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UTA In The News — Monday, March 19, 2012

Monday, March 19, 2012

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Money management

The Wall Street Journal interviewed John Adams, assistant professor of finance/real estate at UT Arlington, about a new study that finds that some funds earn drastically less than others on their securities-lending operations even when the funds themselves are similar. One possibility: "The people managing your money may sometimes be managing it more to benefit themselves than to benefit you," said Adams, one of the study's authors.

Anti-bullying conference and The Dallas Morning News blog, The Scoop, reported that U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder will speak at an all-day conference Tuesday at The University of Texas at Arlington. The subject: "Efforts to ensure safety and security for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people in schools and communities throughout the country." White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett will also speak at the event.

New restaurants sign on as College Park District retail tenants

Five restaurants will be the first retail tenants of UT Arlington's 20-acre College Park District development with menus that cater to college tastes: pizza, pita, pho and a sports grill, reported.

Low motor skills in children focus of research

Univision Dallas/Noticias 23 interviewed Priscila Caçola, a UT Arlington clinical assistant professor of kinesiology, about her research, which examines the cognitive links to low motor skills in children and ways to address the problem. About 6 percent of children suffer from difficulties in motor coordination, often wrongly attributed to stupidity or carelessness.

Carrizo Oil & Gas sells $190 million in properties

Carrizo Oil & Gas, a Houston-based producer that is among the larger operators in North Texas' Barnett Shale, said Friday that it sold $190 million worth of properties in the field to Atlas Resource Partners, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. Carrizo said the deal, expected to close in late April, involves 12,000 acres with 110 net producing wells in "noncore" areas. A Carrizo representative would not be more specific, but the company has previously described its Barnett Shale core as being Tarrant County, including 22 wells on the campus of The University of Texas at Arlington. The company said it will use proceeds to reduce debt and help fund drilling, mostly in the Eagle Ford Shale in South Texas.

"Wolf" film receiving lots of buzz

The Austin Chronicle reviewed the film, “Wolf,” by Ya’Ke Smith, a filmmaker and assistant professor of film at UT Arlington. His first full-length feature film premiered at the South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin. D Magazine’s FrontRow blog reported that Smith’s film has also been selected to be a part of the Dallas International Film Festival. The April event will include 111 films, from 27 countries, five world premieres, one North American premiere, one U.S. premiere, and 36 Texas premieres. A twist on the awards for the Texas Competition: winners will receive $30 thousand worth of camera rental from competition sponsor Panavision. The article said: And if you want to know which horse to put your money on in that category, go with University of Texas at Arlington’s Ya’Ke Smith, whose first feature, “Wolf,” about a family dealing with child molestation, just debuted at South By Southwest. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram also reported on Smith’s selection into the Dallas International Film Festival.

Students taking on international moot court

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported on the four UT Arlington students preparing to compete in an international moot court in Austria March 28 to April 7. Jesse Calderon, Olivia Llanes, Neal Parekh and Verica Todorovic are the only undergraduate students in the U.S. participating in The Vis Arbitrational Moot at Vienna University.

Alumnus prepares to swim across the Pacific Ocean

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram profiled Ben Lecomte, who became the first person credited with swimming across the Atlantic in 1988. In mid-May, he’ll embark on a quest to become the first to swim across the Pacific. Lecomte earned a master’s degree in architecture from UT Arlington last year. The story was carried in other McClatchy Newspapers.

Students use break to cheer up sick children

It wasn’t a bird or a plane flying through the halls of Methodist Children’s Hospital Thursday afternoon, (San Antonio) reported. Superman, Batman, and their superhero friends stopped by to a pay a visit to the patients there. In reality, the visitors are from the Beta Pheta Pi fraternity at UT Arlington, and this is part of their Heroes For Hope Spring Break tour. The group spends their vacation, in costume, going to hospitals throughout Texas and Louisiana.