UTA In The News — Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Wednesday, May 04, 2022 • Media Contact : UT Arlington Media Relations

“Wrongfully Detained”

Brian Whitmore, UTA assistant professor of practice and expert in Russian affairs, spoke with the Washington Post and KILF on the significance of American Brittney Griner’s reclassification as “wrongfully detained” by the Russian government. Whitmore believes that the move suggests either something is in the works to bring Griner home or the U.S. is seeking to increase pressure on Russia.

Political Issues in School Board Elections

Hot-button national political issues are making their way into local Texas school board election races, NBC News reports. Rebecca Deen, UTA associate professor of political science, said she is concerned that this new partisan focus could undermine public education.

Drone Battle

Five college teams went head to head in a high-flying drone competition, KERA reports. Held at UTA’s Maverick Stadium, the event judged students on their ability to complete a series of tasks with their drones, including autonomously flying and landing on a specific target. UTA student Beatriz Meadows, whose team finished third, believes her drone experience will help with her new job as a transmission planning engineer at Oncor.

Supporting Student Success

Marilee Bresciani Ludvik, chair and professor of UTA’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, has been recognized for her “outstanding and sustained contributions to the student affairs profession,” Targeted News Service reports. Ludvik, the 2022 recipient of the American College Personnel Association's College Student Educators International Contribution to Knowledge Award, said it's a continuous process of evaluating and researching how to best support student success in higher education and designing opportunities for all students to succeed.

Weight = Mate?

A UTA evolutionary biologist is studying whether weight could be a factor in a monkey’s reproductive success, Targeted News Service and ScienceBlog report. JC Buckner, assistant professor of biology, was awarded a four-year grant by the National Science Foundation to explore the genetic traits of male squirrel monkeys and how they impact sexual selection.