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UTA In The News — Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

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Franco describes love for education

Texas Monthly reported that actor, writer, director and artist James Franco spoke at UT Arlington’s Graduation Celebration about his love of education and his restless academic spirit. Graduating “is such a good feeling that I’ve been chasing it for the past six years,” joked Franco, who is still working to add a PhD to his bachelor’s and his MFA. In between his acting jobs, Franco (127 Hours, Pineapple Express) received a degree from UCLA, and also has done graduate work at Columbia University, Brooklyn College, NYU, and Yale.

New center for scholarship

The new Center for African American Studies at The University of Texas at Arlington is undertaking an oral history of the university’s early Black alumni, The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education said. The first Black students arrived on campus in September 1962. The new center, which will officially be launched this summer, is a collaboration between the College of Liberal Arts and the School of Social Work. Initially, it will offer a minor degree program in African American studies.

Writing science standards

Ramon Lopez, a UT Arlington professor of physics, is part of a 41-member writing team that composed the first draft of the Next Generation Science Standards, a set of proposed common student performance expectations in science education, Education Week reported. The draft was released for public comment last week. A conceptual framework developed by the National Research Council guided the standards. A Washington-based nonprofit called Achieve is managing the process.