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New Amon G. Carter Foundation grant will enhance UT Arlington School of Social Work research

News Release — 9 September 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media contact: Herb Booth, (817) 272-7075, hbooth@uta.edu

ARLINGTON - The Amon G. Carter Foundation of Fort Worth has awarded The University of Texas at Arlington School of Social Work $350,000 to link academic research with community partners who meet the needs of people on a daily basis.

The award is the single largest gift to the School of Social Work in its 42-year history.

The gift will help establish the Social Work Innovation Incubator, which will conduct research with community partners focused on developing solutions to Tarrant County problems.

The project's overall aim is to improve the standard of living for Tarrant County's most vulnerable families.

Sheila Johnson, secretary of the Carter Foundation's Board of Directors, said the foundation is focused on community investment and views the UT Arlington Social Work Innovation Incubator as a perfect fit for that mission.

Scott Ryan, dean of the UT Arlington School of Social Work, said the Carter Foundation award will help align University research with the needs of community partners.

"The goal of the project is two-fold," Ryan said. "We want to strengthen the capacity and effectiveness of social service programs in Tarrant County. And we want to conduct research that produces results of national interest."

John Bricout joins UT Arlington from the University of Central Florida as associate dean for research and community outreach in the School of Social Work and will oversee the incubator.

"Collaborating with our community partners to address pressing community challenges is essential to producing tangible social impacts that change lives in Tarrant County and also further national dialogue," Bricout said.

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