COLA Notes for December 2015

News and notes from around the College of Liberal Arts…

ART & ART HISTORY: Assistant Professor Ya’Ke Smith was interviewed in FD Magazine about his work as a filmmaker who tackles taboo subjects of modern African-American life. From his killer feature “Wolf,” about a predatory preacher, to his recent short “One Hitta Quitta,” about the vicious cycle of addictive Internet violence, Smith tells “stories that sometimes make people very uncomfortable because they show us things that many of us have either turned a blind eye to, or things that we don’t want to believe are happening.”

CENTER FOR AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDIES: The Center for African American Studies hosted an “Evening of Arts & Inspiration” event Dec. 2 for faculty, students and community partners.


COMMUNICATION: Assistant Professor Mark Tremayne is part of a UTA-led project that was recently awarded $35,000 from the Knight Prototype Fund. The award is for ClaimBuster, an algorithm to help journalists fact-check statements made by politicians in real time, led by Associate Professor Chengkai Li (Computer Science) and graduate student Naeemul Hassan. The team presented papers related to the project at the ACM Conference on Information and Knowledge Management in Melbourne, Australia, in October. … Tremayne was also quoted in a Mashable article about Donald Trump’s claim to have seen TV footage of Muslims in New Jersey celebrating the day of the 9/11 terror attacks. “You’ll find examples of this on both sides, beliefs that are commonly held,” Tremayne said. “If you try to argue against it on those (partisan) forums, you tend to get shouted down pretty quickly.” … The Root mentioned Broadcast Lecturer Julian Rodriguez in an article about social media stories that are often shocking in content but increasingly used as news on editorial pages and newspaper websites. It’s an effort to keep up with the times, as members of the Association of Opinion Journalists discussed Sunday at their annual symposium in Florida. Rodriguez, winner of the association’s Barry Bingham Sr. Fellowship to an educator advancing diversity, suggested that newspapers build partnerships with universities. … Assistant Professor Karishma Chatterjee and communication studies major Lawanda McKelvy co-authored a paper titled, “The Impact of Internet-Based Communication on the Acculturation of Muslin Women in the United States.” The paper has been accepted for presentation at the annual conference of the Eastern Communication Association to be held in March-April 2016 in Baltimore. … Vladimir Flores (’15) won a 2015 Lone Star Emmy Award in Austin on Nov. 7 for Outstanding Achievement/News Producer for T39 Anytime, Anywhere. … Kady Anderson White (’14) is the new Marketing Director for Granbury Restaurant Solutions. … Taylor Wright Shipp (’14) is now a contract sports information worker and color commentator at Southwestern University. … Sean Noell (’12) visited Assistant Professor Mark Tremayne’s Intro to Broadcasting class on Nov. 4 to share his insights on making it in the local television news business. Noell works as a Technical Director at KTVT, CBS 11 in Fort Worth. … The Dallas Morning News published a story by UTA alumna Erin Straub, titled “Katrina nightmare led to a rebirth” on Nov. 6. … Allison McGinnis Templeton (’08) gave birth to Cade Marshall Templeton on Nov. 28. … Kirstin Gaddis (’13) has a new daughter, Emma LeAnn, born August 2015. … Kacie Everhart (’15) welcomed her daughter Leighton Kate on Aug. 27. … UTA’s American Advertising Federation (AAF) welcomed guest speaker Jake Jordon, director of digital marketing at Enilon, at their Dec. 2 meeting. AAF students also attended the AAF Agency Crawl on Nov. 19 in Fort Worth. Students visited the offices of PAVLOV Advertising, JODesigns, Ilfusion and Warren Douglas Advertising.

Sean Noell (’12), right, technical director for KTVT CBS 11, visits with a broadcast student during a Nov. 4 class visit. (Photo contributed)

DISABILITY STUDIES: Catherine Kudlick (San Francisco State University) presented “Disabling Cures: Rescuing History’s ‘Incurables’ from the Clutches of the Present” on Nov. 19 in University Hall. The talk was co-sponsored by the Disability Studies Minor, the Department of History, Women’s and Gender Studies, the Department of Psychology and the Office for Students with Disabilities.

ENGLISH: The Dallas Morning News Irving blog noted that Senior Lecturer Kathryn Warren led a presentation and discussion about the works of Harper Lee, the classic To Kill a Mockingbird and the recently published Go Set a Watchman last month at the South Irving Library. … Professor and Department Chair Bruce Krajewski has been selected as a Section Editor in Philosophy for The Open Library of Humanities. … Graduate Teaching Assistant Rod Sachs was recently featured in The Shorthorn about the growing De-Archive Collaboration – a digital humanities project that connects students with teachers from around the world. Sachs was also an invited speaker this week for a conference on international social justice.

LINGUISTICS & TESOL: The Conversation published an op-ed by Associate Professor and Department Chair Laurel Stvan, which addressed the Norwegian use of the word “Texas” as slang for “crazy.” … Stvan also gave a talk on Dec. 4 to the UTA Chinese Culture and Language Association (CCLA) on “Teaching in China in the 90s and Today.” … Six UTA linguistics presented work at the 7th annual Metroplex Conference in Linguistics held at UNT in Denton on Nov. 14: three oral presentations: by doctoral students Iya Price, Kent Rasmussen and Darcey Browning, and three poster presenters, doctoral student Samantha Cornelius, Stvan and MA student Devin Hornick. … Doctoral student JungAe Allman defended her dissertation on Nov. 16 on the topic “Korean Unaccusativity from an Empirical Perspective.” … Fulbright Scholar Pius W. Akumbu (University of Buea, Cameroon) lectured on phonology and African cultures Dec. 3 in the Chemistry and Physics Building, Room 303. … Michael Mansbridge, UTA’s first BA in Linguistics (2011) and now a PhD student at Nagoya University in Japan, gave a talk on campus Nov. 20 for the Language Processing Group: “Integration resources in prenominal relative clause processing.” … Gloria Munson, Intensive English Program Instructor, will have her article “Changing a light bulb…” appear in the upcoming volume of New Ways in Teaching with Humor published by TESOL Press. … Assistant Professor Suwon Yoon has had an article accepted in the journal Language, published by Linguistic Society of America: “Scalar marking without scalar meaning: non-scalar, non-emphatic EVEN-marked NPIs in Greek and Korean.” The article was co-written with Anastasia Giannakidou (University of Chicago). … Yoon and Arum Kang will also have a presentation at the January LSA meeting in Washington, D.C: “Two types of speaker’s ignorance over the epistemic space: Referential vagueness marker inka vs. epistemic subjunctive marker nka in Korean.” … MA student Kimberly Johnson will also be presenting work, “The role of context in interpreting a versatile modal in Creek (Muskogean),” at the 2016 Meeting for the Society of the Study of Indigenous Languages of America in Washington, D.C.

MUSIC: Josh Bailey, UTA alumnus and Yellowhammer High School band director, is featured in a Texas Monthly article about the success of this tiny school band, which is prepping for its trip to the state final competitions. Bailey, who studied music at UTA, is leading a band where two dozen kids put on the kind of show usually performed by hundreds.

POLITICAL SCIENCE: Associate Professor Brent Sasley was interviewed last month by WBAP/820 AM (ABC Radio) about the situation developing in Syria following the attacks in France and Gov. Abbott’s call to bar Syrian refugees from Texas. … Associate Professor Allan Saxe was quoted in a Fort Worth Star-Telegram article about the dozens of local candidates filing for spots on the 2016 ballot for posts ranging from state representative to sheriff to party chair. Saxe said that “the election season this year is highly charged,” and that “incumbents likely are not thrilled.” … Saxe discussed the role of conservative talk radio in influencing the upcoming presidential election, KTRH 740 AM (Houston) reported. “They believe that if the Republicans do not take the White House, it will be gone for a generation or more.” Saxe said. … Professor Susan Hekman explored whether one true self exists for any person during San Francisco’s KALW 97.1 Philosophy Talk.

PRE-LAW CENTER: The Pre-Law Center at UT Arlington has relocated to Room 205 in University Hall.

THEATRE ARTS: Associate Professor Dennis Maher, who played the lead in the Maverick Theatre Company’s recent production of “The Man Who Came to Dinner,” will serve as announcer and Standard Bearer for the College of Liberal Arts commencement ceremonies Dc. 18. … Associate Professor Joe Chapa played Banjo in last month’s ”The Man Who Came to Dinner.” … Scenic Designer Michelle Harvery is designing the Spectacular Senior Follies’ “Christmas in Lewisville” production, which opened Dec. 4 at the MCL Grand Theatre in Lewisville. Harvey is also designing the Turtle Creek Chorale Christmas production of “Home,” which opens Dec. 17 at the Dallas City Performance Hall. … Senior Lecturer Seraphina Nova has two film projects receiving professional film screenings next week. Both short films will be screened at the Granada Theatre in Dallas at 7 p.m. Dec. 15-16. … Senior Lecturer Laurel Whitsett was principle player in Nova’s short film “Cyberdancing.” Whitest was also an accent coach for Alice Braga, who will star in USA Network‘s upcoming series “Queen of the South”. Braga’s first language is Portuguese, so Laurel worked with her on the intelligibility of English. Because she is portraying a Mexican National, some of the work included identifying the sounds the occur in both Portuguese and Spanish and diminishing sounds that prevent intelligibility on camera. … Amanda Jackson, artistic director of Maverick Dance Company is performing at The Gaylord Hotel’s annual holiday extravaganza, “ICE!” This is a “sing and dance” event at 8:30 p.m. Dec. 18. The performance is free and takes place near the ICE! Christmas around the World exhibit entrance. Amanda and company will have a 20-minute performance slot. … Theatre Arts major Rachel Glass was awarded the First Annual Dueling Arts International Presidents’ Scholarship. This scholarship covers the full cost of the DAI winter workshop in New Orleans, Dec. 28-Jan. 3. … Theatre Arts major Austin Bender was awarded full tuition to the 24th annual Stage Combat Workshop at Louisiana Tech University, April 3-4, 2016. … BFA graduate Timothy Paul Brown is cast in the production of “A Christmas Carol 2015” at Dallas Theater Center, running now through Dec. 26. … Theatre Arts major Kaylee Killingsworth co-directed “Seussical” at Plano Children’s Theatre Nov. 19-Dec. 6. … UTA student Michael Carver-Simmons and former Maverick Joshua Eguia performed in SceneShop’s “A Fifth of Christmas” Dec. 5th at Arts Fifth Avenue.

WOMEN’S STUDIES: Whitney Peoples, post-doctoral fellow in Women’s and Gender Studies, presented research at the National Women’s Studies Association Conference in November: “‘Your Blues Ain’t Like Mine:’ Black Women, PMDD and Marketing Narratives of Women’s Depression.” Peoples was also the keynote speaker for the recent UTA African-American Faculty and Staff Association Reception. She spoke on “Crafting Intellectual Community: The Role of the Postdoctoral Fellow.”


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