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UTA In The News — Monday, April 21, 2014

Monday, April 21, 2014

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World class institution

Since taking the reins as the eighth president of The University of Texas at Arlington nearly a year ago, Vistasp Karbhari is committed to advancing the university’s national and international profile while encouraging and celebrating student, faculty and staff success, the Fort Worth Business Press reported. Over the past few months, he’s been meeting and working with the community to build on the university’s assets and see UT Arlington achieve greater prominence in academics and research, particularly in achieving Tier One recognition as a premier public research institution.

Treatment breakthrough?

A University of Texas at Arlington physicist may have discovered a breakthrough in cancer research while working to create a luminescent nanoparticle to use in security-related radiation detection, the Fort Worth Business Press, Science Daily and Health Imaging Hub reported. Wei Chen, professor of physics and co-director of UT Arlington’s Center for Security Advances Via Applied Nanotechnology, recently published the results of his work with a newly developed copper-cysteamine on the website of the Journal of Biomedical Nanotechnology.

Experienced leadership

The University of Texas at Arlington has named Anne Bavier its new College of Nursing dean, Nurse.com and the Dallas Business Journal reported. Bavier will start her new position Aug. 1, 2014. She previously served as dean at the University of Connecticut School of Nursing and Saint Xavier University in Chicago. Bavier also served in several capacities at the National Institutes of Health.

Worker health

Unhealthy, overweight employees and those with concentration problems might benefit from treadmill workstations on the job, a UT Arlington faculty member and researchers from the Mayo Clinic and the University of Minnesota have found, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. Darla Hamann, an assistant professor at UTA's School of Urban and Public Affairs, said the recently published paper says burning calories doesn't come at the expense of being a productive worker.

Outstanding educator

Kenneth Roemer, UT Arlington Distinguished Scholar Professor, has been named an outstanding educator of the University of Texas System, KDBC 4 CBS in El Paso reported. Roemer has written extensively on Native American literature. One of his books on utopian literature was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize in American History. Roemer joined four others in being recognized as an outstanding educator.

Remembering a history maker

Bill Blair, a man who made history and later helped record North Texas history as a newspaper publisher, died Sunday, KXAS NBC 5 reported. He was 92 years old. Blair was the publisher of The Elite newspaper, which focused on the African-American community for decades. The newspaper was the primary sponsor for the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade. He also was a player for the Negro League. In June 2012, Blair donated his collection of newspaper materials and Negro League memorabilia to The University of Texas at Arlington.