Big 2012 education stories include Spaniolo stepping down
James Spaniolo announced this summer that he is retiring after leading The University of Texas at Arlington for eight years, The Dallas Morning News noted in a recap of 2012's top education stories. While Spaniolo oversaw the school during a surge in enrollment, he also helped move it away from the long-held commuter school image with various dorm and campus improvements. The centerpiece was this year’s opening of the $78 million College Park Center. UT Arlington is now the UT System's second largest school.
Associate dean says simulation valuable learning tool
Beth Mancini, associate dean at The University of Texas at Arlington College of Nursing, was quoted in a Careers in Healthcare supplement to USA Today. “Through simulation, our nursing students get to make many decisions in a safe environment," said Mancini, who also is president of the Society of Simulation in Healthcare. "In the past, we couldn’t ensure that every nursing student would see a woman in fetal distress, but deep learning occurs in simulation because we can let a situation evolve, then discuss what happened in a non-punitive way."
UT Arlington engineers finding new ways to cool integrated circuits
A team of UT Arlington researchers funded by the National Science Foundation is working first to minimize the heat generated in three-dimensional integrated circuits and then to develop nano-windows that will allow the heat to dissipate before it damages the silicon chips inside, websites such as Bio-Medicine and NSF.gov reported. Ankur Jain, assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, is working with colleague Dereje Agonafer, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, and Roger Schmidt, IBM fellow and chief engineer, on the project.