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UTA In The News — Thursday, January 21, 2016

Thursday, January 21, 2016

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Landfill mining

KXAS/NBC 5 and KTVT/CBS 11 reported on “landfill mining” research led by UTA civil engineering professor Sahadat Hossain that could improve solid waste management on a global scale. Hossain’s team is testing new methods for speeding up the rate at which garbage decomposes while determining whether long buried materials can now be recycled. Researchers also are working to boost the amount of gas generated in the landfill process so that more can be used to power homes. Web versions of the broadcast stories also appear at NBCDFW.com and CBSDFW.com.

Hindu images

The leading French newspaper, Le Monde, interviewed Ritu Khanduri, a UTA associate professor of anthropology, in its story on the debates about Hindu images, protests, cartoons and India. The article also noted research by Khanduri, which is detailed in her 2014 book, “Caricaturing Culture in India: Cartoons and History in the Modern World.”

Tech lab

The League of United Latin American Citizens and the General Motors Foundation have partnered to open a technology lab in the Center for Mexican American Studies at The University of Texas at Arlington, according to a media advisory distributed through the PR Web news service. The effort is part of LULAC’s Empower Hispanic America with Technology initiative, which focuses on closing the digital divide in the Latino community. A ribbon-cutting ceremony is scheduled for 9 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 6.

Program receives award

A home-ownership program developed through a partnership that began between the City of Arlington and the Development Corporation of Tarrant County has been chosen for a national award. According to a report in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the initiative will receive the 2016 Audrey Nelson Community Development Organization in Washington, D.C. on Friday. The city’s grants manager said the target area’s proximity to Arlington’s growing downtown, hospitals, UTA and entertainment venues such as AT&T Stadium means easy access to jobs for homebuyers.

Palin endorsement

Former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin announced that she’s endorsing Donald Trump for president. Allan Saxe, a UTA associate professor of political science, told WBAP/820 AM that Palin’s move may be seen as a snub to Ted Cruz. She campaigned for his senate bid in 2012.

Former congressman slated

CultureMap Dallas noted that former U.S. Congressman Ron Paul will headline UTA’s Maverick Speakers Series at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 2 at Texas Hall.