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UTA In The News — Friday, April 4, 2014

Friday, April 4, 2014

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Tier One talk

The Dallas Business Journal interviewed UT Arlington President Vistasp Karbhari in its special look at Texas research universities pursuing Tier One status. President Karbhari said the biggest Tier One challenge will be hitting the state’s goal of $400 million in endowment. That number stands at about $110 million now. “That’s a good challenge to have,” Karbhari said. “It’s a way that we can reach out and the community can support one of their universities.” A separate Dallas Business Journal piece noted that Dallas-Fort Worth is the largest U.S. metro without a Tier One research university. Karbhari sees it as an economic imperative. “If you don’t have a top tier university in the region, companies don’t come here,” he said. “When a chamber goes out to recruit corporations, the reputation of the university always comes up.”

Study shows dangerous employees can be spotted

KRLD/1080 AM (CBS) interviewed James Campbell Quick, the John and Judy Goolsby-Jacqualyn A. Fouse Endowed Chair in the Goolsby Leadership Academy and Distinguished Professor of Leadership and Organizational Behavior at UT Arlington, about the Fort Hood shooting and preventing workplace violence. “I was deeply saddened, but frankly, not super surprised by the events,” Quick said. "These are public health problems, not clinical problems. And public health problems are always addressed with good prevention. Primary prevention is having good supervision, good leadership, good education, good organizational/socialization and good selection processes to make sure you get the right people in the organization.”

Looking at Evolution of a Criminal

In a Dallas Morning News Pop Culture blog, Ya’Ke Smith, the Morgan Woodward Distinguished Professor in the Department of Art and Art History at UT Arlington, shared some of his thoughts about the feature documentary, Evolution of a Criminal, now showing at the Dallas International Film Festival. The film is an autobiographical portrait of Darius Monroe, who robbed a bank at 16, and chronicles his quest to find redemption years later. “As much as the film is a self portrait of Darius and his family, it is also a microcosm for the many poor families living in urban neighborhoods across America, struggling to make ends meet and in some cases seeing no way out,” Smith wrote.  

Micro-windmill research highlighted

German magazine blog, 123energie, reported on tiny windmills being constructed by Smitha Rao, a UT Arlington research associate, and J.-C. Chiao, an electrical engineering professor. The team believes the devices could provide wind energy for cellular phone charging or home energy generation. 

Online nursing tuition can vary

All mentioned UT Arlington tuition costs in a piece that looked at what students should look for when comparing online nursing degree programs. The tuition of online nursing degree completion programs can vary greatly depending on several factors. For instance, nonprofit land-based schools tend to be more affordable than their private university counterparts. The report noted: “As of the time of this writing, Drexel University charges $612 per credit for the online RN-to-BSN degree completion program, whereas The University of Texas at Arlington is currently charging $257 per credit.”

University's Opera Workshop teams with new Philharmonic Orchestra

The Dallas Morning News noted that the New Philharmonic Orchestra is teaming with The University of Texas at Arlington Opera Workshop to present Mozart’s overtures April 6 at the Winspear Opera House in Dallas.

Music professor credited for student's success

Chicago Jazz magazine online interviewed saxophonist Caroline Davis about her rising status and recent move to New York City. The UT Arlington alumna credited her teachers, including Bill Snodgrass, UT Arlington’s former director of jazz studies, for helping her along her musical path.