Editorial: Striving for Tier One isn't just about competition
There in the announcement of a new $25.2 million research institute at
The University of Texas at Arlington was an enthusiastic endorsement
from UT System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa: "The institute will
provide unlimited opportunities for scientific discovery for students,
faculty members and private sector partners, not only at UT Arlington,
but also nearby UT Dallas and UT Southwestern Medical Center.” A Fort Worth Star-Telegram editorial
noted that Cigarroa’s statement underscored a curious aspect of the
race to Tier One status: state universities are collaborating at the
same time they’re competing for limited funds and perhaps more-coveted
Experts on future particle accelerators meet at UT Arlington
reported that more than 200 scientists from all over the world are
meeting for The International Workshop on Future Linear Colliders at The
University of Texas at Arlington. They're edging closer to a Technical
Design Report for the International Linear Collider, due to be published
next summer, and are also discussing other potential future
accelerators, including the Compact Linear Collider, which has recently
published its Conceptual Design Report.
Nobel laureate in physics lectures at UT Arlington
A lecture at UT Arlington by Steven Weinberg, Nobel laureate in physics, was noted in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram Extra credit blog. The event last night was part of the weeklong international conference on future linear colliders.
RE2, Inc. selected to participate in DARPA robotics challenge
RE2, Inc., in partnership with Soar Technology, Inc. and The University
of Texas at Arlington, has been selected as a performer on the Defense
Advanced Research Project Agency's latest cutting edge robotics program
entitled the DARPA Robotics Challenge, Bloomberg Businessweek, RoboticsWire, Yahoo! Finance and other media outlets reported.
Tuition exemptions for veterans under the microscope
Kelly Davis, UT Arlington vice president for business affairs and
controller, was quoted in an article about tuition exemptions for
military veterans in The Texas Tribune.
The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board is expected to recommend
changes to the state policy that waives tuition and fees for veterans
and their families. While some of the proposed changes may cause some
relief for some college and university administrations that are forgoing
millions in revenue each year, others might give them pause.
Belli interviewed about Mayawati’s legacy
Melia Belli, UT Arlington assistant art history professor, was quoted in The New York Times India blog
about lavish parks and a statue of the former Uttar Pradesh chief
minister Mayawati in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh India, that she
commissioned. Ms. Mayawati “believes that she’s given her people a
history,” said Belli, who traveled to Lucknow last year to study the
parks. “So I think these parks will be around long after we’re dead
because there will be riots from Dalits if they took them down.”
Sports venues and economic development
Sports team executives meeting in Dallas yesterday noted UT Arlington in
their discussion of sports venues, transportation, residential
construction, and economic development in North Texas, The Dallas Morning News reported. The executives predict area sports venues will draw more nearby development.
Psychology professors research creativity in human networks
Psychology News carried a report from The Shorthorn
that said the research of two UT Arlington professors may impact how
organizations are structured to influence creativity. Psychology
associate professor Jared Kenworthy and psychology professor Paul Paulus
will soon study how creativity works in human networks or social groups
Veterans face delay in healthcare
interviewed Ray Queen, UT Arlington student and military veteran, about
life after service and the delays facing dozens of veterans trying to
access healthcare through the VA North Texas Health Care System. Queen
is studying art and photography.
MLB, race and pop-ups
In a story that examined Major League Baseball’s race relations and economics and pop-ups, Pacific Standard magazine
noted a study by Craig Depken, former UT Arlington assistant economics
professor. Depken and Jon Ford of Pepperdine University looked at the
starting lineup of the All-Star team from 1990 through 2000. “The
evidence suggests that after controlling for player and team
characteristics, blacks and Latinos were actually preferred by MLB
All-Star voters during the 1990s,” they wrote. The two men also found
some regional differences.