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UTA In The News — Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

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Disaster preparedness

Anne Bavier, dean of UTA’s College of Nursing and Health Innovation, wrote an op-ed column in D Healthcare CEO about the importance of disaster preparedness in nursing education. UTA has been working to assist the many UTA online nursing students who were affected by Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath.

State of diversity

Lou Diamond Phillips discussed the state of diversity in Hollywood with The Dallas Morning News ahead of his Sept. 7 Maverick Speakers Series event. All proceeds from Phillips' appearance will benefit the Emergency Assistance Fund, which is providing financial support to students affected by Hurricane Harvey.

DACA rescinded

Carlos, a senior advertising major at UTA, was one of several DACA or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipients interviewed by the Star-Telegram after President Donald Trump announced the program to protect young immigrants brought to the country illegally would be rescinded. KDFW FOX 4 also interviewed Carlos and Allan Saxe, a UTA political science associate professor, about the program.

Free-flow of data

Public Now reported that Gautam Das, a UTA computer science and engineering professor, will use a highly competitive National Science Foundation EAGER grant to develop techniques that would allow third-party clients to access location-based data.

DART academy

UTA has partnered with Dallas Area Rapid Transit to offer select UTA students the opportunity to participate in a year-long transportation leadership academy, reported.

Trace moisture system

Daniel Armstrong, the Robert A. Welch Distinguished Professor of Chemistry at UTA, has collaborated with Shimadzu Corp. to develop a trace moisture analysis system, Public Now reported.

Politics talk

Allan Saxe, a UTA political science associate professor, discussed the latest escalation from North Korea on WGST 640 AM in Atlanta. Saxe also was interviewed by WBAP 820 AM and KLIF 570 AM on the decision to rescind DACA.

Earth-like planet

SyFy and Planeta Azul in Mexico reported that UTA astrophysicists have used computer modeling to show that an Earth-like planet could theoretically exist just 16 light years away.

Film festival

Dallas Movie Screenings and Dallas CultureMap reported on the Lou Diamond Phillips Film Festival, which concludes tonight with screenings of Courage Under Fire and The 33.

Art exhibition

KERA’s Art + Seek reported that the Arlington Museum of Art will open a retrospective on the works of Kenda North, a well-known photographer and professor in the UTA Art + Art History Department. The exhibition also features works by UTA students inspired or taught by North.

Siemens to co-lead MOOC

Continuing Ed Update and Techno-News Blog reported that George Siemens, executive director of UTA’s Learning Innovation and Networked Knowledge Research or LINK Lab, will co-lead a new Massive Open Online Course titled “Introduction to Open Education.”

Protesting SB 4

The Dallas Morning News and Univision reported that students across Texas staged walkouts to protest Senate Bill 4, which would ban so-called sanctuary cities. UTA’s Progressive Student Union held a march on campus to voice its concern. 

UTA on festival list

UTA will be among the venues for the second annual Frame4Frame Festival on Sept. 21, Irish Film Critic reported.

Business aspirations

Alumna Ijeamaka Gboneme was interviewed in the Independent of Lagos, Nigeria, about her business aspirations and success. Gboneme earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from UTA.

Alumna named senior pastor

The Harker Heights Herald profiled alumna Jannette Miller after she was named senior pastor at Harker Heights United Methodist Church. A former lawyer, Miller earned her bachelor’s degree in business management from UTA.