Jeb Bush makes news at UT Arlington
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush made national news Friday as he visited
UT Arlington to speak about education reform in the last of the
2011-2012 Maverick Speakers Series lectures. Following an afternoon
panel discussion, Bush talked about the possible political future of his
son, George P. Bush, and the controversial shooting of Florida teen
Trayvon Martin. The comments Bush made were featured on CNN, in the Associated Press, Fox News website, CBS News website, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, The Dallas Morning News, The Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, The Los Angeles Times, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, the Denver Post
and numerous other outlets. Bush told reporters that Florida's “stand
your ground” self-defense law "doesn’t mean chase after somebody who’s
turned their back.” KXAS/NBC 5 and WFAA/ABC 8
also reported on Bush’s comments and the story was featured on the
websites of numerous television stations throughout the country.
New head of robotics institute
Rick Lynch, a recently retired United States Army lieutenant general
with a background in robotics research, has been named executive
director of The University of Texas at Arlington’s Automation Robotics
and Research Institute (ARRI) in Fort Worth, according to the Fort Worth Business Press.
In addition to the robotics institute, Lynch will oversee the Texas
Manufacturing Assistance Center (TMAC), Cross Timbers Procurement Center
and the Small Business Development Center for Enterprise Excellence.
Lynch, who will start April 2, also will serve as a special adviser to
UT Arlington President James D. Spaniolo.
North Texas college students were so moved by last month's shooting
death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin that they took to Twitter and
Facebook last week with a call to mobilize, with a rally planned for
today at 11:30 a.m. at UT Arlington, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and WFAA/ABC 8
reported. "We have been watching the news very closely and we see the
impact it is having on the community," said Dontae Robison, president of
the UT Arlington NAACP. "We feel like his life was taken." Stories on KTVT/CBS 11, KXAS/NBC 5 and Pegasus News also mentioned today’s planned rally. Inside Higher Ed noted many rallies nationwide.
UT Arlington advances in sustainability contest
The University of Texas at Arlington has been named to the
“Environmental Eight” in the second round of first-ever March Madness
tournament designed to reward excellence in environmental studies,
Enviance, Inc. and the publication Environmental Leader announced today
One of these eight schools, which were all named to the “Sustainable
16” two weeks ago, is now just two rounds away from being named
“National Champion,” which comes with a $5,000 prize.