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UTA In The News — Thursday, April 14, 2016

Thursday, April 14, 2016

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Dallas design

Mark Lamster, UTA associate professor in practice in the College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs, discussed Dallas residential design and construction on KERA 90.1 FM's Think talk show Wednesday. Host Krys Boyd moderated the discussion with Lamster and Eric Nicholson of the Dallas Observer about "The Look of Dallas Living." Lamster is also architecture critic for The Dallas Morning News.

Video game violence

A new study suggests that playing sexist video games can reduce empathy toward female violence victims, Time Magazine reported. The article quoted Michael Ward, a UTA professor of economics who has studied the link between violent video games and behavior. Ward's research shows that playing violent games doesn’t necessarily mean a person will engage in a violent act in real life in part, perhaps, because of the time spent playing the games. “There is a perfectly reasonable expectation that as people engage in media, they get desensitized,” Ward said. “I am not taking any stance on whether the psychological effect is there or not. What we might really be interested in is the actual violence against women.”

UTA art

UTA graduate art students will feature some works as part of Dallas Art Fair this week at the Temporary Collectives exhibition 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at 500 Singleton Blvd., Central Track reported.

Alumni leader

Gordon M. Butler II has been named principal of Lake Travis High School in Austin, Community Impact and the Lake Travis ISD reported. Butler has a UTA bachelor’s degree in journalism and public relations in addition to 15 years of public education experience.

Alumna business

UTA alumna Kathryn Mershon has launched Caring Transitions of West Arlington, a resource for managing senior relocations as well as downsizing and estate liquidations that will serve Arlington, Kennedale, Fort Worth, Mansfield and the surrounding communities, according to a news release published by KUSI 9 NBC (San Diego), KOLD Tucson Now, KLKN 8 ABC (Lincoln, Neb.) and other websites.

Academic honors

The NCAA has recognized the UTA women's tennis team for outstanding academic performance. The team includes eight international student-athletes and was honored in 2014 and 2015 for having the top GPA in the Sun Belt Conference.