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UTA In The News — Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

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Incubator to aid marketability

Accelerator TechFW and The University of Texas at Arlington announced Monday a multi-year partnership to commercialize university research and innovation, The Dallas Morning News and the Fort Worth Business Press reported. Under the partnership, TechFW@UTA will offer training and programs to UT Arlington’s faculty, staff and students. Carolyn Cason, UT Arlington vice president for research, said in a statement that the partnership will be an “important catalyst for helping the private sector capitalize on UT Arlington innovation.”

Educators to convene at UTA for conference about MOOCs

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation recently gave The University of Texas at Arlington a $97,200 grant to host a conference where educators will discuss the effectiveness of online college courses, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. UT Arlington was selected to host “MOOCs and Emerging Educational Models: Policy, Practice and Learning” a Dec. 5-6 conference because of its strong presence in online learning.

Hollywood's interest in films about slavery, African Americans in the U.S.

Several television stations and entertainment websites – including Zimbio.comKMBC/ABC 9 (Kansas City) and WPLG/ABC 10 (Miami) - featured a CNN story that quoted Ya’Ke Smith, an assistant professor of fine arts at UT Arlington and an independent filmmaker, on a trend in Hollywood 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."

Art and Art History professor, chair recognized

Robert Hower, professor and chair of the UT Arlington Department of Art & Art History, has been elected to the Commission on Accreditation for the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, according to the Dallas Business Journal. NASAD is the national accrediting body for the approximately 333 schools of art and design, primarily at the collegiate level, in the United States.

Nursing student's scientific writing honored

The UT Arlington College of Nursing’s Daisha Cipher was part of a research team that recently received the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine’s Elizabeth and Sidney Licht Award for Excellence in Scientific Writing in Rehabilitation Medicine, according to the Dallas Business Journal. Cipher is Associate Director of Center for Nursing Research.

Controlling electricity use and costs

A blog on the Meeting of the Minds sustainable building website featured a post by Meghna Tare, director of the UT Arlington Office of Sustainability. Tare described the University’s use of demand response initiatives to control electricity use and costs.

UTA Pep Rally brings out school spirit, cheer

The Dallas Morning News’ GuideLive website featured a slideshow of a UT Arlington pep rally Friday The Parks at Arlington mall. The basketball teams and coaches were on hand to meet fans and sign autographs and the University’s marching band and cheerleaders performed.

Gold Seal Program of Choice

A Fort Worth Business Press story on efforts by Fort Worth school Superintendent Walter Dansby to describe advances the district has recently made referenced a new Gold Seal Program of Choice at Dunbar High School that teams school officials with UT Arlington. The program is focused on urban development, the story said.

Nursing students create legacy

The National Nursing for Public Health blog noted efforts by UT Arlington College of Nursing students to promote a piece of federal legislation called The National Nurse Act of 2013 through a Facebook page and visits to legislators. The assignment was designed for them to create an effectual class legacy.