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UTA In The News — Friday, March 24, 2017

Friday, March 24, 2017

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New class of stars

UTA researchers were part of a team of American and Canadian scientists who discovered a new class of X-ray pulsating variable stars, reported. The new X-ray observations were obtained by NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory and published Thursday in the Astrophysical Journal. 

IoT classroom impact

George Siemens, executive director of the University of Texas at Arlington’s Learning Innovation and Networked Knowledge Lab, predicted in a story in EdTech Magazine that lnternet of Things technology, which includes everyday items such as dishwashers, will have a huge impact in the classroom. He said the key to its potential is making the physical digital. 

Anderson tribute

Bart Weiss, UTA associate professor of art and art history and head of Dallas VideoFest, wrote a tribute in The Dallas Morning News to Andy Anderson, former former chair of UTA's Department of  Art and Art History. Weiss praised Anderson, who died last weekend, as a great filmmaker, teacher and screenwriter.

Mavericks end run

Several news outlets, including the Star-Telegram and KXAS NBC 5 produced stories about the UTA mens team's recently concluded basketball season. The Mavericks completed their winningest season in program history in the quarterfinals of the NIT.

Tarrant County sports

WFAA ABC 8 broadcast a story about the possibility of a Tarrant County showdown if both UTA and Texas Christian University vanquished their opponents in the NIT quarterfinals. The story also included a mention of Texas Weslyan University's men's basketball team, which recently won the NAIA tournament.

Student innovation competition

The Little Elm Journal featured Peyton Symonds, a junior at Premier High School in Lewisville who is designing a business plan to produce more comfortable classroom chairs. Symonds pitched his plan at the recent UTA Student Innovation Competition. 

Bernard Harris camp

Applications for the 2017 ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp at UTA are now open, according to The camp, which will run from June 11 to 23, is for middle school students aspiring to study science, technology, engineering or math and experience college life.

Spring break help

North Texas Catholic featured a group of UTA students who spent their spring break helping rural parishes in the Diocese of Fort Worth as part of the Faith in Action Together young adult mission. 

Proposed health care plan

Allan Saxe, UTA associate professor of political science, was interviewed on KRLD 1080 AM about President Trump’s proposed health care bill. Saxe said he believes that even if the bill fails to pass, Trump will continue to focus on his domestic agenda, particularly tax cuts.