UTA In The News — Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Wednesday, Jun 09, 2021 • Media Contact : UT Arlington Media Relations

Political discussion

Rebecca Deen, UT Arlington associate professor and chair of the Political Science Department, said the Texas Republican party has to be happy with recent state and local election outcomes on the Texas Standard. Deen also said there continues to be a split within the state Republican party between the establishment and a more conservative element. The interviews also ran on Austin’s KUT 90.5 FM and locally on KERA 90.1 FM.


Training teachers

Karen Jo Matsler, a UT Arlington assistant professor in the College of Science’s UTeach program, is working to launch a National Science Foundation-funded national training program for high school teachers on how to incorporate quantum physics into their math, science and engineering curricula, Mirage News, U.S. Fed News and Targeted News Service reported.


Fellowship awarded

Kelly Patterson, a doctoral student in the Civil Engineering Department at The University of Texas at Arlington, has earned a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, U.S. Fed News reported.


De-icing system to be tested

A geothermal de-icing system designed by UT Arlington researchers will install its system on an in-service bridge to see how it performs under operational conditions, Technology Business Journal reported. Xinbao Yu, associate professor of civil engineering, has received nearly $636,000 from the Texas Department of Transportation to test the team’s design of geothermal loops beneath the bridge deck on a full-size bridge.


Curb appeal means cash

A UT Arlington study was cited by Money, saying that houses with high curb appeal sell for an average of 7% more than similar houses without inviting exteriors. Sriram Villupuram, UTA associate professor of finance and real estate, published the study quantifying the impact of curb appeal and found that the attractiveness of a home can boost its value. Originally, the story appeared in The Wall Street Journal.


Caring for the cats

KXAS NBC 5’s Wake Up To Something Good segment featured a story on the UT Arlington Campus Cat Coalition, a nonprofit that cares for a colony of about 100 cats that call the campus their home. Riley Wiland, press secretary for the Cats Coalition of UTA, said the cats and caring for them bring people together.


Arlington ride share service

Arlington city government is getting a clearer picture of how people use its ride share service, Via, since it expanded citywide in January, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. Via launched in Arlington in late 2017 in high-demand areas such as the entertainment district, airport station and UT Arlington.


Partnership announced
XanEdu announced a partnership with Mavs Open Press, operated by the University of Texas at Arlington Libraries, Yahoo! Finance reported. Mavs Open Press offers no-cost services to UTA faculty, staff and students to support the creation of openly licensed educational content, a comprehensive library of quality open access journals and open educational content created by UTA faculty.