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UTA In The News — Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

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Evaluating natural resources

Anand Puppala, a professor of civil engineering and associate dean for research in the UTA College of Engineering, is developing a comprehensive, reliability-based framework to analyze North Texas dams and detect damage from seismic activity, Civil Engineering Magazine reported. See a PDF of the CE Magazine article here.

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Ecological environment

David Hopman, an associate professor of landscape architecture in the UTA College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs, is testing his polycultures concept in a small garden on the campus, Landscape Online reported. Polycultures combines different species of plants together, creating an optimal setting for them to thrive.

Addressing bricklayer shortage

UTA's Division of Enterprise Development has partnered with more than 20 companies and organizations to launch two masonry schools that will address a bricklayer shortage in the Lone Star State, Concrete Products reported. Fort Worth-based Acme Brick has led the initiative with a $50,000 donation. Contractors and manufacturers from across the state, along with the Texas Masonry Council, have likewise donated money and in-kind contributions totaling more than $225,000 to jumpstart the schools. UTA has leased space close to home—in the Grand Prairie Great Southwest Industrial District—and the northern area of Houston for the schools.

New role for alumna

Noted appellate attorney and litigator Katherine Elrich has joined the Dallas-based commercial litigation firm Cobb Martinez Woodward PLLC,, The State Journal of West Virginia, Reuters and several other websites reported. Elrich is a UTA graduate.

Salary study

A UT System study showed that graduates of UT System schools -- including UTA -- make nearly $148,000 more in salary over 10 years than students who enrolled at a UT System academic institution but did not graduate, and Edinburg Politics reported.

Promotion for alumnus

Banking Hospitality International has named Calvin Banks director of training and development, The Network Journal reported. Banks earned his undergraduate degree in kinesiology from UTA.

Time Frames

The professional photography of W.D. Smith, a native of Alvord, was featured in the Star-Telegram's Time Frames section. The photos are part of UTA Libraries Special Collections. UTA Libraries offer a rich and diverse collection of materials on the history of Texas and the Southwest. Each week in Time Frames, readers get a glimpse of the past with an image from Special Collections.