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UTA In The News — Monday, December 4, 2017

Monday, December 4, 2017

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Tax plan impact

Washington's tax plans could pose big problems for DFW universities, especially their graduate enrollment, the Dallas Business Journal and its sister publications reported. According to the story, UTA has North Texas’ largest graduate student population, with an enrollment of 11,355.

Increased bacteria

UTA researchers have discovered increased levels of bacteria in water near gas drilling sites, U.S. News & World Report, KBTX CBS 3 in Bryan, Texas, and KOSA CBS 7 in Odessa, Texas, reported in carrying an Associated Press story. Kevin Schug, a UTA analytical chemistry professor and director of UTA’s Collaborative Laboratories for Environmental Analysis and Remediation, or CLEAR, led the research studies.

Basketball teams ranked

Kevin Hervey and Erick Neal helped the UTA men’s basketball team beat North Texas 65-60 on Saturday night at College Park Center, the Star-Telegram reported. The win is UTA’s fifth in a row. USA Today and many other outlets carried an Associated Press story on the game. Five of six writers from CBS Sports predicted the Mavericks, who CollegeInsider.com rank the No. 4 mid-major in the country, will win the Sun Belt Conference. CollegeInsider.com ranks the UTA women’s team the No. 11 mid-major in the country. Scott Cross, head coach for the men’s team, was also featured on BlogTalkRadio and the Screen the Screener college basketball podcast.

DACA effect

Alexandra Toribio, a UTA marketing major and Dallas resident who fled gang violence in her native Peru at age 7 with her parents, has struggled with severe anxiety since reports of DACA or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program roundups surfaced, she said in a Newsweek story that also ran in Yahoo!News. The story questions federal authorities’ deportation powers. 

Saxe profiled

The Arlington Voice profiled Allan Saxe, UTA associate professor of political science, as one of Arlington’s most well-known political and philanthropic figures.

Robotics lab

The Arlington Voice reported on the opening of UTA’s Emotional Robotics Living Lab, which aims to investigate what our future will look like with robots. Julienne Greer, UTA assistant professor of theatre arts, is director of the new lab.

Film debuts

Patty Newton, a UTA film instructor, filmed City Hearts over six months in Grand Prairie, the Centre Daily Times in State College, Pa., reported. The film is about a group of 10 former inmates joining local artists to create a public art exhibit. The article originally ran in The Dallas Morning News

Fraternity helps

UTA’s Kappa Sigma fraternity hosted a supply drive for Caragh, an Arlington 5-year-old, who was raising money for local charities, the Arlington Voice reported.

UTA archeology lends hand

The UTA archeology department helped Burleson’s Hughes Middle School unearth time capsules that had been buried for 20 years, the Burleson Star reported.