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UTA In The News — Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

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Affordable housing research

Shima Hamidi, assistant professor in UTA’s College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs, has demonstrated that affordable housing is not so affordable when transportation costs soar, Science Daily, Science Codex, and Science Newsline reported. Hamidi's findings are published in the journal Housing Policy Debate.

CAPPA dean to lead forum

Nan Ellin, dean of UTA’s College of Architecture, Planning & Public Affairs, will moderate the Dallas Architecture Forum’s March 22 panel discussion "Village Redux: Co-Housing and Pocket Neighborhoods," Dallas Observer reported. The panel discussion will be held at The Dallas Center for Architecture, 1909 Woodall Rogers Freeway, Suite 100, at 6:30 p.m.

Speech breakdown

Brent Sasley, UTA associate professor of political science, spoke with KRLD 1080 AM about the presidential candidates’ speeches at the AIPAC conference in Washington. “There is some realization that these speeches are media bites to an organization during a political campaign,” Sasley said. “However, AIPAC is very good at maintaining relationships after the speeches for the issues that are important to them.”

UTA-MISD partnership

UTA’s partnerships with the Mansfield Independent School District were outlined in a Fort Worth Star-Telegram article describing the agreements the school district has with local universities and colleges. Within UTA’s Bound for Success program, Mansfield graduates whose grade point average ranks them in the top 25 percent get automatic admission to the university. 

Group promotes safety

The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration met with North Texas Exploration & Production Safety Network Association during a formal ceremony at UTA on March 18, reported. The group raises awareness and promotes safety and health practices at U.S. oil and gas exploration and production sites in North Texas.

Tops in research

UTA is among 15 universities that reached the Carnegie Classification Research 1 status in 2016, reported the Examiner and College Explorations. The Carnegie classification helped elevate several universities, including UTA, in recently released rankings by U.S. News & World Report, the Examiner said.

Texas History Day entries

Aledo Middle School eighth-grade students sent their top ten entries to UTA to compete at the regional level for Texas History Day, The Community News reported. Twenty-eight students competed in five categories including historical paper, website, performance, exhibit board and documentary.

Alum appointed chief services officer

UTA alumnus Michael Lawlor has been appointed chief services officer of USA Technologies, Bloomberg News, Yahoo Finance, CNBC Online, and many television websites reported. Lawlor graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from UTA in 1986.

Cato sworn in

UTA alumnus and new Mesquite Police Chief Charles Cato was sworn in at the Mesquite City Chamber earlier this month, IonMesquite reported. Cato has a bachelor’s degree in criminology and criminal justice from UTA.