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UTA In The News — Monday, June 17, 2019

Monday, June 17, 2019

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Coral reef research

The University of Texas at Arlington is one of five institutions collaborating on how to address the outbreak of a disease that is devastating coral reef communities in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Dallas Innovates reported. Laura Mydlarz, UTA professor of biology, is a co-investigator for the project, titled “Predicting the Spread of Multi-Species Coral Disease Using Species Immune Traits.”

Brain injury equipment

Ashfaq Adnan, UTA associate professor of mechanical engineering, has been awarded a Defense University Research Instrumentation Program, or DURIP, grant to purchase equipment that determines the severity of brain injuries, even if they aren’t readily apparent, Science and Technology Research News reported. UTA mechanical engineering Associate Professor Kamesh Subbarao is the co-investigator on the project.

State funding declines

Forbes published an article about 12 trends that are killing colleges. George Siemens, UTA psychology professor, said one of these reasons is that tuition has increased because of the lack of public funding for higher education. State funding for two- and four-year colleges in 2017 was nearly $9 billion below its 2008 level.

New vice chancellor

Andre Fortune has been named the new vice chancellor of student affairs at the University of South Carolina Upstate, U.S. Fed News reported. Fortune was UTA’s assistant vice president for student affairs.

Alumnus elected board chair

Steve Parker has been elected chairman of the board for Bank of Texas at Fort Worth, Bankers Digest reported. Parker earned his bachelor’s degree in marketing at UTA.