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UTA In The News — Friday, February 26, 2016

Friday, February 26, 2016

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Strategic code switching

The Texas Standard interviewed Laurel Stvan, associate professor and chair of the UTA Department of Linguistics and TESOL, about Ted Cruz’s use of Spanish during an interview with Univision. Marco Rubio poked fun at Cruz during a Republican presidential debate earlier this month. Stvan called the interview "strategic" on Cruz's part. “It wasn’t a really super fluent performance, but it didn’t need to be,” Stvan said, noting that the switch from English was meant to show that Cruz could speak Spanish and connect with Latino voters.

Sorting out rat snakes

In the past two decades, the question of what is a rat snake has become increasingly complicated to answer. In reporting some common rat snake species' appearances, Live Science referenced facts about the Texas rat snake as described by The University of Texas at Arlington’s Amphibian and Reptile Diversity Research Center.

Sustainable fuels technology

A team of chemists and engineers at The University of Texas at Arlington has come up with a one-step process to convert carbon dioxide and water into a liquid hydrocarbon fuel, Conservation magazine reported. Their process involves a combination of high-intensity light, high pressure and temperature, and a cheap, abundant catalyst.

National Science Foundation takes note

The National Science Foundation news portal reported that University of Texas at Arlington chemists have developed new high-performing materials for cells that harness sunlight to split carbon dioxide and water into usable fuels like methanol and hydrogen gas. These "green fuels" can be used to power cars, home appliances or even to store energy in batteries.

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 Atlantic’s CityLab reported.

Best business schools for veterans

Military Times named UTA's College of Business as one of the best 50 business schools in the nation for veterans. The University serves more than 3,000 student veterans or dependents of military veterans, Small Business reported.

On the record

Krys Boyd of the NPR Dallas program “Think” talked to Ya’Ke Smith, the UTA Morgan Woodward Distinguished Professor of Film, about Hollywood’s diversity problem and its impact on filmmaking. “When you see a film that stars a person of color or a woman, it becomes the story about a black person or a story about a woman. It loses the soul that the story has,” Smith said. “When we watch movies about white men or the white experience, we have to look at those films and say ‘wait a minute, it’s not about them being white, it’s about the subject matter.’” Listen to the entire interview from KERA 90.1 FM.

If the price is right

Former Texas lawmaker Wendy Davis has put a pair of autographed pink running shoes up for sale, KDFW/Fox 4 and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and many other media sites reported. The shoes are similar to the ones that she wore during her 11-hour filibuster over abortion rights in 2013. “Wendy Davis, though she lost her run for governor, still is a major Texas historical personality and as such her belongings are of a historical nature,” said Allan Saxe, an associate political science professor at UTA.  

Science fair students excel

The Hood County News reported that 14 Granbury ISD students excelled at the 65th Fort Worth Regional Science & Engineering Fair at UTA and are advancing to the ExxonMobil Texas Science and Engineering Fair on March 31-April 2 in San Antonio.