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UTA In The News — Friday, May 6, 2016

Friday, May 6, 2016

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Future educators

Arlington School and Family Magazine published a feature article about the agreement between UTA and Arlington school district to establish a teacher academy for aspiring educators. “UTA has an exceptional College of Education that produces top teachers, many of whom are employed by the AISD,” said UTA President Vistasp Karbhari. 

Urban studies

The Mineral Wells City Council approved downtown redevelopment plans that were designed by UTA’s Institute of Urban Studies in the College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs, the Mineral Wells Index reported. Since September, about 120 businesses and civic leaders, school administrators and everyday citizens worked together with the IUS students to come up with the Envision Mineral Wells plan.

Future of education

George Siemens, executive director of UTA's Learning Innovation and Networked Knowledge Research Laboratory, gave a lecture, “The Future of Learning: Digital, Data-Driven, and Distributed,” at Vanderbilt University recently, Thursday Poets Rally Poetry reported. Future students will travel in and out of educational systems their entire lives, reinventing themselves as the career market or their changing interests prompt them, he predicts.

Old-fashioned education tools

Helen Abadzi, a UTA College of Education research faculty member, published an article in NorragNewsbite about how to bridge the skills gap using old-fashioned drills as an educational tool. “Traditional, old-fashioned” reading or math drills exist because over the centuries teachers realized the utility of practice, she says. 

Groundwater quality

James Conca’s Forbes article citing UTA chemistry professor Kevin Schug’s research on changes to groundwater quality alongside the expansion of unconventional drilling was also published in US Weekly Online, DailyReadList and EnvironmentalResearchWeb also published an article on the same research. 

Veteran hiring

UTA graduating student and former military veteran Stanley Ugoji was featured in Dallas Business Journal and Knoxville Times articles about AT&T’s veteran hiring policy. Ugoji will be a financial analyst for AT&T and was part of the company’s initiative to hire 10,000 veterans in five years.

Esteemed architect

UTA alumna Evelyn Montgomery is participating in the event “Fifty years of preservation: a panel discussion,” organized by Dallas Heritage Village and Preservation Dallas, Focus Daily News reported. She earned her master’s in architecture from UTA. 

Successful musician

UTA alumnus and musician Casey Donahue was featured in the San Angelo Standard-Times prior to a concert at the Midnight Rodeo on Friday. He earned a bachelor’s degree in finance at UTA. 

New law firm

UTA alumnus Mark Haney has opened a new law firm Puls Haney Kaiser PLLC, Fort Worth Business reported. He earned his bachelor’s degree from UTA in 1983.

Employee performance appraisals

UTA alumna Marcia Moore published an article in the Houston Chronicle on employee performance appraisals. Moore holds a Master of Science in social work from UTA.