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UTA In The News — Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

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Fair Park study

The Dallas Morning News and D Magazine's Frontburner column described key elements of “Fair Park: The Reinvigoration of a National Treasure,” a study released last week by graduate students in UTA's Institute of Urban Studies, part of the College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs. The study divvies Dallas’ historic Fair Park into zone and hubs, calls for additional green space, pedestrian corridors and transit links to connect the amenity to neighborhoods and the city at large. 

Libertarian Party impact

Rebecca Deen, UTA chair and associate professor of political science, said if -- and that's a big if -- Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson can peel off 12 or so points from Donald Trump, it could sway the election, the Star-Telegram reported. 

City using UTA sewer robot

The city of Arlington is collaborating with UTA researchers in using robots to determine the health of its sewer pipes, the Star-Telegram reported.

Karbhari says thanks to council

UTA President Vistasp Karbhari updated the Arlington City Council on the university’s progress this week, Arlington Voice reported. He thanked the city for enabling UTA to flourish from a small college to “a university of choice and one of the largest employers in the region.”

Summit at UTA

BionorthTX will have its second annual iC3 Life Science Summit at UTA Oct. 26, Virtual Strategy Magazine reported.

New TWU dean

Texas Woman’s University announced that Christopher Ray will become the new dean for its College of Health Sciences, FYI Denton reported. Ray is the UTA associate dean for research at UTA's College of Nursing and Health Innovation.

New concert band director

Missouri State University has named John Zastoupil as director of its concert band, the Springfield News-Leader reported. Zastoupil was associate director of bands and assistant professor in music education at UTA.

Flash flooding app

An app developed by a UTA professor allows users to file reports when they see flash flooding in creeks, streams, streets and in houses, the National Science Foundation website,, Claims Journal, the Olympian and other websites reported. D.J. Seo, associate professor of civil engineering at UTA , developed the free Google Play app, called iSeeFlood. The app is available for Android users. An iPhone version is being considered.

Scholarship winner

Informed Infrastructures reported that the ACI Foundation, the non-profit subsidiary of American Concrete Institute that facilitates industry research, collaboration, student fellowships and scholarships, has announced the 17 recipients of the 2016-2017 fellowships and scholarships. UTA student Shuveksha Tuladhar received the ACI Katharine & Bryant Mather Scholarship.