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UTA In The News — Thursday, October 25, 2012

Thursday, October 25, 2012

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Editorial: Striving for Tier One isn't just about competition

There in the announcement of a new $25.2 million research institute at The University of Texas at Arlington was an enthusiastic endorsement from UT System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa: "The institute will provide unlimited opportunities for scientific discovery for students, faculty members and private sector partners, not only at UT Arlington, but also nearby UT Dallas and UT Southwestern Medical Center.” A Fort Worth Star-Telegram editorial noted that Cigarroa’s statement underscored a curious aspect of the race to Tier One status: state universities are collaborating at the same time they’re competing for limited funds and perhaps more-coveted prestige.

Experts on future particle accelerators meet at UT Arlington reported that more than 200 scientists from all over the world are meeting for The International Workshop on Future Linear Colliders at The University of Texas at Arlington. They're edging closer to a Technical Design Report for the International Linear Collider, due to be published next summer, and are also discussing other potential future accelerators, including the Compact Linear Collider, which has recently published its Conceptual Design Report.

Nobel laureate in physics lectures at UT Arlington

A lecture at UT Arlington by Steven Weinberg, Nobel laureate in physics, was noted in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram Extra credit blog. The event last night was part of the weeklong international conference on future linear colliders.

RE2, Inc. selected to participate in DARPA robotics challenge

RE2, Inc., in partnership with Soar Technology, Inc. and The University of Texas at Arlington, has been selected as a performer on the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency's latest cutting edge robotics program entitled the DARPA Robotics Challenge, Bloomberg Businessweek, RoboticsWire, Yahoo! Finance and other media outlets reported.

Tuition exemptions for veterans under the microscope

Kelly Davis, UT Arlington vice president for business affairs and controller, was quoted in an article about tuition exemptions for military veterans in The Texas Tribune. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board is expected to recommend changes to the state policy that waives tuition and fees for veterans and their families. While some of the proposed changes may cause some relief for some college and university administrations that are forgoing millions in revenue each year, others might give them pause.

Belli interviewed about Mayawati’s legacy

Melia Belli, UT Arlington assistant art history professor, was quoted in The New York Times India blog about lavish parks and a statue of the former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh India, that she commissioned. Ms. Mayawati “believes that she’s given her people a history,” said Belli, who traveled to Lucknow last year to study the parks. “So I think these parks will be around long after we’re dead because there will be riots from Dalits if they took them down.”

Sports venues and economic development

Sports team executives meeting in Dallas yesterday noted UT Arlington in their discussion of sports venues, transportation, residential construction, and economic development in North Texas, The Dallas Morning News reported. The executives predict area sports venues will draw more nearby development.

Psychology professors research creativity in human networks

Psychology News carried a report from The Shorthorn that said the research of two UT Arlington professors may impact how organizations are structured to influence creativity. Psychology associate professor Jared Kenworthy and psychology professor Paul Paulus will soon study how creativity works in human networks or social groups of individuals.

Veterans face delay in healthcare

KTVT/CBS 11 interviewed Ray Queen, UT Arlington student and military veteran, about life after service and the delays facing dozens of veterans trying to access healthcare through the VA North Texas Health Care System. Queen is studying art and photography.

MLB, race and pop-ups

In a story that examined Major League Baseball’s race relations and economics and pop-ups, Pacific Standard magazine noted a study by Craig Depken, former UT Arlington assistant economics professor. Depken and Jon Ford of Pepperdine University looked at the starting lineup of the All-Star team from 1990 through 2000. “The evidence suggests that after controlling for player and team characteristics, blacks and Latinos were actually preferred by MLB All-Star voters during the 1990s,” they wrote. The two men also found some regional differences.