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UTA In The News — Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

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Spaniolo enters last week as president of UT Arlington

Graduation carries deep meaning for university presidents as well as students, but this year’s seven ceremonies were even more special for outgoing UT Arlington president James Spaniolo, 67, who is retiring Friday after nine years at UTA, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. Spaniolo, who has served as UTA president since 2004, steps down as the campus reaches a record: The Class of 2013 had the highest number of graduates, at about 4,500. That is 14 percent higher than in spring 2012. A photo gallery accompanied the story.

University among six considered a "Next Generation University"

The University of Texas at Arlington is one of six universities nationwide to be named a "Next Generation University" in a new study published by the New America Foundation, a nonprofit organization focused on public policy issues, a Fort Worth Star-Telegram editorial noted. The list was created to highlight universities that are "models for national reform," according to the Washington D.C.-based think tank.

Hardt quoted on Africa's "local ownership"

The International Business Times interviewed Heidi Hardt, UT Arlington assistant professor of political science, about local ownership and entrepreneurial approaches that are coming together to help Africa’s economy blossom. “I think that local ownership is a really positive thing. It goes without saying that the more you can allow people to just lead their lives in sustainable ways and do the things that they’re doing anyway, the better the result will be,” Hardt said. “I’m quite optimistic.”

University's new police chief mentioned among "People"

Kim Lemaux, deputy police chief for Arlington, has been appointed chief of The University of Texas at Arlington Police Department, effective July 1, the Fort Worth Business Press People reported. Lemaux has more than three decades of law enforcement experience and expertise in training, operations and event safety management.

UT Arlington's Division for Enterprise Development partners with NASA

NASA Johnson Space Center and The University of Texas Arlington's Division for Enterprise Development are partnering to develop best practices for enhancing environmental, health and safety training in support of current and future missions and initiatives, the Sacramento Bee reported.

Gough research offers new perspective on Arctic warming

A recent paper in the journal Nature that is co-authored by UT Arlington College of Science associate professor of biology Laura Gough is challenging long-held ideas about the effects of temperature increases in the Alaskan tundra, reported.

Mohanty research could better explain how the brain responds to stimulation

Physicists are developing a new tool that could help map out neurons and track their interactions in different areas of the brain, Optics & Photonics News reported. Samarendra Mohanty from UT Arlington hopes that the technology would be useful in understanding how the brain responds to stimulation. In the journal Optics Letters, Mohanty describes the development of a two-photon, fiber-optic optogenetic stimulator and its testing on human cells. A similar report also appeared on CultureMap and Think! (Milan, Italy).

Fujita and Castoe research could help humans' potential to beat disease

The Dallas Morning News’ The Scoop Blog noted research by two UT Arlington assistant professors of biology into the western painted turtle. Matthew Fujita and Todd Castoe’s work, which was published in the journal Genome Biology, could help unlock humans’ potential to beat disease.

Guenzel explains social determinants for predicting healthy cities

As of March, the median price of a home in Colleyville was $415,400, the Dallas Morning News reported. Historically, wealth has played a significant role in determining how healthy a city is, says Brian Guenzel, director of the Institute of Urban Studies at The University of Texas at Arlington. He calls wealth “one of the strongest social determinants for predicting health outcomes.”

Janakiraman discusses study about people's need for instant gratification

The growing culture of impatience makes people crave more and more instant gratification, the Boston Globe reported. “The need for instant gratification is not new, but our expectation of ‘instant’ has become faster, and as a result, our patience is thinner,” said Narayan Janakiraman, an assistant professor of marketing at The University of Texas at Arlington.

Legislature's actions could leave UT Arlington, other North Texas universities without needed funding

A $2.7 billion state bond package to finance improvements at state colleges and universities, including a half-dozen institutions in North Texas, appeared all but dead on Monday’s final day of the legislative session, but senior lawmakers were making a frantic last-minute effort to rescue it, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. Collapse of the tuition revenue bond package would erase $350 million for projects at fast-growing North Texas institutions, including the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth and The University of Texas at Arlington.