Hollywood's African-American film renaissance
Ya’Ke Smith, a UT Arlington assistant professor of film and an independent filmmaker, was quoted in a CNN.com
story about the Hollywood trend toward more movies about the black
experience in America. Smith cautioned against focusing solely on
historical subject matter instead of modern-day situations, saying he’d
like to see a mix of “both sides of the narrative.” He said: “We've come
a long way, but we still have a long way to go."
Anti-bullying efforts in schools
featured a recent Christian Science Monitor story on a study by UT
Arlington assistant professor of criminology Seokjin Jeong and a Fox News Latino
story also mentioned the study. The recently published work suggests
that some school approaches to the problem may have the unintended
effect of encouraging it, by planting in students' thoughts new bullying
tactics and ways to hide them.
In-state tuition for immigrants
Roger Meiners, a professor of law and economics at UT Arlington, was quoted in Mitchell Schnurman’s Dallas Morning News
column about political moves to end in-state tuition for immigrants
living here illegally. Schnurman said the law sends a message that Texas
doesn’t erect barriers to education. Meiners added: “Good companies
don’t come to Texas to exploit people making minimum wage. They want
Architecture alliance noted
a story on TEX-FAB, a nonprofit founded as an alliance among three
universities — The University of Texas at Arlington, University of
Houston and The University of Texas at San Antonio. The organization
connects design professionals, academics, and manufacturers who are
interested in using digital technology to explore new industry
relationships. Brad Bell, UT Arlington assistant professor of
architecture, is one of the group’s founders.
Charles Sorber, who served at UT Arlington’s interim president in 2003-2004, has died, the The Monitor (McAllen) and KOSA/CBS 7
(Odessa) reported. Sorber spent 11 years as president of UT Permian
Basin in Odessa and also served vice chancellor for special engineering
programs in the UT System.
Criminology research cited
A Houston Chronicle
column questioning the need for a new Harris County jail referenced UT
Arlington research on major inequities in the bail bond process. It said
people too poor to pay the bail set by a judge, or to pay even a
percentage of the bail to a bail bondsman, spend more time in jail than
the well off and receive harsher sentences.
UTA to host major conference focusing on MOOCs
The University of Texas at Arlington will host an international
conference Dec. 5 and 6 where scholars focused on Massive Open Online
Courses or MOOCs will bring their most up-to-date research and connect
with policy makers and consumers, the website PhysOrg
reported. The conference is funded by a $97,200 Bill & Melinda
Gates Foundation grant to UT Arlington and will be titled "MOOCs and
Emerging Educational Models: Policy, Practice and Learning."
The Dallas Morning News
featured a remembrance of Derek Main, a UT Arlington graduate student
and lecturer, who led the Arlington Archosaur Site, a fossil dig in
North Arlington. Main died unexpectedly in June and the 2,000-plus
fossils recovered from the site have been transferred to the Perot
Museum in Dallas.
Architectural symposium highlighted
A symposium to kick off Preservation Dallas’ Fall Architectural Tour
will feature Kate Holliday, architecture historian and associate
professor, School of Architecture at University of Texas at Arlington
and director of the David Dillon Center for Texas Architecture, and Mark
Lamster, architecture critic at The Dallas Morning News, the Morning News reported. Lamster also is a professor in practice at UT Arlington.
UTA Library exhibit on JFK noted
A compilation of exhibits around the country coinciding with the
fiftieth anniversary of the 1963 assassination of President John F.
Kennedy was featured in the Ventura County Star (Calif.) and the Daily Herald (Chicago). The story, from The Associated Press, featured the UT Arlington Libraries Special Collections exhibit of 80 photos.
A place for LGBT students
With the opening of a new center in its student union, LGBT students
at the University of North Texas will now have a designated place on
campus to find support and resources, the Dallas Voice
said in a story that also mentioned UT Arlington. Last year
administrators at The University of Texas at Arlington allocated $42,000
to expand LGBT programming with intern positions and peer volunteers.