UTA In The News — Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Wednesday, Oct 06, 2021 • Media Contact : UT Arlington Media Relations

Architecture professor honored with park naming

On Oct. 7, the city of Dallas’ Park Board will honor Kevin Sloan, UTA professor of architecture, by renaming the 12th Street Connector Park as the Kevin W. Sloan Park, D Magazine reported. Throughout his career, Sloan has contributed to numerous city projects, including the idea of “re-wilding” the Trinity River Corridor by encouraging the re-establishment of its original flora and fauna.

UTA engineer debuts pop album

Yasmeen Nasir, UTA mechanical engineering alumna and project engineer for Lockheed Martin, releases her debut pop album on Oct. 15, Dallas Observer reported. As a Muslim Afghan woman, Nasir has had trouble blending her family’s expectations for her career with her desire to produce music.

Therapy dogs return to campus

Beginning Oct. 6, the Libraries at The University of Texas at Arlington will offer monthly sessions where students can interact with therapy dogs, the city of Arlington reported. Milaun Murry, a UTA experiential learning librarian, said the therapy sessions contribute to students’ well-being and overall sense of happiness.

Coaching national champions

Doug Garner, head coach of UTA wheelchair basketball, has been appointed as an assistant coach for the National Wheelchair Basketball Association’s (NWBA) 2021 U.S. Men’s U23 World Championship Team, the NWBA reported. In early 2021, Garner led UTA’s Movin’ Mavs to its ninth NWBA championship.

Guinness world record

Arlington ISD’s special education department just beat the Guinness world record for largest homecoming mum, The Dallas Morning News and Fox 4 reported. The pink and white mum honoring Breast Cancer Awareness month measured over 11 square meters. Representative from UTA’s School of Architecture assisted the process by providing certified measurements and specifications for the mum.

Mujeres Legendarias Award

Denise Hernandez, a UTA public health adjunct professor in the College of Nursing and Health Innovation, is one of four North Texas recipients of the 2021 Mujeres Legendarias Award presented by the Ford Motor Company, the city of Arlington reported. Hernandez’s research focuses on how Community Health Workers (CHW) can bridge the gap between patients and health care systems, and on CHW workforce development.