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UTA In The News — Friday, November 11, 2011

Friday, November 11, 2011

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Tuition proposal subject of The Daily Texan editorial

UT Austin's student newspaper, The Daily Texan, highlighted this week's proposal by UT Arlington President Jim Spaniolo to avoid a tuition and fees increase for the 2012-2013 academic year. The editorial said: "Spaniolo’s request for a tuition freeze is the first public indication in the system of an institution’s upcoming tuition policy. Other system institutions that would have used the Legislature’s higher education budget cuts to justify tuition increases will now need to find more individualized reasons for a tuition increase. Spaniolo’s decision to seek a tuition freeze shows that despite budget woes, institutions need not rely on a tuition increase to maintain their operations."

Gov. Perry's 'oops' moment

WFAA/ABC 8 interviewed Allan Saxe, UT Arlington associate professor of political science, about Gov. Perry’s memory lapse during Wednesday night’s presidential debate when he forgot which three federal agencies he would cut as president. Political analysts are now asking if Perry’s “oops” moment cost him his campaign. “It’s a possibility that he can be resilient and come back, but frankly it’s doubtful,” Saxe said.

KDAF/CW 33 interviewed UT Arlington students for reaction to Gov. Perry’s gaffe during the televised debate.

Rep. Patrick keeps focus on improving education

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram profiled the Tarrant County legislative delegation, which includes Rep. Diane Patrick, R-Arlington. A former schoolteacher and faculty member at The University of Texas at Arlington, Patrick will continue her focus on improving public and higher education. In a prelude to the 82nd legislative session, Patrick conducted her fourth annual Education Policy Summit at UT Arlington in October, drawing ideas from more than 200 education experts.

UT Arlington student wins Greenovation contest

Yahoo! News reported that Benjamin Johnston, a UT Arlington doctoral student in biomedical engineering, won the Texas Greenovation Contest, an annual competition aimed at inspiring students, entrepreneurs and business owners to identify green business ideas. Johnston earned first place with his idea for a microbial fuel tube. His concept breaks down organic waste cast out by food processing companies, wastewater treatment plants, and others. The concept helps reduce waste and lessen the impact on the environment with membrane and photovoltaic technologies. Additionally, the hydrogen bi-product of the process could be used to power equipment within an organization. The event was sponsored by The University of Texas at Arlington, the Small Business Development Center for Enterprise Excellence and TMAC. Johnston received a prize package valued at nearly $15,000.