UTA In The News — Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Wednesday, Sep 01, 2021 • Media Contact : UT Arlington Media Relations

Space race

UT Arlington’s Aerodynamics Research Center Director Luca Maddalena spoke with NTX Inno about how Texas universities are helping enable the next generation of space flight and exploration as the industry moves from a government and defense effort to a commercial one. “Our area is really on the stage as an important actor in this episodic race,” said Maddalena.

DFW cancer researchers

The University of Texas at Arlington was one of five North Texas universities that received High Impact/High Risk awards by the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT), The Dallas Morning News reported. “It’s one of the most important grants,” said CPRIT chief scientific officer James Willson. “It’s trying to identify researchers who are new to cancer who have great ideas but need seed funding." 

UTA first-gen students

UTA first-generation students and alumni attended a brunch and mixer as a welcome to campus for the fall semester, the city of Arlington reported. The Transition Programs & Services Department hosted the event on Aug. 24 so that first-generation students could mingle with alumni, meet one another and feel more at home during the fall 2021 semester.

Wheelchair basketball players abroad

An article in The New York Times explored why players who play wheelchair basketball for a living have to do so abroad—despite the fact that the United States is the birthplace of the sport and the reigning Paralympic champion in the men’s and the women’s game. Rose Hollermann (’19 BA, Interdisciplinary Studies) of the U.S. women’s team, started playing for a Spanish team in the Canary Islands, not long after she graduated from UTA. “I realized it [playing] was something that I love a lot,” Hollermann said, “and I don’t know when I’ll be willing to give it up."

Randy Snow

Randy Snow, who earned a bachelor’s in business administration from UT Arlington in 1986, was featured in The New York Times’ Overlooked, a series of obituaries about remarkable people whose deaths went unreported in the Times. Snow became the first Paralympian in history to win medals in three different sports—track, basketball, and, most notably, tennis—and also became the first Paralympic athlete inducted into the Olympic Hall of Fame.