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UTA In The News — Monday, April 2, 2012

Monday, April 2, 2012

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Metro areas must work together, Spaniolo says

Along with its many strengths and competitive advantages, North Texas still has a number of economic challenges, Richard Florida, founder of the Creative Class Group, and UT Arlington President James D. Spaniolo said in a Dallas Morning News guest column. Florida's Creative Class Group has been compiling data and analyzing regional trends with UT Arlington's School of Urban and Public Affairs for the past year and a half. Some findings will be shared Tuesday at an event on campus called “Stronger Together.” Florida and Spaniolo said North Texas’ major economic centers — the Dallas-Plano and Fort Worth-Arlington metro areas — can no longer afford to compete against one another or chart their separate destinies.

Energy-saving engineer

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram’s Savvy Consumer column featured Nick Schroeder, facilities engineer at The University of Texas at Arlington, for his work in saving energy in his Arlington home by using information from his Oncor smart meter. Schroeder, who came in second in Oncor's Biggest Energy Saver contest last year, said he began checking his usage and making changes to his house before he entered the contest.

Shorthorn honored

The Shorthorn at UT Arlington took third place in the University/College Newspaper of the Year competition at the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors 2012 conference this weekend, according to The Associated Press. Other top school dailies included the The Daily Texan at UT Austin, which took first place, and the Baylor Lariat, which took second.

Franco featured at Graduation Celebration

KXAS/NBC 5 reported on Oscar-nominated actor James Franco’s upcoming appearance as part of UT Arlington’s commencement activities. Franco will be the featured speaker at the Graduaton Celebration on May 11.

Mentoring future professors

Jacqueline Michael, clinical assistant professor in the UT Arlington College of Nursing, is one of 16 mentors taking part in the Nurse Faculty Leadership Academy, an Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International program made possible with a grant from The Elsevier Foundation, according to News-Line for Nurses. The 18-month leadership experience, which kicked off with a recent three-day workshop, is a strategy directed at alleviating the nursing faculty shortage by focusing on retaining and transitioning new nurse educators to the faculty role.