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UTA In The News — Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

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Affordable housing research

Affordable housing isn’t really low-cost when the high-cost of transportation is factored in, according to a new new study co-authored by Shima Hamidi, an assistant professor of planning in UTA’s College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs, The Atlantic reported. Hamidi, who is also director of the Institute of Urban Studies, said HUD needs “a policy that supports housing subsidies that are higher in inaccessible areas to account for higher transportation costs.” The article also appeared on Builder Online.

One-step alternative energy

A team of chemists and engineers at UTA has come up with a one-step process to convert carbon dioxide and water into a liquid hydrocarbon fuel, One News Page reported. Their process involves a combination of high-intensity light, high pressure and temperature, and a cheap, abundant catalyst.

Super Tuesday commentary

Rebecca Deen, chair of UTA’s Political Science Department, said Donald Trump’s rivals are worrying as the polls show more conservatives voters are considering him as the likely candidate in a Tribune de Genève (Switzerland) article about how republicans are trying to stop Trump.

Stable environments study

Laboratory Equipment and ScienceDaily reported that UTA researchers have now provided the first evidence that stable environments like constant predator threats, not unstable conditions, generate non-genetic “trans-generational responses” in the next generation.

Cruz implores rivals to drop out

KLIF 570 AM interviewed Allan Saxe, a UTA associate professor of political science, about results from Super Tuesday voting. Saxe said Ted Cruz is pushing for other Republican candidates to drop out of the race and support him.

More Super Tuesday banter

Rebecca Deen, chair of UTA’s Political Science Department, served as a political analyst for KERA 90.1 FM as Super Tuesday election results came in. Deen said candidates have spent more on advertising in Texas than in the past due to Texas’s primary happening earlier in the political season.

Better images

UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers have determined that light reflectance spectroscopy can differentiate between malignant and benign prostate tissue with 85 percent accuracy, eScienceNews reported. UTA bioengineering professor Hanli Liu contributed to the study.

Campus carry impact

Mark Lamster, UTA architecture professor in practice in the College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs, discussed the departure of the longtime UT architecture dean due in part to campus carry concerns in a The Dallas Morning News article.

AT&T exec joining faculty reported that Krish Prabhu, president of AT&T Labs and chief technology officer, has been named to the UTA Engineering Hall of Achievement and appointed as a research professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering.

Legislative fellowships reported that Student Veterans of America and the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. welcomed 10 student veteran leaders to the nation’s capital to meet face-to-face with legislators, advocating on behalf of the veteran’s community for the annual Legislative Fellowship program. UTA student Robert Davis, a U.S. Navy veteran, is among the 10 student fellows.

UTA alum named Freese and Nichols president reported that Freese and Nichols Inc. has selected Brian Coltharp to serve as its next President and CEO. Coltharp earned a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from UTA.

New police chief UTA alum

Mesquite News reported that Charles Cato will take his oath of office as the new Mesquite Police Chief on March 7. Cato earned a bachelor of arts in criminology and criminal justice from UTA.