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UTA In The News — Thursday, August 9, 2012

Thursday, August 9, 2012

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Helping veterans

The Dallas Morning News and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram featured stories, photo galleries and video from an event at UT Arlington’s Maverick Activities Center Wednesday for injured service veterans from around Texas, Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, and Oklahoma to learn about adapted sports and recreation. KXAS/NBC 5 also interviewed Alexa Smith-Osborne, associate professor of social work, about the School of Social Work’s efforts to address veterans’ mental health needs. The Military Muster was co-hosted by the UT Arlington Movin’ Mavs wheelchair basketball team, U.S. Paralympics, Paralympic Sport Arlington, and Wounded Warriors. Organizers said sports like sit volleyball, archery and wheelchair basketball are a good way to help soldiers transition to returning home.

Partnership announced

The University of Texas at Arlington and The Dallas Morning News are partnering in an innovative joint appointment of a School of Architecture faculty member who also will serve as architecture critic for the news organization, the newspaper announced. At UT Arlington, the faculty member will serve as a research fellow of the newly created David Dillon Center and as a non-tenured professor who generally teaches one course in each of the fall and spring semesters. This individual also will conduct and publish longer-term research through the Dillon Center, which promotes public discourse about architecture in the North Texas region.

Evaluating Israel's left

Brent Sasley, an associate professor of political science at UT Arlington, wrote an op ed for the Jewish Telegraphic Agency on popular misperceptions of the left in Israel. Though the right remains dominant in Israeli politics, Sasley said it’s a mistake to think of the Israeli left as stuck in the 1990s.