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UTA In The News — Monday, May 22, 2017

Monday, May 22, 2017

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NSF award in education

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

Recyling plastic for roads

Sahadat Hossain, a UTA civil engineering professor, has written a book about the use of recycled plastic pins to reinforce soil near and under Texas highways, Sciencemag, and AboNewsCast reported.

Elementary education honor

College Choice ranked UTA’s elementary education program among the nation’s 20 best, the Houston Chronicle, the Beaumont Enterprise, the Casper Star-Tribune in Wyoming, the Daily Journal in Indiana and several other news outlets reported.

Smart cities

Anand Puppala, UTA associate dean of research in the College of Engineering, recently participated in a North Texas Smart Cities Summit, according to Dallas Innovates. Puppala is working with the concept of modular construction and the use of specially formed blocks of foam to prevent the earth from settling and shifting around bridges and embankments.

NLN convention

Anne Bavier, dean of UTA’s College of Nursing and Health Innovation and president of the National League for Nursing, talked about NLN’s upcoming convention in San Diego, KEYC CBS 12 in Monkato, Minn.,  WDAM NBC 7 in Hattiesburg, Miss., KLTV ABC 7 in Tyler, Texas, and several other outlets reported. 

Cap, gown tradition

UTA was cited in a Washington Post story about why the 900-year-old tradition of wearing caps and gowns at commencement persists. The story noted that having a standard academic dress system helps promote an outward appearance of egalitarianism. 

Sanders profile

Holland Sanders, who holds a UTA bachelor's degree in public relations from UTA, was featured in a Fort Worth Business story about her career, including starting Holland Collective, a broad-based marketing and public relations agency. Sanders holds a bachelor’s degree in public relations from UTA. UTA teacher Mindia Whittier, a mentor to Sanders, also was quoted in the profile.

Alumnus named principal

Brian Lumar has been named the first African-American principal of Hahnville High School in Boutte, La., the St. Charles Herald-Guide reported. Lumar holds a master’s degree in educational leadership from UTA. 

Alumna joins firm

Katie Butler has joined the litigation team of Otis, Bedingfield & Peters LLC, the Greeley Tribune in Colorado reported. Butler earned her bachelor’s degrees in English and Spanish from UTA. 

Clinton candidacy

Allan Saxe, UTA associate professor of political science, talked about former Vice President Joe Biden’s comments that Hilary Clinton was not a great candidate. Saxe said Clinton scared off a lot of prospective Democratic presidential candidates, including Biden, in an interview with WREC 600 AM in Memphis, Tenn.

Alumnus dies

UTA alumnus David Sewell Crawford died of complications from tongue cancer on May 17, the Amarillo Globe-News reported.