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UTA In The News — Thursday, March 21, 2013

Thursday, March 21, 2013

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Presidential appointment noted

Vistasp Karbhari, who will become UT Arlington’s new president in June, was featured in a Inside Higher Ed story that noted several Indian-born academics who have been named president or chancellor at large U.S. research universities or been finalists in searches in the last few years. Experts said the appointments reflect efforts starting 40 years ago to recruit top international talent to fill graduate classrooms and faculty ranks at research universities. The story also mentioned a story on Karbhari that appeared in The Times of India.

Longevity explained

Susan Gonzalez Baker, director of the Center for Mexican American Studies at The University of Texas at Arlington, was quoted in a New America Media story about the so-called "Hispanic paradox." Statistics show that despite living in difficult socio-economic conditions, Hispanic elders in the U.S. live longer than whites and African Americans. "Hispanics have practices that preserve us and protect life better,” Baker said.

Cell phone use

The website featured an Associated Press story that quoted Mark Tremayne, a UT Arlington assistant professor of communication. The story explored teenagers’ increasing use of cell phones to access the Internet and how that might make it more difficult for parents to monitor. Tremayne, who also has a 12-year-old son, said the key is to keep talking with children.

Honored faculty

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram’s Extra Credit blog reported that Pamela Jansma, dean of The University of Texas at Arlington College of Science, and Victoria Farrar-Myers, a UT Arlington professor of political science, have been named American Council on Education Fellows for the 2013-14 academic year. UT Arlington President James Spaniolo nominated the educators for the program.

Environmental monitoring

A University of Texas at Arlington environmental engineer has received a three-year, $561,730 grant to identify harmful algae blooms in fresh and salt water so that water providers can take action to contain and curb them, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram’s Extra Credit blog. The National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation awarded assistant professor Hyeok Choi the grant to develop and place sensors to find these biological toxins so that they can be monitored.