UTA In The News — Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Wednesday, Jan 23, 2019 • Media Contact : UT Arlington Media Relations

New species

A UTA team has named a new species of snake discovered in the stomach of another snake, Newsweek, Science Daily, Phys.org, Health Medicine Network and several other media websites reported. Jonathan Campbell, herpetologist and biology professor, led the research team. The original article about the tropical reptile Cenaspis aenigma — Latin for "enigmatic dinner snake" — appeared in National Geographic

UTA graduate profiled

D Magazine profiled business titan Raj Malik. Malik is a UTA computer and science engineering graduate.

Named fellow

L.K. Mestha, affiliated adjunct professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering, was named fellow of the National Academy of Inventors, News India Times reported.

Emergency responders help

The UTA Research Institute is working with Newcastle Manufacturing to equip emergency responders with unmanned aerial vehicles that have lights to illuminate nighttime scenes, Dallas Innovates reported.

Student gets scholarship

UTA student Deniss Ortega was recognized with the Spirit of Service Collegiate Scholarship at MLK Day festivities in Arlington, Arlington-TX.gov reported in a wrap-up of the weekend’s events celebrating Dr. King’s life.

Second place design

UTA students placed second in the 2019 Better Philadelphia Challenge design contest, Great Britain’s Architects Journal reported. Leeds Beckett University students came in first and students from Illinois Institute of Technology came in third.

History professor at conference

Kenyon Zimmer, a UTA associate professor of history, spoke at a New York conference about the lost world of Yiddish anarchism, The Times of Israel 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 Cleveland Jewish News also published the story.

Home economics

Wisconsin Public Radio interviewed Marti Harvey, UTA journalism lecturer, about how she includes home economics lesson in her classes. WPR is a network of 34 public radio stations throughout the state.

Scholarship winner

Tonia Vu, a UTA student, has received a PILOT media technology and innovation scholarship, Radio+Television Business Report said.

Alumnus named superintendent

Demetrus Liggins was named superintendent of Greenville school district, the Greenville Herald-Banner reported. Liggins earned his doctorate from UTA in K-16 educational leadership.

New principal named

Michael Schwartz has been named Stephens Elementary School’s new principal, CoveringKaty.com reported. Schwartz earned his master’s degree in educational leadership and policy studies from UTA.

Graduate named partner

Mark Duffy has been named partner at Whitley Penn, the Fort Worth Business Press reported. Duffy earned his master’s degree in accounting from UTA.

Promotion achieved

Alfred Vega was named chief credit officer at Community Bank & Trust, the Corsicana Daily Sun reported. Vega received his bachelor’s degree in business from UTA.

Government shutdown

Allan Saxe, a UTA associate professor of political science, told KRLD 1080 AM and KUIK 1360 AM in Portland, Ore., that President Trump is unlikely to give in on the government shutdown and it probably will continue.