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UTA In The News — Thursday, February 23, 2012

Thursday, February 23, 2012

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Praise for College Park Center featured UT Arlington's College Park Center in a feature on "How 10 New or Renovated Venues are Reshaping the Nation's Touring Circuit." The new $78 million College Park Center opened Feb. 1 with wins by both the men's and women's University of Texas at Arlington basketball teams, an extravaganza featuring the Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders, the UT Arlington dance and cheer teams, the school's pep band, pyrotechnics and a ceremonial ribbon-cutting of Texas-sized proportions. The entertainment news source noted that College Park Center is being positioned as the premier midsize venue in the North Texas region, offering a more intimate -- and in the case of many acts, realistic -- option than the American Airlines Center in Dallas, which has about 21,000 seats. It compares favorably with Verizon Theatre in Grand Prairie, Texas, which has about 6,300 seats facing a traditional proscenium stage.

Nursing professor wins D Magazine honor

D Magazine has named Judy LeFlore, a UT Arlington associate professor of nursing and a nurse practitioner at Children’s Medical Center of Dallas, as one of 21 recipients of its Excellence in Dallas Nursing Awards. LeFlore was credited for her work in developing game-based training simulations and with collaborating with UT Dallas to build an online program for neonatal nurse practitioners that offers printable lectures along with interactive games. She says educators need to be forward-thinking in the way they train nurses, whom she sees as “the most important component in patient outcomes.”

Software donation brings state-of-the-art abilities

Pointwise, a Fort Worth-based software company, has donated 30 fully supported licenses of its software for the Computer Aided Design Lab in Woolf Hall at The University of Texas at Arlington, the website MCADCafe reported. The software and support donation has a commercial value of approximately $184,275. “This software is valuable in speeding up numerical modeling of complex, three-dimensional flows,” says Frank Lu, professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering. “Modeling is an integral part of advanced engineering design. Our students will benefit from being exposed to this state-of-the-art capability.”

Agger: America not yet post-racial

UT Arlington Professor Ben Agger was quoted in a Christian Science Monitor story about cable provider Comcast’s announcement Tuesday that it will carry four new channels, each headed by a minority owner – including one headed by Earvin “Magic” Johnson. Agger, director of the Center for Theory at UT Arlington, praised Johnson’s concept for the “Aspire” channel: “Young people forget, or never knew, the transformational impact of the series 'Roots' or 'The Cosby Show.' Johnson is to be applauded for recognizing that America is not – yet – post-racial."