U.S. News & World Report
featured a story on a new UT Arlington study finds that students
attending schools with anti-bullying initiatives may be more likely to
be a victim of bullying than children at schools without such programs.
The study was also reported by the United Kingdom's Daily Mail, the Science Blog, Health, Medical and Science Updates, MedIndia and
other online sites. "One possible reason for this is that the students
who are victimizing their peers have learned the language from these
anti-bullying campaigns and programs," said Seokjin Jeong, an assistant
professor of criminology and criminal justice at UT Arlington and lead
author of the study.
UT Arlington should be congratulated for placing No. 5 in the country in terms of being an ethnically diverse campus, a Fort Worth Star-Telegram
editorial said, citing a U.S. News & World Report ranking. UT
Arlington moved up from its No. 7 spot last year. The “diversity index”
as defined by the magazine, is based on where college-bound students
seeking diversity “are most likely to encounter undergraduates from
racial or ethnic groups different from their own.” The diversity ranking
wasn’t the only praise U.S. News had for UT Arlington. The university’s
undergraduate business school, ranked 141 last year among 388 similar
programs, shot up to No. 119 in this year’s listing.
Shoring up roads
A UT Arlington program of shoring up failing highway slopes using
recycled plastic pins is extending the lives of those roadways, CBS 11 KTVT reported.
Sahadat Hossain, a UT Arlington associate professor of civil
engineering, is leading the research and work effort with a $1 million
grant from the Texas Department of Transportation.
Arlington’s new MAX bus service is averaging about 250 riders per day in
its first month, which the region’s top transportation official says is
an amazing number for a new route in a city with virtually no tradition
of public transportation, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.
The MAX service — which stands for Metro Arlington Xpress — began Aug.
19. It is a partnership of the city, UT Arlington, area businesses and
two transit agencies. Buses make 18 daily departures, connecting the
eastern edge of the UT Arlington campus near Center Street and East
Border Street to the Trinity Railway Express train station at
UT Arlington’s Nanotechnology Research and Education Center joined the
University’s Shimadzu Institute for Research Technologies on Sept. 1 in
an effort to better support faculty research, lower operating costs and
adapt to user needs, Nanowerk reported.
Faculty member honored
D Healthcare Daily
reported that Daniel W. Armstrong, UT Arlington professor of
chemistry/biochemistry, has been named a fellow of the American Chemical
Society. Armstrong, UT Arlington’s Robert A. Welch Chair in Chemistry,
has authored more than 550 publications, including 29 book chapters and
one book, and holds 20 U.S. patents.
Environmentalists, naturalists and conservationists are trying to
preserve the future of the Lewisville Lake Environmental Learning Area, a
2,000-acre preserve aimed at restoring natural habitats, The Dallas Morning News
reported. The evaporation of federal funding now threatens its
existence. UT Arlington is part of a consortium that helps manage the
preserve, which has 20,000 visitors a year.
Violent video games
Whether the impact of playing violent video games influences real violence from those players continues to be debated, Zero Hora,
a Brazilian magazine reported. Michael Ward, UT Arlington economics
professor in the College of Business, was quoted in the article. His
published work says that when violent video games are played, acts of
violence tend to drop slightly. Marcelo Pesseghini, a 13-year-old
Brazilian boy who killed his family and himself, played one such violent
video game, the article said.
Dallas Mexican-Americans, who voted overwhelmingly for John F. Kennedy
in 1960, don't let the FBI surveillance during the 1960s taint their
fond memory of the role they played in that close election, The Dallas Morning News reported. Historians and university professors Ignacio García, who wrote the book Viva Kennedy: Mexican Americans in Search of Camelot,
and José Angel Gutiérrez agree that anti-discrimination protests seemed
to attract Hoover’s FBI. “The more they claimed to be pro-American and
America-love-it-or-leave-it attitude, the more the FBI thought it was a
ruse, that they were hiding their true identity,” said Gutiérrez, a UT
Arlington professor who studied FBI spying on Latino groups.
The Fort Worth school district bond plan includes $24 million for universal pre-kindergarten, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. Universal pre-kindergarten is not a new idea, said
Amber Brown, assistant professor of elementary education in the UT
Arlington College of Education. She said a universal program would help
families that can’t afford private pre-kindergarten but that earn too
much income to qualify for the district’s current program.
Proposed apartment complex plans revised
A developer has resubmitted plans for a scaled-back student housing
apartment complex downtown after the Arlington City Council rejected its
first proposal for having too many units, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram
reported. The new proposal calls for 169 units that would serve nearly
100 fewer students. Arlington city staff are currently reviewing
Greystar Student Living’s revised plans for the four-story Arlington
Lofts at 815 W. Abram St., which the developer has said will be marketed
to students at UT Arlington.