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UTA In The News — Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

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Tier One path is a journey

Vistasp Karbhari, president of The University of Texas at Arlington, sees Tier One as a journey more than a destination, according to a Dallas Business Journal feature. “To reach true Tier One status, we’ve got to be excellent across the board,” he said. Karbhari told the paper UT Arlington’s biggest challenge on the Tier One front will be hitting the state’s goal of $400 million in endowment.

Do opposites attract?

William Ickes, distinguished professor of psychology at UT Arlington, was quoted in a story from the lifestyle site upwave.com that was featured on the CNN website. It asked whether opposites really attract. "Based on what research evidence shows, similar people are more likely to get together in the first place -- and are also more likely to find satisfaction in their relationship," Ickes said.

Salsa for middle-school fitness

A new research study being conducted by Larry Nelson, a UT Arlington professor of kinesiology, is gathering data to determine if a nationally known program called Dancing Classrooms could serve as a beneficial alternative for some physical education activities in middle school, WFAA/ABC 8 reported. The study at Benbrook Middle School is aimed at expanding the experience and enhancing the workout by increasing the tempo of the music and replacing low cardiovascular dances like the waltz with more strenuous numbers like the salsa.

Nursing dean nationally known

The University of Texas at Arlington named Anne Bavier, a nationally recognized health care leader who has had posts at top ranked universities and at the National Institutes of Health, as the new dean of its College of Nursing, the Fort Worth Business Press reported. Bavier previously served as dean of the University of Connecticut School of Nursing and also as dean of nursing at Saint Xavier University in Chicago. She is president-elect of the National League for Nursing, which includes more than 39,000 members. 

Chemistry professor receives grant to improve cut flower life

Rasika Dias, UT Arlington professor and chair of the chemistry/biochemistry department, has received funding from the American Floral Endowment for a study called: "New and Potent Inhibitors of Ethylene Action for Improving Cut Flower Longevity," Garden Center Magazine reported.

Nursing professor honored

Mindi Anderson, simulation coordinator and assistant professor at the UT Arlington College of Nursing, was among the 16 international simulation educators awarded the Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator-Advanced at the International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare in February, according to Nurse.com.

UTA vice president quoted in Arlington bus story

The website Government Technology featured a Texas Tribune story on growing popularity of the Metro ArlingtonXpress, or MAX, bus service, which UT Arlington helped fund. “We are starting to see more and more students taking advantage of the MAX, and we have also noticed a decline in the number of parking permits that we sold to students this year for parking vehicles on campus,” said John Hall, UT Arlington vice president for administration and campus operations.

Marketing professor says fans want to share

A Dallas Morning News story on upgrades to the wireless network at AT&T Stadium in anticipation of this week’s Final Four festivities – and all the social networking it brings with it – featured Elten Briggs, an associate marketing professor for UT Arlington. Brigg said that “when things happen, there’s that sense of, ‘I want to share about it.’”