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UTA In The News — Thursday, April 12, 2012

Thursday, April 12, 2012

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Admission mistake

Ben Agger, professor of sociology and director of the Center for Theory at UT Arlington, was quoted in a Christian Science Monitor story about letters mistakenly notifying 894 wait-listed college seniors that they’d been admitted to UCLA. “Bureaucratic errors are inevitable in a large university system. If students acted on their UCLA acceptance by turning down other schools before they learned that UCLA made a mistake, they should be admitted as Bruins. People err, but so do institutions,” Agger said.

Shimadzu Center

Kevin Schug, an associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry at The University of Texas at Arlington, has been named the University’s new Shimadzu Distinguished Professor of Analytical Chemistry, reported. He will also oversee a new Shimadzu Center for Advanced Analytical Chemistry, which has been established through an in-kind gift valued at nearly $3 million from Shimadzu Scientific Instruments. Schug said the facility will provide many new capabilities that were not previously available. “In general, we have built a facility that can handle virtually any molecular analysis scenario,” he said. Schug also noted that the central location of the Shimadzu Center would allow researchers in the UT Arlington College of Science and the College of Engineering to access the enhanced capabilities for trace qualitative and quantitative analysis. The facility also will be available for use by area businesses on a contract basis.

Campus smoking ban

The University of Texas at Austin announced yesterday that it will ban smoking on all campus grounds, the Texas Tribune and reported. UT Austin was already headed toward a complete smoking ban, but that plan was accelerated after the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas announced in February that it would tie future research funds to tobacco-free policies. The university gets about $30 million each year now from CPRIT and could apply for as much as $80 million. The University of Texas System campuses in Arlington and Brownsville have already adopted campus-wide tobacco bans of their own accord.