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UTA In The News — Monday, March 13, 2017

Monday, March 13, 2017

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Impressive enrollment

The University of Texas at Arlington enrollment numbers are truly impressive, former Arlington Mayor Richard Greene wrote in an op-ed column for the Star-Telegram. Greene also is an adjunct professor in the College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs. Greene cited a fourth consecutive year of record growth in the column.

Movin' Mavs win title

UTA’s Movin’ Mavs won its eighth National Intercollegiate Wheelchair Basketball Tournament this weekend, defeating the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater 76-52, the UWW website reported. The women’s team were the national runners up, losing to the University of Alabama, 57-48.


UTA will face Brigham Young University at 8 p.m. Wednesday in Provo, Utah, on ESPN 2 in the first round of the National Invitation Tournament, the Desert News and Star-Telegram reported. ESPN carried the NIT brackets. The Star-Telegram reported that UTA and TCU could match up later in the NIT tourney. Another Star-Telegram story said UTA is still motivated after falling short of an NCAA Tournament invitation.

Other life questioned

Manfred Cuntz, a UTA astronomer and physicist, said life on the TRAPPIST-1 planets is slim at best, Forbes and several other websites reported.

Daylight Saving Time

A Dallas Morning News story offered some tips about coping with the Daylight Saving Time change this weekend. The story included a UTA video featuring Scott W. Palmer, chair and professor of history.

Air study

A newly released study funded by the grass roots environmental advocacy group Damascus Citizens for Sustainability proves for the first time that compressors on gas transmission pipelines release emissions that spread downwind from their source in plumes of denser concentration, Digital Journal, Chicago’s Daily Herald and many other websites reported. Kevin Schug, UTA’s Shimadzu Distinguished Professor of Analytical Chemistry, participated in the research study.

New health care plan

UTA’s Allan Saxe, associate professor of political science, told WREC 600 AM in Memphis, Tenn., about the challenges the Republicans will have with the replacement health care plan being proposed.

Patent awarded

Two faculty advisers – Engineering Professors Panos Shiakolas and Pranesh Aswath – advised and guided a student team, led by Letia Blanco, about five years ago in designing and building a smart bandage, which has been awarded a patent, Today’s Medical Developments reported.

Award winner

Ted Robles, associate professor of mental health/social work at McLennan Community College, was selected to receive the annual National Institute of Staff and Organizational Development Excellence Awards, the Waco Tribune-Herald reported. Robles received his master’s degree in social work at UTA.

New principal

Camille Ramirez-Longoria was named principal at Windermere High School by the Pflugerville school district board of trustees, KLBJ 590 AM/99.7 FM reported. Ramirez-Longoria received her master’s degree in educational leadership from UTA.

Jennings prize

The Arlington Board of Realtors announced that Coy Garrett of Coy E. Garrett and Associates, Inc. has been named as the 2016 William C. Jennings Award winner by the Texas Association of Realtors, the San Angelo Standard-Times reported. Garrett received a bachelor’s degree from Arlington State College, UTA’s predecessor, and a master’s degree from UTA.

Alumna named to board

Diana Alt has been named to the Hotel Brokers International board of directors, Hotel News Resource reported. Alt received her marketing degree from UTA.