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UTA In The News — Monday, October 21, 2013

Monday, October 21, 2013

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Hollywood's African-American film renaissance

Ya’Ke Smith, a UT Arlington assistant professor of film and an independent filmmaker, was quoted in a story about the Hollywood trend toward more movies about the black experience in America. Smith cautioned against focusing solely on historical subject matter instead of modern-day situations, saying he’d like to see a mix of “both sides of the narrative.” He said: “We've come a long way, but we still have a long way to go."

Anti-bullying efforts in schools

Yahoo! News featured a recent Christian Science Monitor story on a study by UT Arlington assistant professor of criminology Seokjin Jeong and a Fox News Latino story also mentioned the study. The recently published work suggests that some school approaches to the problem may have the unintended effect of encouraging it, by planting in students' thoughts new bullying tactics and ways to hide them.

In-state tuition for immigrants

Roger Meiners, a professor of law and economics at UT Arlington, was quoted in Mitchell Schnurman’s Dallas Morning News column about political moves to end in-state tuition for immigrants living here illegally. Schnurman said the law sends a message that Texas doesn’t erect barriers to education. Meiners added: “Good companies don’t come to Texas to exploit people making minimum wage. They want well-educated workers.”

Architecture alliance noted featured a story on TEX-FAB, a nonprofit founded as an alliance among three universities — The University of Texas at Arlington, University of Houston and The University of Texas at San Antonio. The organization connects design professionals, academics, and manufacturers who are interested in using digital technology to explore new industry relationships. Brad Bell, UT Arlington assistant professor of architecture, is one of the group’s founders.

Sorber remembered

Charles Sorber, who served at UT Arlington’s interim president in 2003-2004, has died, the The Monitor (McAllen) and KOSA/CBS 7 (Odessa) reported. Sorber spent 11 years as president of UT Permian Basin in Odessa and also served vice chancellor for special engineering programs in the UT System.

Criminology research cited

A Houston Chronicle column questioning the need for a new Harris County jail referenced UT Arlington research on major inequities in the bail bond process. It said people too poor to pay the bail set by a judge, or to pay even a percentage of the bail to a bail bondsman, spend more time in jail than the well off and receive harsher sentences.

UTA to host major conference focusing on MOOCs

The University of Texas at Arlington will host an international conference Dec. 5 and 6 where scholars focused on Massive Open Online Courses or MOOCs will bring their most up-to-date research and connect with policy makers and consumers, the website PhysOrg reported. The conference is funded by a $97,200 Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation grant to UT Arlington and will be titled "MOOCs and Emerging Educational Models: Policy, Practice and Learning."

Main remembered

The Dallas Morning News featured a remembrance of Derek Main, a UT Arlington graduate student and lecturer, who led the Arlington Archosaur Site, a fossil dig in North Arlington. Main died unexpectedly in June and the 2,000-plus fossils recovered from the site have been transferred to the Perot Museum in Dallas.

Architectural symposium highlighted

A symposium to kick off Preservation Dallas’ Fall Architectural Tour will feature Kate Holliday, architecture historian and associate professor, School of Architecture at University of Texas at Arlington and director of the David Dillon Center for Texas Architecture, and Mark Lamster, architecture critic at The Dallas Morning News, the Morning News reported. Lamster also is a professor in practice at UT Arlington.

UTA Library exhibit on JFK noted

A compilation of exhibits around the country coinciding with the fiftieth anniversary of the 1963 assassination of President John F. Kennedy was featured in the Ventura County Star (Calif.) and the Daily Herald (Chicago). The story, from The Associated Press, featured the UT Arlington Libraries Special Collections exhibit of 80 photos.

A place for LGBT students

With the opening of a new center in its student union, LGBT students at the University of North Texas will now have a designated place on campus to find support and resources, the Dallas Voice said in a story that also mentioned UT Arlington. Last year administrators at The University of Texas at Arlington allocated $42,000 to expand LGBT programming with intern positions and peer volunteers.