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UTA In The News — Monday, May 1, 2017

Monday, May 1, 2017

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3-D printed blood vessels

KXAS/NBC 5 reported on a National Institutes of Health grant Yi Hong is working on that would create 3-D printed blood vessels mainly for children. Hong is a UTA assistant professor or bioeningeering.

Shale energy conference

Shale drilling can be done responsibly but industry standards are sorely lacking, the Houston Chronicle reported in covering part of the Responsible Shale Energy Extraction Conference held in Dallas as part of the Texas Earth Day. Kevin Schug, director of UTA's Collaborative Laboratories for Environmental Analysis and Remediation or CLEAR lab, said, "The amount of work done from the science side has dramatically increased, but it's still not where it should be." 

UTA important part of city

Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams mentioned a strong relationship with UTA is essential to the city growing and thriving, KXAS/NBC 5’s Lone Star Politics reported. Williams is running for re-election.

Chief appointed to commission

UTA Police Chief Kim Lemaux has been appointed to the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement by Gov. Greg Abbott, the Star-Telegram reported.

New provost

Teik Lim, dean of the College of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Cincinnati, has been named as provost and vice president for academic affairs at The University of Texas at Arlington, The Chronicle of Higher Education and Fort Worth Business reported.

Alumnus touts UTA

UTA alumnus Yusuf Durbar Shabbir wrote a column for The Hindu about his experience in attaining his master’s degree in industrial engineering from the University.

Library grant

A UTA team will use an Institute of Museum and Library Services grant to identify and collaborate with three pilot sites to test the effectiveness of early-stage maker-based competencies, previously developed by a UTA task force, on undergraduate learning, Public Now and Sciencemag reported.

Health care history

A book by a UTA associate professor explains why the United States has the health system it has, Sciencemag and Myinforms.com reported. Daniel Sledge, a UTA associate professor of political science, wrote Health Divided: Public Health and Individual Medicine in the Making of the Modern American State, published by University Press of Kansas.

Student wins regents' award

UTA senior Frederick Tran won the 2017 Regents' Outstanding Arts and Humanities Award in Creative Writing, Short Fiction, Sciencemag and MyInforms.com reported.

Campus carry impact

A UTA study suggests professors widely oppose campus carry because it chills academic freedom, but fewer would alter their teaching habits under the law, Inside Higher Ed reported. Joslyn Krismer, a UTA doctoral candidate in educational leadership and policy studies, did the study that sent a survey to 1,333 faculty members at a large Southern research university last spring. Krismer said her findings support existing research suggesting that faculty members are largely opposed to policies that allow licensed firearm users to carry their weapons on college campuses, including in classrooms.

Proposed law

UTA’s Allan Saxe, associate professor of political science, said Texas is a very pro-gun state and a bill to allow gun owners to carry without licenses is not a surprise, the Star-Telegram and the Midland Reporter-Telegram reported.

Politics discussion

Allan Saxe, UTA associate professor of political science, talked about repealing Obamacare and the Republicans’ replacement plan on WREC 600 AM in Memphis, Tenn. Saxe also talked about President Trump and how he is handling North Korea on WTKS 104.1 FM in Cocoa Beach, Fla.

City/UTA collaboration

A Water Online story asked if the nation’s water infrastructure needs will be overlooked again. A project in which the city of Arlington and UTA collaborate uses a floating robot to film the condition of its water and sewer lines was featured in the story.

Lockheed Martin internships

Lockheed Martin is investing in internships for Arlington ISD students to lengthen its pipeline for attracting young talent, the Dallas Business Journal reported. Jacob Reich, a 17-year-old Lamar High School senior is one participant and will start at UTA to study mechanical engineering in the fall.

Future student

Rishun Beasley recently celebrated the inaugural Family Graduation Celebration at Texas Woman's University, the Denton Record Chronicle reported. Beasley said she will attend UTA in the fall to seek her master's of social work degree.