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UTA In The News — Friday, October 14, 2011

Friday, October 14, 2011

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Blazing a trail

University of Texas System campuses are poised to greatly expand online courses — and possibly enrollment — by contracting with private companies that specialize in ramping up distance degree programs, UT officials said Thursday, the San Antonio Express News reported. The newspaper said UT Arlington blazed the online trail a few years ago by signing on with Academic Partnerships to offer degrees in nursing and education. Gene Powell, chairman of the UT Board of Regents, said universities will not be forced to sign contracts, but the board is negotiating with three vendors to give campuses vetted options.

Getting enough iodine?

Doctors and dietitians keep telling us to avoid the salt, but that advice could be hurting our health in ways they never anticipated because of a lack of iodine in diets, according to a MSN Health article that quoted UT Arlington Professor Purnendu Dasgupta. Dasgupta, a professor of chemistry and biochemistry, said that the answer to increasing our iodine intake is as plain today as it was in the 1920s. 'The problem would all go away,” he said. “If we instituted universal salt iodization.”

Glass art in Prague

UT Arlington graduate and adjunct faculty member Shannon Brunskill is mentioned in a Prague Post story about the exhibits "Stanislav Libenský Award 2011" and "Glass.Design" at the Imperial Stables of Prague Castle. Brunskill, the only American included in the international competition, combines found objects - the frame of a classic tricycle and little red wagon - and thermal shocked glass to evoke the fragility of childhood and invisible emotions.

Helping students at a crossroads

Michelle Bobadilla, UT Arlington's senior associate vice president for outreach services and community engagement and assistant provost for Hispanic student success, was interviewed by CBS 11 about a Dallas college information and admissions center called University Crossroads. UT Arlington is one of more than two dozen colleges and universities working with the center to help students gain access to higher education.

Estimating college's cost

UT Arlington was mentioned in a Fort Worth Star-Telegram consumer column about online "net price calculators" designed to give students and their families an estimate of what a college education will cost.

Former president honored

Robert Witt, UT Arlington’s president from 1995-2003 and the current president of the University of Alabama, will be inducted into the Alabama Academy of Honor, The Gadsden Times reported. The Academy of Honor was created in 1965 by the Legislature to recognize living Alabamians who have made significant contributions to the state and nation. Membership is limited to 100.

Providing web solutions

Diana Tran, a recent graduate of the UT Arlington fine arts program, has been selected as a fellow for the Code for America project, the group’s website reported. Working with city managers, Code for America identifies projects that can benefit from web-based solutions. The organization recruits both the development teams and the participating cities through competitive application processes.