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UTA In The News — Monday, August 28, 2017

Monday, August 28, 2017

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Technology effect

George Siemens, executive director of UTA’s Learning Innovation and Networked Knowledge Research Lab, was quoted in a story about the tug-of-war between social and technological networks in The Dallas Morning News. He said the endless use of technology has a negative effect on our physical and mental health.

STEM efforts

Ramon Lopez, a UTA professor of physics, was quoted in a story about efforts to attract more underrepresented minorities to the STEM fields in True Viral News. He said students should always begin by believing in themselves.

Autonomous vehicles

In an opinion piece in Fort Worth Business, state Sen. Kelly Hancock, R-North Richland Hills, noted that Arlington was selected by the U.S. Department of Transportation as a proving ground for autonomous vehicles, which could one day shuttle fans from to AT&T Stadium and transport students between classes at UTA.

Film festival

The Lou Diamond Phillips Film Festival will kick off Thursday, Aug. 31, at UTA, the Dallas Observer reported. Phillips, who holds a bachelor’s in fine arts from UTA, will take center stage on Thursday, Sept. 7, during the Maverick Speaker Series.

Bingham fellowship

Julian Rodriguez, a lecturer in UTA’s Department of Communication, was listed as a recent recipient of the Barry Bingham Sr. fellowship, the Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette reported. The $1,000 fellowship honors outstanding educators who have shown outstanding efforts to mentor college students of color in journalism. 

Alumnus featured

The Waco Herald-Tribune profiled Robert Allen, a veteran of the U.S. Marines who served as an aviator in the 1960s. Allen, who rose to the rank of major, holds a bachelor’s degree in classical music guitar from UTA.

Alumnus remembered

Raymond Owen Florence Sr., 91, of Paradise, died Wednesday, Aug. 23, the Wise County Messenger reported. Florence graduated from UTA with a degree in social work.