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UTA In The News — Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

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The future of energy

The Dallas Morning News quoted Wei-Jen Lee, UT Arlington professor of electrical engineering, in a story about offshore wind power as an increasing source of electricity across the globe. Price remains the biggest hurdle for development in the U.S. “The bottom line is it comes down to the price of electricity, and right now electricity is cheap,” Wei-Jen Lee said. “Eventually offshore wind will be part of the picture. In the long run, the renewable energy price is going to come down and fossil fuel is going to go up. They’re going to coexist.”

Teaming up

The University of Texas at Arlington and Texas Trust Credit Union have joined in a seven-year, strategic partnership that is the largest sponsorship agreement in UT Arlington athletic program history, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. Through the agreement, Texas Trust gains marketing and promotional rights through the University’s athletic programs.

Career development tested

Traditional training courses and E-Learning were the most-used employee career development methods in both 2011 and 2013, but they consistently ranked much lower in effectiveness in both years, reported. The information comes from a comparison of results from two surveys conducted by Insala with the assistance of Nicolette Lopez, director of the Industrial and Organizational Psychology Center at UT Arlington.

Charting downtown's future

More downtown public transit usage, emerging businesses, and the establishment of a major “geotechnical institute” drawing off of the energy industry, are key pieces of Plan 2023, the once-every-10-years revision of the strategic plan crafted by Downtown Fort Worth Inc. and the Fort Worth T, the Fort Worth Business Press reported. Besides the geotech center, the plan also calls for the establishment of more downtown schools to draw more residents, building on assets such as the Fort Worth schools’ incoming Young Women’s Leadership Academy, the Texas A&M Law School, and Tarrant County College and University of Texas at Arlington campuses.

Serving vets

UT Arlington is ranked No. 70 out of 120 institutions nationwide considered a good school for veterans to attend, according to a Military Times survey reported in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. The list was culled from 600 potential candidates, judged on the basis of service member enrollment, percentage of tuition covered by the GI Bill, availability of specific programs for service members and academic rigor, according to the study.