College Park Center transforms UT Arlington campus
WFAA/Channel 8 reported
on the last weeks of construction at College Park Center, the
7,000-seat special events center at UT Arlington that opens with
basketball games Feb. 1. It’s the centerpiece of the new College Park
District that's transforming UT Arlington, perhaps more than any other
development in the school's history, the report said. The center was
designed by HKS Inc., architects of the new Cowboys Stadium and the American Airlines Center.
"This is going to be right up there with the AA Center in terms of
quality and kinds of technologies it has, and the fan experience," said
HKS project manager David Skaggs. The center features giant video
screens for fans and luxurious, state-of-the-art training facilities,
lounges and learning centers for student athletes -- all designed to
draw high-caliber basketball players and more attention to UT Arlington.
Sleep Apnea device receives attention
UT Arlington bioengineering researchers have designed an innovative,
ultrasonic sensor system that can accurately detect whether a person
suffers from sleep apnea without the inconvenience or cost associated
with an overnight stay in a sleep center, the websites MedicalXpress.com and ThirdAge.com reported.
Sleep apnea affects an estimated 15 percent of adults nationwide. The
chronic interruption of breathing can lead to hypertension, heart
failure and even some brain injuries. The new detection system promises a
speedier path to diagnosis and eventual relief, said Khosrow Behbehani,
professor and chair of the UT Arlington Department of Bioengineering.
A Fort Worth Star-Telegram
editorial cautioned the Arlington City Council against being too
lenient with apartment zoning change requests in the area east of the UT
Arlington and adjacent to the University's new College Park District. A
proposed five-story apartment complex could further boost downtown
Arlington, which is beginning to see the fruits of years of
redevelopment effort. But Arlington City Council members must guard
against going gaga, the editorial said.
New athletic director
published a feature about UT Arlington’s new athletic director, Jim
Baker. Baker arrives at UT Arlington just in time to usher the Mavericks
into the Western Athletic Conference in July. He will oversee 14 sports