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UTA In The News — Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

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Record enrollment

KXAS NBC 5 interviewed UTA President Vistasp Karbhari about the university’s record numbers of entering freshmen and record overall enrollment, becoming the largest campus in North Texas. “It’s a great university, it’s an urban university,” Karbhari said. Entering freshman Hana Bader Ali and Allan Saxe, associate professor of political science, were also interviewed for the story. Dallas' KSKY 600 AM also covered the record enrollment. 

Information war

Patryk Babiracki, UTA associate professor of history, was interviewed by The Christian Science Monitor about the purchase of Facebook ads by Russians during the election campaign. He said that this forms part of an information war that is being carried out with “finesse,” where Russian-linked accounts repeat false stories, question credible evidence and amplify any actual news they wish to spread, about intolerance, ideological divisions, terrorism and natural catastrophes.

Recycling costs

Sahadat Hossain, the director of the Solid Waste Institute for Sustainability at UTA, was interviewed by WFMY CBS 2 in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina  about how the business of recycling is not proving economically viable. Hoassain ran numbers for several cities across Texas. It costs about $20 to $50 to dump a ton of trash. To recycle a ton, it costs $150 to $200. "Making recycling a profitable business is going to be very, very difficult," said Hossain, who also is a UTA civil engineering  professor. The original story was aired on WFAA ABC 8.

Arlington archosaur site

Is it too late for UTA to change its mascot to a prehistoric giant crocodile that feasted on dinosaurs?, asks an op-ed in D Magazine, following the discovery of the new species Deltasuchus motherali at an Arlington dig site. Another article in  D Magazine discusses how the Arlington archosaur site is changing, following the death in June of UTA alumnus Derek Main, the site’s visionary director. The excavated fossils, previously housed at UTA, have been moved to the Perot Museum of Nature and Science, and the museum is in talks to take over the excavation.

Mentoring Arlington youth

Arlington seventh- and eighth-grade students will meet on the UTA campus as part of the Arlington Police Department’s “Mentoring Arlington Youth,” or “MAY,” program, which for the first time is mentoring girls, reported.

Transportation pods

Steven Duong, UTA alumnus and Dallas urban planner, said Texas is an ideal place for the hyperloop, a futuristic mode of travel that would use levitating pods to shuttle people and goods across hundreds of miles in minutes, The Dallas Morning News reported. He received a master's degree in city and regional planning from UTA. 

Alumna named director

Tarleton State University has named UTA alumna Melanie Johnson, director of its Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the Stephenville Empire-Tribune reported. A Texas native, Johnson has a bachelor’s degree in history and a master’s in education from UTA.