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UTA In The News — Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

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Early admissions initiative launched

The top 20 percent of students at every Arlington high school will now be guaranteed admission to The University of Texas at Arlington, school district and university officials announced Monday, The Dallas Morning News, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, WFAA/ABC 8, KDFW/FOX 4 and KXAS/NBC 5 reported. Almost 1,500 juniors will receive early acceptance to UT Arlington this year through Bound for Success, a partnership between the Arlington Independent School District and the university. The collaboration began about five months ago when district superintendent Marcelo Cavazos and UT Arlington President Vistasp Karbhari got together to talk about why successful high school students do not apply to college.

High speed rail study noted

A UT Arlington feasibility study of high-speed rail in Texas shows that trips between most city pairs that use existing Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) right-of-way can be made in less than two hours, making it competitive with air travel and superior to highway driving, the website Railway Track & Structures said. Steve Mattingly, a UT Arlington civil engineer who conducted the case study, evaluated routes between Dallas-Fort Worth and Houston and several others. The Dallas Observer also featured a blog post on the study.

Therapy & theater to help children

Rebekah Carlile, a UT Arlington graduate student in education, and Marc Schwartz, a UT Arlington education professor and director of the Southwest Center for Mind, Brain and Education, authored a piece for Advance for Speech & Hearing on an intervention that uses the narrative form of playwriting to attempt to improve narrative language skills and emotional wellbeing in children. Cook Children's Medical Center in Fort Worth is partnering with UT Arlington to pilot the intervention.

Race, ethnicity and sports in the U.S.

A new book by a University of Texas at Arlington sociologist offers new insight into how sports alter and reflect the way we view the world when it comes to modern race relations, the North Dallas Gazette reported. In “The Enduring Color Line in U.S. Athletics,” assistant sociology professor Krystal Beamon assembles findings from previous research, data from the NCAA and interviews with professional athletes to explore sports as a social construction.

Mining tool for e-health records

Recent National Science Foundation grants to UT Arlington, SMU and UT Southwestern to develop mining tools for electronic health records were mentioned in a FierceHealthIT story about using records to link genetic variants and diseases.

Latinos and President Kennedy

Jose Gutierrez, a political science professor at The University of Texas at Arlington, was quoted in a Latino Christian News Network story about Latinos’ acceptance and support of President John F. Kennedy and his legacy. "The regular person out there still has Kennedy on their little altar at home, along with the Virgin of Guadalupe. It's still there," he said.