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UTA In The News — Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

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Preserving history

An American team of academics is racing to preserve millions of Cuban historical documents before they are lost to the elements and poor storage conditions, an Associated Press story reported in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Salon, the Seattle Times and many other websites reported. David Lafevor, a UTA history professor, and his brother Matthew, a geography professor at the University of Alabama, have worked since 2005 to make computer copies of millions of documents being lost to the elements.

Boosting minority faculty

UTA hosted the launch of a multi-year collaborative project among 10 leading educational institutions that aims to increase the number of university faculty from under-represented minority groups, Science Mag reported. The National Science Foundation's Alliances for Graduate Education and Professoriate program gave $5.9 million in funding for three new alliances consisting of 14 partner universities.

Fair Park

Year-round activity at Dallas’ Fair Park and connectivity with adjacent neighborhoods are essential for financial viability of the park, wrote Nan Ellin, dean of the UTA College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs, in a Dallas Morning News op-ed column. Michelle Corson, chief executive of Champion Impact Capital in Dallas, co-authored the column.

DOT grant

UTA is part of a Department of Transportation University Transportation Center called Tran-SET, KRWF 90.7 FM in New Mexico reported. New Mexico State University also is a member of the consortium, which is led by Louisiana State University. The center's goal is to improve the durability of civil engineering or transportation infrastructure, pavement and bridges.

Malaria article

A UTA study says the right amount of diet and exercise can help lessen damage to the heart and skeletal muscles brought on by malaria, News-Medical, Health Consumer and other news websites reported. Marco Brotto, the George W. and Hazel M. Jay Professor in the UTA College of Nursing and Health Innovation, co-authored the article, which was published in The Malaria Journal.

Phishing attacks

A UTA researcher showed in a new study that people are overly confident when handling phishing attacks in the business world, Digital Trends reported. Jingguo Wang, a UTA associate professor in the College of Business’ Department of Information Systems and Operations Management, led the study.

MLK event

The national president of the NAACP, Cornell William Brooks, said we are in the middle of a “Twitter-aged” civil rights movement, KTVT CBS 11 reported. Brooks was the keynote speaker at the annual MLK Advancing the Dream Awards Banquet at UTA.

Top Trump issues

Allan Saxe, UTA associate professor of political science, told WDRC 1360 AM in Connecticut some of the issues that might top President-elect Donald Trump’s administration as they take office this week. Hear the second part of Saxe’s interview here.

Super Bowl of Caring

A Super Bowl of Caring will be held Wednesday through Super Bowl Sunday at UTA Maverick Activities Center, WFAA 8’s Good Morning Texas reported. The food bank fundraiser has been around for 20 years. Pick up donation bags at Kroger, Albertson’s, Tom Thumb or Market Street.

New director

Professor Ahmed Adu-Oppong has been named the director of the Kintampo College of Health and Well-Being in Ghana, Houston News reported. Adu-Oppong received his bachelor’s degree in microbiology and biochemistry from UTA. 

Alum named partner

Jake LaCombe was named partner in Munck Wilson Mandala, reported. LaCombe graduated cum laude in electrical engineering from UTA. He received his law degree from Texas Weslyan.

MLK proposal

Stephone Coward, a UTA graduate, joined his Kappa Alpha Psi fraternity brothers years ago to pool their collective assets and invest in each other, Next City reported. Today, a small band of community volunteers are trying to launch Bank Black USA, an ongoing campaign encouraging everyone to move their money to black-owned banks, a proposal started by Martin Luther King Jr.

Upward Bound

Heidi Estrada, 16, joined a group of high school students who are members of UTA’s Outward Bound program to participate in Arlington’s annual MLK Day of Service, KTVT CBS 11 reported.

Graduate appointed

Eric Jensen has been appointed to the Denton County Transportation Authority, Mass Transit Mag reported. Jensen has a bachelor’s degree in management from the UTA.