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UTA In The News — Thursday, November 14, 2013

Thursday, November 14, 2013

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Improving reactions

A UT Arlington professor will use a new $450,000 National Science Foundation grant to develop new chemical processes and technologies based on a better understanding of the way that metals such as gold, silver, mercury and zinc bind with organic compounds for chemical reactions, and Bio-Medicine reported. The three-year project involves reactions used widely in industry and research laboratories. The principal investigator is Rasika Dias, distinguished professor and chairman of The University of Texas at Arlington Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.

A nursing career distinction

The UT Austin School of Nursing has named Mary Lou Bond, who recently retired as a professor in the UT Arlington College of Nursing, a distinguished alumni, the Dallas Business Journal noted. Bond was the co-founder and co-director of the Center for Hispanic Studies in Nursing and Health at UT Arlington and was the founding associate dean of the PhD in Nursing Program at the school.

Helping vets become nurses reported that UT Arlington is among nine universities that received funding from the Department of Health and Human Services to develop a program that helps veterans translate their military service into nursing careers.

Bullying study ignites social media

KOAA/NBC 5 (Colorado Springs, CO) reported on a study by Seokjin Jeong, UT Arlington assistant professor of criminology and criminal justice, which found school anti-bullying programs might have the opposite of their intended effect. The NBC affiliate stated that the study is receiving lots of attention and comments on its Facebook page.

Kennedy's place in history

UT Arlington Associate Professor of Political Science Allan Saxe was interviewed in a Detroit News story about President John F. Kennedy’s complex place in black history. “Kennedy was sort of remade after his death,” Saxe said. “He did speak on civil rights, he talked about it, but he never got much legislation through.” The piece originated in the Associated Press.

Kennedy photos on display

The Calgary Herald (AB, Canada) noted the UT Arlington Library’s exhibition of photos showing President John F. Kennedy and the First Lady during their visit to Fort Worth in November 1963.

Royal imperfections

Elisabeth Cawthon, a UT Arlington associate professor of history and expert on the British monarchy, was quoted in interviews about Kate Middleton for the magazines, In Touch and Life and Style. The young royal has drawn scrutiny for appearing less than glamorous months after the birth of her son with Prince William. “The fact that she doesn’t feel the need to be perfect in public is rather refreshing,” Cawthon said. “It’s all part of her being a modern princess.”

Housing boom

Bloomberg Businessweek and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported that interest in privately built student housing continues to boom around The University of Texas at Arlington. A developer, who received city approval last year to build a 335-unit apartment complex on south Center Street that would be marketed to young professionals wanting to live downtown, is now repitching the project as student housing that would serve between 750 and 800 college students, officials said.