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UTA In The News — Friday, April 1, 2016

Friday, April 1, 2016

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Gombe & beyond

Anthropologist Jane Goodall was interviewed by Krys Boyd on KERA 90.1 FM's “Think” prior to her Maverick Speakers Series lecture yesterday evening. “We didn’t know anything about the chimpanzees at the beginning,” Goodall said. “We found their most important communication is through gestures, postures and touch.”

Gestational surrogacy

New technology is making it increasingly easier for a woman to carry a baby to term for another person. Some do it as a gift for a loved one; others do it to make money. Krys Boyd, host of “Think” will talk about the interpersonal dynamics of surrogacy with UTA associate professor of sociology Heather Jacobson, kera.org reported. Jacobson is the author of the new book, “Labor of Love: Gestational Surrogacy and the Work of Making Babies.” That’s at 1 p.m. Monday, April 4 on KERA 90.1 FM (NPR Dallas).

Digitizing anger

J.-C. Chiao, Peter Lehmann, Anne Nordberg, Yuan Bo Peng, Jodi Tommerdahl and Shouyi Wang, representing collaboration among the College of Engineering, the College of Education, the College of Science and the School of Social Work, are working to develop new technology that can tell a person he or she is getting angry before they realize it, KXAS NBC5 Online and ewallstreeter.com reported. The project is a result of the UTA Interdisciplinary Research Program.

Leading the discussion

Inside Higher Ed has publicized the upcoming 60x30TX – North Texas Regional Conference, to be held at UTA April 5. At this event, education and elected leaders will discuss how all parties will work together to meet the state of Texas's new goals of ensuring that 60% of adults ages 25-34 hold a college degree or certificate by 2030 to meet the needs of the state's workforce.

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,” WFAA Channel 8 reported.

National champions

UTA’s Lady Movin’ Mavs have won their first National Championship, MyArlingtonTX, the news site of the City of Arlington reported. “We’re bringing this title and trophy back to UTA and dedicating it to the late, great coach Jim Hayes, who passed about 10 years ago,” said Lady Movin’ Mavs coach Jason Nelms, also a two-time U.S. Paralympian. 

High profile transfer

Alvin Community College student Chelsi Nelson will be transferring to UTA to earn a doctorate in aerospace and mechanical engineering after spending the summer at NASA as one of the agency’s Community College Aerospace Scholars for 2016, Your Houston News reported.

Prominent business leader

UTA alumna Darcy L. Knapp-Fricks of Mansfield, Texas has been recognized as a Prominent Business Leader for 2016 by Strathmore's Who's Who Worldwide for her outstanding contributions and achievements in the fields of real estate, agriculture, investments and self-storage, Benziga.com, PR.com, Stocknod.com, and Contacto Latino News reported. 

Green chemistry

Space Daily also reported on 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.”

Research on the family

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,” Bioethics 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.

Superhero movies

Ya’ke Smith, the UTA Morgan Woodward Distinguished Professor of Film, was quoted the Standard-Times, Lompoc Record, Santa Maria Times and York Dispatch  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.