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UTA In The News — Friday, August 10, 2012

Friday, August 10, 2012

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Population increase has its benefits, dean says

Barbara Becker, dean of UT Arlington’s School of Urban and Public Affairs, was quoted in a KDAF/CW 33 story on a new study that said the Dallas-Fort Worth area population could grow by as much as 65 percent in the next three decades. The increases will bring challenges, but it won’t be all bad, Becker said. “It’s going to be that much more of a vibrant area and the diversity of jobs will probably grow with that kind of growth,” she said.

Calming controversy explained

A KTVT/CBS 11 story about Nancy Brinker, the founder and CEO of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, stepping down from her position featured Elten Briggs, UT Arlington associate professor of marketing. Briggs said controversies, such as the one Komen has been involved in concerning funding to Planned Parenthood, sometimes require bold changes to assure supporters that the organization is committed to their core values.

Unique partnership announced

The announcement of an innovative new partnership between the UT Arlington School of Architecture and The Dallas Morning News was featured on several websites, including Reuters, the Philadelphia Business Journal, the Boston Globe, The Street,  IT Industry Today and television stations WUPV/CW 65 (Richmond, Va.) WTNZ/Fox 43 (Knoxville, Tenn.). The plan is for a joint appointment of a School of Architecture faculty member who also will serve as architecture critic for the news organization.

City considering shuttle

The Arlington City Council is considering a 2013 budget that includes a proposal to earmark $350,000 in natural gas revenue to help launch a public-private partnership with The University of Texas at Arlington and businesses to shuttle visitors by bus between downtown and the Trinity Railway Express CentrePort station, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. The project would not proceed if stakeholders cannot match the $350,000, City Manager Trey Yelverton said.

UT Arlington intern helps Bell Helicopter

Michael Ramsey, a student from The University of Texas at Arlington, is one of 145 college students Bell Helicopter hired this summer throughout the company to provide creative input, part of a broader strategy to infuse Bell’s workforce with young, talented employees, according to a Fort Worth Star-Telegram story that appeared in Bloomberg Businessweek. Ramsey is one of two marketing interns who were hired to assist with the Relentless program, the company's most ambitious commercial helicopter development program ever.