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UTA In The News — Thursday, May 10, 2012

Thursday, May 10, 2012

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Graduation Celebration

A Dallas Morning News article about area graduation events mentioned that actor James Franco will speak Friday at Graduation Celebration, a community festival that kicks off graduation weekend at The University of Texas at Arlington. The festival, which includes speakers, music and food, is free and open to the public.

Peace Process

The Boston Globe quoted Brent Sasley, assistant professor of political science at UT Arlington, in an op-ed about Israel’s new government coalition and reforms to the system. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Kadima party leader Shaul Mofaz have pledged to put the system on firmer footing. One way to do so would be to raise the percentage of votes needed for any party to enter parliament, which currently stands at just 2 percent. “I wouldn’t be surprised if they raised it to 5 or 7 percent,” Sasley said. That could give larger parties more influence.

Managing conflict at work

James Campbell Quick, a UT Arlington College of Business professor and the John and Judy Goolsby – Jacqualyn A. Fouse Endowed Chair in the Goolsby Leadership Academy, was quoted in a Phoenix Focus article about managing conflict at work. Quick said respect is an essential part of the conversation as you try to solve workplace issues. “When you respect the other person, [you] will transform the interaction in a lot of ways. The question for each of us as peers is: do we want to be in that conflict or not?” In other words, we don’t have to play along. “Step out of the bog,” Quick said.

UT Arlington alumna and supporter profiled

Fort Worth Star-Telegram business columnist Mitchell Schnurman profiled Jackie Fouse, a UT Arlington alumna and supporter who will earn her doctorate Sunday in finance. Unlike most college grads, Fouse already has a great job, plus a bachelor’s and master’s degree in economics. She is the chief financial officer of Celgene Corp., a Fortune 500 drugmaker in Summit, N.J. Schnurman asked, "When your time is that valuable and corporate responsibilities so great, why devote so many years to a school project at The University of Texas at Arlington?" Fouse said: “It’s the same reason that I run marathons. It’s there to be done, so I’m doing it.” Fouse started the doctoral program in 2003 while CFO of Alcon Labs in Fort Worth. She finished her 91-page dissertation last month.

SIDS sensor

Researchers at The University of Texas at Arlington have developed a device that offers parents more assurance that their newborn is breathing properly, with the goal of reducing the rate of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) and other sleep-related deaths,, and the e-newsletter, The Edge, reported. CBS radio/KRLD 1080 aired a similar story.

Snakes in DFW and the blog, Mealworms, published a Fort Worth Star-Telegram article about the prevalence of snakes in Dallas-Fort Worth, in which Jonathan Campbell, professor and chair of the Department of Biology at UT Arlington, was quoted. The biggest reason for the resurgence of snakes has been the weather. "We're coming off a very dry year, and they like rain and humid conditions," Campbell said. "The rains that we've had recently tend to be conducive to snake activity."

Movin' Mavs eye top athlete

KTIV-TV (Sioux City, Iowa) reported on Dylan Fischbach, a high school junior, cancer survivor, two time national champion and gold medalist wheelchair basketball player receiving attention from top wheelchair basketball programs across the country, including the Movin’ Mavs program at UT Arlington.

Alumna elected to Girls Inc. national board

Lori Palmer, who has served as CEO of Girls Inc. of Metropolitan Dallas since 2007, has been elected to the Girls Inc. national board, Dallas Morning News business columnist Robert Miller reported. Palmer has a master’s degree in social work from The University of Texas at Arlington with an emphasis on community planning and nonprofit administration.

Architecture professor to present

I Live in noted that Wanda Dye, a professor of architecture at UT Arlington, will be a presenter at the Pecha Kucha Night, an international phenomenon brought to Dallas. The event, which allows creatives to discuss and show their work, begins at 7 p.m. tonight in the historic landmark David Crockett School in East Dallas.