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UTA In The News — Monday, May 12, 2014

Monday, May 12, 2014

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Graduates aim to shore up high school math, science teaching ranks

Twenty-two math and science majors made history Sunday night when they walked across the stage at The University of Texas at Arlington’s College Park Center, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. The students were the first to graduate from the University’s UTeach Arlington program that started in 2010 to address a shortage of high school math and science teachers.

Simple test could provide help for patients

Sharolyn Dihigo, a nurse practitioner and clinical assistant professor in the UT Arlington College of Nursing, recently examined available research to determine whether nurse practitioners and others in primary care settings should add a mental health screening to well visits for teenage patients, Science World Report, Med India.net and ScienceDaily reported. Her conclusion was that a simple paper test called a CES-DC would be a reliable, quick way of determining whether the practitioner should refer a teen for mental health support.

UTA research on bullying cited

The apparent suicide of a sixth grader near Hilton Head, SC, has a school district battling against bullying and calling for schools to do more to combat bullying and raise awareness about depression, the Island Packet.com reported. The article noted research from UT Arlington that suggests bullying awareness and prevention programs might simply be showing students what bullies look like and teaching bullies how to hide their behaviors. 

School of Social Work to conduct interviews on senior issues

Arlington clearly has appeal for the younger generation, but whether it has the things that senior citizens need is a much grayer area, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported. UT Arlington’s School of Social Work will conduct interviews with seniors as part of a study examining whether Arlington has enough appeal for its residents age 60 and older. The Aging Texas Well-Arlington Steering Committee received a two-year $50,000 grant from the Texas Department of Aging and Disability Services for the study. Aging-well initiatives are under way in New York City, Washington, D.C. and other major metro areas across the nation.

UTA MOOC expert analyzes cutting-edge education tools

George Siemens, executive director of the Learning Innovation and Networked Knowledge Lab at UT Arlington, discussed massive open online courses taught by some of the world’s greatest thinkers and teachers on the web television program, McQuistion, FRTV.org reported. The first in a two-part special examined connected knowledge, narrative video labs and other forms of technology that accelerate innovative learning and save costs.

Farrar-Myers recognized as ACE Fellow

The American Council on Education selected Victoria Farrar-Myers, a political science professor at The University of Texas at Arlington, for its 2014-15 class of the ACE Fellows Program, the Fort Worth Business Press Newsmaker reported. Farrar-Myers was named a 2013-2014 ACE Fellow, but her appointment was postponed due to her 2013-2014 appointment as Fulbright Distinguished Chair in Political Science at Flinders University in Australia.

UTA grad inducted into Texas Women's Hall of Fame

The Fort Worth Business Press Newsmaker and Bloomberg Businessweek noted that Lillie Biggins, president of Texas Health Harris Methodist, Fort Worth's largest hospital and current chair of the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport Board, was inducted to the Texas Women's Hall of Fame on Tuesday, one of nine honorees recognized at a ceremony at the state capitol in Austin. Biggins earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from UT Arlington.

Roemer named UT System distinguished teacher

The Fort Worth Business Press Newsmaker noted that Kenneth Roemer, an English professor at The University of Texas at Arlington, is one of five faculty members inducted into the University of Texas System Academy of Distinguished Teachers last month. Roemer is an expert in American Indian and Utopian literatures. He was honored in 2011 with the UT System Regents’ Outstanding Teacher Award and previously has been honored as a UT Arlington Distinguished Scholar Professor and as a Distinguished Teaching Professor.

360 West features architecture dean

360 West included a large spread about Don Gatzke, outgoing dean of the School of Architecture at UT Arlington and motorcycle enthusiast. The piece is featured in the digital magazine’s “How We Roll” section on pages 38-41.

UTA Radio spot makes finals

TMCnet.com and Radio & Television Business Report reported that 157 radio spots and campaigns, including UT Arlington UTARadio.com’s “Bullying Hurts,” have made it to the finals of the 2014 Radio Mercury Awards, which honors outstanding radio created by advertising agencies, production companies, radio stations and students. Winners will be announced June 4 at the annual Radio Mercury Awards event in New York City.