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UTA In The News — Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

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Preparing graduate students

The Chronicle of Higher Education featured an announcement by The Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning, at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, that it will expand the number of universities participating in its effort to prepare graduate students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to become better teachers. Nineteen institutions will join, including UT Arlington.

Agger on protest movement

Academics and those who study grassroots social movements are searching for historical examples of leaderless movements even as both major political parties contemplate how to embrace or distance themselves from Occupy Wall Street protestors, a story in The Christian Science Monitor said. The piece quoted Ben Agger, sociology professor and director of the Center for Theory at UT Arlington: “Mainstream media won’t ‘get’ Occupy Wall Street unless they do some historical and theoretical reading in these anti-authoritarian-but-socialist sources, traditions and movements."

Physics professor shares sports spotlight

The Arlington Citizen-Journal interviewed Andrew Brandt, UT Arlington physics professor, about his experience helping determine that a blast by the Texas Rangers’ Josh Hamilton into the farthest section of the upper deck in right-center field on June 27, 2010, could have gone 490 feet had it not hit the stands. "It was just something a little different," said Brandt, who cheers for the Rangers and the Boston Red Sox. "Like I said, my normal particles are much smaller than baseballs. It was good publicity for UT Arlington, and it was fun to meet Josh."

Inconsistencies to be expected, professor says

Allan Saxe, an associate professor of political science at The University of Texas at Arlington, was quoted in a Houston Chronicle story about the apparent contradiction between candidate Rick Perry’s disdain for government intervention and his reliance on government programs, government guarantees and government jobs his whole life. "It's almost inevitable that there are going to be inconsistencies in what candidates say and what they do once in office," Saxe said. "It's called being human."