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UTA In The News — Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

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Solutions-oriented leadership

The Dallas Morning News published a column by former state Rep. Dan Branch, Dallas, that noted UTA and solutions-oriented leadership in higher education in Texas. “The recent announcement of Carnegie Tier One recognition for the University of Texas at Dallas, Texas Tech University, the University of North Texas and The University of Texas at Arlington is a testament to what generous individuals, innovative academic leaders and effective lawmakers can accomplish when they work together to get results,” Branch wrote.

Sustainable fuels technology

A team of University of Texas at Arlington chemists and engineers has proven that concentrated light, heat and high pressures can drive the one-step conversion of carbon dioxide and water directly into useable liquid hydrocarbon fuels, Solar Thermal magazine, Science Codex,, Nanowerk, ScienceDaily, the Business Standard and other media reported.

Medical hackathon

Some 150 students from universities round the U.S. converged on UTA for a medical hackathon to propose solutions for cancer, KTVT/CBS 11 reported. Organized by Duby Okonkwo, a UTA bioengineering pre-med junior, “Hack the Health” brought together students from different disciplines for three days of discussion around a specific problem related to cancer.

Engaging African-Americans in science

Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society, hosted a Google Hangout Monday to discuss solutions to getting more African Americans engaged in science, Scientific American reported. Panelists included Ashanti Johnson, UTA assistant vice provost for Faculty Recruitment and associate professor of Earth and Environmental Science, Melanie Harrison Okoro of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and Danielle Lee of Cornell University.  

It's not over

Allan Saxe, a UTA associate professor of political science, told KFAB/1110 AM (Omaha, Neb.) that while it appears Donald Trump is barreling down the road towards the Republican presidential nomination, naysayers should not rule out Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz in the race for the White House.

Re-examining the Texas Revolution

Five historians from the United States, Mexico and Scotland met in March 2013 at The University of Texas at Arlington to re-examine the Texas Revolution, 1835-36. And all five presented essays for the Walter Prescott Webb Memorial Lectures. The five essays are gathered in a new volume titled “Contested Empire,” edited by Sam W. Haynes and Gerald D. Saxon, the Austin American-Statesman wrote in its review of the book.

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, KRLD/1080 AM reported.

Eye and ear for literature

KTIV/NBC 4 (Sioux City, IA) reported on an English course that focuses on hip-hop mogul Jay Z, which is being taught by Kenton Rambsy, an assistant professor of African-American literature at UTA. The story initially aired on KXAS/NBC 5.

Johnson re-signs with Wings

The Dallas Wings have re-signed two-time WNBA All-Star forward Glory Johnson to a multi-year contract, the and The Dallas Morning News reported. From May 21-Sept. 11, the Wings will host 17 regular season home games at College Park Center, a state-of-the-art 7,000-seat arena conveniently located on the campus of The University of Texas at Arlington.