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UTA In The News — Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

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New center aims to attract faculty, students and research

Shimadzu Scientific Instruments opened the Shimadzu Center for Advanced Analytical Chemistry at The University of Texas at Arlington to give researchers at the university access to enhanced capabilities for trace qualitative and quantitative analysis, MarketWatch, Yahoo! Finance, San Francisco Chronicle, Reuters,, and other science websites reported. The center is located in UT Arlington’s Chemistry and Physics Building and contains $6 million of chromatography, mass spectrometry and spectroscopy equipment. “This equipment will provide opportunities for faculty and for students in a laboratory that is truly on the cutting edge of analytical possibilities,” said University President James D. Spaniolo. Shimadzu’s instruments will be used to research illnesses such as cancer and malaria, and to develop nanofabrication materials for industry. In concert with the opening of the center, Kevin Schug was named the Shimadzu Distinguished Professor of Analytical Chemistry. Schug is an associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry and will oversee the new laboratory. In a separate story about the new Shimadzu Center, Pamela Jansma, dean of UT Arlington’s College of Science, told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that the University hopes the center will help attract faculty, students and research while also stimulating more partnerships between the University and industry. KXTX/Telemundo Dallas also reported on the center.

Florida: great cities should be "cool and creative"

Dallas Morning News business columnist Jim Landers referenced last week's UT Arlington symposium on strengthening the regional economy with urban futurist Richard Florida in a column about what Dallas needs to do to be competitive with other great cities. Dallas is growing, in both population and in jobs, Landers wrote. But great cities should also be “cool and creative," he said. Florida focused on three basic needs: to build the research and development heft of the area’s universities; to nurture more local talent instead of poaching from other parts of the country; and to collar the sprawl pattern of growth.

New graduate program in sustainable real estate

The University of Texas at Arlington is bringing a time-honored mantra to life by adding a master's degree program in sustainable real estate, the Arlington Citizen-Journal reported. It will begin May 12 at the Universities Center in downtown Dallas and be offered in the fall at the UT Arlington Fort Worth Center. Enrollment is open. "The new program will have a stronger commercially driven agenda with an emphasis on making the business case for sustainability," said Fred Forgey, executive director of UT Arlington's real estate graduate program.

Darvish winning fans and boosting cultural pride

The Dallas Morning News interviewed Kambiz Alavi, a University of Texas at Arlington professor and associate chair of electrical engineering, about Yu Darvish, the Texas Rangers new pitcher from Japan, who is part Iranian. Alavi said Iranians are proud of their art, poetry, film and other cultural achievements. This [Darvish] could be yet another important point of pride. “He’s tall. He’s handsome. He’s accomplished,” Alavi said. “Every Iranian wants to associate with him.” Also, he said, sports has a way of fostering goodwill and defusing tension among cultures. But perhaps in addition to those lofty cultural goals, Alavi said, he hopes Darvish will provide a boost for his beloved Rangers.

Running without those hi-tech distractions

Runner’s World interviewed Ben Agger, professor and director of the Center for Theory at UT Arlington, about the benefits of leaving watches, and other gadgets behind when running in order to find mental peace. “Wearing technology while running intrudes on the mind’s attempt to give itself over to the body,” Agger said.

Master of Fine Arts Exhibition opens

Dallas Art News mentioned the Master of Fine Arts Exhibition that will be held April 9-21 at The Gallery at UTA. The exhibition features five artists – Jorge Garza, Mary K. Helmes, Collin Hover, Patty Newton and Janet Morrow—showcasing their work in film/video, visual communication and intermedia studio art.