UTA In The News — Wednesday, January 2, 2019
City, UTA outlook
Arlington and UTA hold much promise in 2019, Richard Greene wrote in an opinion piece in the Star-Telegram. In the column, Greene said that UTA now has the largest enrollment in the UT System. Greene is a UTA professor in practice in the College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs. He also is a former Arlington mayor.
UTA researcher Yu Zhang, an assistant professor in the Civil Engineering Department, has earned a $515,565 grant from the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration that could lead to more accurate predictions and warnings for snow melt/runoff, flow and similar events, Science and Technology Research News reported.
SEIR economic development
The Fort Worth Business Press said UTA’s opening of the Science & Engineering Innovation & Research building will herald even more economic development for Arlington in a recap of economic trends.
UTA Provost Teik C. Lim and L.K. Mestha, affiliated adjunct professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering, were named fellows of the National Academy of Inventors, Biotech Week and MarketScreener.com reported. Lim also is a professor of mechanical engineering. Mestha was featured for the honor in India West.
New snake species
A UTA team has named a new species of snake that was discovered in the stomach of another snake. The tropical reptile Cenaspis aenigma—Latin for "enigmatic dinner snake"—was profiled in Smithsonian Magazine, National Geographic Italy and IFLScience.com. The article originally appeared in National Geographic. Jonathan Campbell, herpetologist and biology professor, led the research team.
A UTA study on how urban sprawl lowers the life expectancy of suburbanites by three years was featured on WTIC 1080 AM in Hartford, Conn. Shima Hamidi, UTA assistant professor in the College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs, led the study.
Mark Lamster’s biography of Philip Johnson, “The Man in the Glass House,” was reviewed in the Houston Chronicle. Lamster is a UTA associate professor in practice in the College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs and the architecture critic at The Dallas Morning News.
2018 films, TV review
Bart Weiss, UTA associate professor of film, reviewed the year in film and television, TheaterJones.com reported. Weiss also is co-founder of VideoFest and the Video Association of Dallas.
Woman of the Year
LuLu Cowan was profiled in the Amarillo Globe-News for winning the Woman of the Year award from Amarillo. Cowan earned her master’s degree in social work at UTA.
Rebecca Deen, UTA associate professor and chair of the Department of Political Science, said Beto O’Rourke’s recent loss to U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz could have future political impacts, Austin’s KUT 90.5 FM reported. She also talked about the implications of the recent midterm elections for 2019, the federal government shutdown, the immigration debate and the census' new citizenship question. The Texas Standard website also aired the broadcast.
UTA’s Allan Saxe, associate professor of political science, said he expects Congress and President Trump to continue to debate the funding for a southern border wall, WLW 700 AM in Cincinnati, Ohio, reported. Saxe said he anticipates debates to continue on a number of subjects, especially in light of new committee chairs in the U.S. House. Saxe also talked about the government shutdown on WBAP 820 AM.
Todd Gabel, a UTA clinical associate professor of economics, wrote an opinion piece for the Daily Caller about President Trump’s gifts to the American public and promises the president has kept.