New center aims to attract faculty, students and research
Shimadzu Scientific Instruments opened the Shimadzu Center for
Advanced Analytical Chemistry at The University of Texas at Arlington to
give researchers at the university access to enhanced capabilities for
trace qualitative and quantitative analysis, MarketWatch, Yahoo! Finance, San Francisco Chronicle, Reuters, Photonics.com, TMC.net
and other science websites reported. The center is located in UT
Arlington’s Chemistry and Physics Building and contains $6 million of
chromatography, mass spectrometry and spectroscopy equipment. “This
equipment will provide opportunities for faculty and for students in a
laboratory that is truly on the cutting edge of analytical
possibilities,” said University President James D. Spaniolo. Shimadzu’s
instruments will be used to research illnesses such as cancer and
malaria, and to develop nanofabrication materials for industry. In
concert with the opening of the center, Kevin Schug was named the
Shimadzu Distinguished Professor of Analytical Chemistry. Schug is an
associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry and will oversee the
new laboratory. In a separate story about the new Shimadzu Center, Pamela Jansma, dean of UT Arlington’s College of Science, told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram
that the University hopes the center will help attract faculty,
students and research while also stimulating more partnerships between
the University and industry. KXTX/Telemundo Dallas also reported on the center.
Florida: great cities should be "cool and creative"
Dallas Morning News
business columnist Jim Landers referenced last week's UT Arlington
symposium on strengthening the regional economy with urban futurist
Richard Florida in a column about what Dallas needs to do to be
competitive with other great cities. Dallas is growing, in both
population and in jobs, Landers wrote. But great cities should also be
“cool and creative," he said. Florida focused on three basic needs: to
build the research and development heft of the area’s universities; to
nurture more local talent instead of poaching from other parts of the
country; and to collar the sprawl pattern of growth.
New graduate program in sustainable real estate
The University of Texas at Arlington is bringing a time-honored mantra
to life by adding a master's degree program in sustainable real estate,
the Arlington Citizen-Journal
reported. It will begin May 12 at the Universities Center in downtown
Dallas and be offered in the fall at the UT Arlington Fort Worth Center.
Enrollment is open. "The new program will have a stronger commercially
driven agenda with an emphasis on making the business case for
sustainability," said Fred Forgey, executive director of UT Arlington's
real estate graduate program.
Darvish winning fans and boosting cultural pride
The Dallas Morning News
interviewed Kambiz Alavi, a University of Texas at Arlington professor
and associate chair of electrical engineering, about Yu Darvish, the
Texas Rangers new pitcher from Japan, who is part Iranian. Alavi said
Iranians are proud of their art, poetry, film and other cultural
achievements. This [Darvish] could be yet another important point of
pride. “He’s tall. He’s handsome. He’s accomplished,” Alavi said. “Every
Iranian wants to associate with him.” Also, he said, sports has a way
of fostering goodwill and defusing tension among cultures. But perhaps
in addition to those lofty cultural goals, Alavi said, he hopes Darvish
will provide a boost for his beloved Rangers.
Running without those hi-tech distractions
interviewed Ben Agger, professor and director of the Center for Theory
at UT Arlington, about the benefits of leaving watches, and other
gadgets behind when running in order to find mental peace. “Wearing
technology while running intrudes on the mind’s attempt to give itself
over to the body,” Agger said.
Master of Fine Arts Exhibition opens
Dallas Art News
mentioned the Master of Fine Arts Exhibition that will be held April
9-21 at The Gallery at UTA. The exhibition features five artists – Jorge
Garza, Mary K. Helmes, Collin Hover, Patty Newton and Janet
Morrow—showcasing their work in film/video, visual communication and
intermedia studio art.