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UTA In The News — Monday, August 22, 2016

Monday, August 22, 2016

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Move-In Day

UTA students, faculty and staff volunteers helped new residents during Monday's Move-in Event. The campus-wide tradition helps residence hall students move into their new homes on opening day. President Karbhari and Arlington City Councilwoman Victoria Farrar-Myers were there to lend a hand.

Eye on politics

Besides the practical need for resources, Hillary Clinton’s ability to raise big money can help her project “a winning campaign,” said Rebecca Deen, chair and associate professor of the political science department at UTA, in San Antonio Express-News and Houston Chronicle stories as the Clinton and Trump campaigns make scheduled Texas stops this week and next. Deen said the Trump campaign is tougher to analyze because "you just don’t know what’s going to happen from day to day or week to week.” 

Upward Bound honoree

W. Marvin Dulaney, UTA associate professor of history and interim director of the Center for African American Studies, was one of the honorees at the 50th anniversary of Upward Bound at Wittenburg University in Ohio, the Springfield News-Sun and the Dayton Daily News reported.

Poetry for the people

Fatima Hirsi, a UTA anthropology student, shares her poetry in the Bishop Arts District, KERA 90.1 reported. Hirsi listens to an individual's story, then produces a customized poem that illustrates the story. Hirsi's story begins at about the 4:10 mark. KERA’s Art & Seek also featured a video on Hirsi.

Lab funding

UMED Holdings Inc., through its wholly owned subsidiary Greenway Innovative Energy Inc., announced that it has raised $1 million to complete the funding of UTA's F. Conrad Greer Lab, Yahoo! FinancePenn Energy, Financial BuzzThe Canadian Business Journal, CityBizList Dallas and many other websites reported. The lab will construct a fully operational scaled model of a gas-to-liquids conversion unit.

Equine-assisted therapy

Alexa Smith-Osborne, a UTA associate professor of social work, has performed some research on equine-assisted therapy, the Mental Health Support Community.com blog reported. “The mechanism of action hasn’t been well established for equine-assisted therapies with relation to non-physiological, non-mobility activities. Nevertheless, on a practical basis, there are some theoretical perspectives.”

Texas voters

The State in Columbia, S.C., and The Daily Kos reported that Rebecca Deen, UTA chair and associate professor of political science, isn’t surprised by new data that shows some election-induced hysteria among Texas voters.

Big PanDA

Newswise.com and EIN reported that UTA researchers are part of a team that just received $2.1 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Advanced Scientific Computing Research program to enhance the "workload management system," known as Big PanDA, which will help handle the Large Hadron Collider’s data demands and be used as a general workload management service at the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility.

Trump campaign

Kenyon Zimmer, a UTA assistant professor of history who specializes in migration and political radicalism, said Donald Trump's "ideological screening" wouldn't be a first for the United States, The Christian Science Monitor and MSN reported.

Alumna's new role

Houma Today reported that alumna Marilyn Macik-Frey has been chosen as dean of the College of Business Administration at Nicholls State University. Macik-Frey earned a doctorate in business administration and management from UTA and taught at the Goolsby Leadership Academy.

New principal

Alumna Michelle Turek has been selected as the new principal of Herod Elementary School, HoustonISD.org reported. Turek earned her master’s in academic leadership and supervision from UTA. 

Emmy nomination

WNBC's Access Hollywood in New York interviewed alumnus Lou Diamond Phillips following his first Emmy nomination for the History Channel comedy "Crossroads of History." Phillips, who earned a bachelor of fine arts in drama from UTA, credited his transition from drama to comedy to his education, "you did comedy, you did Shakespeare, Mamet. You built sets and sewed the costumes, so you got a complete education."

Ballpark opposition

Peggy Rudd is fighting Arlington City Hall again in her opposition to the November ballot measure asking voters to approve a new ballpark for the Texas Rangers, the Star-Telegram reported. Rudd is a UTA graduate and former university employee.