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UTA In The News — Monday, October 22, 2012

Monday, October 22, 2012

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Schnurman: Why Texas' growth still draws high achievers

Jean-Pierre Bardet, dean of the UT Arlington College of Engineering, was noted in a Dallas Morning News Mitchell Schnurman column that examined why a large number of researchers and college professors have been leaving prestigious posts to start over in Texas, including many from California. “People are investing in the future here; they’re not just fixing potholes,” said Bardet, who joined UT Arlington from the University of Southern California. “I thought I could make a difference in Texas.” The article was also carried in Bloomberg Businessweek.

Perryman: Research universities and Texas prosperity

In a guest column in the Fort Worth Business Press, Ray Perryman, founder and president of the Perryman Group, discussed current and emerging Tier 1 universities in Texas, including UT Arlington. His firm recently completed a study that estimated that UT Arlington has a $13.6 billion total annual impact on the state and helps provide 131,200 jobs annually. Perry wrote: “While it would be inappropriate to attribute all of this activity exclusively to UT Arlington, it does illustrate the ongoing effects of the University’s presence.”

UT Arlington names Cason its new vice president for research

Carolyn Cason, former associate dean for research in UT Arlington’s College of Nursing, was named vice president for research, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram blog, Extra Credit, noted. She will have administrative oversight of university research, which is valued at more than $71 million annually.

Early voting starts today in Texas

Two UT Arlington political science professors were interviewed in a Fort Worth Star-Telegram article about early voting for the Nov. 6 general election, which begins today. “I’m expecting Republican turnout to be about the same as it was four years ago, but I think Democratic turnout will be moderately lower,” said Tom Marshall, political science professor. “I think Barack Obama has the George W. Bush fatigue going on,” he said. Allan Saxe, an associate professor of political science, said the interest in the presidential contest “is not nearly as intense as in 2008. A bit of the bloom is off the flower with President Obama.” Early voting runs through Nov. 2.

UT Arlington alum emerges as one of Dallas' bold new philanthropists

Kelcy Warren, CEO of Energy Transfer Partners and a UT Arlington alum, has emerged as one of Dallas’ bold new philanthropists, wrote Dallas Morning News arts columnist Michael Granberry. According to Forbes magazine, Warren is one of the 400 wealthiest people in the country, with a net worth of $2.3 billion. He earned a degree in engineering from UT Arlington.

Shelton book on race and religion noted

The North Dallas Gazette noted the new book, “Blacks and Whites in Christian America: How Racial Discrimination Shapes Religious Convictions” by Jason Shelton, UT Arlington assistant sociology professor.

Fort Worth Star-Telegram mentions UT Arlington in endorsement of Sadler

In its endorsement of Democrat Paul Sadler for the U.S. Senate, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram Editorial Board mentioned a visit to The University of Texas at Arlington by ABC News political commentator Cokie Roberts. She praised retiring U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison for being effective at her job and working with Democrats to get things done. Sadler faces Republican Ted Cruz in the race to succeed Sen. Hutchison.

UT Arlington hosts forum for ‘Dreamers’

La Estrella reported on the informational forum held at UT Arlington to discuss the federal deferred action program. Telemundo Dallas and the UT Arlington Association of Mexican American Students hosted the event.

New role for Arlington's top cop and UT Arlington alum

The Fort Worth Business Press mentioned that Arlington Police Chief Theron Bowman, a UT Arlington graduate, is now that city’s deputy city manager.