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UTA In The News — Monday, April 14, 2014

Monday, April 14, 2014

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Unmanned vehicles certification

UT Arlington officials say a booming industry in need of skilled workers has motivated them to launch a new unmanned vehicle systems certification program for undergraduates next fall, according to a KXAS/NBC 5 story that appeared on local NBC news programs in several cities, including Miami; Yakima, Wash.; Sacramento, Calif.; and Colorado Springs, Colo. “We anticipate a rather intense interest in it,” said Khosrow Behbehani, dean of the College of Engineering. UT Arlington’s program will be particularly unique because it is one of just a handful of universities across the country that has been given permission by the federal government to test drones outdoors.

Tissue engineering

Dr. Liping Tang, bioengineering chair and professor at UT Arlington, and Dr. Joseph Borrelli, chair of orthopedics at Texas Health Arlington Memorial Hospital, are working together to solve the problem of healing bone fractures and augmenting bone growth after osteomyelitis, BioNews Texas, Stem Cell News Blog and Innovation Toronto reported. Their new technique, which is detailed in the journal PLoS One, cuts down on cost and surgery time, and enhances patient comfort. 

Remembering civil rights history

Schnavia Hatcher, director of the UT Arlington Center for African-American Studies was featured in KTVT/CBS 11's coverage of the Civil Rights Summit at the LBJ Library in Austin. The report examined the continuing struggle for equality. “There is inequality in education, inequality in health. So, those particular issues are very relevant to today’s generation,” Hatcher said.

Lunar eclipse

KTVT/CBS 11 featured a live, on-campus interview this morning with Levent Gurdemir, director of The Planetarium UT Arlington. He discussed the lunar eclipse that will happen early Tuesday morning.

New nursing dean has NIH experience

The University of Texas at Arlington has named a new dean of its College of Nursing, which has an enrollment of nearly 12,000 and a 94 percent graduation rate, D Healthcare Daily and The Dallas Business Journal reported. Anne Bavier, who has worked at the National Institutes of Health and served as dean of both the Connecticut School of Nursing and at Chicago’s Saint Xavier University, will take over the post on Aug. 1.

National leader featured at Center for Mexican American Studies lecture

A Dallas Morning News column featured an interview with Antonio Flores, president of the National Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities, who will speak at UT Arlington Wednesday. Flores will talk about changing demographics in higher education when he gives the Distinguished Lecture at the Center for Mexican American Studies. Hispanics are now a quarter of the nation’s K-12 student population, and universities such as UT Arlington — where 25.2 percent of undergraduates are Hispanic.