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UTA In The News — Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

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Space tourist

Anousheh Ansari, a space tourist, innovator and entrepreneur, will speak at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at UTA as part of the Maverick Speaker Series, The Dallas Morning News reported. 

Composites grant

Boeing has given a $600,000 grant to Andrew Makeev, UTA professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, to test composite components that officials believe will pave the way toward longer-lasting aircraft as well as help identify when those components might fail, AZO Materials reported.

UTA part of talent

Mark Cuban, Dallas Mavericks owner, said Dallas would make a great home for Amazon’s second headquarters because of its talent base, including students graduating from UTA and other North Texas universities, The Dallas Morning News reported. Cuban did express concern that Texas’ conservative political reputation may pose a challenge in landing the company.

Center hosts congressman

The UTA Center for African American Studies is hosting U.S. Rep. James Clyburn, D-South Carolina, a former public school teacher and third-ranking Democrat in the U.S. House, The Dallas Morning News reported. Clyburn will speak about national events at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 19 in the Rosebud Theatre at the University Center, 300 W. First St. Clyburn is known as a champion of anti-poverty, rural, economic development and historic preservation issues. He also is former House Majority Whip, former chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus and former vice chairman of the House Democratic Caucus.

Raising homes

Phillip Contreras, a UTA alumnus and architect, focuses his company on providing architecturally minded design solutions to raising homes, the Houston Chronicle reported. His company Arkitektura offers their clients a turnkey elevation solution – accounting for permits, material and labor.

Managing partner

UTA alumna Pamela Roberts has been appointed to lead JTaylor Tax Services as Managing Partner, Dallas Citybizlist reported. Roberts is a Certified Public Accountant in Texas with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and a Master’s of Science in Accounting from UTA. 

Oklahoma finalist

Sarah Carter, who earned a Master of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction from UTA, was a finalist for Oklahoma’s Teacher of the Year award, according to Tulsa World. Carter is an algebra and chemistry instructor at Drumright High School in Drumright, Okla.

UTA alumnus bandleader

UTA alumnus Deno Taglioli, bandleader of Emerald City, has had a monopoly on Dallas weddings for almost three decades, the Dallas Observer reported.