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UTA In The News — Thursday, October 23, 2014

Thursday, October 23, 2014

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MOOC impact

An international group of higher education institutions—including UT Arlington, Stanford University, Hong Kong University and Davidson College—convened by learning researcher and theorist George Siemens gathered last week to explore the impacts of MOOCs on higher education, Inside Higher Ed reported. The takeaway? Higher education is going digital, responding to the architecture of knowledge in a digital age, and MOOCs, while heavily criticized, have proven a much-needed catalyst for the development of progressive programs that respond to the changing world.

Keeping banks safe

A University of Texas Arlington associate professor has been awarded a National Science Foundation grant to identify insider risk and develop proper protection strategies for information systems within a financial institution, and reported. Jingguo Wang, an associate professor in the Information Systems and Operations Management Department, received a three-year, $157,481 grant that’s part of a larger $499,766 NSF grant with the University of Buffalo.

UT Arlington named to list

Business Insider named UT Arlington among the 600 smartest colleges in America. The list is based on a college or university’s average scores on standardized tests. A total of 1,339 schools were analyzed.

Governor's race heats up

The National Memo published a Fort Worth Star-Telegram story about the Texas governor’s race that quoted Allan Saxe, UT Arlington associate professor of political science.   

Former UTA outfielder in World Series

UT Arlington Baseball Coach Darin Thomas was interviewed by WFAA/ABC 8 about San Francisco Giants’ Hunter Pence who played college baseball at UT Arlington. “He’s in the middle of his career and I think his best days are still ahead of him,” Thomas said of Pence, who is playing in the World Series against the Kansas City Royals.