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UT Arlington In The News - Friday, February 8, 2013

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Friday, February 8, 2013

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Meiners on American Airlines

Roger Meiners, professor and chairman of the economics department at UT Arlington, appeared on KTVT/CBS 11 to comment on a potential merger between American Airlines and US Airways. “I don’t think there’s going to be many changes that we will see as the users of their services here,” Meiners said. But, he added, it means consumers won’t experience the interruption they may have faced if American was dismantled in bankruptcy.

Guns on campus considered

NBCNews.com featured a KXAS/NBC5 story on a bill that would allow CHL holders to bring concealed weapons onto public universities. More than a dozen state senators have signed on to Senate Bill 182, also known as the  “Campus Personal Protection Act." The story noted the student congress at UT Arlington previously passed a resolution against CHL holders bringing concealed guns to class.

Improving healthcare tech

A UT Arlington software engineer is refining a computer testing tool that reduces the amount of time and expense companies must spend to determine whether a new program works, according to websites such as PhysOrg.com and e! Science News. Jeff Lei, an associate professor of computer science and engineering, said the Advanced Combinatorial Testing System, or ACTS, has myriad applications though he currently is focused on using ACTS in healthcare information technology.

Enrollment tops records

KRLD/1080AM reported on UT Arlington’s record-setting spring enrollment of 33,806. The reported noted that the College of Nursing leads the growth, with nearly 8,000 students.

Cross-country advertising

A Fort Worth Star-Telegram story about Gov. Rick Perry and Attorney General Greg Abbott’s efforts to convince residents and businesses in California and New York to leave for Texas featured UT Arlington associate professor of political science Allan Saxe. "It is likely a 'poke in the eye' to what is perceived as a liberal state with economic difficulties while Texas and other states are doing relatively well," said Saxe.