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UTA In The News — Monday, February 20, 2012

Monday, February 20, 2012

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How we learn

Marc Schwartz, University of Texas at Arlington education professor and director of the Southwest Center for Mind, Brain and Education, was featured in a Fort Worth Star-Telegram story about how easily accessible internet research may be influencing students’ learning. Schwartz said that the Internet may be rewiring how research is done but that learning is influenced more by teachers in the classroom. "I had to memorize Martin Luther King's famous 'I Have a Dream' speech in school," Schwartz said. "I don't think memorizing a speech is a necessary step to understand the message, why it's important or why we need to keep coming back to that message."

Sustainability certification for new park

The architecture website featured numerous photos of UT Arlington’s Green at College Park and interviews with the park’s designer from Schrickel, Rollins Associates, a member HKS Architects team that designed College Park Center and David Hopman, a UT Arlington associate professor of architecture. The Green is one of the first three sites in the world to gain certification from the Sustainable Sites Initiative, a rating system for landscapes.

A job well done

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram profiled Arlington Police’s victim services unit, which consists of 10 paid staffers, eight college interns -- several from The University of Texas at Arlington School of Social Work -- and three regular volunteers. The team, which aided 13,043 people last year, consoles and advises people traumatized by everything from headline-grabbing murders to garage break-ins. Police spokeswoman Tiara Richard said: "It's a very, very tough job, but they are good at it.”

Keeping the beat

The website announced the opening March 30 of a new documentary called “The Beat Hotel,” which features music composed by Daniel Cavanaugh, UT Arlington associate professor and associate director of jazz studies. The movie is about a hotel in Paris where many of the Beat Poets and writers spent their time between 1958 and 1963.

Zero tolerance for dealing

Last week’s arrests at Texas Christian University sent a tough message to college students everywhere: There is zero tolerance for drug dealing, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. Leaders and campus police at several universities said that even if the public expects drug use on campuses, officers have a responsibility to enforce the law. Frank Lamas, vice president for student affairs at The University of Texas at Arlington, said the school deals with drug use case by case, but when it comes to drug dealing, UT Arlington takes a harder stance. “Zero tolerance,” he said. “If you are dealing drugs, you are gone.”

Policy no problem for tobacco-free UT Arlington

University administrators on campuses around the state are mulling campus-wide tobacco-free policies as a result of new rules established by the Cancer Research Prevention Institute of Texas, according to The Texas Tribune. In January, the institute’s oversight committee adopted a policy that requires grant recipients to have policies prohibiting tobacco use in buildings and structures where financed research activities are occurring, as well as at the outdoor areas immediately adjacent to those buildings. The story mentioned that UT Arlington, which has received nearly $2.3 million in CPRIT grants, is already tobacco free.

Giving graduate

Dallas energy billionaire and UT Arlington Distinguished Alumni Kelcy Warren has paid undisclosed millions to name a 5.2-acre park formerly known as Woodall Rodgers Deck Park in honor of his 9-year-old son Klyde, The Dallas Morning News reported. It’s a rare step into the public spotlight for the 56-year-old chief executive of Energy Transfer Partners LP. Warren is a member of the UT Arlington Development Board.

College of Nursing leader honored

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram’s Work Faces column featured UT Arlington College of Nursing Dean Elizabeth Poster. The Health Industry Council and Marshall Multimedia Group recently named her one of the Top 12 Women in Healthcare in North Texas.

College Park Center earns praise

An story about Friday night’s boxing event at College Park Center heaped praises on the new arena for its size and versatility. Boxing promoter Lester Bedford said: "I think it's got a great future. I think this will become a regular venue for HBO and Showtime events."  The story also mentioned future College Park Center events such as next month’s Drake concert and Jeb Bush’s appearance.

Hitting 60

Jim Witt, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram’s executive editor, mentioned a new book by UT Arlington economics professor Ryan Amacher in his weekly column. Amacher, who just published “A Baby Boomer’s Guide to Their Second Sixties” went to visit Witt after a previous Witt column that mentioned Amacher’s time as UT Arlington’s president.