Improving comfort and the ability to diagnose and understand sleep apnea
is in the works at The University of Texas at Arlington, where
bioengineering researchers are collaborating with the UT Southwestern
Medical Center at Dallas and Sleep Consultants of Fort Worth, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram
reported. Researchers have designed a more portable ultrasonic sensor
system that will allow patients to be tested at home for a longer
period. UT Arlington researchers have applied for a provisional patent
for its concept and technology.
Nursing school enrollment
If meeting the nation’s demand for nurses means boosting enrollment at
nursing schools, The University of Texas at Arlington seems to be doing
its share and more, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram
said. The school’s enrollment has increased from 1,912 students in 2008
to 5,949 students last fall. A record 1,244 students earned bachelor’s
degrees in nursing in the 2010-11 school year, more than four times as
many as in 2007-08. The most remarkable growth is in a program launched
in 2008 that aims to move non-degreed nurses who have their registered
nurse certification to a Bachelor of Science degree, which employers
prize. Beth Mancini, chairwoman of the College of Nursing’s
undergraduate program, said the program started with 150 students and
now has about 4,000 who attend classes on campus and online. “We’re
cited as the fastest-growing nursing program in the country,” Mancini
Nursing field news site
Anyone interested in nursing can find useful news items and educational
resources on a new micro-news site launched this week by UT Arlington’s
College of Nursing, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and the Houston Chronicle
reported. The information is aimed at registered nurses already in the
workforce, prospective nursing students and their educators. The news
site includes information about UT Arlington’s nursing programs, the
nationwide shortage of degreed nurses and nursing faculty, growing
enrollment in online nursing degree programs, and future public
healthcare policy. The site is part of UT Arlington’s goal of
encouraging more nurses to complete their Bachelor of Science in Nursing
degrees, opening the door not only to better patient care, but
opportunities to become nurse educators or healthcare administrators.
Diario La Estrella,
the Star-Telegram’s Spanish language edition, reported that UT
Arlington faculty members Luis Rosado and Carla Amaro Jimenez have
received a $2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to
enhance bilingual education.
Faculty members honored
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram
reported on honors for three UT Arlington faculty members. Zeynep
Celik-Butler, director of UT Arlington’s Nanotechnology Research and
Teaching Facility and a professor of electrical engineering, has been
named a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
Liping Tang, a UT Arlington bioengineering professor, has been named a
fellow of the American Institute of Biological and Medical Engineering.
Andrew White , co-director of the Center for High Energy Physics at the
University of Texas at Arlington, has been named a fellow of the
American Physical Society.
Music professor buzz
The Minneapolis Star-Tribune
listed a concert by UT Arlington music associate professor and
associate director of jazz studies Dan Cavanagh as a “big gig.” The
paper called Cavanagh “a fine pianist, outstanding composer and
heralded university music prof.”
CSC, the world leader in providing crowd management services, has
signed a three-year contract with UT Arlington to provide event staffing
at College Park Center, a new $78 million, 7,000-seat events venue, Reuters
reported. CSC will provide event staffing with upward of 40 employees
for various College Park Center events, including basketball and
volleyball games, commencement ceremonies and concerts. CSC has
previously worked with UT Arlington to provide commencement staffing.
The development of College Park Center has triggered renewed interest in
downtown Arlington, enhancing desirability for the city and University
while ensuring job creation.
With just days before the Iowa caucus, the Republican presidential
candidates are making a final push to win voters and drive them to the
polls, WBAP/820 AM reported.
The story quoted UT Arlington political science professor Allan Saxe.
“You can look very good [in Iowa] finishing number two or number three,”
Saxe said. He said candidates who have struggled, such as Rick Perry
and Rick Santorum, could gain momentum with a strong showing in Iowa. He
believes Santorum has the greatest chance to surge after the first
Top sports story
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram listed UT Arlington’s move to the Western Athletic Conference as one of the top sports stories of 2011.
Texas students planning on attending a state university next year should
get ready to dig deeper into their pockets for that education, the El Paso Times
said. Several of the state’s universities are expected to propose
tuition hikes for the coming biennium after state lawmakers slashed
higher education funding by nearly $1 billion to help close a $27
billion shortfall. The story noted that UT Arlington will not increase
tuition next year.