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UTA In The News — Monday, February 17, 2014

Monday, February 17, 2014

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Blame baseball

While the headlines have focused on individual ballplayers punished for using illegal performance-enhancing drugs, a new paper by Sarah Rose, UT Arlington assistant professor of history, suggests that Major League Baseball and its profit-driven culture is to blame, Digital Journal.com reported. Rose co-authored the study with Joshua Salzmann, Northeastern Illinois University assistant history professor. The Business StandardKnoxville Times (Tenn.), Science World Report.comNews-Medical.netScience Newsline and Bio-Medicine also reported on the research.

A first in Texas

KTVT/CBS 11 interviewed Tom Marshall, a UT Arlington professor of political science, about what are believed to be the first, legal gay marriages in Texas. “It will be interesting to see if the state tries to intervene in this at all or upper appeals courts in Texas to try to reverse this decision," Marshall said. “Certainly that would put their cases elsewhere in a very weak position if they were trying to do that.” The Daily Kos also ran the CBS 11 story.

Challengers lacking

In a story about the upcoming primary elections, Victoria Farrar-Myers, a UT Arlington professor of political science, told the Dallas Morning News that the vast majority of Dallas-area congressional incumbents don’t seem to be in much danger from challengers. “If you look at the campaign coffers, all of them have raised significant amounts of money,” Farrar-Myers said. “None of their competitors are anywhere near shooting range.”

Making an impression

The Fort Worth Star-Telegram interviewed Ya’Ke Smith, UT Arlington assistant professor of film and video, for a story about four graduate students working under Smith’s direction to produce films about loss, drug use, the drug war and societal dependence on technology. “We push them to tell stories that are going to resonate when an audience gets up and walks out,” said Smith, whose critically acclaimed film, Wolf, was released on iTunes last week.

Teaming with schools

UT Arlington was mentioned in a KDFW/Fox 4 report about Arlington public schools using space at UT Arlington and Tarrant County College to deal with overcrowding. If approved by voters in May, a record $663 million bond package will go toward expanding high-demand programs and building new or updating old AISD facilities.

Lauded for innovation

F. King Alexander, president and chancellor of Louisiana State University, mentioned UT Arlington in a question-and-answer column about college reform in the Dallas Morning News. “The University of Texas at Arlington just started a program in which they will offer early acceptance to high school juniors who are in the top 20 percent of their class at the end of their sophomore year,” said Alexander, who presided over groundbreaking efforts to link the local community with California State University, Long Beach, which is similar to efforts going on today at UT Arlington. Alexander left California for Louisiana last year. Last month, he was invited to the White House to share his views on college accountability, affordability and accessibility with President Obama and his advisers.

Bucks for bullet trains

Ensuring Fort Worth’s place on a proposed high-speed rail line could boil down to dollars and cents as engineers and transportation officials ponder plans that could reshape local and statewide public transit, the Fort Worth Business Press reported. “Building in the urban core will cost more than between cities,” said Stephen Mattingly, a University of Texas at Arlington civil engineer who conducted a feasibility study for bringing bullet trains into Dallas-Fort Worth.

Bound for success

The Latino Post noted that the Arlington Independent School District is partnering with The University of Texas at Arlington through a program called "Bound for Success." The goal is to identify potential college-bound Hispanic students early in their high school career and guide them toward advanced placement courses as a means to increase college enrollment.

Preserving language

The Native American Times noted that the Oklahoma Breath of Life – Silent No More workshop is sponsored by a grant from the National Science Foundation's Documenting Endangered Languages, the Sam Noble Museum at the University of Oklahoma and UT Arlington's Department of Linguistics.

Film acclaim

Dallas filmmaker Daniel Laabs is preparing his latest short film, Easy, for the 2014 South by Southwest competition, CultureMap Dallas reported. Laabs' film 8 won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Texas Short at SXSW in 2011. Laabs began his film career as a UT Arlington student where his short film, Sleet/Snow was selected for the AFI Dallas Film Festival in 2009.

Vision for the future

Two UT Arlington teams of architecture students won jury prizes at the annual Ed Bacon competition, NewsWorks reported. The Most Visionary award went to the UT Arlington team of Dylan Stewart and Susan Justus for ECOtonomy. Another jury award for design of user experience titled Zero-Gap Commute went to UTA's Xitong Li and Karen Teague. The competition asked the question what would life in Philadelphia look like if cars, buses, taxis and other vehicles drove themselves around the city.

New post

The Fresno Business Journal reported that Frank Lamas, vice president of Student Affairs at UT Arlington, has been named the new vice president of Student Affairs at Fresno State University. He replaces Paul M. Oliaro, who retired following the fall 2013 semester after holding the position for the last 11 years. Lamas’ position begins July 1.

Jobs for veterans

Education is a critical path to employment success for military veterans returning home, JPMorgan Chase executive Maureen Casey and Roger Staubach, NFL Hall of Famer member and a Chase military and veteran advisory board member, said in a Dallas Morning News guest column. The piece noted Chase's investment in higher-education programs for veterans. One example is a grant to the University of Texas at Arlington to build programs for veterans on campus, including orientation and bridge programs, student services and help enhancing classroom experience.

Movin' Mavs on television

The Cincinnati Enquirer.com and other media noted that the wheelchair basketball team from UT Arlington will compete in the ABC Medical Collegiate Classic Feb. 21-22 in Tuscaloosa, Ala. ESPN 3 will broadcast the tournament.