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UTA In The News — Thursday, March 17, 2016

Thursday, March 17, 2016

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National rankings

The Texas Tribune reported on U.S. News and World Report's annual rankings of the nation's universities. The rankings showed UTA's College of Engineering moving up to No. 82 nationwide. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Houston Chronicle, San Antonio Express-News and several other media outlets published similar stories.

GOP Debate

Allan Saxe, a UTA associate professor of political science, said not many people would have viewed the now-canceled Fox News Republican presidential debate anyway, KTSA 550 AM in San Antonio reported. Frontrunner Donald Trump pulled out of the debate, prompting its cancellation.

Reproductive travel

Amy Speier, a UTA assistant professor of medical anthropology, wrote an article for The Conversation about the Czech Republic's booming fertility holiday industry. "Reproductive travel has become an increasingly popular option for North Americans who can’t afford treatment in the U.S., but still long for babies of their own," Speier wrote.

New role

Ramp, a leading provider of next-generation video management and delivery solutions for large enterprises, announced the appointment of Steve Connor as vice president of sales and marketing, Street Insider, Financial Buzz and several other media outlets reported. Connor received his bachelor's degree in marketing from UTA.

Literature and music

KERA 90.1 FM 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. 

National championship

The Lady Movin’ Mavs, UTA’s women’s wheelchair basketball team, has won its first national basketball championship, KXAS/NBC 5 reported. The team defeated Illinois 65-51 in the title game. Two members of the Lady Movin’ Mavs now have their sights set on Rio. Both are expected to contend for spots on the U.S. Paralympic Team roster.

Dallas Wings

Dallas Wings players Erin Phillips and Odyssey Sims appeared on KRCW-TV/CW 32 in Portland, Ore., to discuss the newest WNBA team’s debut at The University of Texas at Arlington. The Wings’ first home game is Saturday, May 21 at UTA's College Park Center.