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UTA In The News — Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

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Walkability study

Students from the Institute of Urban Studies at UTA's College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs are embarking on an analysis of pedestrian traffic in downtown Dallas, ScienMag reported. The student researchers will evaluate characteristics including density, block size, noise levels, parks and landscapes, building uses, active storefronts and other aspects in the downtown area.

UTA hosts Native Americans

High school graduates from Native American tribes across the U.S. and Canada gathered at UTA for a week filled with academic activities, friendship and competition that culminated with the 14th annual Native All-Star Football Classic July 2 at UTA’s Maverick Stadium, the Star-Telegram reported. The article also appeared in Red Lake Nation News

CAPPA summer camp

UTA’s College of Architecture, Planning, and Public Affairs hosted a weeklong summer camp for 23 high school students interested in architecture and interior design, The Texas Society of Architects reported. At the end of the camp, the students produced an exhibition of group installations as a result of their work with two and three-dimensional exercises. 

Anxiety intervention

Research by Jeffrey Gagne, a UTA assistant professor of psychology, was featured in a Star-Telegram editorial about the need for early intervention on anxiety. “If we were able to measure the attention control of children when they were younger and provide some intervention to improve attention, we might be able to reduce the risk of anxiety,” Gagne said. 

Presidential campaigning

KLIF/570 AM interviewed Allan Saxe, a UTA associate professor of political science, about the decision of President Barack Obama to campaign for democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. “These joint campaign appearances aim to restore the trust that the American public has in Hillary Clinton,” Saxe said. 

Frustrated taxpayers

Allan Saxe, a UTA associate professor of political science, was also quoted in a Star-Telegram article about frustrated Texas taxpayers paying property tax in odd ways, including paying in small change, or including snide notes attached to their checks. “I have always been amazed that more persons do not do something like this,” Saxe said. 

UTA Chorus to play with DSO

The Dallas Symphony Orchestra with the UTA Chorus will present the music of Final Fantasy on September 2 at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas, Best Events reported. 

Pathway decision questioned

The Dallas Morning News interviewed UTA senior Maria Yolisma Garcia about the Supreme Court decision last week to block President Barack Obama’s efforts to ease the path for some unauthorized immigrants to live and work legally in the U.S. Now a legal permanent resident, Garcia said she is disappointed by the Supreme Court decision but not deterred, and will continue to apply for citizenship.  The Stars and Stripes also featured the article. 

AISD superintendent honored

Arlington ISD Superintendent Marcelo Cavazos was named 2016 Superintendent of the Year in recognition for his work establishing the STEM Academy with UTA and for his agreements with different colleges to give high school students greater access to dual-credit and early admission options, the Star-Telegram reported.