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UTA In The News — Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

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Pipe examination

The city of Arlington recently teamed with The University of Texas at Arlington to embark on a high-tech examination of 48 miles of large-diameter sewer pipelines, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. The project, which will start next month and last three years, will tell city officials much about the lifetime of vital sewer pipes and give the officials a way to isolate smaller areas for replacement. Ali Abolmaali, chair of the UTA civil engineering department and director of the Center for Structural Engineering, is leading the effort.

New imaging

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

Teacher Academy

The University of Texas at Arlington and Arlington Independent School District announced the creation of a Teacher Academy for aspiring young educators, The Dallas Morning News reported. UTA President Vistasp Karbhari and Arlington ISD superintendent Marcelo Cavazos made the partnership official with the signing of a memorandum of understanding Monday.

Professor makes cover

An article by Mary Vaccaro, a UTA professor of Renaissance art, is featured on the March cover of The Burlington Magazine, the world’s leading monthly publication devoted to fine and decorative art. The article details a newly identified drawing by Denys Calvaert in the Uffizi.

Top online degree

Online business education and career guide Top Management Degrees has ranked UTA among 50 colleges with the best online master's programs in education management, Bloomberg Business and several other media organizations reported.

Big GOP turnout

The Austin American-Statesman interviewed Rebecca Deen, associate professor and chair of the UTA Department of Political Science, for its story about the record Republican voter turnout in the state’s primary race. Deen said one big reason for the big night was Donald Trump, an atypical candidate who inspires voters in two directions.  

Republican race

KOGO/600 AM (San Diego) interviewed Allan Saxe, a UTA associate professor of political science, about the Republican race for the presidential nomination. He also discussed Democratic rivals. 

Young turnout

Allan Saxe, a UTA associate professor of political science, talked to KTSA/550 AM (San Antonio) about why so many young people are showing up at Donald Trump rallies. “He’s energetic, he’s bombastic, he tells it like it is, so to speak,” said Saxe, noting that many young people grew up watching Trump on television and that’s part of his appeal.

Hate Mail resurfaces

"Hate Mail," a little seen, and once-lost 1992 film about racism has resurfaced on Media Burn, an online archive devoted to four decades of documentaries, the Dallas Morning News City Hall Blog noted. UTA associate professor of film Bart Weiss and co-filmmaker Mark Birnbaum featured several well-known African-American leaders, including Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price and journalist Bob Ray Sanders in the film. At the time, Sanders hosted a radio program and often read his hate mail on-air. The filmmakers thought focusing on the letters and interviewing admitted racists, such as the Ku Klux Klan, would be “a good place to start for a film about racism.”

Women's month lecture

The Dallas Examiner noted that Whitney Peoples will present the “Estella Doty Young Leaders Lecture” March 19 at the African American Museum of Dallas Fair Park. Peoples is a provost post-doctoral fellow in Women’s and Gender Studies at UTA. Her lecture will conclude a special series of talks during Women’s History Month.

Scholarship honors husband

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram featured a UTA-produced video about alumna Kate Schickedanz Leino who recently established a scholarship in memory of her late husband. Lt. Tim Schickedanz and Kate both earned degrees from the UTA College of Nursing and Health Innovation. 

UTA senior wins

UTA senior Mayra Cordova is one of two winners chosen from across the state to receive a Texas Associated Press Broadcasters scholarship, the Houston Chronicle and Lufkin News reported. The scholarship, for students pursuing careers in journalism, will be awarded during an April 9 dinner in Austin.

Movin' Mavs

KXTX 39/Telemundo Dallas reported that the UTA Movin’ Mavs wheelchair basketball team, which includes international players including several Hispanics, is preparing for a national title.