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UTA In The News — Monday, January 2, 2012

Monday, January 2, 2012

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Sleep apnea

Improving comfort and the ability to diagnose and understand sleep apnea is in the works at The University of Texas at Arlington, where bioengineering researchers are collaborating with the UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas and Sleep Consultants of Fort Worth, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. Researchers have designed a more portable ultrasonic sensor system that will allow patients to be tested at home for a longer period. UT Arlington researchers have applied for a provisional patent for its concept and technology.

Nursing school enrollment

If meeting the nation’s demand for nurses means boosting enrollment at nursing schools, The University of Texas at Arlington seems to be doing its share and more, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram said. The school’s enrollment has increased from 1,912 students in 2008 to 5,949 students last fall. A record 1,244 students earned bachelor’s degrees in nursing in the 2010-11 school year, more than four times as many as in 2007-08. The most remarkable growth is in a program launched in 2008 that aims to move non-degreed nurses who have their registered nurse certification to a Bachelor of Science degree, which employers prize. Beth Mancini, chairwoman of the College of Nursing’s undergraduate program, said the program started with 150 students and now has about 4,000 who attend classes on campus and online. “We’re cited as the fastest-growing nursing program in the country,” Mancini said.

Nursing field news site

Anyone interested in nursing can find useful news items and educational resources on a new micro-news site launched this week by UT Arlington’s College of Nursing, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and the Houston Chronicle reported. The information is aimed at registered nurses already in the workforce, prospective nursing students and their educators. The news site includes information about UT Arlington’s nursing programs, the nationwide shortage of degreed nurses and nursing faculty, growing enrollment in online nursing degree programs, and future public healthcare policy. The site is part of UT Arlington’s goal of encouraging more nurses to complete their Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees, opening the door not only to better patient care, but opportunities to become nurse educators or healthcare administrators.

Bilingual education

Diario La Estrella, the Star-Telegram’s Spanish language edition, reported that UT Arlington faculty members Luis Rosado and Carla Amaro Jimenez have received a $2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to enhance bilingual education.

Faculty members honored

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported on honors for three UT Arlington faculty members. Zeynep Celik-Butler, director of UT Arlington’s Nanotechnology Research and Teaching Facility and a professor of electrical engineering, has been named a fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Liping Tang, a UT Arlington bioengineering professor, has been named a fellow of the American Institute of Biological and Medical Engineering. Andrew White , co-director of the Center for High Energy Physics at the University of Texas at Arlington, has been named a fellow of the American Physical Society.

Music professor buzz

The Minneapolis Star-Tribune listed a concert by UT Arlington music associate professor and associate director of jazz studies Dan Cavanagh as a “big gig.” The paper called Cavanagh “a fine pianist, outstanding composer and heralded university music prof.”

Event staffing

CSC, the world leader in providing crowd management services, has signed a three-year contract with UT Arlington to provide event staffing at College Park Center, a new $78 million, 7,000-seat events venue, Reuters reported. CSC will provide event staffing with upward of 40 employees for various College Park Center events, including basketball and volleyball games, commencement ceremonies and concerts. CSC has previously worked with UT Arlington to provide commencement staffing. The development of College Park Center has triggered renewed interest in downtown Arlington, enhancing desirability for the city and University while ensuring job creation.

Iowa Caucus

With just days before the Iowa caucus, the Republican presidential candidates are making a final push to win voters and drive them to the polls, WBAP/820 AM reported. The story quoted UT Arlington political science professor Allan Saxe. “You can look very good [in Iowa] finishing number two or number three,” Saxe said. He said candidates who have struggled, such as Rick Perry and Rick Santorum, could gain momentum with a strong showing in Iowa. He believes Santorum has the greatest chance to surge after the first contest.

Top sports story

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram listed UT Arlington’s move to the Western Athletic Conference as one of the top sports stories of 2011.

College tuition

Texas students planning on attending a state university next year should get ready to dig deeper into their pockets for that education, the El Paso Times said. Several of the state’s universities are expected to propose tuition hikes for the coming biennium after state lawmakers slashed higher education funding by nearly $1 billion to help close a $27 billion shortfall. The story noted that UT Arlington will not increase tuition next year.