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UTA In The News — Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

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Honored for research

UT Arlington student and Irving resident Emmanuel Fordjour, who works as an unpaid volunteer in Baylor Medical Center at Irving’s emergency department, has received a national research honor, The Dallas Morning News Irving blog reported. Fordjour was just named a winner of the Council on Undergraduate Research’s 2014 Posters on the Hill competition. Fordjour, who plans to graduate from UT Arlington in 2015, is one of just 60 undergraduate scholars from across the country chosen from a field of 600 applicants. While at Baylor Irving, Fordjour studied C. difficile, a bacterium that causes severe diarrhea and is responsible for at least 250,000 hospitalizations and 14,000 deaths in the U.S. each year.

Making higher ed accessible

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush discussed the importance of making higher education accessible to the masses at a conference Monday hosted by Academic Partnerships, The Dallas Morning News reported. Clinton and Bush are considered potential presidential candidates in 2016. The conference continues today in Irving with attendees who are either potential or current clients of Academic Partnerships, such as UT Arlington.

Exceeding geography

In an opinion piece in The Dallas Morning News, Randy Best, the chairman and CEO of Academic Partnerships, contends that going global will fix colleges’ financial woes and grow the middle class. “Globalization is poised to become the most important trend in American higher education, powered by technology and the increased use of the Internet by leading U.S. universities to deliver instruction. This movement, unconstrained by borders or geography, has potential to change not only how universities view the world but also how they plan and operate,” Best wrote.

Entering the online field

The University of Arkansas System’s new online institution will face a crowded field of distance education providers when it launches in 2015, Inside Higher Ed reported. “It’s a lot like the Titanic trying to avoid the iceberg,” said Donald R. Bobbitt, president of the university system, of the challenges the online institution will face. Bobbitt and Michael Moore, the system’s vice president for academic affairs, came to the Arkansas system from The University of Texas at Arlington, and both said they are mindful of lessons learned from other states.

Bans that work

D Magazine Healthcare Daily noted that smoking is banned at UT Arlington in an article about the decline in men’s smoking rates in North Texas. The director of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, the organization that released a new study on men’s smoking rates, said: “We know what works in tobacco control. It’s taxation. It’s smoking bans. It’s advertising bans, among other measures.”

STEM discussion

The (Riverside, Calif.) noted that José Angel Gutiérrez, Chicano movement leader of the late 1960s-early 1970s and founder of the Center for Mexican American Studies at UT Arlington, will be part of a panel discussion Thursday at California State University, San Bernardino focused on Latinos in science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields.