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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

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Nursing grant secured

The UT Arlington College of Nursing has received a $90,000, two-year grant from the state will allow it to study struggling nursing students to determine how to better help them succeed, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. The grant was funded by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board's Nursing Innovation Grant, which aims to improve retention of at-risk students. Student success coordinators at UT Arlington help map study plans and offer tips on time management and how to fit homework with work as part of the University's Online Academic Partnership Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, the story said.

Economics chair quoted

Gov. Rick Perry often cites job creation in his Texas as an economic miracle but some are saying it's an economic mirage as many the new jobs are poor hourly wage professions that people say can't sustain a decent living, the Guardian in the United Kingdom reported. Roger Meiners, a UT Arlington economics professor, was quoted in the article. "The tax and regulatory policies are more business friendly than in other large states," Meiners said.

Architect selected

Kate Holliday, UT Arlington assistant professor in the School of Architecture, has been named to the Dallas American Institute of Architects' editorial advisory board, PR Log reported. The board will help decide which architecture stories, trends and projects make the AIA magazine, Columns.

Graduate named CFO

Victor Perez has been named Glori Energy's chief financial officer, CNBC.com and several other websites reported. Perez received his master's degree from UT Arlington.

Sociologist says TV show lacks morality

Bravo has announced that it would delay the new season of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, which was rocked by the suicide of one of its main characters, the Christian Science Monitor reported. Ben Agger, director of the Sociology Department's Center for Theory at UT Arlington, was quoted in the story. "We are in a growing culture of people who want to watch and be watched. If Bravo had any moral sense whatever, they would pull the plug on this show immediately, but the more likely scenario is that they will find a way to leverage the death for ratings."

Building better computer recognition system

A UT Arlington computer science engineering researcher has won two new National Science Foundation grants to further his work in developing a computer recognition system that eventually will yield a visual, online American Sign Language dictionary, the Deaf Network of Texas reported.