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Wednesday, April 11, 2012

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State Senator to propose review of Texas Castle Law

KTVT/CBS 11 interviewed Randy Butler, a reserve police officer and senior lecturer of criminology and criminal justice at UT Arlington, about state Sen. Royce West’s plan to review Texas’ Castle Law. He said he will introduce legislation that requires all cases involving deadly force, including self-defense, to go before the Grand Jury. Butler said the proposed legislation may be unnecessary. “Police officers in general do not want the responsibility of being judge and jury,” he added.  Senator West’s proposal is in response to the shooting death of a Florida teen. In that case, police questioned the shooter and then let him go after deciding it was self-defense. Police did not send the case to the District Attorney for further investigation.

Texas presidential primary loses influence after Santorum exit

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram interviewed Allan Saxe, associate professor of political science at UT Arlington, about the May 29 Texas Primary, which loses influence now that Rick Santorum has withdrawn from the GOP presidential race. Santorum’s exit “make[s] the Texas presidential primary moot,” Saxe said. “It is set: Gov. Mitt Romney vs. President Obama for the heavyweight championship.”

Noted scholar returns to UTA for talk on Islamic culture and American music

Islamic influence on popular American music will be the main topic at a forum Thursday at The University of Texas at Arlington, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram Extra credit blog reported. The discussion will feature Hussein Rashid, adjunct professor of religion at Hofstra University. “[Dr. Rashid’s] work is important for many reasons,” said Melia Belli, assistant professor of Asian art history at UT Arlington. “For one thing, due to the misrepresentation of Islam in American media and entertainment, most Americans have a very misinformed, negative view of the faith. He reminds us that the Muslim representation in the U.S. is significant and contributes much.”

Shimadzu Center offers new research opportunities

Campus Technology.com and GenomeWeb reported that The University of Texas at Arlington has opened a research center, the Shimadzu Center for Advanced Analytical Chemistry, according to a statement released Monday by the company. Outfitted with $6 million of chromatography, mass spectrometry, and spectroscopy equipment from Shimadzu Scientific Instruments, the university's new center will enable researchers from the College of Science and the College of Engineering to explore new advances in medicine as well as in the development of nanofabrication materials for industry.

New Master of Science in Real Estate program

The Real Estate Center at Texas A&M University reported that The University of Texas at Arlington is adding a new Master of Science in Real Estate — Sustainability to its portfolio of sustainability-focused academic programs. Classes begin May 12 at The Universities Center at Dallas and fall 2012 at the UT Arlington Fort Worth Center in downtown Fort Worth.

College Park Center tour and talk

Arlington Conservation Council will sponsor a free tour and talk April 11 at UT Arlington’s College Park Center, the Arlington Citizen-Journal reported. Representatives of the University of Texas System will lead a discussion of green building elements, both visible and stealth, and other environmentally aware features of the state-of-the-art venue. The tour begins at 7 p.m. in the lobby.

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