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UTA In The News — Monday, March 21, 2016

Monday, March 21, 2016

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Under new leadership

UTA has appointed Jeff Campbell as the new director of the Shimadzu Institute for Research Technologies, Fort Worth Business reported. Campbell has more than 20 years of experience in product design and development, engineering and operations management, as well as business development and sales. 

Chance for an independent

Rebecca Deen, chairwoman of the UTA Department of Political Science, commented in the San Antonio Express-News on Weekly Standard Editor William Kristol’s memo about how an independent candidate could get on general election ballots across the country. “It’s hard to know if that’s because of the coalescence of high-powered political operatives who would put their back into it… or just wishful thinking,” Deen said. 

She said, he said

Gender will be “highly salient and top-of-mind” if the general election contest is between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, said Rebecca Deen, chairwoman of the UTA Department of Political Science, in a separate San Antonio Express-News article about an ad showcasing Trump’s crass comments about women. 

Reading, writing, math ... and music

Dan Cavanagh, UTA director of Music Industry Studies, was cited in a Telemundo blog on the importance of music education. Cavanagh stressed that music education helps children to develop teamwork. 

Traveling on a mission

The Houston Chronicle published an op-ed article by Amy Speier, a UTA assistant professor of medical anthropology, on 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. The article originally appeared in The Conversation.

Back to the basics

The La Bajada Urban Youth Farm project, developed by Donald Gatzke, professor of architecture at UTA’s College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs, is coming to West Dallas, Central Track reported. The project was designed in 2014 by Gatzke, along with graduate students from the architecture program. 

Sabbaticals for a good ROI

James Campbell Quick, the John and Judy Goolsby – Jacqualyn A. Fouse Endowed Chair in the Goolsby Leadership Academy in the UTA College of Business, participated in a study on the effects of sabbaticals, Smart Blogs on Leadership reported. Overall, the results suggest that sabbaticals really do provide a strong return on investment, not only for those leaving but also for the company sending them away.

Hot jobs

UTA alumna and clinical psychologist Kenya Malcolm was profiled in the “Hot Jobs” column of the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle. Malcolm, who has a bachelor’s and master’s degree in psychology from UTA, is currently working at the University of Rochester Medical Center. 

Digital afterlife

UTA alumna and local historian Susan Younger cautioned members of the Mesquite Historical and Genealogical Society to consider the best ways to protect their digital legacy and create a plan for their digital afterlife, The Dallas Morning News reported. Younger earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in history from UTA.

New role

UTA alumna Brenda Zedlitz has been appointed to the Arkansas Early Childhood Commission, Arkansas Online and the Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette reported. Zedlitz, who is currently director of children’s services at the Economic Opportunity Agency in Arkansas, received her Master of Science in Social Work from UTA.