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UTA In The News — Monday, February 11, 2013

Monday, February 11, 2013

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Not your mother's university

Based just on its looks, you'd have to say The University of Texas at Arlington keeps getting better, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram said in an editorial noting last week’s record spring enrollment numbers. The growth coincides with the university's push to become a Tier I research university, which would further raise its profile. The newspaper said adding more on-campus housing and opening the new College Park Center arena have spruced up the environs, adding “It’s not your mother’s university any more.”

Dean returning to the classroom

The Fort Worth Business Press reported that Elizabeth C. Poster, dean of The University of Texas at Arlington College of Nursing since 1995, will step down from her administrative position this spring and return to her faculty position in 2014. Poster has earned national recognition as an advocate for leveraging technology to improve the student experience and has been lauded for her work to increase student access to UT Arlington’s College of Nursing.

Early Career awards for engineers

Hyejin Moon, a UT Arlington mechanical engineer, has been honored by the National Science Foundation with a $400,000 Early Career Development grant to support her work with microfluidic devices, which promise to improve 3D tissue and cell sample analyses, according to the website Bio-Medicine. The website also featured news that Baohong Yuan, an assistant professor of bioengineering, has been awarded a $407,163 National Science Foundation Early Career Development grant to use light and sound to produce an accurate image of a patient's deep tissue.

Asteroid flying by

A KTVT/CBS11 story about an asteroid scheduled to buzz by Earth on Friday featured Levent Gurdemir, director of The Planetarium at UT Arlington. The rock half the size of a football field passes within 17,000 miles of Earth.

Recognized for research

The Dallas Business Journal’s Executive People on the Move featured Priscila Caçola, assistant professor of kinesiology at UT Arlington. The National Association for Sport and Physical Education has chosen Caçola to receive its Lolas E. Halverson Motor Development Young Investigator Award, which honors researchers who received their doctorate within the past five years and have already made significant contributions to the field of motor development.

Explaining MUDs

Richard Greene, an adjunct professor at The University of Texas at Arlington and a former Arlington mayor, was quoted in a Denton Record-Chronicle story about municipal utility districts or MUDs. “When the demands of a fast-growing municipality can’t be met by the expansion and provision of services by the city, then the special utility district becomes an option for which many urban areas have found some degree of success,” said Greene.

Accident prevention

Lisa London, executive director of the Division for Enterprise Development at The University of Texas at Arlington, was quoted in a KBTX/CBS 3 (Bryan/College Station) story about on-the-job deaths of oil and gas field workers. The Division for Enterprise Development has brought workers and employers together to address rising reports of accidents tied to exploration booms.

Celebrating history

Allan Saxe, UT Arlington associate professor of political science, was quoted in a Fort Worth Star-Telegram story about Marion Brooks, a trail-blazing African-American physician and a leader in the civil rights movement in Texas.