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UTA In The News — Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

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Still going strong

After the Iran deal, the United States and Israel will cooperate, not clash, Brent Sasley, a UT Arlington assistant professor of political science, wrote in a Foreign Affairs guest column.

HHS funding for nurse faculty loan program

UT Arlington will receive $89,742 for its nurse faculty loan program, D Magazine's Health Care Daily reported. The Department of Health and Human Services funded $338,000 to North Texas institutions out of a $55 million nationwide.

The 2014 vote

The 2014 ballots for March 4 Texas Democrat and Republican primaries were completed Monday, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. UT Arlington associate professor of political science Allan Saxe said overall, 2014 will be “a bit more competitive, but no real changes locally. Perhaps in the next election cycle, but not now."

Topping Out

UT Arlington Architecture Dean Don Gatzke co-hosted the 2013 Topping Out Awards recently, The Dallas Morning News reported. UT Arlington graduate and distinguished alumni Ralph Hawkins, chief executive of HKS Inc., came up with the idea of Topping Out, a program that honors outstanding built environments in Dallas-Fort Worth.

Mixed-use redevelopment

A development group formed by Ryan Dodson of Dodson Development, Alan Petsche and Victor Erwin have bought a former auto dealership for a mixed-use redevelopment project near The University of Texas at Arlington, the Dallas Business Journal reported. The former Honda dealership includes multiple buildings on five acres of land totaling about 60,000 square feet of space at Division and East streets. Petsche is a UT Arlington alumnus and donor.

Capitalizing on student growth

Some Arlington leaders want the city to consider making Abram Street a three-lane street to encourage pedestrian and bicycle traffic, as well as boosting visitors to the downtown area, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. One of those advocates, Debbie Simek, believes Arlington needs to capitalize on the UT Arlington student population by fixing or completely closing traffic to Abram.

Alumni in the running

Five finalists for the San Marcos city manager position have been announced, the San Marcos Mercury reported. Three of those five finalists -- Karen Daly, James Earp and Charles Ewings -- have degrees from the UT Arlington School of Urban and Public Affairs.

Alumni gets new post

Prasad Rampalli has been named president and chief executive officer of QLogic, a supplier of network infrastructure solutions, Reuters and a host of other websites reported. Rampalli earned his master's degree in industrial engineering from UT Arlington.