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UTA In The News — Monday, February 22, 2016

Monday, February 22, 2016

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Voice for diversity in STEM

The Fox News Network’s “Fox and Friends” profiled Ashanti Johnson, a UTA assistant vice provost for Faculty Recruitment and associate professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences, in a Black History Month special segment. Johnson is one of the nation’s first African-American chemical oceanographers and a leading advocate for diversity among STEM doctoral students.  

Maverick Speakers Series

Dallas CultureMap noted the upcoming Maverick Speakers Series lecture featuring Donna Brazile, political strategist, commentator, adjunct professor, author, syndicated columnist and vice chair of voter registration and participation at the Democratic National Committee. The event begins at 730 p.m. Thursday at Texas Hall. Tickets are available.

Jeb Bush exits race

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram interviewed Allan Saxe, associate professor of political science at UTA, for its story about the plentiful, but lesser-known candidates running for president. The story also appeared at The San Antonio News-Express talked to Saxe about Jeb Bush’s decision to drop his bid for the presidency.

Eyeing the ballot box

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram interviewed Christopher Enriquez, a UTA student and the North Texas district director for the League of United Latin American Citizens, for its story about Hispanic millennials eager to vote in the presidential election.  

The Latino vote

National and local Telemundo news teams plan to broadcast live from the UTA campus on Tuesday, Feb. 23, the Spanish-language network posted on its Facebook page. The stop at UTA is part of the network’s road trip through Texas that will encourage Latinos to vote. The remote broadcasts will wrap up in Houston where the final Republic debate before Super Tuesday will be held.

One for the record books

The UTA softball team took a pair of run-rule victories at the Maverick Invitational on Saturday to make school history by winning the first 10 games to start the season, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.

Unaffordable housing

More than two-thirds of supposed affordable housing units in the Dallas area aren’t really that low-cost once transportation expenses are figured in, according to a new study co-authored by Shima Hamidi, an assistant professor of planning in UTA’s College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs, the Institute for Research on Poverty Dispatch reported. An article about the study initially appeared in The Dallas Morning News.

Cancer cell detection tool

Samir Iqbal, a University of Texas at Arlington electrical engineer, has developed a novel cancer cell detection method that will improve early diagnosis through a tool that tracks cellular behavior in real time using nanotextured walls that mimic layers of body tissue, In Compliance magazine and Electronic reported.