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UTA In The News — Monday, July 11, 2016

Monday, July 11, 2016

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Orange Dwarf stars

A new paper co-authored by UTA physics professor Manfred Cuntz suggests that Orange Dwarf stars stand the best chance of harboring intelligent life like our own, Forbes reported. Orange dwarfs allow for very stable habitable zones over long timescales, the authors say. The paper is accepted for publication in The Astrophysical Journal

Britain's decision to leave the EU

Liliana Perez-Nordtvedt, a UTA associate professor of management in the College of Business, was interviewed on KXTX/Telemundo 39 about Britain’s decision to leave the European Union. “We need to be watching this as it could affect the world economy,” Perez-Nordtvedt said. 

Parade float award

UTA won the award for the best professionally built float in the annual Arlington July Fourth parade, the Star-Telegram reported. 

Artist recognized

Sedrick Huckaby, an artist and UTA assistant professor of painting, is gaining national recognition, Fort Worth Business reported. This year, Huckaby was named one of seven winners in the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery’s 2016 Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition, which recognizes work from artists around the country. 

NASA competition

UTA students Steven Tran and Mariah Saratan designed and built the prototype docking system as finalists in NASA’s Micro-g NExT competition, a national contest of elite student engineers, Rambler Newspapers reported. As finalists, Tran and his teammates competed against nationally renowned research institutions such as Cornell, Columbia and Purdue Universities.

Electric car

ASEE First Bell reported that a team of UTA engineering students taking part in the 16th annual Texas Autocross Weekend will “enter an electric car into the proceedings” for the first time this year. The vehicle “will be powered by four student-designed motors and is capable of much better acceleration than a regular combustion vehicle.”

Alumnus named president

UTA alumnus Mathew Happach has been named president of Lovejoy, a premium manufacturer of industrial couplings and universal joints, WALB ABC 10 and many other media reported. Happach received his master’s degree in business administration from UTA.

Alumnus named A&M Law Student of the Week

UTA alumnus Christopher Hoskins was named Student of the Week at Texas A&M University School of Law in Fort Worth, Breckenridge American reported.  He earned his bachelor of arts degree in Spanish from UTA.