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UTA In The News — Monday, May 21, 2012

Monday, May 21, 2012

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Tough but improved job market for grads

Newly minted college graduates are facing a better job market than last year, though it's still tough, with more jobs available but more applicants as well, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported "It's definitely an employer's market," said Lori Dunham, one of three recent UT Arlington graduates featured in the story. Cheri Butler, UT Arlington's associate director of career services told the paper healthcare employment is typically strong, and the federal government is hiring to replace retiring baby boomers, though for a lot less money.

Professor writing national standards

Ramon Lopez, UT Arlington professor of physics, was mentioned in a The New York Times’ Dot Earth blog post about the Next Generation Science Standards, a set of proposed common student performance expectations in science education. Lopez is part of a 41-member writing team that compiled a draft that is currently open for public comment. A conceptual framework developed by the National Research Council guided the standards and a Washington-based nonprofit called Achieve is managing the process.

Analyzing a social media presence

Chyng-Yang Jang, an associate professor in The University of Texas at Arlington's department of communication, was quoted in a Fort Worth Star-Telegram story about area law enforcement agencies embracing social media.  The key, he said, is having personnel who are trained in their use. "If you're going to use it to just post information, then I don't think it will be too effective," he said. "The real powerful thing is the two-way communication."

Tracking Texas dinos

UT Arlington doctoral candidate Derek Main was quoted in a Houston Chronicle story about the abundance of dinosaur tracks in Texas compared to other states. Main, who leads digs at the Arlington Archosaur site in North Arlington, says dinosaur tracks are more plentiful than is commonly thought. "Once you see it, you are going to know what it is," Main said. "You can spot them all over."