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UTA In The News — Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

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The right vision

A Fort Worth Star-Telegram editorial noted the challenges that the 20-acre, $160 million College Park District mixed-use development has faced in its first two years, but said: “College Park’s potential synergy with downtown Arlington was part of the planning by city and university leaders long before it actually got off the ground. It’s still the right vision.”

Higher ed's future

KERA 90.1 FM's "Think” talk show featured an interview with UT Arlington President Vistasp Karbhari in a look at the challenges and opportunities facing higher education. The conversation also included new UNT President Neal Smatresk.

Supreme Court authority

KERA's Think also featured an interview with Nina Totenberg, legal affairs correspondent for National Public Radio. Totenberg will speak at 7:30 p.m. April 8 at UT Arlington’s Texas Hall as part of the school’s Maverick Speakers Series. The focus of her lecture will be “The Supreme Court and Its Impact on You.” Tickets are available at

International perspective

Yahoo! News quoted Brent Sasley, UT Arlington associate professor of political science, in a story about Turkey Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Emboldened by sweeping local poll wins that came despite damaging claims, analysts say he is likely to run for president this year or seek a fourth term as prime minister. "Going forward Erdogan will see himself as invincible, and as deeply wronged by his rivals," Sasley said. "He might feel safe now, and so relax his grip a little on Turkish media. More likely he will seek revenge against those who, in his view, tried to take him down but failed."

A cosmic attention gap

Astronomers have an "attention gap" when it comes to considering what kind of stars to examine in the search for habitable planets, a University of Texas at Arlington physicist says. "They've typically focused on less massive stars similar to our sun, classified as a G-type star, but should consider larger stars," physicist Manfred Cuntz told Tech Times.

Tops on taxes

The University of Texas at Arlington Master of Science in Taxation program was ranked among the top 10 in the country for the second year in a row, according to a national online network for tax professionals, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported.

UT Arlington and Conan

In a light-hearted moment Monday night, UT Arlington received a mention on the Conan O’Brien show on TBS. Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki appeared on the program, which is in Dallas during this week’s Final Four game at AT&T Stadium. Speaking in German, Nowitzki asked O’Brien how he would get from the Majestic Theater to the stadium. The answer, which appeared on a graphic on screen, was that he would take the green line bus at Centreport Station towards UT Arlington.