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UTA In The News — Monday, September 12, 2016

Monday, September 12, 2016

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Building after 9/11

Shih-Ho Chao, UTA associate professor of structural engineering and applied mechanics, published an article, “How Building Changed after 9/11” in the Houston Chronicle. The academic article news site The Conversation first published the article. It published a series of articles to commemorate the 15 year anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

DNA science

Todd Castoe, UTA assistant professor of biology, was interviewed in a KXAS NBC 5 story about using DNA instrumentation and information to identify a dog that killed a Dallas woman. The story also ran online at and during the 4 p.m. broadcast.

Maverick Speakers Series season opener

New York Times bestselling author Reza Azlan will kick off the 2016 Maverick Speakers Series at UTA, KERA 90.1 FM reported. Azlan is known for his study of world religions.

9/11 Survivors

Allan Saxe, UTA associate professor of political science, was interviewed extensively on KHOW 630 AM in Denver, Colo., about whether 9/11 survivors should have the right to sue Saudi Arabia as a government. Saxe also talked about how the U.S. might deal with Iran. Saxe also was interviewed about presidential campaign issues on WREC 600 AM in Memphis, Tenn.

15 years after 9/11

Living with terror is now part of the American way of life, The Dallas Morning News reported. Patrick Carson, a recent UTA grad and New York transplant, believes that it's easier to carry out a mass killing episode now than in 2001 when 9/11 happened. In a Weatherford Democrat story, Aledo resident Forrest Collins said he knew the 2001 incident would forever change America. Collins was a UTA student at the time and now serves on the Aledo school board.

Political polls

Some polls are showing Donald Trump losing ground in the presidential race in the Lone Star State, the Huntsville Item reported. Barbara Upham, the GOP chairwoman in Palo Pinto County and a UTA graduate, said she plans to vote for Trump. She said Trump’s unflattering remarks about some women — often based on their looks — isn’t a factor.

The Hispanic vote

The Hispanic vote could decide the race for the White House, the Star-Telegram reported. “The Hispanic vote is becoming ever more critical given the discussion in this year’s presidential election,” said Allan Saxe, a UTA associate professor of political science. “It was always important but now much more visible and highlighted.”

Special Collections

Brenda McClurkin, head of Special Collections at UTA Libraries talked about the artifacts in the collections, including millions of negatives and prints on file, reported. The original piece ran on KTVT CBS 11 and

Street taggers

Youths who paint graffiti on businesses and public property, also called street taggers, say they don’t view their actions as criminal because they are not injuring anyone and the graffiti can be easily erased, Newswise reported. Arthur Vasquez, a criminology doctoral student at UT Dallas and senior lecturer in criminology and criminal justice at The University of Texas at Arlington, helped with the UT Dallas study.