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UTA In The News — Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

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Early admissions initiative launched

Within weeks some 1,500 high school sophomores in the top 20 percent of Arlington high school classes will receive letters telling them their admission to The University of Texas in Arlington is guaranteed, a Star-Telegram editorial and KERA/90.1 FM, Dallas’ National Public Radio affiliate, reported. The new program, Bound for Success, was announced this week by Arlington ISD Superintendent Marcelo Cavazos and UT Arlington President Vistasp Karbhari. The university and school system will host financial aid workshops and programs to help the top students prepare for the transition to college.

Finding roots

The Native American Times featured a story about archival research at the National Archives at Fort Worth, the government’s second largest repository of records from the federal Bureau of Indian Affairs, which included a quote from Donna Akers, an associate professor at UT Arlington. The information at the archives center is significant because documenting first-hand accounts from older Indian relatives can be challenging as they age and languages have been disappearing, she said. The story originally appeared in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Museum addition

Douglas Klahr, associate professor of architecture at the University of Texas at Arlington, was quoted in a Fort Worth Weekly story about the new Renzo Piano Pavilion, an addition to the Kimbell Art Museum. Though he is not a great admirer of Piano, Klahr concluded that the pavilion "has a dignified presence.”

Regulating e-cigs

While the federal government decides how to regulate electronic cigarettes, several universities – including UT Arlington -- have already prohibited e-cigs or are set to ban them in upcoming years, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram said in a McClatchy news service story. E-cigs look like traditional cigarettes but are battery-operated products that heat tobacco-derived nicotine and other chemicals into a vapor that the user inhales, a process called “vaping.” Their benefits and risks are being increasingly debated.

Alums in the running for key post

Three of the five finalists for the city manager position in San Marcos hold advanced degrees from UT Arlington, The Austin American Statesman reported. Charles Ewings and James Earp have Master of Public Administration degrees and Karen Daley holds a Master of Urban Affairs degree and a Master of Social Work Administration degree.