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UTA In The News — Monday, March 27, 2017

Monday, March 27, 2017

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Coral research

Laura Mydlarz, UTA associate professor of biology, is heading a new investigation aimed at quantifying the susceptibility of coral species to disease by examining their immunity through a series of novel experiments and approaches, Science Magazine and reported.

Gold Medal

Robert Gatchel, UTA Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Nancy P. & John G. Penson Endowed Professor of Clinical Health Psychology, has been awarded the American Psychological Foundation's 2017 Gold Medal for Life Achievement in the Application of Psychology, according to Public Now.

Artist in residence

Sedrick Huckaby, a UTA assistant professor of art and art history who is an acclaimed portraitist and former President George W. Bush’s art teacher, was the artist-in-residence at Montgomery County hospital in a feature story in, the website for both the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Philadelphia Daily News.

Athletic trainer role

In a column for D Healthcare Daily, Anne Bavier, dean of UTA’s College of Nursing and Health Innovation, wrote that employers will do well to heighten their awareness of the growing role of athletic trainers. March is Athletic Trainers Month. 

Art juror

Benito Huerta, a UTA professor of art and art history, will serve as a juror for the 23rd Texas National, Stephen F. Austin State University’s acclaimed art competition and exhibition, which opens April 8 and runs through June 10 in downtown Nacogdoches, according to

Filmmaker tribute

The Star-Telegram published an obituary about Andy Anderson, former chair of UTA’s Department of Art and Art History. Anderson, a filmmaker who helped develop the film and video program at UTA, died earlier this month.

Downtown enterprise

In an op-ed in the Star-Telegram, former Arlington Mayor Richard Greene cited UTA’s College Park Center as an example of the direct result of the city’s downtown enterprise zone. Greene, an adjunct faculty member in UTA’s College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs, said a proposed bill in the Texas Senate would hamper the ability of Texans to control development in their communities. 

Bathroom bill

Rebecca Deen, chair of UTA’s Department of Political Science, told the Star-Telegram that the bathroom bill is a win-win for Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick.  She said if the bill doesn’t make it through the house Patrick can always paint Speaker Joe Straus as the bad guy.

Driverless vehicles

Fort Worth Business noted that UTA is one of five locations in Texas – and the only spot in the DFW area – that has been designated an official testing site for driverless vehicles. 

Affordable Care Act

In an appearance on KLIF 570 AM, Allan Saxe, UTA associate professor of political science, said some of the blame for the failed attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act belongs to Speaker Paul Ryan. In an interview on WFLA 970 AM, Saxe said many colleges, universities and corporations appear to be happy with the current immigration system. 

UTA on list

KDFW Fox 4 aired a story about Elias Brown, a basketball and football-loving 12-year-old boy whose leg was amputated years ago and who was one of many athletes who spent Saturday at the Ossur Running and Mobility clinic on UTA’s intramural fields. He named UTA as one of the colleges where he’d possibly like to play wheelchair basketball.