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UTA In The News — Friday, February 15, 2013

Friday, February 15, 2013

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University of Alabama in Huntsville provost named sole finalist for the presidency of UT Arlington

The University of Texas System Board of Regents on Thursday named Vistasp M. Karbhari, the provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at The University of Alabama in Huntsville, as the sole finalist for the presidency of The University of Texas at Arlington, numerous media outlets reported, including The Texas Tribune, The Dallas Morning News, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, KDFW/FOX 4, Dallas Business Journal and Fort Worth Business Press. "Extraordinary leadership is crucial for our institutions, and the unique and innovative environment at UT Arlington calls for an effective and visionary leader," UT System Chancellor Francisco Cigarroa said in a statement. "Dr. Karbhari is extremely well suited to lead UT Arlington, and I am thrilled to welcome him to the UT System."

Rare poem by America's first published African American poet uncovered by May and McCown

One of the earliest writings of Jupiter Hammon, the first African-American poet to be published, has been found by Julie McCown, a doctoral student at The University of Texas at Arlington, NBC News site the Grio and BET and reported. The poem, published in 1786, shows how Hammon, who was born into slavery, evolved in his thoughts on slavery in America, according to Cedrick May, a UT Arlington English professor. May said the shift is "a game-changer" in how Hammon's writing is viewed.

Meiners discusses airline merger

KTVT/CBS 11 featured UT Arlington economics professor Roger Meiners in its reports on the merger of American Airlines and US Airways. Meiners said DFW has some of the highest airfares in the nation and he doesn’t expect that to improve because American isn’t getting more competition.