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UTA In The News — Monday, June 16, 2014

Monday, June 16, 2014

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New nursing leader

The Chronicle of Higher Education focused its People section on Anne Bavier, the new dean of the UT Arlington College of Nursing, one of the nation’s largest nursing colleges. Come August, Bavier will be responsible for overseeing the merger of the college with the University’s Department of Kinesiology. The faculty in nursing and kinesiology “have already bonded, so my job is now about getting the administrative ducks in a row, crossing the t’s, and dotting the i’s,” Bavier said. 

Chemist, engineer and business team up

The National Science Foundation has awarded nearly $200,000 to two University of Texas at Arlington researchers teaming with a private company to make an affordable, environmentally friendly field analyzer for arsenic levels in water, ECN magazine reported. The new technology was invented by Purnendu "Sandy" Dasgupta, UT Arlington's Jenkins Garrett Professor of Chemistry, while working on a previous National Science Foundation grant. Aditya Das, senior research scientist at the UT Arlington Research Institute, and Scott Evans, president and co-founder of Texas-based technology company Chipotle Business Group, will direct the new project along with Dasgupta.

North Texas Brain Initiative

BioNews Texas reported on research currently being conducted at UT Dallas that aims to understand and visualize several key dimensions of the working brain. The Brain Initiative, a federal project coordinated by the National Institutes of Health, has a strong collaborative dimension, as several academic fields cooperate and researchers work in partnership, namely between the UT Southwestern Medical Center, UT Arlington and UT Dallas.

Former president among candidates

Former UT Arlington President James D. Spaniolo is one of three finalists vying to become the next president of Oakland University in Michigan, the Oakland Press News reported. Spaniolo currently serves as the higher education adviser to Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder. He served as president of UT Arlington from 2004 to 2013.

Student entrepreneurship

KTVT/CBS 11 profiled UT Arlington student Claude York II in a story about the high cost of college. To help finance his education, York opened a fresh fish market in DeSoto. “I’d rather work for myself than work for anybody,” York said of his first foray in the world of entrepreneurship.

Reporter's experience noted

Heba Said, opinion editor of UT Arlington's student newspaper The Shorthorn, said she was ridiculed at the Texas GOP convention because of her appearance, Digital Journal, Yahoo! News and other media organizations reported. As a follower of Islam, Said attended the convention wearing a hijab, which got her a number of stares and reactions deemed quite disturbing.