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UTA In The News — Monday, April 4, 2016

Monday, April 4, 2016

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Depicting academics

A Times Higher Education story about the often-negative fictional depictions of scholars noted research by Barbara Tobolowsky, a UTA associate professor in educational leadership and policy studies. She analyzed 12 series produced between 1996 and 2014 that were set, in whole or in part, in a higher education institution and found that few of the “primetime professoriate” had a happy home life. Tobolowsky’s study will appear in a forthcoming book that she has co-edited with Pauline Reynolds, an associate professor in education at the University of Redlands, titled "Media Representations of American Higher Education: The Anti-intellectual University and Other Depictions."

Moritz Speaker Series

An Ironman heart transplant recipient and renowned sports cardiologist duo will kick off The University of Texas at Arlington’s Inaugural Moritz Speaker Series from 4 to 6 p.m. on April 12 at the Maverick Activities Center’s Lone Star Auditorium, Health Canal reported.

Pillai elected Fellow of UK's Royal Society for Public Health

Vijayan Pillai, a University of Texas at Arlington professor of social work and internationally recognized expert in women’s rights and reproductive health in developing countries, has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health in the United Kingdom, India West reported. The Royal Society for Public Health represents 6,500 public health educators and professionals in the fields of health promotion, environmental health, and medicine and food safety trainers.

National champs

UTA’s Movin’ Mavs have long been a power in collegiate wheelchair basketball. Now the much newer Lady Movin’ Mavs have a banner of their own, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. The women’s team, only a couple of years old, won its first national championship over spring break, defeating top-seeded University of Illinois 65-51 in the National Wheelchair Basketball Association intercollegiate tournament in Edinboro, Pa.

National art recognition

Fort Worth Business noted that Sedrick Huckaby, a University of Texas at Arlington assistant professor of art, is one of seven winners of the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition 2016 hosted by The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. Huckaby earned a commendation for “Sedrick, Sed, Daddy,” a self-portrait painting. Huckaby’s painting and 42 works by the six other winning artists will be in the museum’s exhibition, “The Outwin 2016: American Portraiture Today,” which runs through Jan. 8 at the gallery in Washington, D.C.  

The sociology of surrogacy

A University of Texas at Arlington researcher has found that although the majority of today’s surrogates are compensated for their services, many of the women are reluctant to think of themselves as workers and outsiders often misunderstand their vocation, HealthCanal reported. Heather Jacobson, associate professor of sociology, offers the first book-length ethnographic examination of gestational surrogacy in the U.S. in "Labor of Love: Gestational Surrogacy and the Work of Making Babies." Jacobson will be the featured guest during the second hour of KERA 90.1 FM's Think talk show today.

Apathetic voters

The Victoria Advocate quoted Allan Saxe, a UTA associate professor of political science, in its story about apathetic voters. Saxe said the belief that a single vote won't make a difference is a common reason people don't vote, but there are many more. "Some [people] just have no culture in political participation or even following politics. Others may not vote because it is too troublesome, time consuming to vote -- even though voting is so much easier in recent years than ever."

New role

The Longview News-Journal noted that UTA alumnus Chad Harkey was promoted to vice president and is compliance manager with the Bank Secrecy Act and Anti-Money Laundering/Office of Foreign Assets Control. Harkey holds a degree in political science from UTA, and is a certified fraud examiner and a certified anti-money laundering specialist.  

Talking tuition

The Dallas Morning News Trail Blazers Blog reported that in a 68-page report submitted to state lawmakers Thursday, the University of Texas System made the case for why their Board of Regents in February approved tuition increases for all of its institutions except UT Austin. The blog noted that while certain campuses incrementally increased tuition, UT Austin and UTA froze their tuition for five years starting in 2011.

Campus carry

With concealed carry on campus just a few months away, Texas' public universities have written plans with wide variations on where and how they will allow people to carry guns, the Austin American-Statesman and several other media outlets reported. Faculty at the UT Austin campus will be allowed to ban guns from their individual offices, but not faculty at The University of Texas at Arlington.