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UTA In The News — Monday, August 14, 2017

Monday, August 14, 2017

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Partnerships are key

Arlington school district is proving voters made the right decision in approving the largest bond election in its history three years ago, a Star-Telegram op-ed column said. Richard Greene, a former Arlington mayor, former EPA director and UTA professor in practice in the College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs, said new facilities and resources equal success in public education. He also said the partnership among AISD and Tarrant County College, UTA and the city of Arlington is part of the success.

Reducing UAV risk

Atilla Dogan, UTA associate professor of aerospace engineering, will use a National Science Foundation grant to gauge and reduce the risks posed by unmanned aerial systems, Unmanned Aerial reported. 

Telemedicine help

A UTA study says an Odisha model of telemedicine helps in extending affordable healthcare and alleviating poverty by stimulating micro-entrepreneurship, New India Express reported. Radha Kanta Mahapatra, a professor in the Department of Information Systems and Operations Management in the UTA College of Business, conducted the study.

Alumnus talks banking

Fort Worth Business profiled UTA alumnus Brian Happel, BBVA Compass Fort Worth CEO, about new advances in banking. Happel was a place-kicker for the Washington Redskins, New York Jets and other National Football League teams, as well as The University of Texas at Arlington.

Close to neutral level

The Federal Reserve's key interest rate is getting close to a neutral level so the Fed should patiently wait for further evidence that inflation will rise before tightening policy again, Dallas Fed President Rob Kaplan said on Friday at a UTA event, CNBC and U.S. News & World Report reported. 

Hispanic serving institution

Texas Tech University projects to become a Hispanic Serving Institution, the Lubbock Avalanche Journal reported. The article said UTA already has become one of the nine universities attaining the designation.

Alumna named senior VP

First National Bank of Central Texas named Rachel Pechacek as senior vice president of the Woodway-Hewitt banking center, the Waco Tribune-Herald reported. Pechacek received a bachelor’s degree in real estate-finance from UTA.

UTA helps with gala

The Black Tie Boxing Gala was held Saturday, the Star-Telegram reported. The gala is the major fundraiser for the Mid-Cities Chapter of The Links. The program serves Arlington elementary and middle school students with mentoring and field experiences focusing on STEM careers. It is a partnership with UTA and Boys & Girls Clubs of Arlington.

Future Movin' Mav plays softball

Bryce Cruz was featured in a Houston Chronicle story about the Houston Hotwheels, a wheelchair softball team headed to the Junior Wheelchair Softball World Series in Baltimore. Cruz will play wheelchair basketball for the UTA Movin' Mavs this fall.

New director loves education

DeWitt Smith's real love for education comes from his mother, who was a school teacher, reported. Smith, the new Region 18 Education Service Center executive director, has a UTA master's degree in educational leadership and policy studies.