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UTA In The News — Friday, May 5, 2017

Friday, May 5, 2017

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Winning team

A University of Texas at Arlington student team has won the 2017 Brain Bowl organized by University of Texas Health Science Center – San Antonio Center for Biomedical Neuroscience, Scienmag, Public. and reported.

CLEAR column

Kevin Schug, director of UTA's Collaborative Laboratories for Environmental Analysis and Remediation or CLEAR lab, wrote a column for the LCGC blog about 10 things he learned at the Responsible Shale Energy Extraction Conference held in Dallas recently as part of the Texas Earth Day. Schug also is the UTA’s Shimadzu Distinguished Professor of Analytical Chemistry. The LCGC blog is featured at

Voter turnout

Allan Saxe, a UTA associate professor of political science, said local elections like the hundreds held Saturday offered reasons why those elections often don’t have great voter turnout, KTVT CBS 11 and KRLD 1080 AM reported.

Mexican Consulate scholarships

The Mexican Consulate General in Dallas released the results of the IME Scholarships program that will provide $48,000 to finance educational programs for Hispanics in the region, Mundo Hispanico reported. UTA is one of the beneficiaries.

Predictive analytics

George Siemens, executive director of UTA’s Learning Innovation and Networked Knowledge Research Lab or LINK Lab, will sit on a panel discussing the promise and perils of predictive analytics in higher education, New America reported. The panel discussion is part of a May 15 conference in Washington D.C.

Transportation forum

The Arlington Voice is sponsoring an Arlington Transportation Forum Thursday, May 25, in the Lone Star Auditorium in the Maverick Activities Center. Sia Ardekani, a UTA civil engineering professor, is on the panel.

Inspirational student

KTRK ABC 13 reported on Bryce Cruz, an inspirational Houston high school student who received a full scholarship to UTA to play on the Movin’ Mavs wheelchair basketball team.

GOP health care

Allan Saxe, a UTA associate professor of political science, talked about the new Republican-approved health care plan on KLIF 570 AM.

Architecture scholarships

studioMET Architects, a design-build firm based in Houston and 2016 Firm of the Year by the American Institute of Architects' Houston chapter, was awarded the Decorative Center Houston Stars of Design Award for Architecture, the Houston Chronicle, the San Antonio Express-News and the Laredo Morning Times reported. The firm offers scholarships to UTA and a number of other universities.

New executive director

Allie Franklin of Federal Way, Wash., has been named the new executive director of the Crisis Clinic, the Federal Way Mirror reported. Franklin received her master of science in social work from UTA.

Play role

Adrian Arteaga, a UTA student majoring in performance, is cast as the court chamberlain in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs at Ennis’ Theatre Rocks!, the Ellis County Press reported.