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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

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Investing in Veterans

As part of a $1 million investment nationwide, JP Morgan Chase announced that it will provide a $122,000 grant to The University of Texas at Arlington to fund educational opportunities for military veterans, KXAS/NBC 5 and KDFW/Fox 4 reported. eWall Streeter.com said that the program could be a model for schools across the country. The story was also carried by MSN.com, Hispanic Business.com, Green Technology World, Education Technology and InvestorPoint.com.

Helping with the transition from military life to college

The University of Texas at Arlington will work to ease the transition from combat to a university setting for 50 military veterans in the fall as part of a $122,000 grant from JPMorgan Chase & Co., the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. The grant will allow UT Arlington to expand its Student Veteran Project through the School of Social Work and follow veterans throughout their first year at UT Arlington, providing them individually tailored educational and emotional assistance.

NIH grant awarded to Nguyen

Phys.org noted that Kytai Nguyen, associate professor of bioengineering at UT Arlington, has received a four-year, $1.4 million National Institutes of Health grant to create a nano-particle system to shore up arterial walls following angioplasty and stent procedures to treat coronary arterial disease.

Algebra II axed

UPI.com quoted James Epperson, a UT Arlington associate professor of mathematics, in an article about the state’s new Foundation High School Program that includes a path to graduation that does not include Algebra 2. “If you don’t take Algebra 2, you will be shut out of a college degree in business. You won’t ever be a scientist or engineer,” Epperson said. Instead of the higher-level math, the new program offers alternatives including Algebraic Reasoning or Statistics.

Prepping for test flights

Just weeks after its designation as one of six federally-approved test sites for unmanned aircraft systems, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi will conduct several test flights over South Texas ranchland to continue research and training on the RS-16 unmanned aerial vehicle, In Flight USA reported. The successful test site bid was a team effort involving the UT Arlington Research Institute and other research institutions and private-sector companies.

Special screening

Tuesday, March 4, fans in 10 cities across the country will have the exclusive opportunity to be the first viewers to see the Fox Network’s highly anticipated series premiere of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, Red Carpet Crash reported. The free screenings and question-and-answer event will originate from the COSMOS Pavilion at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, and will be uplinked via television satellite to renowned locations including The Planetarium at The University of Texas at Arlington.

Travel blog offers Final Four visitors recommendations for "What to Do" while visiting Arlington

Orbitz.com travel blog, Orbology, recommended The Planetarium at UT Arlington as a place to visit for fans that will be in Arlington for the NCAA Men’s Final Four Championship in April. Orbology called The Planetarium one of the biggest in Texas, noting that it includes public and private events like stargazing and field trips.

"11 Very Successful Business People Who Had a Tough Time in Their 20s"

PolicyMic.com noted that by age 20, state Sen. Wendy Davis was divorced, a single mother and had dropped out of UT Arlington. The article, “11 Very Successful Business People Who Had a Tough Time in Their 20s,” called the 20s a difficult, defining decade of exploration, self-development and often, failures. Steve Jobs, Mark Cuban and Oprah Winfrey also were named on the list.

Ready to run the political race

On the same day the City Council approved placing the District 9 election on the May ballot, two candidates filed Tuesday afternoon to run for the seat that Joel Burns is vacating, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. One of the candidates, Ann Zadeh, a former mayoral appointee and chairwoman of the Fort Worth Zoning Commission, has a master’s degree in city and regional planning from UT Arlington. Brian Renteria, a data analyst for the Fort Worth school district, is considering running. He earned a master’s in public administration from UT Arlington.