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UTA In The News — Friday, October 21, 2016

Friday, October 21, 2016

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Kevin Schug, UTA’s Shimadzu Distinguished Professor of Analytical Chemistry and director of the University’s Collaborative Laboratories for Environmental Analysis and Remediation, was interviewed by KDFW FOX 4 about the discovery that Joe May Elementary School in Dallas was built on contaminated land, left by a gas station and dry cleaner. Schug said that children, in general, are at a greater risk of exposure to chemicals than adults.

Graduate Education and the Professoriate program

The National Science Foundation announced $5.9 million in funding for three new alliances as part of the NSF’s Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate program. UTA is on a collaborative team with ten other universities to develop, build and test the impact of a model of a “networked improvement community” focused on improving the experiences of people in the dissertation phase of doctoral education.

Heating up

A team of researchers at The University of Texas at Arlington will test concepts it developed during the last year to use geothermal energy to make Texas bridges and overpasses safer during winter weather, Scienmag.com reported. Xinbao Yu, a UTA assistant professor of civil engineering, will lead the two-year, $743,000 project.

Tracking turtles

NPR’s All Things Considered reported on a story about scientists in the Austin area who are on a mission to tag and microchip as many turtles as possible so they can track the local population. UTA herpetologist Carl Franklin was quoted in the story.

Cancer treatment

UTA physicists are the first to demonstrate a new potential cancer treatment using microwaves to target deeply situated tumors, Med Gadget reported.

Presidential debate

UTA Political Scientist Allan Saxe appeared on KLIF 570 AM and WBAP 820 AM to review the final presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Saxe said the debate lacked fireworks and attempted to focus on substantive issues.

Work and stress

Jim Quick, a distinguished professor of leadership and organizational behavior in the UTA College of Business, discussed ‘spillover effects’ in a Reader’s Digest article on how your job may be hurting your health. Quick said some people leave their office in a bad place and take out their stress on their spouse or children.

Early voting

Access WUD interviewed UTA Political Scientist Allan Saxe about early voting. Saxe said he believes that early voting can be harmful as new information about candidates comes out. Saxe also appeared on KSKY 660 AM to discuss free speech and the ongoing election.

Understanding Arabic text

UTA College of Education researcher Helen Abadzi explored the cognitive science reasons why Arab students are falling behind in their ability to read and understand written Arabic text in an article for WISE ed.review. The article also appeared in Al-Fanar Media.

Best Value Online Graduate Schools

Spoke, WOIO CBS 19 (Cleveland, Ohio), WFLX FOX 29 (West Palm Beach, Fla.), Hawaii News Now, KTIV NBC 4 (Sioux City, IA) and various other media outlets reported that UTA was ranked among the Top 50 Best Value Online Graduate Schools for 2017 by Value Colleges.

Producing energy

North Texas Daily, the official student newspaper for the University of North Texas, reported on the Denton landfill’s move towards sustainability. UTA Civil Engineering Professor Sahadat Hossain has partnered with the City of Denton to produce more energy by using closed landfill cells.

Maverick Speakers Series

French Morning, an e-magazine directed to the French speaking community in the U.S., reported on Alexandra Cousteau’s Nov. 3 lecture at UTA as part of the Maverick Speakers Series. Like her famous grandfather, explorer Jacques Cousteau, Alexandra advocates for environmental protection.

Art exhibit

The Dallas Morning News reported that The Gallery at UTA will be showcasing the work of artist Robert Pruitt, including 14 new charcoal and conté drawings.

Alumna spotlight

Hispanic Executive profiled Maria Mejia, a UTA alumna and chief financial officer for Ulterra, a drill bit manufacturer. Mejia earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and international business from UTA.

Alumnus spotlight

UTA alumnus Prince Olugbenga Adegbuyi Orebanwo recently published “Journey of a Black Man,” chronicling the Yoruba language-speaking people of Western Nigeria and the origins of the black man, according to his ancestors, KWTV News 9 (Oklahoma City, Okla.), WALB ABC/NBC 10 (Albany, Ga.), Tucson News Now and other media outlets reported. Orebanwo earned a bachelor’s of science degree in electrical engineering from UTA.

Disability history

The Dallas Voice reported that Taylor Long, a senior history major in the UTA College of Liberal Arts, is collecting oral histories of disabled transgender individuals and their providers to be archived in the Texas Disability Archives. With help from Sarah Rose, associate professor and director of the UTA Disability Studies Minor program, Long hopes to gather perspectives and experiences from medical, police and political spheres.