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UTA In The News — Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

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Emerging tech hub

The University of Texas at Arlington–along with other North Texas higher education institutions–was featured in a Dallas Innovates article about DFW becoming an emerging tech hub. In an accompanying Dallas Innovates story about innovation, UTA was mentioned as having thriving mechanical engineering research and nursing programs.

ECS journal editor

Krishnan Rajeshwar, UTA distinguished university professor of chemistry and biochemistry, has been appointed editor in chief of the ECS Journal of Solid State Science and Technology, a publication of the Electrochemical Society, Targeted News Service reported.

Future city contest

KXAS NBC 5 reported about a regional future city competition at UTA last week that featured fifth- to eighth-graders. The students built future cities that featured power grids that could recover from natural disasters.

Taekwondo champion

Adalis “AJ” Munoz is a three-time world champion in Poomsae Taekwondo, and now she's teaching girls on Fort Worth's North Side they can be champions, too, WFAA ABC 8 reported. Munoz is pursuing a double major at UTA's College of Nursing and Health Innovation.

Drug challenges

U.S. regulators sent a stark warning to American consumers last year: A Chinese-made heart drug taken by millions of people was contaminated with a possible cancer-causing chemical, BNNBloomberg.ca reported. Kevin Schug, a UTA analytical chemistry professor, said it’s not OK for officials to just “wave it off. I certainly would not want to take [any] drug had it gone through that process.”

New snake species

NBCDFW.com reported about a UTA researcher discovering a new species of snake inside the belly of another snake. Jonathan Campbell, UTA biology professor, discovered the new species while doing field work in Mexico.

Yiddish anarchism

Kenyon Zimmer, a UTA associate professor of history, spoke at a New York conference about the lost world of Yiddish anarchism, The New York Jewish Week reported. “Anarchism and anarchists really played an outsized role in the history of the Jewish labor movement and Jewish culture in the U.S. and England,” Zimmer said. The Times of Israel originally published the story.

Online program management

George Siemens, executive director of UTA’s Learning Innovation and Networked Knowledge Lab, or LINK Lab, was part of a Twitter debate about the online program management industry on Inside Higher Ed. In all, 11 online education experts debated where that industry is headed and whether it should become a non-profit sector. Siemens said, “Faculty are a paying audience who don’t mind sharing. They are a counter weight to the OPM model. But they haven’t developed an infrastructure or a voice for digitized content and teaching.”

New principal

Michael Schwartz has been named principal at Ursula Stephens Elementary School in Katy school district, the Houston Chronicle reported. Schwartz received his graduate degree in educational leadership and policy studies from UTA.