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UTA In The News — Monday, April 7, 2014

Monday, April 7, 2014

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New Nursing dean named

Anne Bavier, a nationally recognized health care leader who has held posts at top ranked universities and at the National Institutes of Health, is the new dean of the UT Arlington College of Nursing, according to International Business Times, The Street, Digital Journal, Reuters and Boston.com. Bavier previously served as dean of the University of Connecticut School of Nursing in Storrs, Conn. and also served as dean of the nursing at Saint Xavier University in Chicago. She is president-elect of the National League for Nursing, which includes more than 39,000 members.

Nursing dean nationally recognized

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram talked with Anne Bavier, the new dean of the UT Arlington College of Nursing, about her plans for leading the College, which will now include kinesiology faculty. She said: “I think that it is exceptional because the quality of everything they have done with research, online classes, face-to-face teaching and retention rates … I’m a real believer in, ‘You plan your work, and you work your plan.’”

Students use fledgling bus service

A Texas Tribune story on public transportation in Arlington that appeared in The New York Times featured John Hall, UT Arlington vice president for administration and campus operations, and two students. The story focused on the success of the Metro ArlingtonXpress, or MAX, bus service, which the University helped fund. “We are starting to see more and more students taking advantage of the MAX, and we have also noticed a decline in the number of parking permits that we sold to students this year for parking vehicles on campus,” Hall said. 

Certification programs grow

Beth Mancini, associate dean of the UT Arlington College of Nursing, was featured in a Houston Chronicle story about the growth of certificate programs. Colleges and universities in Texas awarded 74,000 certificates in 2012, 10,000 more than associate's degrees. "We produce education and we need to be much more flexible to meet the needs of a population that is no longer in 'x' miles of your brick-and-mortar college, but has a global perspective," Mancini said.

Professor quoted in campaign story

Rebecca Deen, UT Arlington associate professor of political science, was quoted in a San Antonio Express-News story about a tweet by the campaign for Sen. Wendy Davis that linked the equal pay for women issue with a picture of Greg Abbott lifting a chain. “It's inflammatory — which maybe is what you want on Twitter. But I'm not sure that it helps you,” Deen said.

Movin' Mavs featured at Final Four practice

UT Arlington’s wheelchair basketball team, the Movin’ Mavs, held a 30-minute intra-squad scrimmage before the Final Four teams took the floor for their open practice sessions Friday at AT&T Stadium, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Micro manufacturing systems featured

Dan Popa, associate professor of electrical engineering at UT Arlington, was featured on the website Micro Manufacturing explaining how manufacturers deal with adhesive forces that act on the surfaces of objects. Popa is head of the Next Generation Systems Research Group at UT Arlington, which researches best practices in designing microscale manufacturing systems.

Baptist Standard profiles UTA student

The Baptist Standard profiled Putti Sok, a UT Arlington graduate, about her involvement with the campus Baptist Student Ministry and the evolution of her faith. Now enrolled at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Forth Worth, Sok plans to study missiology in the fall.