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UTA In The News — Monday, September 18, 2017

Monday, September 18, 2017

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Robotic research

Julienne Greer, UTA assistant professor of theatre arts, social robotics and performance, was interviewed by Senior Housing News about her research centered on whether reciting Shakespeare with a robot could lessen symptoms of depression and increase engagement for seniors. “We did have significant decreases in depression and significant increases in engagement,” Greer said.

Climate change

Diane Jones Allen, program director for landscape architecture at UTA’s College of Architecture Planning and Public Affairs, is a member of the panel convened by the American Society of Landscape Architects to make public-policy recommendations for mitigating and adapting to climate change through resilient design, retrofit reported. Allen is also giving a lecture at the Black in Design conference offered by Harvard University Graduate School of Design African American Student Union, Environment Guru reported. 

Deep-sea life

Stacy Alaimo, UTA professor of English, will discuss why deep-sea life should matter to humans in her lecture titled "Biodiversity in the Depths: Science, Aesthetics and the Creatures of the Abyss" at Northern Michigan University on Sept. 26, Public Now reported. 

DACA workshop

UTA’s Center for Mexican Studies is providing workshops to help immigrants renew their Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA applications, KUVN Univision 23 reported. 

Scholarship winners

Three Gainseville students received scholarships from UTA for the 2017-18 academic year, the Gainseville Daily Register reported. Sarah Higgins, Dnya Scott and Braycon Tapia joined the largest and most academically accomplished incoming freshman class in UTA’s history.

Universities' record enrollment

UTA was mentioned in Austin's KXAN NBC 21 story about record enrollments at Texas universities. UT Austin will change from allowing the top 7 percent to the top 6 percent for automatic admissions.

Alumna honored

Tara Bordeaux, UTA alumna and Lanier Early College High School teacher, has been chosen as the 2018 Texas Secondary Teacher of the Year and will represent the state as Texas Teacher of the Year in the National Teacher of the Year competition, the Austin Independent School District reported. She holds a bachelor's degree in film and photography from UTA.