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UTA In The News — Monday, August 15, 2011

Monday, August 15, 2011

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Ronald L. Elsenbaumer named provost

The University of Texas at Arlington has named Ronald L. Elsenbaumer, the University's vice president for research and federal relations, to the provost and vice president for academic affairs position, the Dallas Business Journal, the Fort Worth Business Press and Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. Elsenbaumer will succeed Donald R. Bobbitt, who plans to leave UT Arlington at the end of October to become president of the University of Arkansas System. Elsenbaumer's appointment takes effect Oct. 24.

'Best of the West' list

The Dallas Morning News' Education Notes reported: The University of Texas at Arlington made the "Best of the West" list in the Princeton Review's 2012 college rankings; The University of Texas System Board of Regents approved naming a new residence hall at UT Arlington's College Park for Tom Vandergriff, former Arlington mayor, U.S. representative, and Tarrant County judge; And, that UT Arlington Provost Donald R. Bobbitt will leave at the end of October to become president of the University of Arkansas System.

Michael Moore on Gov. Perry's presidential bid

KXAS/NBC 5 interviewed Michael Moore, UT Arlington dean of undergraduate studies and associate professor of political science, about Gov. Perry's presidential bid. "He's now going to be before voters in some states that are more liberal, that don't agree with his ideas, in front of a national media that's going to question him and pry into every aspect of his life in a way that has never happened," Moore said during the station's Saturday 6 p.m. newscast. A longer interview with Moore aired during the station's Saturday 10 p.m. newscast.

Michael Moore on national scrutiny of Gov. Perry

KDAF/CW 33 also interviewed Michael Moore about the national scrutiny Gov. Perry will now face in the GOP race. "In Texas, he gets a pass," Moore said. "He's never had to campaign in this way. We're going to find out if Perry can campaign on a national stage and whether or not his message appeals outside of Texas.. the southern states." The Chicago Tribune, The Baltimore Sun, Sun Sentinel, Orlando Sentinel, WTKR/NewsChannel 3 (Norfolk, VA), WHO/NBC 13 (Des Moines, IA), and WPMT/Fox 43 (Harrisburg, PA) published the CW 33's! Friday evening interview on their websites. KDAF/CW 33 aired additional parts of their interview with Moore on Saturday evening.

Thomas Marshall analysis of Gov. Perry's presidential bid

Thomas Marshall, a UT Arlington political science professor, appeared live Saturday evening on KDFW/Fox 4 to offer analysis of Gov. Perry's presidential bid. "On the whole, his record in Texas is going to be very helpful," Marshall said. "We're 8 percent of America and we create, roughly a third of the new jobs that are done in this country that stay."

Victoria Farrar-Myers discussing Gov. Perry and campaign finance

Victoria Farrar-Myers, a UT Arlington political science professor, appeared live on KXAS/NBC 5 Sunday morning, where she discussed Gov. Perry and campaign finance. "He's typically raised money here in Texas with increments of $100,000," Farrar-Myers said. "The real test for Perry, I think, is going to be building that infrastructure across 50 states -- to be able to really put on a grassroots fundraising campaign effort with small donors -- that's something that he hasn't been successful with as of yet."

Gov. Perry's many election wins

TexasMonthly mentioned The University of Texas at Arlington in a story about Gov. Perry's many election wins. Kenneth Neighbours, who lost the 1984 Democratic primary for District 64 to Perry, kept regular journals that are now held at UT Arlington. Several of the entries address his campaign against Perry.

David Silva

The Shreveport Times published a Gannett News Company report that quoted David Silva, UT Arlington vice provost for academic affairs and professor of linguistics. The article advised professionals to use words that build credibility, not questions.

Julian Hurdle

The Dallas Morning News reported University of Texas at Arlington microbiologist Julian Hurdle has been awarded $1.9 million from the National Institutes of Health Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine. Hurdle, who is developing a treatment for Clostridium difficile, one of the most widespread hospital infections in the U.S., plans to study the effect of reutericyclin compounds on bacteria.

Potential shortages of useful metals

­­A Science News article on the potential shortages of useful metals mentioned Ping Liu, a UT professor of physics. In 2002, Liu and colleagues published a paper in Nature describing experiments that mixed magnetically hard and soft particles made of iron and platinum.

Preparing freshmen for colleges

A Fort Worth Star-Telegram story about preparing freshmen for colleges featured UT Arlington orientation leaders and programs aimed at helping students on a number of fronts, including financial aid, tutoring and counseling. Brian Joyce, UT Arlington associate director of New Maverick Orientation, called the program key for new students. "They leave here, and they are prepared," Joyce said. "They know what to do."

Generation Debt Happy Hour

KDAF/CW 33 interviewed UT Arlington students about Generation Debt Happy Hour, an initiative that encourages students to discuss college costs over cocktails. The Friday gatherings have been hosted across North Texas because of what one student called a student loan debt crisis.

UT Arlington alumna Lori Donovan new chief nursing officer

UT Arlington alumna Lori Donovan is the new chief nursing officer at Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital, the Fort Worth Business Press reported. Donovan earned a master's degree in nursing administration from UT Arlington in 2006. She was recognized as a Great 100 Nurse by the Texas Nurses Association in 2005.

Jose Jimenez named chief diversity officer

Computer Sciences Corp. has named Jose Jimenez as its chief diversity officer, Diversity reported. Jimenez earned his Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from UT Arlington.

Dallas domestic violence shelter

The Dallas Morning News reported on a Dallas domestic violence shelter that focuses on immigrant and refugee populations. The article quoted Walter Nguyen, a UT Arlington Distinguished Alumni (2005) and executive director/founder of Mosaic Family Services. He is also a Vietnamese refugee. "In our culture, for anybody, for the victim to come forward and report the abuse or the potential killer, it's almost like it's a no-no," Nguyen said. "They don't want anybody to know they reported a husband."