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UTA In The News — Friday, February 3, 2017

Friday, February 3, 2017

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Ideal learning

George Siemens, executive director of UTA’s Learning Innovation and Networked Knowledge or LINK Research Lab, and Catherine Spann, a LINK Lab researcher, were featured in a WFAA ABC 8 story about their study of the ideal physical and mental states to help children and adults learn, pay attention and exercise self-control.

Tiny houses

UTA is including courses on building tiny houses in its architectural programs, according to In April, UTA students will display tiny houses they have built over several months as part of Earth Day Texas 2017

Truck service

Four UTA students have developed a pickup truck on demand service called Gozova, Dallas Innovates reports. Using an app, Gozova makes trucks available to customers looking to move large items.

Online nursing

UTA’s College of Nursing and Health Innovation is expanding several of its graduate nursing programs online, Daily Nurse reported. 

No taxes

Roger Meiners, the John and Judy Goolsby and E.M. Rosenthal Chair in Economics and Law in UTA's College of Business, explained to The Street why NFL players are happy the Super Bowl is in Texas this year. The absence of a state income tax means players get to keep more of the money they earn, he said.

Black History Month

Marvin Dulaney, chair of UTA’s History Department, was quoted in a story about the relevance of Black History Month in the Christian Science Monitor. He said in an ideal world Black History Month wouldn’t be necessary but that time hasn’t come yet. 


Student entrepreneurs from UTA and 16 area high schools will take part in “Shark Tank”-style competitions at the annual InnovationDay@UTA Monday at UTA’s E.H. Hereford University Center, the Arlington Voice and Dallas Innovates reported.

Violent protests

Allen Saxe, UTA associate professor of political science, was interviewed on KTSA 550 AM in San Antonio about the violent protests at the University of California, Berkeley over a planned speech by conservative author Milo Yiannopoulos. He said the Democratic Party needs to remind its followers that they lost.

Chawla anniversary

The Cambodian Times noted the anniversary of the death of UTA alumna Kalpana Chawla, the first India-born female astronaut. Chawla, who was killed in 2003 when the Space Shuttle Columbia STS-107 exploded upon re-entering the earth's atmosphere, earned a UTA master’s degree in aerospace engineering.

New police chief

Carrie West, a UTA alumna, was recently sworn in as police chief of Willow Park, the Star-Telegram reported.

Forney appoints UTA alum

Wendle Medford, who holds a master’s in public administration from UTA, has been appointed assistant city manager of the city of Forney, the Forney Messenger reported.

UTA graduate promoted

Marlana Mossman, who obtained a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary studies from UTA, has been promoted to assistant vice president of Community National Bank, the Freestone County Times reported.