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UTA In The News — Friday, February 22, 2013

Friday, February 22, 2013

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UT Arlington heir apparent Vistasp Karbhari gets two thumbs up

Outgoing UT Arlington President James Spaniolo and former president Robert Witt issued statements Thursday backing the choice of Alabama's Vistasp Karbhari as the new leader of the 33,000-student school, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and the Dallas Business Journal reported. "I've had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Vistasp Karbhari and spending time with him," wrote Spaniolo, who announced his retirement in June. "We look forward to welcoming him to Arlington for his campus visits very soon and to introducing him to our students, faculty, staff and other members of our University community."

Fort Worth Star-Telegram editorial: Confidence in pick for top UT Arlington job is limited

Fort Worth Star-Telegram editorial said University of Texas System Regents say they really want people to get to know their nominee to be president of UT Arlington before they formally hire him in a couple of weeks. But their enthusiasm only goes so far. It does not include allowing him to participate in news media interviews.

Researchers say sunlight yields more efficient carbon dioxide to methanol model

Researchers from The University of Texas at Arlington are pioneering a new method for using carbon dioxide, or CO2, to make liquid methanol fuel by using copper oxide nanowires and sunlight, Innovations Report, New Energy and Fuel, and Net News Publisher reported.

Students' considered heroes after saving School of Social Work professor's life

University of Texas at Arlington social work professor Constance Burdick has her students to thank for saving her life using a defibrillator after she had a heart attack at the UT Arlington Fort Worth Center, KTVT CBS 11 reported. The three students who teamed up to save Burdick’s life were honored recently at an awards ceremony.

Davis discusses "victimless" crimes in The Crime Report

State legislatures, local prosecutors and police are opting for softer methods of incarcerating non-violent offenders, The Crime Report said in a story about who belongs in prison. Jaya Davis, UT Arlington assistant professor of criminology and criminal justice, said Texas has been reclassifying victimless, weaponless crime since 2003.  “We’re talking (about) crimes involving drug abuse, drug possession, prostitution, gambling,” Davis said. “Those drug-related crimes carried extra weight during the war on drugs and its mandatory minimum [sentences]. And that resulted in a mass incarceration … that hit certain races and classes of people extra hard.”

Public universities to offer free online classes for credit

In an unusual arrangement with a commercial company, dozens of public universities plan to offer an introductory online course free and for credit to anyone worldwide, in the hope that those who pass will pay tuition to complete a degree program, reported. At UT Arlington, Academic Partnerships has already experimented with a free introductory course for nurses with an R.N. who wanted to earn a bachelor’s degree.