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UTA In The News — Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

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Early Transfer Identification Program

The Texas Tribune published an editorial by UTA President Vistasp Karbhari, Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price and Angela Robinson, acting chancellor of Tarrant County College District, about the new Early Transfer Identification Program that will connect first semester TCCD students with transfer counselors who will support them through their associate degree and shepherd them toward a UTA degree plan from the outset.

State of the nursing profession

The Star-Telegram published an editorial by Anne Bavier, dean of UTA’s College of Nursing and Health Innovation and president of the National League for Nursing, on the state of the nursing profession, the state of our nursing schools and the nursing shortage crisis. 

Economics and architecture

Maria Martinez-Cosio, UTA associate professor of public affairs in CAPPA and UTA vice provost for faculty affairs, and Shima Hamidi, UTA assistant professor of planning and director of CAPPA’s Institute of Urban Studies, were mentioned in a KERA News preview of a Dallas Architecture Forum panel discussion on “Economics and Architecture” at the Dallas Center for Architecture.

Transgender student bathroom policy

Allan Saxe, UTA associate professor of political science, was interviewed by KTVT CBS 11 about Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick’s call for the resignation of FWISD Superintendent Dr. Kent Scribner after he instituted a new transgender student bathroom policy. “I would not be surprised at all if the legislature passed a law similar to North Carolina’s,” Saxe said. 

Hydroplaning research

History ran a documentary on UTA civil engineering research to develop different road surfaces to solve the issue of hydroplaning that featured Ernest Crosby, adjunct professor of civil engineering. One of the surfaces the researchers are testing is concrete with small grooves to improve traction. 

Campus carry

KXAS NBC 5 covered the story about the possible UT Regents' decision about campus carry and mentioned UTA as one of the colleges that would be affected. 

First choice UTA

Lewisville high school student Kirin Abel will attend her first choice college, UTA, after winning a $2000 Ford’s Driving Dreams scholarship, The Lewisville Leader reported. “When I got this money they (my parents) said I could make it happen now to attend UTA,” Abel said.

Photojournalism award

UTA alumnus and photojournalist Dominic Bracco won the prestigious Tim Hetherington Trust Visionary Award for his work documenting the daily tragedies in Mexico's most dangerous cities, The British Journal of Photography announced. Bracco is a UTA graduate and Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting grantee.

Commencement address

UTA alumna Laura Sullivan, professor of Mechanical Engineering at Kettering University, will deliver the Kettering University commencement address on June 18, MyKettering announced. Sullivan has a Ph.D. from UTA in materials science and engineering, with expertise in biomaterials, polymer processing and service learning.

Alumnus on leadership team

Bottle Rocket, a leading mobile strategy, design and development company, recently welcomed UT alumnus Mark McKinney to its leadership team, PR Web and many other media reported. McKinney has a Ph.D. in experimental psychology from UTA.