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UTA In The News — Monday, February 8, 2016

Monday, February 8, 2016

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CMAS Technology Lab

General Motors partnered with the League of United Latin American Citizens to open a new technology center on the UTA campus, KXAS NBC 5 reported. Students and community members will be able to use the space to learn more about science, technology, engineering and math. Saturday, LULAC, GM and UTA held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to open the lab, KUSI 9 in San Diego, Calif., WWBT NBC 12 in Richmond, Va., WTOL 11 NBC in Toledo, Ohio, and many other media outlets reported.

Best for Vets in business

The University of Texas at Arlington College of Business earned a spot on the 2016 Best for Vets list, the Military Times reported. See the complete rankings at this link. The annual list considers school survey responses, veterans responses, data from Veterans Affairs and Defense departments and three Education Department sources in its rankings.

Solutions to quakes caused by fracking

Mark Zoback of Stanford University told UTA audience members that earthquakes triggered by oil and gas activity can be stopped if states work to get ahead of the problem, The Dallas Morning News reported. Zoback spoke to a crowd of students, academics, energy company executives and concerned residents at a UTA Earth and Environmental Sciences Department speech last week.

UTA study on groundwater contamination cited

As the energy industry continues to innovate and evolve, so too will the Railroad Commission’s rules and regulations, Texas Railroad Commissioner Ryan Sitton wrote in a Dallas Morning News opinion column. His op-ed mentioned a UTA study about groundwater contamination in the Barnett Shale.

Saxe on House District 94 race

Allan Saxe, UTA associate professor of political science, said attorney Andrew Piel faces an uphill battle at unseating state House District 94 one-term incumbent Tony Tinderholt, the Texas Tribune reported. Tinderholt's recent vote rejecting the extension of the statute of limitations for lawsuits against child molesters have rankled some in his district.

Carnegie Classification

The Washington Post reported on the recent Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education top research rankings, highlighting Dartmouth University's falling from that list. UTA vaulted into the list for the first time. The Houston Chronicle had a similar story. The rankings, updated every five years, listed 115 universities in the top category. UT Austin, Texas A&M and Rice have long been on the list.

Examining friendships between gay men and straight women

A study led by UTA psychology researcher Eric Russell sheds new light on why many heterosexual women develop close friendships with gay men, Newsweek reported. Russell, a graduate teaching assistant in the Department of Psychology, says there has never been an empirical study of the circumstances that drive such relationships until now.

Management and performance

The City of Dallas has integrated proven management systems and performance improvement tools under a single umbrella to provide better, more efficient services to residents, Route Fifty reported. The Dallas Center for Performance Excellence came up with the recommendations. UTA representatives serve on the Dallas CPE board along with members from Texas Instruments, AT&T, Lockheed Missile and others. Route Fifty is a digital publication from Atlantic Media's Government Executive Media Group that covers news, technology, innovation and best practices in state, county and municipal governments across the United States.