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UTA In The News — Friday, May 31, 2019

Friday, May 31, 2019

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Wendell Nedderman

The Chronicle of Higher Education included the death of Wendell Nedderman in its brief of higher education leadership updates. Nedderman was president of UTA from 1974 until 1992. He passed away on May 8.

Astronaut memory

Hanli Liu, a UTA bioengineering professor, is using a grant from NASA to study the use of near-infared laser light on the brain in an effort to improve astronauts’ cognitive and memory function during space missions, LED Inside and AZO Optics reported.

Online programs

In an op-ed for the El Paso Herald-Post, writer and educator Tim Holt highlighted the advantages of UTA’s online degree programs while making the case for why school districts should offer online classes.

Wheelchair basketball

UTA is hosting two upcoming wheelchair basketball tournaments that will feature some of the world’s best players, Mirage News reported. Among the players is Aaron Gouge, UTA alumnus and former Movin’ Mav, who mentors current Movin’ Mavs.

Hybrid landscaping

Kevin Sloan, a UTA professor of architecture and Dallas-based landscape architect, said Dallas-Fort Worth could be transformed into a first-of-its-kind urban/rural hybrid through a concept known as rewilding, Green Source DFW reported. Rewilding is the practice of returning domesticated land back to a natural state to serve as an environment for both people and native wildlife.

City history

Mark Lamster, associate professor of practice in the UTA College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs, said Dallas’ rapid growth and renovation is coming at the expense of preserving the city’s history, in response to the fire that destroyed the historic Ambassador Hotel, Austin's KUT 90.5 FM reported. Lamster, who also serves as the architecture critic for The Dallas Morning News, wrote a piece on the topic for the paper.