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UTA In The News — Friday, November 11, 2016

Friday, November 11, 2016

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UTA named best for vets in Texas

The University of Texas at Arlington has been ranked the best place in Texas for military veterans and their families to get a college education, the Star-Telegram reported in using a recently released Military Times report. The article also mentioned the recently opened Veterans Business Outreach Center in the College of Business. 

Alternative funding

Kevin Schug, UTA professor and Shimadzu Distinguished Professor of Analytical Chemistry in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, wrote in a column that alternative funding and partnerships has benefited the establishment of UTA’s Collaborative Laboratories for Environmental Analysis and Remediation. See for more information.

Stadium vote

Allan Saxe, UTA associate professor of political science, told KLIF 570 AM that the Arlington stadium vote was approved mainly because the establishment really got behind it financially. Saxe also was interviewed by San Antonio’s KTSA 550 AM about why younger voters are so distraught and organizing all the protests and riots.

Webb/Smith essay

AHA Today, a blog of the American Historical Association, reported on the UTA Webb/Smith Essay Competition as its grant of the week. The competition has a Dec. 15 deadline for entries.

Life Sciences Summit

The Second Annual iC3 Life Sciences Summit, hosted by bionorthTX and held at UTA’s College Park Center, attracted 400 business, academic and government leaders who emphasized the significance of life sciences economic development for the region and highlighted its leadership in health care innovation, WVIR/NBC 29 in Charlottesville, Va., WVUE/Fox 8 in New Orleans, La., WSFA/NBC 12 in Montgomery, Ala., KFMB/CBS 8 in San Diego, Calif., and many other websites reported.

Pipeline impact

A detailed analysis by a pipeline safety expert found the potential for the Dakota Access pipeline to spill oil into the Missouri River was greatly underestimated, Inside Climate News reported. Mohammad Najafi, UTA director of the Construction Management Program and a civil engineering professor, who did not take part in the analysis, said a landslide falling on top of the pipeline would cause it to rupture and leak.

Gamers profiled

Impulse Gamer reported about a new hour-long documentary, “A New Hero,” which is available to watch now on YouTube at this link. The documentary chronicles the life of collegiate gamers from Arizona State University, The University of Texas at Arlington, University of Connecticut and University of Tennessee, Knoxville, as they compete for up to $75,000 in tuition for their college career.  

NCAA tabs UTA reported that UTA would be the team to beat in the Sun Belt Conference as teams kick off their seasons this week. The article singled out UT Arlington forward Kevin Hervey and point guard Erick Neal.

Advanced computing

The Texas Advanced Computing Center at The University of Texas at Austin announced the availability of Corral 3, a high-performance parallel file system created to store, share and publish digital data for researchers across The University of Texas System and around the world, HPC Wire reported. The system is installed at both UT Austin and UTA to enable data multi-site data replication.

Veterans Day event

Thousands are expected at a Veterans Day celebration at Ram Stadium featuring Mineral Wells High School grad retired Lt. Col. Murphy as guest speaker, the Mineral Wells Index reported. Murphy earned a bachelor’s degree from UTA.

Portraiture exhibit featured

The contemporary portraiture of Robert Pruitt is featured at The Gallery at UTA, 502 S. Cooper St., in the Fine Arts Building, through Nov. 19, KERA’s Art + Seek reported. Pruitt is well-known for his portraits of friends and contemporaries combined with comic book and sci-fi aesthetics.

New VP for economic development

The Borderplex Alliance, a regional economic development organization based in El Paso, has hired Tony Ramirez as vice president of economic development, the El Paso Times and the Las Cruces, N.M., Sun-News reported. Ramirez earned a master's in business administration from UTA.

UTA advisory board member

Kelly Traylor was elected Precinct 1 commissioner of Cherokee County, The Jacksonville, Texas, Progress reported. Traylor serves on the Local Technical Assistance Program advisory board at UTA’s Division for Enterprise Development.

Student helps with app

Fernando Campa, a UTA undergraduate, is helping a University of Houston researcher and his team develop a smart phone app that will allow users to test water for pathogens,, Wireless Design and Lab Manager reported.

Abbott appointee

Gov. Greg Abbott appointed John ‘Skip’ Ogle of Tyler to a seat on the Neches River Authority Board of Directors, PublicNow reported. Ogle received his master’s degree in City and Regional Planning from UTA.