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UTA In The News — Thursday, March 3, 2016

Thursday, March 3, 2016

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CAREER grant

The National Science Foundation has awarded a CAREER grant to Ankur Jain, an assistant professor in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department, reported. Jain will study how heat flows in materials within a lithium ion battery so that those batteries can be used safely in more applications.

Establishment fended well

Tarrant County GOP establishment candidates managed to fend off primary challenges from Tea Party candidates, Fort Worth Business reported. “The Tea Party had a strong showing again but there were no surprises in Tarrant County,” said Allan Saxe, an associate professor of political science at UTA.

Super Tuesday banter

Texan conservatives headed to the primary polls in record numbers on Super Tuesday, energized by the primary contest between native-Texan Ted Cruz and Donald Trump, the Austin American-Statesman reported. Rebecca Deen, chair of the UTA political science department, said Trump’s divisive personality helped drive voter turnout. “People have such a bifurcated reaction to him — he’s either the best thing since sliced bread, or he’s the Antichrist,” Deen said.

High turnout

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported on the high Republican voter turnout on Super Tuesday and what effect that will have on the general election. “The big challenge for the Republicans is to keep up the momentum seen in primaries,” said Allan Saxe, an associate political science professor at UTA.

Alternative fuel

UTA chemists and engineers made hydrocarbons by cooking carbon dioxide and water at 180 to 200°C under high pressure, along with a catalyst and ultraviolet radiation from the sun, Hydrocarbon Online and Tech Transfer Central reported.

Cursive evaporating

KSTX 89.1 FM and KUT 90.5 FM reported that cursive writing is being taught less and less in today’s classroom, falling behind in our digital, keyboard age. Kathryn Pole, an assistant professor in the UTA College of Education’s Department of Curriculum and Instruction, says typing is a distraction for students. “When they’re typing, they’re not really thinking about what it is they’re hearing,” Pole says. The piece originally aired on KERA 90.1 FM.

Art exhibit

The Austin Chronicle reviewed “Akin,” a new art exhibit by UTA Art + Art History Department Associate Professor Marilyn Jolly and Senior Lecturer Carlos Donjuan.

Alum on Diabetes Council

Alumna Joan Colgin has been appointed to the Texas Diabetes Council by Gov. Greg Abbott, Guidry News reported. The council addresses issues affecting people with diabetes in Texas and advises the Texas Legislature on legislation that is needed to develop and maintain a statewide system of quality education services. Colgin earned her bachelor’s of science in nursing degree from UTA.

Alum named senior manager

Altus Group has named Brandon Hayes as senior manager within its State & Local Tax and Advisory practice, CityBiz List reported. Hayes earned his bachelor’s of business administration degree from UTA.