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UTA In The News — Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

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People on the Move

The Dallas Business Journal included Andrew White, co-director of the UT Arlington Center for High Energy Physics, in its Executive People on the Move site. White has been named a fellow of the American Physical Society. He has taken part in groundbreaking research on the fundamental nature of matter at the DZero Experiment at the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory or Fermilab in Illinois.

Collaborating to solve energy-efficiency issues

Electronics Cooling reported that UT Arlington, Binghamton and Villanova Universities have joined with 15 U.S. companies to launch a collaborative research center whose holistic approach to energy efficiency development could mean savings of millions of dollars and a much ‘greener’ electronics industry. The newly designated National Science Foundation Industry/University Cooperative Research Center in Energy-Efficient Electronic Systems will link the fields of information technology, telecommunications, electronic systems and cooling equipment to solve issues of energy-efficiency in data center operation.

Finish@UT Arlington

The University of Texas System is creating a new path to completion for students who attempted – but for whatever reason – have been unable to finish their college degree, the Texas Tribune reported. So far, the Finish@UT program is fairly small. This fall, 18 students were enrolled with the declared intent to graduate from UT Arlington, 40 at UT El Paso and 72 at UT Permian Basian. However, the total course enrollments were significantly higher at each university, according to Martha Ellis, associate vice chancellor for community college partnerships with the UT System.

Super Bowl XLV legacy

The final whistle blew 10 months ago at Super Bowl XLV, but it will take another year or so before the game’s major legacy project opens, the Dallas Morning News reported. Salvation Army Youth Education Town organizers are still brainstorming programming ideas and awaiting construction approval from the charity that will operate the center for at-risk youths. Although plans are still tentative, local officials have settled on some specifics about how to transform the 19-year-old Family Life Center near The University of Texas at Arlington.

Helping those in need

The Dallas Morning News reported that Lifeline, a new beneficiary this year in The Dallas Morning News Charities, aims to help homeless families in the Grand Prairie school district. Along with the city’s social services, Lifeline maintains partnerships with the school district, police department and The University of Texas at Arlington.

Mentors making a difference

The Dallas Morning News reported on mentors making a difference in the Carrollton-Farmers Branch Independent School District. Vivian Mendoza, the community liaison for two schools involved and the person who organizes mentors, earned her master’s degree at UT Arlington. She says that if she had her way she’d have a mentor for each child at the school.

Supporting 'Occupy Wall Street'

Enid Arvidson, an associate professor in the UT Arlington School of Urban and Public Affairs, is among more than 200 college and university economists who support Occupy Wall Street, according to Pippinghole. The blog site describes Occupy Wall Street as a movement across the country and across the globe to liberate the economy from the short-term greed of the rich and powerful “one percent.”

Ecological Movement panel

Stacy Alaimo, a UT Arlington professor of English, will be a presenter Friday, Feb. 24, 2012, as part of the Ecological Movement panel held at The George Washington Medieval and Early Modern Studies Institute, the organization’s blog reported. Alaimo’s primary interests include the environmental humanities, animal studies and cultural studies.

UT Arlington alumna and actress profiled

The profiled actress Jill Saunders, who has appeared in several lead and supporting roles on film. She has also performed for television and on-stage. She earned her degree in acting from UT Arlington.