UTA In The News — Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Wednesday, Jun 02, 2021 • Media Contact : UT Arlington Media Relations

Region getting warmer and wetter

New “climate normal” data released by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) shows that North Texas is getting wetter and warmer each year, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. Arne Winguth, UT Arlington professor and chair of the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, said in the future city planners may have to rely on a 500-year floodplain map instead of the 100-year floodplain map most currently employ. Winguth completed a 2018 study for the North Central Council of Governments that documented how climate change will affect DFW transportation infrastructure.

Computer science in demand

Some DFW universities are seeing strong demand for computer science education as tech expands in the economy, The Dallas Business Journal reported. Hong Jiang, UT Arlington professor and chair of the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, said UTA students’ demand for such degrees and education continues to accelerate.

STEM women bring idea diversity

There’s a dire need to encourage more female STEM graduates, not just so the U.S. remains competitive in science and technology, but also to bring a broader diversity of ideas to the table, says Minerva Cordero, professor of mathematics and associate dean in UT Arlington’s College of Science, The Dallas Morning News reported in a story about a new exhibit at NorthPark Center honoring women in STEM careers.

Local entities could enact CROWN law

While the CROWN Act was not addressed by Texas state legislators before the end of the session, cities and counties could still enact local versions of the bill, The Dallas Business Journal reported. In the article, Myrtle Bell, UT Arlington’s associate dean for diversity, racial equity and inclusion in the College of Business, said hair can be a visible indicator of how welcoming a company is.

Huckaby exhibit in Austin

Sedrick Huckaby, UT Arlington associate professor in art and art history, is exhibiting his work at Austin’s Blanton Museum of Art through Dec. 5, Texas Monthly and Arts and Culture Texas reported. The Blanton show features Los Soñadores, a grouping of paintings of an immigrant family separated by frames, his renowned quilt paintings, and portraits of ex-president George W. Bush, fellow painter and Huckaby’s student.

Physics professor in SITL program

Frederick Wilder, UT Arlington assistant professor of physics, is one of five supervising scientists for the Scientist in the Loop (SITL) program under NASA’s Magnetospheric Multiscale Mission, Mirage News and Computer Business Daily reported. A portion of the NASA funding will allow Wilder to hire Hector Salinas, a first-year doctoral student, for the mission, which evaluates interactions between the magnetic fields of the sun and earth.

Adjunct professor marches in Tulsa

Pamela “Safisha” Hill, a UT Arlington adjunct professor, joined thousands of Oklahomans and others from across the nation in commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre, The Dallas Morning News reported. “It was very spiritual ... very emotional,” said Hill.

High school graduates who have jobs

A Dallas Morning News story about high school graduates already having jobs and college degrees featured Aaron Barrientos, who plans to study electrical engineering at UT Arlington.

Arlington program receives honor

Arlington’s on-demand public transit system that features autonomous vehicles won a 2021 Smart 50 Award, Patch.com reported. UT Arlington is partners with the City of Arlington, Via and May Mobility on the pilot program, which covers the University’s campus.

Subbarao named fellow

Kamesh Subbarao, UT Arlington professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, has been named an American Astronautical Society (AAS) fellow for his outstanding contributions to astronautics, 7thSpace, U.S. Fed News and SpaceRef reported. Subbarao is the first UT Arlington professor named a fellow of the AAS.

College honors entrepreneurs

The University of Texas at Arlington's College of Business honored 88 businesses started by entrepreneurs with UTA ties at the second annual MAVS 100 Awards & Gala on May 8 at Live! By Loew's in Arlington, U.S. Fed News reported.

Assistant professor studies farming transportation logistics

Caroline Krejci, assistant professor in the Industrial, Manufacturing and Systems Engineering Department, is designing a better way for farmers to move crops and livestock to market through crowdsourced transportation programs, akin to an agricultural Uber, U.S. Fed News reported. Krejci received a $532,585 National Science Foundation grant to further this research.

Student places second in competition
Maria Rodriguez, a student in UT Arlington’s College of Architecture, Planning and Public Affairs, won second prize in the Formica Corp. 2021 FORM Student Innovation Competition, Retrofit Magazine reported. Rodriguez designed a new portal desk that ensures safe distancing between employees.