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UTA In The News — Friday, May 19, 2017

Friday, May 19, 2017

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Using recycled plastic

Sahadat Hossain, a UTA civil engineering professor, has written a book about the use of recycled plastic pins to reinforce soil that supports Texas highways, according to

NSF education award

Yi "Leaf" Zhang, a UTA assistant professor of education, has been awarded a National Science Foundation Early CAREER grant to help community college transfer students more easily and quickly attain degrees in the STEM fields, reported.

Texas State Artist

Sedrick Huckaby, UTA assistant professor of art, has been named the 2018 Texas State Visual Artist 2D by the Texas Commission on the Arts, the Houston Chronicle and the San Antonio Express-News reported.

Commencement address

Wayne Duehn, a professor emeritus in social work at UTA, addressed the graduates from the Class of 2017 Partners in Policymaking, the Yankton Daily Press & Dakotan reported. He encouraged them to never tire of doing the right thing. 

UTA sets record

The Dallas Morning News and reported that UTA set another record with the Spring 2017 commencement ceremonies.

Nursing association member

Keta Mwakiluma, a UTA nursing major, has been accepted into the International Nurses Association, according to Mwakiluma works as a psychiatric nurse at Mercy Hospital and Medical Center in Chicago. 

Future nurses

A group of eight high school students in the Phar-San-Juan-Alamo Nursing Career Pathways Program became the first in the country to graduate with associate degrees in nursing while still in high school, Texas Border Business reported. One of the students plans to continue on to UTA for her bachelor’s degree in nursing. 

Alumna named top executive

UTA alumna Darcy Knapp-Fricks has been honored as a Top Executive for 2017 by Strathmore’s Who’s Who Worldwide for her outstanding achievements in real estate, agriculture, investments and self storage, numerous news outlets, including the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the Starkville Daily News in Mississippi and the Daily Times Leader in Mississippi reported. 

Special investigator

Allan Saxe, UTA associate professor of political science, was interviewed on WBAP 820 AM about the recent appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate possible collusions between Trump’s campaign and Russia. Saxe noted that these kinds of investigations can be very unpredictable.