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UTA In The News — Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

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Research growth

UTA took a major leap forward this week with its new classification as a Research 1 university, The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Fort Worth Business, the Denton Record-Chronicle and ASEE First Bell reported. The achievement is seen as perhaps the biggest step in the growth of a research university and marks a key milestone in UTA’s quest for national prominence. The City of Arlington also published the news. 

New research status

The Texas Tribune, WOAI 1200 AM (San Antonio) and KENS CBS 11 (San Antonio) mentioned UTA in stories covering all four Texas universities reaching the R1 classification in 2016. "It is quite an accomplishment," said Raymund Paredes, commissioner of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. "It is obviously an indication that our emerging research universities are in fact emerging and becoming top research universities."

Former Rep. Paul enthralls

The Maverick Speakers Series at The University of Texas at Arlington last night featured former U.S. Congressman Ron Paul, KDFW/Fox 4 reported. The three-time presidential candidate and physician discussed liberty in politics, economics and education during the event and earlier in the day when he addressed a Master Class for political science students.  

Ultra-thin semiconductor laser

Weidong Zhou, an UTA electrical engineering professor, is developing a new type of ultra-thin semiconductor laser that can be integrated with mainstream electronics on the same silicon substrate for increased speed, capacity and efficiency, Phys.org, Nanowerk, (e) Science News, Electronic Component News and ASEE First Bell reported. The research is supported by a three-year, $600,000 grant from the U.S. Army Research Office and a three-year, $935,000 grant from the Air Force Office of Scientific Research.

Landfill technology

Using a nearly $400,000 grant from the City of Denton, UTA civil engineering professor Sahadat Hossain has created a plan to use moisture to speed up methane gas production at the city’s landfill, Waste360 reported. What makes this project unique is that UTA and the City of Denton are the first group in the U.S. to have successfully utilized resistivity imaging methods for an effective bioreactor landfill operation.

Guest adjudicator

Dr. Clifton Evans, UTA director of orchestras and associate professor of music, was cited as a guest adjudicator of the 2016 Schmidbauer Young Artist Competition at Stephen F. Austin State University, EverythingNac reported. The annual competition for piano and strings offers prizes that include cash awards, scholarship incentives from the SFA School of Music and performance opportunities with orchestras.

Alum named to top architect list

UTA alumna D’Jelma C. Perkison was featured in a BuildDirect Blog as one of the top 15 architects in Dallas. Perkison graduated UTA with a master’s in architecture in 2001.