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UTA In The News — Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

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Siemens profiled in The Australian

The Australian featured a profile on George Siemens, a digital learning expert and the executive director of UT Arlington’s LINK lab. Siemens, who is on fellowship in Australia, is a pioneer of Massive Open Online Learning, or MOOCs. The newspaper said he is “a rare breed of theorists; one who is attuned to the world as it is.”

NBC 5 features national wheelchair basketball tournament

The University of Texas at Arlington will host the National Intercollegiate Wheelchair Basketball Championship this week and the home team Movin’ Mavs could win it all, KXAS/NBC 5 reported. One player told the station: “We’re just hungry. We’re hungry for that championship.”

Political scientist offers expertise on election night

UT Arlington Political Science Professor Tom Marshall was a featured guest on the KDFW/FOX 4 morning show, discussing Tuesday’s primary election. He said candidates have been looking for any opening against their opponents, including linking them with policies of President Obama. “The Tea Party is about half of the Republican Party in terms of loyalty, in effect. So, it’s no surprise we see some campaigns pitched toward that,” he said.

State representative falls to newcomer

The Texas Tribune credited a competitively financed challenger, Tony Tinderholt, for a Tea Party victory over Rep. Diane Patrick, R-Arlington, in Tuesday’s primary. State Rep. Lon Burnam, D-Fort Worth, also appeared to have been defeated in a neck-and-neck race in his own re-election bid, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Student places third in coding contest

Tracy Oguni, a student at The University of Texas, Arlington, took third place in the recent Pearson Student Coding Contest, according to a press release featured by Virtual-Strategy Magazine,, TMC News and others. Oguni developed Study Buddy, an Android application to help students manage the common problem of scheduling their assignments and study time.

History professor says German officials have poor record of protecting bonds

Thomas Adam, history professor at UT Arlington, told the German-language journal Die Stiftung that he wouldn’t recommend that foundations acquire government bonds as investments for their assets because of the German government’s poor track record safeguarding them. Die Stiftung is the central news publication for the nonprofit sector in German-speaking Europe (Germany, Austria, Switzerland).

Former UT Arlington president supports adapted athletics at University of Alabama

An Alabama Public Radio story about adapted athletics at The University of Alabama mentioned UT Arlington’s wheelchair basketball team. Supporters of the Alabama program said Robert Witt, former president of UT Arlington and University of Alabama, was familiar with the sport and “wanted to support us right away.”