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UTA In The News — Thursday, August 25, 2011

Thursday, August 25, 2011

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Political polling

A KXAS/NBC 5 story about a poll showing Gov. Rick Perry as the frontrunner in the race for the Republican nomination for president featured comments from Michael Moore, associate professor of political science and senior vice provost at UT Arlington. The story also mentioned a poll that put Perry within a few percentage points of President Obama. "The Democrats and Obama need to be concerned about any person on the other side polling next to them," Moore said.

Power woes

Wei-Jen Lee, electrical engineering professor and director of the Energy Systems Research Center at UT Arlington, was featured in a KTVT/CBS 11 report on energy problems related to this summer’s heat wave. Lee talked about potential problems that a shortage of cool reservoir water could cause at power plants across the state.

Online learning success

Even as debate continues about how problems of rising costs and unsatisfactory graduation rates, innovative web-based approaches to higher education are being piloted around the state and being embraced by students and, yes, even some faculty and administrators, The Texas Tribune reported. This is especially on display this week at the University of Texas System, whose regents have assembled in Austin for a board meeting. The article cited UT Arlington’s online programs in education and nursing as examples of success.

Textbook rentals

KXAS/NBC 5 reported that students at UT Arlington are now able to buy digital versions of some of their books and the popular rental program continues. The rental program saved more than $1 million last year, the station said.

The making of a professor

A profile of Minerva Cordero, UT Arlington associate professor of mathematics, is part of a biography project on the website of SACNAS, a society of scientists dedicated to advancing Hispanics/Chicanos and Native Americans in science. Cordero recounts her inspiring journey from growing up in a small town in Puerto Rico to becoming a professor.

Graduate named to Coordinating Board

UT Arlington graduate Janelle Shepard, of Weatherford, was one of five people Gov. Rick Perry named as new members of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, effective Sept. 1, according to KBTV/FOX 4 (Beaumont). Shepard is a registered nurse, board certified case manager and director of medical management at the Texas Health Resources Fort Worth Hospital. She is appointed for a term to expire Aug. 31, 2017.