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UTA In The News — Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

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Glass art show coming up

KDFW/FOX 4 reporter Fiona Gorostiza reported live this morning from the studio arts center at UT Arlington.  With help from UT Arlington graduate and adjunct professor Shannon Brunskill, Gorostiza tried her hand at glass blowing to promote the start of the university’s annual glass show and sale. The popular event starts Friday.

New leader for robotics research

The University of Texas at Arlington announced that Rick Lynch, a recently retired Army lieutenant general with a background in robotics research, has been named executive director of the Automation Robotics and Research Institute in Fort Worth, the Texas Higher Education Journal reported. Lynch will oversee the University’s robotics institute; the Texas Manufacturing Assistance Center, or TMAC; Cross Timbers Procurement Center and the Small Business Development Center for Enterprise Excellence.

Jeb Bush talks political strategy

A piece by Dallas Morning News political writer Gromer Jeffers Jr. shared more details from former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush’s visit to UT Arlington Friday. Bush told reporters he looks at the Hispanic electorate and sees a political goldmine. Yet, he says, Republicans aren’t tapping into it. “We’re missing an opportunity, ever being the optimist that I am,” Bush said. “That’s not to say that opportunity can’t be had.”

Professor talks ethics

James Campbell Quick, a professor in UT Arlington’s Goolsby Leadership Academy, was quoted in a Fort Worth Star-Telegram story about a Northwest school district trustee who owes more than $32,000 in back employment taxes. "What you've described really raises a question about the person's moral authority to serve in the position as a trustee. You can't parse integrity," said Quick, who teaches ethics. "We are all accountable for what's going on and monitoring accounting and financial systems.

Turkey poised to be regional power, professor says.

Brent E. Sasley, UT Arlington assistant professor of political science, was quoted in an Elan Magazine story about whether Turkey is poised to become a super power. Sasley says Turkey certainly has the ability to be a regional power, especially in the Middle East. “The shift to a private sector economy, combined with the foreign loans, gave a real boost to the economy,” Sasley said.  “It has a large population, a dynamic reserve of human capital, a growing economy, a central location, and a history of being a contiguous great power with a high civilization and leadership role.”