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UTA In The News — Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

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UT Arlington's big economic impact on North Texas

The University of Texas at Arlington and Southern Methodist University have put a number on the economic activity they generate, claiming it tops billions of dollars every year, Dallas Morning News business columnist Mitchell Schnurman wrote. UT Arlington estimated that it generates $1 billion a year in education and research spending, including spending by students and visitors. Two construction projects — an engineering complex and College Park — topped $300 million. SMU said annual spending in Dallas-Fort Worth totals $861 million, including scholarships. WFAA/Channel 8 briefly mentioned the report.

Schelly awarded 2012 Kerr Medal

Zoltan A. Schelly, professor emeritus of chemistry and biochemistry at The University of Texas at Arlington, has been awarded the 2012 Kerr Medal for his contributions to the field of electro-optics, the Fort Worth Business Press reported. Schelly joined the faculty of UT Arlington in 1977 and became director of the University’s Center for Colloidal and Interfacial Dynamics in 1982. The Kerr Medal, named for Scottish physicist John Kerr, has been awarded only eight times in the past 38 years.

YMCA Arlington Child Development Center grand opening set

The construction boom at The University of Texas at Arlington has added another spacious state-of-the-art building to campus, the Arlington Citizen-Journal reported. With major funding from Houston-based Carrizo Oil and Gas, the $2 million, 10,400-square-foot YWCA Arlington Child Development Center has opened on a shady corner at 1120 UTA Blvd. A grand opening with a ribbon cutting is set for 2 p.m. Monday.

AT&T donates $300,000 to UT Arlington

The Dallas Morning News Education blog noted the $300,000 gift that AT&T donated to the UT Arlington College of Education and Health Professions to help strengthen the University’s high school-based college readiness offices called GO Centers. The funds are part of the AT&T Aspire program, the company’s $350 million initiative to help students graduate from high school ready for college or a career.

Nursing college receives $900,000 grant

The University of Texas at Arlington’s College of Nursing and School of Social Work will use nearly $900,000 during the next three years to fund research to improve connections between nurses and social workers, The Dallas Morning News Education blog reported. The funding comes from an Advanced Nursing Education Grant to Judy LeFlore, interim associate dean for research at UT Arlington’s College of Nursing.

Faculty members receive nurse educator grants

Mary Cazzell, a UT Arlington College of Nursing assistant professor, is one of six nurse educators nationwide to receive research grants from the National League for Nursing’s 2012 Nursing Education Research Grants Program, The Dallas Morning News Education blog reported. Cazzell and co-investigator Mindi Anderson, also an assistant professor in the College of Nursing, will use the $21,500 grant to work with senior nursing students to study the impact of critical thinking on clinical judgment.

Search under way for missing faculty member and several other media outlets reported on the search for Pablo Mora, a UT Arlington assistant professor of psychology, who has been missing since September 30. Mora’s current research focuses on post-partum depression among inner-city women.

Bowman takes on new role

After more than 12 years as Arlington’s top cop, Theron Bowman will take on new responsibilities as deputy city manager, the Arlington Citizen-Journal reported. Bowman holds a bachelor’s degree in biology, a master’s degree in public administration and a doctorate in urban and public administration from The University of Texas at Arlington.

Firm founded by UT Arlington researchers makes business headlines

Outdoor clothing and equipment maker Patagonia Inc. is converting its investment into AeonClad Coatings Inc. to a 15 percent equity stake in the Austin-based company, the Austin Business Journal reported. AeonClad Coatings, which was founded five years ago by Richard Timmons and researchers at The University of Texas at Arlington, employs about 20 workers in Austin. The company provides nanocoatings to a range of industries, but workers in North Austin are specializing in consumer and industrial material.