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UTA In The News — Monday, November 28, 2011

Monday, November 28, 2011

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Avoiding holiday weight gain

KERA/90.1 FM’s Health Checkup with Sam Baker featured an interview Monday with Christopher Ray, director of UT Arlington’s Center for Healthy Living and Longevity. Ray told Sam Baker that the best way to avoid the potential weight gain is by keeping track of the calories you intake and balancing them with exercise -- or just plain simple movement. Ray said: “I've lost somewhere around 50 pounds over the last three years. The big catalyst for that was when I started being evidenced-based in my approach.”

Addressing the increase in family violence cases

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported Monday on the Youth Offender Diversion Alternative, or YODA, program, which is a combined effort of Judge Jamie Cummings' court in Tarrant County and The University of Texas at Arlington's Center for Clinical Social Work. The program is aimed at addressing the rise in Tarrant County of family violence cases involving people ages 17 to 25 and nonintimate relatives such as mothers, fathers or siblings. It is funded by a $92,000 grant from the Amon G. Carter Foundation. Lieu Huynh, a licensed social worker and therapist who serves as case manager for the program at UT Arlington, said: “The majority of these kids have never gotten in trouble before. They really want to be a part of their families. A lot are really saddened by this."

Cooling Facebook's data centers

KTVT/CBS 11 reported on research by UT Arlington engineering professor Dereje Agonafer and his mechanical and aerospace engineering graduate students to develop better ways to cool Facebook’s massive data centers. The work could help speed up the social media site’s processes. The work is funded through a grant that is renewable for five years.

Strategic recruitment

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram noted an increasing trend among universities of pouring resources into strategic recruitment and strategic enrollment management to recruit top academic scholars and top talent for programs from marching bands or physics. Using information from ACT, SAT or PSAT applications, universities zero in on potential students through e-mails and social media. The piece quoted John Burton, chairman of UT Arlington’s music department, as saying he searches for talent at all-state music competitions and music educator conferences.  "All-state is like the top-tier activity that musicians can do," he said.

2012 Congressional elections

Fort Worth Star-Telegram columnist J.R. Labbe wrote that the 2012 congressional elections could be the ultimate high for North Texas political junkies. State Rep. Marc Veasey, a popular protégé of former U.S. Rep. Martin Frost, and Fort Worth City Councilwoman Kathleen Hicks have announced intentions for run for District 33, one of four new congressional seats in Texas. The district runs from southeast to north Fort Worth and includes Forest Hill and central and east Arlington. The University of Texas at Arlington and Arlington's entertainment complex are in the district as well as a large portion of Fort Worth's Trinity River Vision project. Fort Worth Councilman Sal Espino and the Rev. Kyev Tatum also were said to be considering the race.

Student enrollment at area colleges

The Dallas Business Journal featured a slideshow about North Texas’ largest colleges and universities and placed UT Arlington (33,439 students in fall 2011) second in size to the University of North Texas (35,754 students).

UT System partners with MyEdu

A recent investment in MyEdu Corp., which operates a course-planning website for students, isn't the first time that the University of Texas System and its Board of Regents have drawn scrutiny regarding questions of transparency, conflicts of interest or political overtones in connection with their stewardship of a multibillion-dollar public endowment, the Austin American-Statesman reported. The story was a follow-up to reports about MyEdu, a Web platform in which Regents invested $10 million and that allows students to plan courses, rate professors, calculate costs and exchange comments with professors and fellow students. UT Arlington is a pilot site for myedu.

Occupy Wall Street

Ben Agger, director of the UT Arlington Sociology Department’s Center for Theory, was quoted in a Christian Science Monitor piece about the Occupy Wall Street movement’s efforts to use video as an organizational and motivational tool. Agger dismissed the effort, saying: “The revolution cannot be blogged.”