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UTA In The News — Monday, May 23, 2016

Monday, May 23, 2016

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Leadership in physics

University of Texas at Arlington physicists are preparing the Titan supercomputer at Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility in Tennessee to support the analysis of data generated from the quadrillions of proton collisions expected during this season's Large Hadron Collider particle physics experiments, Phys.org reported. 

New Rangers stadium

KRLD/1080 AM (CBS) interviewed Roger Meiners, professor and chair of the UTA Department of Economics, about Friday’s announcement by the Texas Rangers that they plan to build a new $1 billion stadium to replace Globe Life Park in Arlington. “If Arlington wants to retain the Rangers, they knew they were going to have to make an offer because other cities in the area would be happy to entertain them,” said Meiners, who also noted jobs and other economic benefits to keeping the Rangers in Arlington.

Rangers' history

Allan Saxe, UTA associate professor of political science, talked to KSKY/660 AM about the Texas Rangers’ 22-year-old stadium, the team’s economic benefit, and the roles of former Arlington mayors Tom Vandergriff and Richard Greene on the team’s history. Listen to Part 1 and Part 2 of the interview.

Property values

The Tarrant Appraisal District’s property value assessment following last year’s software mishap means two things – property values are going up by an average of 14 percent, but at the same time, property owners may wind up paying more taxes. That’s why Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price is proposing to adjust next year’s budget and incorporate a lower property tax rate. Allan Saxe, UTA associate professor of political science, told the Fort Worth Business that he believes Fort Worth has taken a step ahead by disclosing its intentions to the public early.

Israel's politics

A Vox World report about Israel’s fractured political system referenced a previous assessment about the Labor Party from Brent Sasley, a UTA associate professor of political science. "I wouldn't call Labor that traditional Jewish political left anymore … It is the center, and it's moved in many ways closer to the right, particularly on the peace process," Sasley said.

Veterans aid

The University of Texas at Arlington College of Business has been awarded a two-year, $500,000 Small Business Administration grant to establish a Veterans Business Outreach Center that will offer educational, training and consulting services to veterans who are starting a business or franchise, OneOldVet.com reported.

Data-driven discovery

Equipment World reported that Roger Walker, a UTA professor of computer science and engineering, is working with the Texas Transportation Institute at Texas A&M to assess whether scanning lasers can accurately measure the microtexture of aggregates used in asphalt and concrete mixtures. The two-year, $671,011 project is funded through the Texas Department of Transportation, which currently uses camera-based systems to assess aggregate characteristics.

CreaTec Challenge

Two Pakistani students were part of a team that won the Studio CreaTec Challenge initiated by UTA’s Department of Art and Art History, The International Times (Karachi, Pakistan) reported.  The competition encouraged students’ creativity, ideation and critical thinking in developing a venture. In addition to a $10,000 cash prize, the winning team earned a launch package with Tech FW.

Concussion concerns

The Star-Telegram interviewed Cindy Trowbridge, a certified athletic trainer, UTA associate professor of kinesiology, and clinical educational coordinator, about injury concerns associated with select football. She emphasized the importance of education in this field, but also the importance of a child’s neck strength and wearing a properly fitted helmet.

Dallas Wings

The excitement to finally see a Dallas Wings game has been electric over the past few months, the Star-Telegram reported. That electricity was put into form Saturday night in the Wings’ home opener against the San Antonio Stars at College Park Center on the campus at UTA.  WFAA’s Good Morning Texas broadcast live from College Park Center during an interview with Dallas Wings Forward Glory Johnson.