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UTA In The News — Friday, December 16, 2016

Friday, December 16, 2016

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Graduate honors her son

Military Times, WFAA ABC 8, KXAS NBC 5, KVUE ABC 24 in Austin, KHOU CBS 11 in Houston, and many other media outlets reported that interdisciplinary studies student Phyllis McGeath is graduating from UTA today in honor of her son - a Marine who was killed in action before he finished his degree. McGeath was inspired to help others dealing with tragedy and will return to UTA to earn her master’s in social work degree.

Take the stairs

The Dallas Morning News Sports Day section reported that UTA has used games against big-name programs to build the men’s basketball team. The article highlights head coach Scott Cross’ ‘take the stairs’ mentality.

Total solar eclipse

Space Daily reported on the upcoming August 2017 total solar eclipse, which should be seen by most of North America. UTA researchers recently presented on the eclipse with scientists from NASA and the University of Hawaii.

Research excellence

Purnendu “Sandy” Dasgupta, the Hamish Small Chair of Ion Analysis in the UTA's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, was named recipient of the 2016 Eastern Analytical Symposium’s highest award, the Award for Outstanding Achievements in the Fields of Analytical Chemistry, ScienMag reported.

Lamster letter to Carson

LOEBlog republished an open letter from Mark Lamster, architecture critic for the Dallas Morning News and a professor in practice of architecture at the UTA College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs, to Ben Carson. Carson is President-elect Donald Trump’s selection for Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.

Research recognition

UTA Civil Engineering Professor Anand Puppala was quoted in an Arizona State University news article about ASU Professor Sandra Houston’s recognition by the American Society of Civil Engineers. Puppala said Houston’s work advanced fundamental understanding of problems in their field.

New appointment

Guidry News reported that alumnus John Bielamowicz has been appointed to the Texas State Board of Examiners of Psychologists by Gov. Greg Abbott. Bielamowicz earned a bachelor of business administration in real estate degree from UTA.

Alumna in the education spotlight

Alumna Jeannie Stone has been selected as the lone finalist to lead Richardson ISD, Advocate Lake Highlands reported. Stone earned her bachelor’s degree in English from UTA.

Witt's impact on adaptive athletic programs

A Tuscaloosa News article about the United Way of West Alabama reaching their 2016 campaign goal, mentioned campaign chairman and former University of Alabama system chancellor Robert Witt’s recent recognition for his contributions to adaptive athletic programs at UA and UTA.