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UTA In The News — Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

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Shootings targeting police officers

KTVT/CBS 11 interviewed Randy Butler, a reserve police officer and senior lecturer in criminology and criminal justice at UT Arlington, about Tuesday’s ambush shootings of two Dallas police officers. Both officers survived but police see the incidents as a disturbing trend that increased last year with unprovoked assaults on police. Butler says ambushes are usually plotted by males in their 20s or 30s with psychological problems. “One way of expressing their frustration is by killing a symbol of authority,” he said.

Dean Poster honored

Elizabeth Poster, dean of The University of Texas at Arlington’s College of Nursing since 1995, was recently named one of the Top 12 Women in Healthcare in North Texas by the Health Industry Council and Marshall Multimedia Group. Since then, the college has become one of the largest nursing programs in the nation with 6,000 nursing students, the Dallas Morning News Education Notes reported.

Alum named new chief of Fort Worth schools

Longtime Fort Worth educator and UT Arlington alum, Walter Dansby, officially became superintendent of Fort Worth schools Tuesday night, the first minority to hold the post in the district, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.


The Dallas Business Journal and San Antonio Business Journal noted that UT Arlington is among the UT System colleges participating in the Finish@UT online degree program.

Privacy concerns (Houston) and other news websites posted the interview with Donald Gatzke, dean of the UT Arlington School of Architecture, about the new Omni Dallas Hotel. Some of its windows give people outside an unexpected view of the hotel’s guests. Gatzke believes the design of the corner suites’ might be part of the problem.

Cutting edge technology could help burn victims (Philadelphia) posted a KDAF/CW 33 interview with Eileen Moss, electrical engineer at UT Arlington’s Automation Robotics and Research Institute, about the Biomask being developed by UT Arlington engineers in conjunction with researchers from the Institute of Surgical Research in San Antonio and Northwestern University. The cutting edge technology hopes to regrow facial tissue in burn victims.

Redistricting fight

A proposed congressional map by Congressman Joe Barton, R-TX, would give him Dallas Cowboys Stadium and UT Arlington, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram PoliTex blog reported. He has been at odds with other Republican leaders over redistricting strategy for months. The shift, he explained, was done to increase the number of voting-age African Americans in Congressional District 30, currently represented by Democrat Eddie Bernice Johnson of Dallas. District 6, which is represented by Barton, currently includes all of Arlington and Crowley, part of south Fort Worth, and several counties south of Tarrant County.

Alum named Richardson's new city manager

The Richardson City Council appointed Deputy City Manager Dan Johnson to the position of City Manager effective June 1, 2012 during its regular meeting on Feb. 13, the Collin County Business Press reported. Johnson’s 35 years experience in public administration and leadership development include time as a guest faculty for UT Arlington’s Certified Public Manager Program.

Celebrating Black history

UT Arlington’s Multicultural Affairs and African-American Alumni Association celebrated Black History Month with a performance Tuesday night by the acclaimed Dallas Black Dance Theatre, reported.

Breaking color barriers

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram Extra Credit blog noted that UT Arlington integrated the first African-American students in 1962 while under the Texas A&M System. It was the first campus in that system to do so.

It's not rocket science... or is it?

The Chinese Institute of Engineers USA-DFW Blog featured the 2012 Youth Engineering Fair, which will be held Saturday, March 24, at UT Arlington.