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UTA In The News — Friday, January 20, 2017

Friday, January 20, 2017

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Digital footprint

UTA researchers are looking to help students using their digital footprint, KTVT CBS 11 reported. George Siemens, executive director of the UTA Learning Innovation and Networked Knowledge or LINK research lab, said that data can lead to a better educational experience for students. EIN News also carried the CBS 11 story.

New technologies

Erick Jones, UTA professor in the Industrial, Manufacturing and Systems Engineering Department, said preparing new engineers requires flexibility in the classroom in embracing new technologies that the new workforce can employ in their jobs,’s In The Know program reported. Jones’ interview starts at the 6:40 mark of the video.

Boosting minorities

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, 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.

Transportation center

UTA is part of a U.S. Department of Transportation University Transportation Center called Tran-SET, the Las Cruces, N.M., Sun, Equipment World’s Better Roads and Environment Guru reported. Stefan Romanoschi and Anand Puppala, civil engineering professors, are UTA’s representatives in that center, which focuses on improving transportation infrastructure. 

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An American team of academics is racing to preserve millions of Cuban historical documents before they are lost to the elements and poor storage conditions, an Associated Press story reported in The Philadelphia Tribune. David Lafevor, a UTA history professor, has worked since 2005 to make computer copies of millions of documents being lost to the elements.

UTA-sponsored workshop

Post-Industrial Landscapes 5.0, a 10-day workshop, will be held March 10-20 at UTA, Bustler reported. UTA and the College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs are hosting the event. The workshop aims to stimulate and explore architectural design. 

Guest workers

Employers are waiting to see what changes are coming for H-1B visas under the Trump administration, NewsWorks reported. The H-1B visa is for guest foreign workers with at least a bachelor's degree in a field relevant to the job they're seeking in the United States. The article quoted Pradeep Bhadrachalam, who came to the U.S. nine years ago to earn his doctorate in nanotechnology at UTA, about his H-1B experience.

Tuition proposition

Sen. Kel Seliger, chair of the Senate Higher Education Committee, unveiled bills Thursday that would freeze university tuition for four years, eliminate a state law that provides tuition assistance to low-income students and require colleges to reach certain benchmarks before being able to raise tuition and fees, The Dallas Morning News and The Texas Tribune reported.

Electric shuttle

Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams says he imagines the city’s future mass transit options including an automated, electric shuttle connecting new developments like Texas Live! to downtown, shopping areas and the UTA campus, KTVT CBS 11 reported.

Artist awarded

Sedrick Huckaby, UTA Assistant Professor of Art, received the Moss/Chumley North Texas Artist Award from the Meadows Museum, the Dallas Morning News reported. Huckaby was called an "interpreter and innovator" and was noted as a community advocate for the visual arts.