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UT Arlington receives $7.5 million contribution, largest in school history

The University of Texas at Arlington announced the biggest gift in its history Thursday, a $7.5 million donation from a global manufacturer of scientific instruments, The Dallas Morning News reported. The philanthropic gift from Japanese-based Shimadzu Scientific Instruments will help fund the Institute for Research Technologies, where scientists and students will use the devices to conduct research and make environmental and pharmaceutical advances. “This relationship has created the opportunity for many future collaborations between UT Arlington and global companies,” said James Spaniolo, the university’s outgoing president. “Now UT Arlington can provide the equipment and research teams required to help industry partners answer their most pressing problems.”

Scientific discovery, innovation and research at The University of Texas at Arlington received a $7.5 million boost Thursday with a record gift from Shimadzu Scientific Instruments, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. "This is the largest single cash commitment in the history of UT Arlington," President James Spaniolo said during a celebration to highlight the gift.

The Shimadzu gift will support one of the most significant installments of advanced scientific equipment in the United States, Carolyn Cason, UT Arlington’s vice president for Research, told the Dallas Business Journal.  "We have expanded (an existing) partnership with Shimadzu through the placement of scientific instruments on campus, some of which will be the first of their equipment in the United States, and some the first in North America," Cason said. The Fort Worth Business Press also noted the news.

Local television stations KDFW/Fox 4, KTVT/CBS 11, WFAA/ABC 8,  KXAS/NBC 5, as well as radio stations KERA/90.1 FM and KRLD/1080 AM reported on the Shimadzu gift. Pamela Jansma, dean of the UT Arlington College of Science, told WBAP/820 AM that the Institute will “elevate UT Arlington’s reputation as a place where the best faculty and students come to explore.”

ABC News radio online, WGCL/CBS Atlanta, Fox Carolina, KCTV (Kansas City, MO), WLNE (Providence, RI),  KTTC/NBC 12 (Richmond, VA), and numerous media organizations across the country reported on the $7.5 million contribution by Shimadzu Scientific Instruments to UT Arlington.

D Magazine Healthcare Daily reported that the partnership with Shimadzu will bring UT Arlington some instruments that will debut in the United States for the first time. Said Shuza Maruyama, president of Shimadzu Scientific Instruments in a statement: “Our technologies enable research that improves people’s lives, and we have a great passion for preparing students to be the next generation of great scientists.”

Karbhari named sole finalist to become president of UT Arlington

The University of Texas System Board of Regents has named Vistasp Karbhari the sole finalist for the presidency of The University of Texas at Arlington, IndiaWest reported. The board announced Karbhari after interviewing candidates and considering recommendations of an advisory committee that reviewed nominations and applications for the position.

Nursing college sees surge in enrollment

The University of Texas at Arlington hit a record high enrollment this semester with nearly 34-thousand students, KTVT/CBS 11 reported. A large number includes those studying in the College of Nursing. Its enrollment has nearly quadrupled over the last four years, with 7,995 signed up for spring 2013. Many of the students are taking virtual nursing classes. “It’s very hard for a working nurse to drive somewhere, leave work, and then they have their families,” said Elizabeth Poster, dean of the College of Nursing. “So this, they can do online, anytime, anyplace.”  A version of the report also appears at CBSDFW.com.

The Dallas Business Journal reported on North Texas nursing schools seeing a surge in enrollment numbers, noting that UT Arlington’s College of Nursing has grown to almost 8,000 students this year. Reform and a coming tide of retirements have built demand for skilled nurses.

Neighbors share surveillance video with police

The Dallas Morning News interviewed Alex del Carmen, professor and chair of UT Arlington’s Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, for its story about Dallas-area residents who are sharing their personal surveillance video with police in an effort to catch criminals. “It allows the resident to be a stakeholder,” del Carmen said. “The community comes together to fight crime.” Placing cameras in yards isn’t illegal and doesn’t infringe on a citizen’s privacy, he said.

Del Carmen shares racial profiling data with Sweetwater Police

The Sweetwater Reporter noted the 2012 Racial Profiling Report compiled for the Sweetwater Police Department by Alex del Carmen, professor and chair of UT Arlington’s Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice.

Affordable bachelor's degree plan attractive to area families

Now Magazines mentioned UT Arlington’s affordable bachelor’s degree program, which allows some Tarrant County students to earn their degrees for $10,000. The students who enroll in the program will be able to earn a year’s worth of college credit in the Arlington and Mansfield school district before transferring to UT Arlington.

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