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UTA In The News — Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

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New forecasting model

DJ Seo, a UTA civil engineering professor, received a National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration grant to devise a way to take forecasts and metrics from multiple sources and merge them into a single, integrated forecast that will be more easily understood and useful during major weather events, Techsite reported.

Gas leak research

Kathleen Smits, a UTA civil engineering associate professor, received a $414,000 grant from the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration to develop a method to predict the conditions under which gas leaks may occur and establish best practices to improve response to gas migration incidents and to find and fix leaks, Science and Technology News reported. 

Natural state

Kevin Sloan, UTA assistant professor in practice in the College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs, was featured in a Texas Climate News’ story about how to build ecological resilience and “rewilding” in development. Rewilding is restoring a piece of land to its natural state.

New snake species

A UTA team has named a new species of snake discovered in the stomach of another snake. The tropical reptile Cenaspis aenigma—Latin for “enigmatic dinner snake”—was profiled in China’s ECNS.cn. The article originally appeared in National Geographic. Jonathan Campbell, herpetologist and biology professor, led the research team. Ecns.cn is the official English-language website of China News Service.

Winter blues

James Campbell Quick, UTA professor emeritus in management, said the winter blues are real in an NBCNews.com article. Quick uses a unique approach to combat them by filling up his calendar with what he calls "Ds," which stands for drain, and "Fs," which stands for fill me up. “The Ds are the people and events that tend to drain my energy, and the Fs are the people and events that bring me joy and excitement and fill me up,” he explained. “You want plenty of Fs on your calendar and not too many Ds.”

Israeli election

Brent Sasley, UTA associate professor of political science, wrote an op-ed column for The Washington Post that previewed an upcoming Israeli election on April 9. The article also reviewed Israel’s political and election system.

Through slaves' eyes

Marvin Dulaney, UTA professor emeritus of history, has been a longtime volunteer at the Dallas African American Museum in Fair Park, KDFW Fox 4 and Black News and Information reported. Dulaney is currently showing visitors an exhibit about Thomas Jefferson, titled “Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello: Paradox of Liberty,” which looks at Jefferson through the eyes of his slaves. The story was part of Fox 4’s Hometown Heroes series.

Border wall

Allan Saxe, UTA associate professor of political science, previewed President Trump’s national address last night about the border wall on WBAP 820 AM. Saxe said Trump will try to show the imperative need for a wall along the nation’s southern border. He said if he fails, it could have a significant impact on the 2020 election.