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UTA In The News — Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

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Chancellor McRaven visits UT Arlington

Dr. Frank Alexander, the recently-appointed Chair of the University of Texas Chancellor's Committee for the 2014-15 academic year, will welcome his colleagues on the University of Texas Chancellor's Council Executive Committee to the UT Arlington campus for their winter Business Meeting, Bloomberg Businessweek, Technology Today, Fox Tallahassee, KHQ-TV.com (Spokane, WA) and other media organizations reported. The meeting will mark new Chancellor William McRaven’s first official visit to UT Arlington and “we are eager to show him and the rest of the council the exciting innovations in research that are happening here," Alexander said.

Dropping into the "Teacher Tank"

EdTech Digest.com and Digital Producer.com noted that George Siemens, executive director of The University of Texas at Arlington's Learning Innovation and Networked Knowledge Lab, will serve as a “shark” in the “Teacher Tank” during the Launch Pad program at the Online Learning Consortium’s (OLC)/ MERLOT Emerging Technologies for Online Learning Symposium (ET4Online), April 22-24, in Dallas. The Launch Pad showcases early-stage edtech startups. A new feature this year is “Teacher Tank,” in which a panel of online learning thought leaders will provide constructive feedback in a lively on-stage exchange with Launch Pad startups, much like the popular TV show “Shark Tank.”

Violence in the Middle East

International Business Times quoted Brent Sasley, a UT Arlington associate professor of political science, in its story on the likelihood of escalation after the Israeli strike on Hezbollah. The most likely scenario for a response by the group would be an attack outside of the region, rather than a provocation of hostilities on the border, Sasley said.

Linguistic justice

The Huffington Post Impact blog posted an op-ed connecting Martin Luther King Junior’s call for social justice to the need for linguistic justice for Native Americans. The piece, written by Colleen Fitzgerald, professor of linguistics and director of the Native American Languages Lab at UT Arlington, said: “Language is always a vehicle for social justice. Righting wrongs. Native American language revitalization sustains the life force of communities.”

Gov. Abbott sets the stage early

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram quoted Allan Saxe, a UT Arlington associate professor of political science, in an article about Fort Worth Diocese Bishop Michael Olson, who gave the benediction at Gov. Abbott’s inauguration Tuesday. Abbott is the state’s first Catholic governor in more than 150 years and is expected to remain true to his faith. “The bishop is a very important person in Texas,” Saxe said. “Greg Abbott may be setting the stage for a more comprehensive administration but likely will not change any of his strong social views.”

Alumna named new Arlington attorney

University of Texas at Arlington alumna Teris Solis has been named Arlington’s new city attorney, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. Solis, 51, grew up in Arlington and has spent the past 23 years working in the city attorney’s office, handling matters ranging from contracts and economic development deals to advising the City Council and citizen boards.  

Dream sculpture proposed for downtown Arlington

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported on the proposed Dream sculpture, that if commissioned, would be the seventh word in Schomberg and Kimpton’s Large Word Series, which also includes Love and Ego. It would also be the couple’s first word sculpture installation in Texas. Photographer and businessman Bob Pruitt is trying to bring Dream to downtown Arlington. One idea, Pruitt said, is to change the color of the lights to coordinate with special events, such as University of Texas at Arlington’s Homecoming Week.