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UTA In The News — Thursday, March 6, 2014

Thursday, March 6, 2014

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Hometown Recruiting

A partnership announced Wednesday among the Arlington Police Department, the Arlington school district and the University of Texas at Arlington will give students early college credit, experience through a senior police academy course and incentives to consider becoming a police officer in Arlington, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, KXAS/NBC 5, KDFW/FOX 4, KTVT/CBS 11 and KRLD/AM 1080. As part of the Hometown Recruiting Program, Arlington students can earn nine hours of dual credit toward a bachelor’s degree starting in their junior year of high school. “I think this program is one of those that allows them to save money, to move forward in their careers and to really give back to the community in which they are situated,” UT Arlington President Vistasp Karbhari said.

Pursuit of a championship

CultureMap Dallas reported that UT Arlington is hosting the 2014 National Intercollegiate Wheelchair Basketball Championship, an eight-team tournament taking place March 6-8, culminating with games at College Park Center. The No. 1-seeded Movin' Mavs are hosting the tournament for the third time since 2005, and the first time since College Park Center opened in 2012.

Canvas Grants

George Siemens, the new executive director of UT Arlington’s LINK lab and an expert on digital learning, was a judge for Canvas Grants, a program that awards $100,000 in education grants to spur technological innovation from within the education community, OpenSource Magazine, the San Francisco Business Times, The Street and several other outlets said. Winners were announced Wednesday at the South by Southwest Festival in Austin.

Women in corporate social responsibility

The website Triple Pundit interviewed Meghna Tare, director of UT Arlington’s Office of Sustainability, for its Women in CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) series. She told the website: “Universities are unique in that they have an opportunity to influence not only the community around them, but also the students, faculty, and staff within.”

UTA faculty partner on soundtrack

Later this year, Fort Worth’s Wyeth String Quartet will perform and record the soundtrack to Heaven, a film directed by UT Arlington assistant professor of art and art history Ya’Ke Smith, Fort Worth Weekly reported. UT Arlington composer Micah Hayes wrote the score.

Agger quoted on 'selfie' phenomenon

Ben Agger, UT Arlington professor of sociology and director of the Center for Theory, was quoted in the Brazilian magazine Galileu in an article on “selfies,” the popular practice of shooting one’s own picture and posting it on social media. Agger said photos like this won’t replace written communication and are often open to interpretation.