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UTA In The News — Thursday, November 10, 2011

Thursday, November 10, 2011

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Proposal would keep current tuition rates in 2012-2013

The Dallas Morning News reported that The University of Texas at Arlington is proposing a tuition freeze for the 2012-2013 academic year. “Our intent is to maintain current tuition rates through next year. And since the University has offered all-inclusive tuition for the past few years, all fees already are included in our tuition rate. There are no hidden surprises,” said UT Arlington President James D. Spaniolo. KDFW/FOX 4, the Dallas Business Journal and Pegasus also reported on the tuition proposal.

Cancer researchers awarded $1.2 million grant

The Fort Worth Business Press reported that The Cancer Prevention & Research Institute of Texas has awarded two University of Texas at Arlington bioengineering researchers more than $1.2 million to explore better methods of detecting cancer, the school has announced.

'Greener' electronics

Lab Manager magazine online,, and Science Business reported that UT Arlington has teamed up with Binghamton University, Villanova University and 15 U.S. companies to launch a first-of-its-kind collaborative research center whose holistic approach to energy efficiency development could mean savings of millions of dollars and a much ‘greener’ electronics industry.

Asteroid comes close to earth

KDFW/FOX 4 interviewed Manfred Cuntz, UT Arlington associate professor of physics and director of the Astronomy Program, about YU55, an asteroid that came closer to the Earth than the moon on Tuesday. “The fact that an asteroid comes close to earth is in some sense no big surprise, its trajectory has been followed for quite some time,” Cuntz said.

Attracting more minorities to geology

The University of Texas at Arlington and Tarrant County College are working to attract more minority students to geology -- an academic area that is expected to offer more job opportunities in energy and environmental fields in upcoming years, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. Educators at UTA and TCC say they don't want minority students to miss a chance to tap into fields that had a median annual salary of $79,160 in 2008 and that were expected to grow by up to 18 percent from 2008 to 2018, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The schools' efforts to help minorities become geoscientists and hydrologists -- both study the Earth's composition and structure -- recently got a boost when they received a three-year, $200,000 grant from the National Science Foundation.

Cutting edge research

The U.S. Department of Energy will fund two additional cutting-edge research projects at the Ames Laboratory through its Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy's (ARPA-E) Rare Earth Alternatives in Critical Technologies (REACT) program, and Science Business reported. UT Arlington is one of the partners in the second project that will investigate ways to reduce dependence on rare earths in wind turbines and electric vehicles.

Financial Planning Association

A report published by Reuters and the Associated Press announced that Marty Durbin has been elected to The Financial Planning Association Board of Directors. Durbin holds a bachelor’s degree in business accounting, and a MBA in finance from UT Arlington.

NexBank names new CEO

NexBank has named Scott Siekielski as its new chief operating officer, the Collin County Business Press reported. Siekielski earned an MBA in accounting and a master’s degree in real estate from UT Arlington.

Making a difference in safety engineering

The American Society of Safety Engineers website announced that the organization’s Women in Safety Engineering Common Interest Group has honored Linda Berryman for making a difference in the safety, health and environmental field as part of the WISE’ 100 Women, Making a Difference Safety’ project. Berryman recently retired from Devon Energy in West Texas and New Mexico. She also worked with her colleagues at OSHA and The University of Texas at Arlington to spearhead the biannual OSHA O&G Safety Conference, which has been attended by over 1,500 safety professionals.

New VP for Balfour Beatty Campus Solutions

Mobility TechZone, Citybizlist and reported that Josh Smith has joined Balfour Beatty Campus Solutions as vice president to expand the firm’s growth in the U.S. higher education marketplace. Smith earned a graduate degree in real estate from UT Arlington.