UTA In The News — Wednesday, August 3, 2022

Wednesday, Aug 03, 2022 • Media Contact : UT Arlington Media Relations

UTA alumnus rises through the ranks

Lt. Gen. Michael E. Langley, a graduate of UT Arlington, will become the first Black four-star general in the Marines’ 246-year history, after the Senate confirmed his promotion this week, The Washington Post, ABC News, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, KRLD 1080, NewsNation, and Black Enterprise reported. Langley will formally attain his new rank at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., this weekend, the Marines said. He will then become the new head of U.S. Africa Command at its headquarters in Stuttgart, Germany.

Texas snake season

Greg Pandelis, curator of UT Arlington’s Amphibian and Reptile Diversity Research Center, spoke to The Dallas Morning News about why snake activity increases in the summer, which species can be spotted in North Texas and how snakes benefit local ecosystems. Pandelis added that people should not try to engage a snake if they see one. That’s when a bite is more likely to happen, he said.

Abandoned architecture

In a Dallas Morning News article about the photography of abandoned buildings in Dallas, Kathryn Holliday, professor of architecture and founding director of UT Arlington’s David Dillon Center for Texas Architecture, said viewing the photos feels as though you’re on “a forbidden journey with the photographer.” Holliday, who is an architectural historian, said, “The photography is really powerful because it asks us what story that building can tell.”

Monkeypox prevention and awareness

Colleges and universities are making preparations to prevent the spread of monkeypox and implement testing protocols as the new semester begins, NBC DFW reported. UT Arlington said it will be able to test symptomatic individuals for monkeypox and is well versed in quarantine and isolation protocols, given the events of the last few years.