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UTA In The News — Thursday, February 6, 2014

Thursday, February 6, 2014

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New path forward

In-state enrollment at The University of Texas at Arlington has reached another record high, with 34,249 students taking classes this spring, up 459 from this time last year, according to preliminary figures, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. It is the third straight year that the university, which also reports that 3,652 out-of-state students are enrolled in online courses, has set an enrollment record. Growth this spring is largely attributed to enrollment increases of 768 students, or 19 percent, in the College of Engineering, 137 students, or 9.5 percent, in the School of Social Work and 302 students, or 3.8 percent, in the College of Nursing.

Name change game

Traci Freling, a UT Arlington associate professor of marketing, said Globe Life is trying to grow its brand in paying for naming rights to Rangers Ballpark, KERA reported. The insurance company paid millions for the naming rights of the baseball stadium. Freling said the company might do better financially if the Rangers have a stellar season.

Help for the heart

A UT Arlington bioengineer has received a four-year, $1.4 million National Institutes of Health grant to create a nanoparticle system to shore up arterial walls following angioplasty and stenting procedures to treat coronary arterial disease,, R&D, Stem Cell Therapy, News Medical, Viet Bao Daily News Online and several other websites reported. Kytai Nguyen, a UT Arlington associate professor of bioengineering, said the research looks to improve an established procedure like angioplasty, which opens arteries and blood vessels that are blocked. The nanoparticles would recruit stem cells to aid in the healing of the arterial walls.

Former nursing dean receives new appointment

Elizabeth C. Poster, the former dean of The University of Texas at Arlington’s College of Nursing, will be part of an accreditation team of international experts appointed by the Commission for Academic Accreditation of the United Arab Emirates, FYI Denton reported.