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UTA In The News — Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

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Evaluating the Israeli-Palestinian public relations battle

The National (Abu Dhabi) interviewed Brent Sasley, UT Arlington associate professor of political science, about the Israeli-Palestinian PR wars. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu acknowledged to CBS News on Sunday that Israel was losing the PR war, but stuck to the script, adding that Hamas is responsible for “[piling] up more and more dead bodies of Palestinian civilians.” Sasley said: “We’ve been on this trajectory since before the war with more and more Americans becoming … willing to discuss and debate [Israeli policies] The war is exacerbating these problems for Israel.”

Editorial says alumni relationship essential

University of Texas at Arlington President Vistasp Karbhari, like other university presidents before him, is pushing hard to build and maintain strong relationships with the school’s alumni, a Fort Worth Star-Telegram editorial said. But unlike previous presidents, Karbhari may have to build on that relationship without help from the independent UT Arlington Alumni Association.

Brainwriting better than brainstorming

Fast Company mentioned Paul Paulus, Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Psychology at UT Arlington, in an article about brainstorming. According to Kellogg School of Management professors Leigh Thompson and Loran Nordgren, brainstorming in its current form and by many metrics, doesn’t work as well as the frequency of “team brainstorming meetings” would suggest. Instead, Thompson and Nordgren suggest a quieter process: brainwriting. The phrase was coined by Paulus.  

Best stay for CEOs less than five years

A business column in the Idaho Statesman noted 2013 research by UT Arlington professors who looked at more than 300 Fortune 500 CEOs. Their tenure found evidence that staying too long is not good for business. The study found that the best length of time for CEOs is just under five years — long enough to get things done, not too long to get stale. The column suggested the solution for CEOs and lower-level employees is reinvention, constant learning and always asking “what can we do differently to get better?”

Alcohol hitting St. Mary's campus

The San Antonio Express-News reported that St. Mary’s University will build a pub on campus to offer alcoholic beverages. On July 18, the University of North Texas became the latest to allow the sale of alcohol for the upcoming football season. North Texas joins other schools such as Sothern Methodist University, UTEP, UTSA, UT Arlington and University of Houston as the schools that have alcohol available at sporting events and more can soon follow in the years to come. The University of Texas at Austin sells alcohol at every athletic event except football.