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UTA In The News — Thursday, March 31, 2016

Thursday, March 31, 2016

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Nationally recognized graduate programs

U.S. News & World Report has ranked more than 20 graduate programs at UTA among the nation’s best in the magazine’s 2017 edition of “Best Graduate Schools,” Fort Worth Star-Telegram and MyArlingtonTX, the news site of the City of Arlington reported.

Maverick Speakers Series with Jane Goodall

Anthropologist Jane Goodall will be interviewed by Krys Boyd on KERA 90.1 FM's “Think” today at noon in advance of tonight’s Maverick Speakers Series event with Dr. Goodall at College Park Center. CultureMap Dallas also highlighted her lecture, noting that “Jane Goodall is best known for her more than five decades of scientific exploration on the behavior of wild chimpanzees at Gombe National Park, which redefined the relationship between humans and animals.”

Gestational surrogacy

Heather Jacobson, UTA associate professor of sociology, offers the first book-length ethnographic examination of gestational surrogacy in the U.S. in "Labor of Love: Gestational Surrogacy and the Work of Making Babies,” The Chronicle of Higher Education and MedicalXPress reported. Jacobson explores the complexities of surrogacy and conflicted attitudes that emerge when the act of bringing a child into the world becomes a paid occupation.

High tech solutions to food crisis

Meghna Tare, executive director, Institute for Sustainability and Global Impact at UTA, explained in a Triple Pundit article how technology, innovation and the free market can help the world food crisis. “Food waste is a tremendous global problem, with an estimated 24 percent of calories produced for human consumption never getting eaten,” Tare said. 

Celebrating women

Colleen Fitzgerald, UTA linguistics professor and NSF program director documenting endangered languages, was featured on the NSF’s Tumblr post “Women’s History Month: Celebrating Women in the Social and Behavioral Sciences.“

FARM at UTA

Farm Animal Rights Movement (FARM) is paying UTA students $1 each if they’ll stop on campus and watch a four-minute video of factory farm and slaughterhouse practices this week, The Dallas Morning News and FW Weekly reported. 

Eye on Arlington

UTA is one of the attractions of downtown Arlington, creating the “invigorated and youthful” vibe of a college town, Onlyinyourstate reported in “10 Reasons To Drop Everything And Visit This One Texas Neighborhood.”

Green chemistry

Inomics, News-Medical.net and Med-Chemist also reported on UTA Science Dean Morteza Khaledi’s 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.”