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UTA In The News — Friday, July 27, 2012

Friday, July 27, 2012

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Making college affordable

WFAA/ABC 8’s 6 p.m. newscast and its program, Good Morning Texas, reported on the agreement signed Wednesday by The University of Texas at Arlington, the Tarrant County College system and the Arlington and Mansfield school districts to offer a bachelor’s degree for $10,000. Under the plan, this fall's juniors who successfully complete 24 semester credit hours of dual credit college courses in their junior and senior years of high school can transition seamlessly into Tarrant County College, and then complete the final two years at UT Arlington. KRLD/1080 AM interviewed Dale Wasson, UT Arlington senior associate vice president of student enrollment services, about the bachelor's degree plan. “This is not an easy way to get an education, this is a more affordable way to get an education,” Wasson said.

USA Today quotes Shelton on impact of 'The Jeffersons'

USA Today quoted Jason Shelton, a UT Arlington assistant professor of sociology, about the impact that the popular 1970’s television program, The Jeffersons, had on history. Sherman Hemsley, who starred as business owner George Jefferson, died Tuesday at age 74."It's the American dream story, and really, what it began to do is sensitize white America to the fact that African Americans are looking for greater opportunity,” Shelton said. “Black folks could look at George Jefferson and say, '(This) is fictional, but there are people who are going to do that and are doing that. That could be us.'"

NIH MedlinePlus reports on Armstrong's research into DMAA

The National Institutes of Health’s MedlinePlus reported on research by Daniel Armstrong, the Robert A. Welch Chair in Chemistry at UT Arlington, which concluded that the DMAA found in supplements could not have come from the geranium plant. "The FDA should regulate and/or ban products in which significant amounts of synthetic pharmacological compounds are added," Armstrong said. "Also, this information should be clearly labeled, including their effects and possible side effects, so that consumers can make an informed choice."

Unsung Heroes Awards honor three UTA notables noted the Unsung Heroes Awards, which will be presented tonight at the National Multicutural Western Heritage Museum, will honor W. Marvin Dulaney, chairman of the history department at The University of Texas at Arlington; Dr. Maxwell Scarlett, the first African American graduate of UT Arlington; and state Sen. Royce West, D-Dallas, who is also a UT Arlington graduate.

UTA College of Nursing mentioned in Dallas Morning News story on nursing schools

The Dallas Morning News referenced the UT Arlington College of Nursing in its story about the new Dallas campus of West Coast University, the first for-profit program in the Dallas-Fort Worth area to offer a bachelor of science degree in nursing. The four-year degree can be achieved in just 39 months, but costs as much as $106,000 — two to three times the price of getting the same degree at a state school.

Cosmo interviews Agger on social media mistakes people make

Cosmopolitan magazine interviewed Ben Agger, sociology professor and director of the Center for Theory at UT Arlington, about mistakes that people make on social media. The article referenced a tweet by a Greek athlete, which got her booted from her Olympic team.