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UTA In The News — Friday, September 7, 2012

Friday, September 7, 2012

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The New York Times/The Texas Tribune highlight UT Arlington's new Math Emporium

The New York Times published a Texas Tribune story about UT Arlington’s new Math Emporium, a 5,800-square-foot space where algebra students will spend two-thirds of their class time working on desktop computers at their own pace rather than sitting through traditional lectures. The program was first developed in 1997 at Virginia Tech. A chief benefit of the model is that students are forced to work out problems themselves and can receive instant, individualized feedback from teachers who are available in the lab.

Texas Observer takes a look at Best's Academic Partnerships

The Texas Observer reported on the online education business developed by Randy Best, a Dallas-based entrepreneur and political donor. Best took his successful model to The University of Texas at Arlington, where his company, operating under the name Academic Partnerships, has fueled the rapid growth of UT Arlington’s College of Nursing. In the past five years, Academic Partnerships has expanded to 24 public colleges and universities, including eight in Texas.

State Bar of Texas interviews Dulaney for "Oyez, Oyez, Oh Yay!"

The State Bar of Texas website posted an interview with W. Marvin Dulaney, associate professor and chair of the UT Arlington Department of History, discussing the landmark court decision, Sweatt v. Painter (1950). The interview is one of many featured in the “Oyez, Oyez, Oh Yay!” civic series produced by the State Bar of Texas to help teachers and students preparing for the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) assessment tests in U.S. government and history.

Sasley editorial on Israel

J published a piece by Brent Sasley, a UT Arlington assistant professor of political science, in response to Former Knesset Speaker Avraham Burg’s Aug. 5 editorial in The New York Times, “Israel’s Fading Demo-cracy?” Sasley wrote: “As Lior Amihai of Peace Now explained to me during a recent tour of the West Bank, the moral argument against occupation simply no longer matters — Israelis are not directly concerned with it anymore. Rather, given the growing economic disparities in Israel, the social protests, the preoccupation with consumerism and their own individual priorities, Israelis care more about the costs of occupation.”

Smith talks to Loop about "Wolf"

Loop featured an interview with Ya’Ke Smith, filmmaker and UT Arlington assistant professor of art and art history, about his new movie, “Wolf.” The film exposes sex abuse in the church. "The title comes from the analogy 'a wolf in sheep's clothing,'" Smith said. "The preacher is hiding in this God-like clothing, coming off as a spiritual person who is helping everyone, but he's lurking through the congregation, looking for the weaklings. From his actions, he is also turning other boys into wolves, promoting that cycle of abuse." Smith said he loves the church, but the temple needs cleansing.

Mavs preps for first full season at College Park Center

Fox Sports reported that the UT Arlington men’s basketball team opens its first full season at College Park Center with the annual homecoming game against Big 12 opponent Oklahoma on Friday, Nov. 16. The Sooners will be making their first visit to the UT Arlington campus as the teams have met five times previously in Norman.