hydraulic fracking was used was cited in national media coverage about the decision of two Texan families to sue oil and gas drilling companies for contamination of their water wells. The Washington Times, the Houston Chronicle, The Miami Herald and the San Antonio Express-News were among the outlets covering this issue.

Nursing degree among best 30

Best Medical Degrees, an online resource for students interested in careers in medicine, has included UTA in a ranking of the 30 Best Value Online Master's Degree Programs in Nursing Education, Le Lezard and Profit Quotes reported.

Trump claim examined

Mark Tremayne, UTA assistant professor of communication, was quoted in a Mashable article about Donald Trump’s claim to have seen TV footage of Muslims in New Jersey celebrating the day of the 9/11 terror attacks. "You'll find examples of this on both sides, beliefs that are commonly held," Tremayne said. "If you try to argue against it on those (partisan) forums, you tend to get shouted down pretty quickly."

UTA named finalist

The board that oversees Texas colleges and universities has recognized UTA’s efforts to help meet the state’s Closing the Gaps by 2015 goals, the Star-Telegram reported. UTA’s Pathways to College Access and Career Readiness Program was one of seven finalists from 48 nominations for the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s Star Awards. UTA students and staff operate “GO Centers” in high schools throughout nine regional school districts to provide assistance and encouragement to prospective college students.

Students to provide data

Student interns from UTA’s social work program will soon be working with the Plano Police Department’s Victim Services Unit, The Dallas Morning News reported. Students will observe and participate in the unit’s routine operations, giving them practical experience. City officials said the program would allow the Police Department to process more cases and provide comprehensive, long-term case management support.

Student volunteers plant trees

UTA students were among the volunteers who planted 40 new trees around the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial at Thomas Jefferson Park, The Dallas Morning News reported. City Council member Allan Meagher attended and city staff helped with the planting and watering.

Conservative influence

Allan Saxe, UTA associate professor of political science, discussed the role of conservative talk radio in influencing the upcoming presidential election, KTRH 740 AM (Houston) reported. “They believe that if the Republicans do not take the White House, it will be gone for a generation or more.” Saxe said.

10th anniversary celebrated

UTA alumnus Douglas Danilo Interiano, executive director of “Proyecto Inmigrante,” was interviewed by Diario La Estrella to celebrate the 10th anniversary of this nonprofit group, which has helped more than 30,000 families solve their immigration issues. Interiano suffered immigration issues of his own, which encouraged him to help others in similar situations. He earned a degree in criminal justice from UTA.

UTA alum talks fear

When ISIS terrorists attacked Paris on November 13, UTA alumnus Ashfaq Taufique says that he felt two kinds of fear – fear as an American and the unique kind of fear of backlash that Muslims feel in the wake of these events, according to a recent interview in Taufique is the president of the Birmingham Islamic Society, which serves the 5,000-plus Muslims living in the area. He earned his bachelor’s in mechanical engineering at UTA.

UTA alum honored

UTA alumna Diane Wright Jones, social worker and advocate, received the “International Excellence Leadership Award” from the National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Clubs during an annual event held in New York, the Dallas Post Tribune reported. Jones received her master’s in social work from UTA and has worked more than 35 years in medical social work, adoption, child protective services and teaching.

Alum named director

UTA alumnus Calvin J. Banks has been appointed director of training and development of Benchmark Hospitality International, Black Meetings and Tourism reported. Banks has a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from UTA.  

Artwork discussion

UTA alumnus Eric Hess discussed his recent artworks in a recent interview with the Dallas Voice. Hess, who earned his master’s degree in fine arts at UTA, discussed his new works, which explore “how video and images can be distorted through glass and how glass can be reflected off of glass.”