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UTA In The News — Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

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Latina Living Legend

Michele Bobadilla, UTA’s senior associate vice president for outreach services and community engagement and assistant provost for Hispanic student success, was honored with a “Latina Living Legend” award by Hispanic 100, a network of Dallas-area Hispanic women leaders, reported. Bobadilla has dedicated her life’s work to helping students have access to college, financially and otherwise.

Presidential candidate banter

Allan Saxe, a UTA associate professor of political science, told WBAP 820 that there may still be a Republican president, despite Trump and Cruz’s increasing confrontations over personal issues such as their wives. “There is our foreign policy, the economy and a failed candidate in Hillary Clinton,” Saxe said. The UTA professor also discussed the candidate’s positions on Isis with KOGO/600 AM (San Diego).

Less expensive, more efficient system

Converter News, AtoZ Materials, Health Canal, Cosmetics Design and BrightSurf reported on research by Morteza Khaledi, dean of UTA’s College of Science, into safer, more environmentally friendly, less expensive and more efficient water-based system for the synthesis of organic compounds used in pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, plastics, textiles and household chemicals. The research was originally published in the Royal Society of Chemistry magazine “Green Chemistry.”

UTA center honored

The Construction Research Center, a nonprofit organization based at UTA, bestowed an award on Michael Arellano, the Chief Building Official of Coppell, to commemorate his contributions to the city, Coppell Student Media reported. The Center annually bestows an award for the often-overlooked contributions of building officials and inspectors to towns and cities.

Alum appointed to state council

UTA alumna Courtney Sherman has been appointed to the Statewide Health Coordinating Council by Governor Greg Abbott, MyEastTex and Guidry News reported. Sherman earned a Bachelor of Science of Nursing from UTA.

Alum appointed vice president

UTA alumna Dee Leggett has been appointed regional vice president of First Transit, Mass Transit reported. Leggett earned her master’s degree in public administration from UTA.

Film professor talks superheroes

Ya’ke Smith, the UTA Morgan Woodward Distinguished Professor of Film, was quoted in a Crescent-News article about the trend of superhero and comic book movies saturating the film industry. “I do wish that Hollywood would spread the wealth to smaller films and return to an era where character-driven narratives were produced on as large of a scale as the blockbuster,” Smith said. The interview first appeared on

Affordable housing not so affordable

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 Codex, Newswise, Science Daily and Disabled World reported. Hamidi's findings are published in the journal Housing Policy Debate.