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UTA In The News — Thursday, April 5, 2012

Thursday, April 5, 2012

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Stronger together

Fort Worth Star-Telegram business columnist Mitchell Schnurman wrote about Tuesday’s “Stronger Together” conference featuring Richard Florida, whose consulting firm, The Creative Class Group, has been studying the North Texas region in collaboration with The University of Texas at Arlington. UT Arlington hopes to create a broader conversation on the region's future, and with Florida, it's generating original research and pulling together stakeholders and thought leaders. "What we're trying to do is build a new model for the nation," University President James Spaniolo said of the project.

Supporting economic improvement

Urban development expert Richard Florida told area leaders Tuesday at The University of Texas at Arlington that to compete globally, DFW’s disparate parts must work together, a KERA 90.1 FM radio report said. UT Arlington president James Spaniolo agrees with Florida that engaging communities drive sound economies. That’s why he asked Florida and his research group to embark on an 18-month analysis of North Texas. At Tuesday’s summit, Florida’s team said DFW’s research universities must be more active in their respective communities to ensure the region’s growth.

Praise for Wolf

Wolf, the latest film by UT Arlington assistant professor Ya’Ke Smith, is very much the work of a director who says he wants to "put on-screen a world that hasn't been seen before," Fort Worth Star-Telegram film critic Christopher Kelly wrote on Kelly said the film shows determination to explore issues of homophobia and church corruption, and to force black viewers to consider thorny tensions within their own communities.

Marketing agency springs from class project

A University of Texas at Arlington public relations class has been chosen to participate in this spring’s America’s Natural Gas Alliance Collegiate Energy Challenge, according to The Fort Worth Business Press. The class was chosen after creating a working marketing agency known as 360 Local. The project will have 360 Local research, implement and evaluate an integrated marketing campaign aimed at educating the campus and local community about the benefits of natural gas as an energy source.

Gas well concerns

UT Arlington professor Kaushik De and his family were featured in an article on urban natural gas drilling in The Vindicator (Youngstown, Ohio). De and his wife said they worry about the long-term health effects of the numerous gas wells near their Arlington home.